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@Rochester — April 3, 2008


mostly sunnyToday's Forecast:
Mostly Sunny, High 57°
Tomorrow: Rain, High 45°

In Today's Issue

  • Rochester Graduate Programs Ranked Highly by U.S. News
  • Music File Compressed 1,000 Times Smaller than MP3
  • Overweight Kids Have Fewer Cavities, New Study Shows
  • Sustainability Symposium Kicks Off Friday
  • Tune in to ‘Merry Widow’ Talk
  • Race, Walk Benefits Lung Cancer Research at Wilmot
  • Sports Buzz: Baseball, Track & Field
  • Event Highlight: Town Hall Meeting with Rochester Mayor Duffy
  • Rochester in the News: Nina Schor Comments on Lawsuit Involving Florida Toddler
  • In Higher Ed: Mixed-Gender Housing

News and Announcements

Rochester Graduate Programs Ranked Highly by U.S. News
The Simon School, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the School of Medicine and Dentistry are among the best in the country, according to the 2009 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s guide to graduate schools. Among all business programs, Simon is ranked 25th. Among private universities, SEAS is ranked 15th. Among other Rochester programs in the rankings are the medical school (out of 126 programs ranked, Rochester is 34th best among research schools and 19th best among primary care schools), the Department of Political Science (13th), and the Department of Economics (19th). More about Rochester’s recent rankings.

Music File Compressed 1,000 Times Smaller than MP3
University researchers have digitally reproduced music in a file nearly 1,000 times smaller than a regular MP3 file. The music, a 20-second clarinet solo, is encoded in less than a single kilobyte, and is made possible by two innovations: recreating in a computer both the real-world physics of a clarinet and the physics of a clarinet player. Read more...

Overweight Kids Have Fewer Cavities, New Study Shows
Contrary to conventional wisdom, overweight children have fewer cavities and healthier teeth compared to their normal weight peers, according to an Eastman Dental Center study published in this month’s issue of Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology. Read more...

Sustainability Symposium Kicks Off Friday
Paul Tonko, president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and Joseph Tainter, chair of the Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University, are among the guest speakers at a free, two-day Sustainable Energy Symposium hosted by the University's Virtual Institute for Energy (URVIE), a student-organized group. Sessions begin at 3 p.m. Friday, April 4, and at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 5, in Hubbell Auditorium. Read more...

Tune in to ‘Merry Widow’ Talk
Host Julia Figueras will talk about Eastman Opera Theatre’s production of The Merry Widow with stage director Steven Daigle and music director Benton Hess on WXXI 91.5FM on Thursday, April 3, between 1 and 2 p.m. The Opera Theatre is presenting the popular operetta in the Eastman Theatre on April 3, 4, 5 and 6. More about the production.

Race, Walk Benefits Lung Cancer Research at Wilmot
Runners and walkers will help raise awareness for lung cancer among non-smokers during Meaghan's 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, April 12, at Holy Trinity Church in Webster. The funds will be used to expand lung cancer research at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the Medical Center. Read more...

Sports Buzz

Baseball: The Yellowjackets are home against Union on Friday (2 p.m.) and Saturday (noon).

Track & Field: The men and women make their first home appearances of the spring on Sunday at 10 a.m. in the UR Alumni Invitational. The meet, which features 11 other schools, is a preview of the New York State championships, which Rochester will host in May.

For more: www.rochester.edu/athletics

Events

Thursday, April 3
Town Hall Meeting with Rochester Mayor Duffy. 6 p.m., Hoyt Hall.

For more events: www.rochester.edu/calendar

Rochester in the News

Miami Herald (April 1)
"Treatment Is a Miracle to Parents, an Experiment to State"
Nina Schor, chair of pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief of Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong and president of Professors of Child Neurology, comments on the case of a brain-damaged Florida toddler whose parents are suing the state to have the cost of treating their child in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber paid for by Florida's Medicaid system. “There is no study that is sufficiently powered, and sufficiently consistent and well-articulated . . . to draw any conclusions at all about this,” Schor says. Read more...

In Higher Education

Boston Globe (April 2)
"Just Roommates"
“In the Woodstock era, the advent of coed dorms caused a stir . . . Coed floors came along over the next two decades . . . The next step, coed suites and bathrooms . . . Now, some colleges are crossing the final threshold, allowing men and women to share rooms.” Read more...

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