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@Rochester — Sept. 12, 2007


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Tomorrow: Partly Cloudy, High 70°

In Today's Issue

  • Medical Center Receives $1.2 Million to Battle Rare Childhood Disease
  • Spam Management
  • Chemist Honored for Encouraging Women in Science
  • 'Always Better' Classes Start Next Week
  • Alumna Receives National Award for Groundwater Safety Campaign
  • Art Exhibit Opens in Hartnett Gallery
  • Event Highlight: Wilson Commons Wednesday
  • Rochester in the News: Eastman to Add New Wing, Study Finds Link Between Weight Gain and Plastics, Eastman Flutists Win Nation Competitions
  • In Higher Ed: Nursing Mother Goes to Court for Exam Time

News and Announcements

Medical Center Receives $1.2 Million to Battle Rare Childhood Disease
A $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will bolster University research and care for children with Batten disease, a rare and fatal neurological disorder.   Read more...

University IT Spam Management
Users of messaging services provided to faculty, staff, and students by University Information Technology will soon have access to a new level of spam protection. The physics and astronomy, chemistry, and psychology departments are currently piloting the new spam offering and experiencing an 83 percent reduction in spam. The new Web interface will allow users to login using their NetID and manage their spam accounts and quarantines. Users can follow project progress at "IT Notices" at For more information contact your department's computer liaison or the IT Center at 275-2000 or by e-mail at   

Chemist Honored for Encouraging Women in Science
Esther M. Conwell, research professor of chemistry and physics, has received the 2008 American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences.    Read more...

'Always Better' Classes Start Next Week
The fall Always Better workshop series, open to the public, begins next week with courses like Practical Photography in a Digital Age, Green Planet, Creative Writing, Heroes in Media, and more. Two October classes cosponsored by the Medical Center are Health Information on the Web and What to Do When There Is Infertility. Register online.   

Alumna Receives National Award for Spurring Widespread Education, Action on Groundwater Safety
Susan Schroeder Seacrest '78W (Mas), founder of the Groundwater Foundation, is among six Americans selected to receive the 13th annual Heinz Award for the Environment. The award recognizes her work on a national campaign to educate policymakers, farmers, businesses, and students about drinking water pollution.   Read more...

Installation Art Exhibit Opens in Wilson Commons Today
Today from 4:30 to 7 p.m. live performers will activate and complete the new site-specific installation artwork created for the Hartnett Gallery in Wilson Commons by Brooklyn-based Jonathan VanDyke. The exhibit runs through Oct. 5.    Read more...


Sept. 12
Wilson Commons Wednesday: Enjoy lunch specials, live music, and giveaways. Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.   

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Rochester in the News

WROC TV, CBS (September 10)
"Eastman Theatre Renovation (video attached)"
The Eastman School announced Monday a $35 million expansion of the Eastman Theatre, with construction slated to begin next summer. The new wing will complete George Eastman's original plan for an additional rehearsal hall, practice studios, and more. (Also reported by R News, WHEC TV NBC, Rochester Business Journal, Democrat and Chronicle)   Read more...

LA Times (Sept. 10)
"Plastic May Not Be So Fantastic For Kids"
A Medical Center study found that waist circumference for men in a large national health study was 1.5 to 3 inches larger for those with the highest levels of phthalates, a chemical used to create pliable plastics. (Also reported by Sun Florida.)    Read more...

Democrat and Chronicle (Sept. 11)
"Irondequoit Flute Prof Fosters 2 Winners"
"Bonita Boyd, a professor of flute at the Eastman School of Music, says she's ecstatic about the first-place awards that two of her students won at the recent annual convention of the National Flute Association."   Read more...

In Higher Education

New York Times (Sept. 10)
"Nursing Mother Goes to Court for Exam Time"
"The National Board of Medical Examiners has refused a Harvard graduate's request for additional break time to pump breast milk for a 4-month-old baby."   Read more...

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