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@Rochester — Feb. 5, 2008


ShowersToday's Forecast:
Showers, High 53°
Tomorrow: Wintry Mix, High 39°

In Today's Issue

  • Sustainability Town Hall Meeting
  • State Gives $500,000 to Develop Filter Technology
  • Rochester Lead Effort a Model for Upstate Communities
  • Ash Wednesday Services
  • Nominees Sought for Medical School Awards
  • Stuart Jordan, Curt Smith Evaluate Primary Results on WXXI
  • Event Highlight: World Music Series
  • Rochester in the News: University Researchers on Phthalate Exposure in Infants
  • In Higher Ed: Tuition 'Watch List' Penalties Softened

News and Announcements

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. See President Seligman's letter
for more on the group's mission. Our apologies for the incorrect link in yesterday's issue.

State Gives $500,000 to Develop Filter Technology
The University and SiMPore Inc., a Rochester-based biotechnology company, have received nearly $500,000 from New York State to help commercialize an ultrathin membrane invented by University scientists. Read more... 

Rochester Lead Effort a Model for Upstate Communities
The diverse grassroots partnership that was the catalyst for Rochester’s historic lead law will now serve as a model for other upstate New York communities grappling with high rates of lead poisoning. Read more... 

Ash Wednesday Services
The Catholic Newman Community invites the University community to Ash Wednesday services on Wednesday, Feb. 6 in the Interfaith Chapel, the Susan B. Anthony Hall, the Eastman School, and the Medical Center. Times and other details are on the University calendar.
 

Nominees Sought for Medical School Awards
The Alumni Association of the School of Medicine and Dentistry seeks nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award recognizing national or international achievement and the Alumni Service Award recognizing outstanding service and commitment to the medical school. Nominees must be medical school alumni, including MD, PhD, MS, and residency graduates. A third award, the Gold Medal Award, recognizes outstanding teaching. Nominations for the teaching award come from students, faculty, and administrators within the medical school. Submissions are due March 15. Details and submission forms are available online

Stuart Jordan, Curt Smith Evaluate Primaries on WXXI
Stuart Jordan, assistant professor of political science, joins WXXI host Bob Smith from 9 to 11 p.m. tonight with perspectives on the results from Super Tuesday primaries in 24 states. Curt Smith, columnist, radio/television host, and senior lecturer in the English department, will also offer commentary during the radio show.

Events

Thursday, Feb. 7
World Music SeriesWorld Music Series:
Ensemble East. Kilbourn Hall. 8 p.m.

For more events: www.rochester.edu/calendar

 

Rochester in the News

LA Times (Feb. 4)
"Study Finds High Levels of Chemicals in Infants Using Baby Cosmetics
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University researches are cited in an article on a new study showing that babies exposed to lotion, shampoo, and powder had significantly higher levels of phthalates in their urine. The University researchers cautioned that the potential effects of the hormone-altering compounds are still uncertain, although previous research suggests that early exposure to some phthalates could reduce testosterone and alter reproductive organs, particularly in males. (Also reported by Seattle Times.) Read more...

In Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education (Feb. 4)
"House Panel Revises Tuition 'Watch List' Provisions in Higher-Education Bill
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"Responding to complaints from college lobbyists and presidents, the U.S. House of Representatives education committee has radically revised a plan that would penalize colleges with large tuition increases. The new proposal would result in far fewer institutions facing sanctions." Read more...

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