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@Rochester — Feb. 11, 2008

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In Today's Issue

  • Wear Red for Heart Health on Wednesday
  • Retirement Celebration for Jody Asbury
  • February Issue of HR Intercom Available Online
  • Student Entrepreneur Trade Show
  • The Decameron Performed During Boccaccio Fest
  • Drug Law Reform Advocate Tells Personal Story
  • How to Spot Signs of Eating Disorder
  • Event Highlight:Eastman Chamber Jazz
  • Rochester in the News: David Hursh Discusses New Book on High-Stakes Testing; Robert Griggs on Ion Channels
  • In Higher Ed: House Renews Higher Education Act

News and Announcements

Wear Red for Heart Health on Wednesday
February 13 is the University's first Wear Red Day to promote cardiac care. Come to the heart-healthy Wilson Commons Wednesday lunch wearing red to win prizes, learn important ways to keep your heart healthy, and enjoy a tasty lunch.

Retirement Celebration for Jody Asbury
Join a celebration of Jody Asbury’s accomplishments and retirement on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Wilson Commons. Over more than 30 years of service, Asbury held many positions at the University, most recently dean of students. Guests from off campus may obtain a parking pass from the information booth near the Elmwood Avenue campus entrance.

February Issue of HR Intercom Available Online
View the latest issue of HR Intercom, a newsletter with up-to-date information about Human Resources programs and resources.

Student Entrepreneur Trade Show
A Star Wars merchandiser, a fashion designer, and other University undergraduate entrepreneurs will showcase their business acumen on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Student Entrepreneur Trade Show. Sponsored by the University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, the trade show runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Hirst Lounge of Wilson Commons.

The Decameron Performed During Boccaccio Fest
On Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, enjoy a bilingual, semi-dramatized reading by faculty, staff, and students of a selection of Boccaccio's stories from The Decameron. Sponsored by the Italian Program in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, the Medieval Society, and the College, the Boccaccio Fest runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library. Refreshments will be available at 11:45 a.m.

Drug Law Reform Advocate Tells Personal Story
Kemba Smith relates her experience as a promising African-American college student whose ill-fated relationship with an abusive drug dealer landed her in federal prison. Pardoned by President Clinton in 2000 and currently in law school, Smith will speak at the Interfaith Chapel from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14. RSVP for the free talk to or 275-4085.

Event to Teach How to Spot Signs of Eating Disorder
On Friday, Feb. 29, Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong and Unity Health System are teaming up to help health care and mental health care providers spot the signs and symptoms of eating disorders. Parents are also welcome. Read more...


Monday, Feb. 11
Eastman Chamber Jazz: Kilbourn Hall, 8 p.m.

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Rochester in the News

R News (Feb. 7)
"UR Professor Authors Testing Book
David Hursh, associate professor of teaching and curriculum at the Warner School, is interviewed about his new book, High- Stakes Testing and the Decline of Teaching and Learning: The Real Crisis in Education. Read more...

San Diego Union Tribune (Feb. 7)
"Cellular Pores Offer Openings for New Disease Treatments
Robert Griggs, professor and chair of neurology, discusses the role of ion channels in human health. When these cellular pores do not work or do not work well, myriad disorders and diseases called channelopathies can result. “There are at least 100 of them, ranging from cystic fibrosis to epilepsy,” says Griggs. Read more...

In Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education (Feb. 8)
"House Passes Sweeping Bill to Renew Higher Education Act
"The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation on Thursday that would crack down on conflicts of interest in the student-loan programs while holding institutions and states accountable for rising college tuitions." Read more...

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