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@Rochester — Feb. 4, 2008

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In Today's Issue

  • Rocky Debuts as Yellowjacket Mascot
  • Ying Quartet Presents Annual LifeMusic Concert
  • Sustainability Town Hall Meeting
  • Talk Focuses on African Americans’ Struggle with HIV/AIDS
  • Event Highlight: Eastman Wind Orchestra
  • Rochester in the News: Chunlei Guo’s ‘Optical Alchemy’; Baek Kim and Attacking HIV
  • In Higher Ed: Funding Shortfalls Threaten Science Research

News and Announcements

Rocky Debuts as Yellowjacket Mascot
Rocky the mascot Rocky, the University’s newly named and freshly minted mascot, was buzzing through the Palestra Friday as the men’s and women’s basketball teams defeated Washington University. The new mascot, whose look and name were chosen through a vote by the University community, was formally unveiled during the doubleheader.  Read more... 

Ying Quartet Presents Annual LifeMusic Concert
Local audiences have an opportunity to enjoy the Ying Quartet in performance this season when the Eastman School of Music’s string quartet-in-residence appears at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, in Kilbourn Hall.  Read more...

Sustainability Town Hall Meeting
Join the conversation on sustainability at a town hall meeting with Ralph Kuncl, University provost, and Peter Lennie, Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, on the work of the University Council on Environmental Sustainability. The Wednesday, Feb. 6, meeting runs from 5 to 6 p.m. in Hubbell Auditorium.

Talk Focuses on African Americans’ Struggle with HIV/AIDS
Gil Robertson, the author of the book Not in My Family, is the featured speaker for a free Feb. 7 workshop designed to introduce methods for fostering greater collaboration between the black community and health care professionals in dealing with HIV/AIDS.  Read more...


Monday, Feb. 4
Eastman Wind Orchestra: The Eastman School’s freshman and sophomore wind ensemble, perform. Free. Eastman Theatre, 8 p.m.

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Rochester in the News

New York Times (Feb. 1)
“Lasers Make Other Metals Look Like Gold”
The “optical alchemy” of Chunlei Guo, associate professor of optics, and Anatoliy Vorobyev, a postdoctoral researcher, is profiled. The two scientists use ultrashort laser bursts to alter the way that the surfaces of metal absorb and reflect light, making metal appear to have a different color than it normally would. The result is pure aluminum that looks like gold, for example. “I cannot tell it’s not gold,” says Guo. “It looks very pretty.” The findings were reported in journal Applied Physics Letters.   Read more...

Los Angeles Times (Jan. 31)
“Scientists Study How HIV Hides in Body”
The story features research by a Medical Center team led by Baek Kim, associate professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, that indicates a drug used to treat parasitic infections may be able to break the defenses of HIV in a promising way. “It’s a very smart virus,” says Kim. “They have to have a very good fence to protect their house for a long time. Get rid of the fence, and now their house is gone.”  Read more.... The Associated Press story also was reported in USA Today, Newsweek, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and other outlets.

In Higher Education

Reuters (Feb. 1)
“Funding Shortfalls Threaten Science Research”
“Scientists are chafing at the U.S. government’s unfulfilled pledge to boost funding for basic scientific research, the source of innovations ranging from the World Wide Web to high-tech cancer treatments.”  Read more...

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