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@Rochester — Feb. 14, 2008

Sun and CloudsToday's Forecast:
A.M. Clouds, P.M. Sun, High 31°
Tomorrow: Snow, High 33°

In Today's Issue

  • Retrofitting Older Housing for Energy Efficiency
  • Medical Center Evaluating New Device for Parkinson's
  • Two New Classes at the Fitness & Wellness Center
  • David Harman Named 'Musician of the Year'
  • Raise a Glass to Region's Tiniest Fighters
  • Event Highlight: Modern Languages & Cultures Lecture
  • Rochester in the News: Paul Rubery on Increased Spending for Back Pain; President Seligman Quoted on SEC History
  • In Higher Ed: Harvard Publishes Faculty Research Online

News and Announcements

Design Charrette House on Prince StreetDesign Charrette
Help create a model for green urban home renovations at the design charrette in the Munnerlyn Atrium of Goergen Hall on Saturday, Feb. 23. Sponsored by AHEAD Energy, UR Engineers for a Sustainable World, and SWBR Architects, the workshop will explore possibilities for increased energy efficiency, conservation, and on-site energy generation in this 1920s house located on Prince Street. The charrette runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and includes a presentation on sustainable practices on college campuses and a complimentary lunch. To RSVP and for more information, contact Elaina Stover at or M.J. Ebenhack at Read more...

Medical Center Evaluating New Device for Parkinson's
The Medical Center is one of a handful of sites nationwide testing a new device for patients with Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, a neurological movement disorder. The study will help determine whether a new Deep Brain Stimulation technology is effective in providing relief for patients who are unable to adequately control symptoms of their disease with medication. Read more...

Two New Classes at the Fitness & Wellness Center
Increase balance and coordination with a six-week tai chi course offered on Tuesdays at 5:20 p.m. beginning Feb. 26. Also for six weeks is a new "Laughter Yoga" class which teaches yogic breathing to encourage a happier, more energized mood. The course is held on Thursdays beginning Feb. 28 at 4:45 p.m. Read more...

David Harman Named 'Musician of the Year'
David Harman, professor of music and director of orchestral activities on the River Campus, will be honored as the “Musician of the Year” by the Rochester Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon with a recital at Kilbourn Hall on Sunday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m.

Fundraiser Will Raise a Glass to Region's Tiniest Fighters
The 2nd annual Evening of Wine and Wishes, a benefit for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University's Golisano Children’s Hospital, will celebrate the nearly 1,200 premature and newborn babies in the Finger Lakes region who rely on the unit’s expert care each year. Read more...


Thursday, Feb. 14
Modern Languages & Cultures Lecture: Lydie Moudileno, University of Pennsylvania. "Colonial Bodies, Post Colonial Remains." Rush Rhees Library, 5 p.m.

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Rochester in the News

Los Angeles Times (Feb. 13)
"More Pain Than Gain in Treating Backache
In an article on the increasing cost of treating back pain, spine surgeon Paul Rubery says that higher drug spending and increased use of diagnostic tests such as MRI accounted for much of the rising expense.  (Also reported by MSNBC, Scientific American, National Post Canada.) Read more...

Exchange News Direct, London, United Kingdom (Feb. 12)
"Speech by SEC Chairman Christopher Cox: 'The 75th Anniversary of the Securities Act'
In the speech, President Joel Seligman, referred to as "the SEC's unofficial historian laureate" is quoted about the legislative beginning of the 75-year-old regulatory agency. The original bill giving the SEC's authority to the Post Office did not actually become law. As Seligman puts it, "Roosevelt shared [some] doubt that empowering the Post Office to supervise such matters as a uniform system of accounting would be wise." Read more...

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (Feb. 13)
"Harvard Opts In to ‘Opt Out’ Plan
"Harvard University’s arts and sciences faculty approved a plan on Tuesday that will post finished academic papers online free, unless scholars specifically decide to opt out of the open-access program. While other institutions have similar repositories for their faculty’s work, Harvard’s is unique for making online publication the default option." Read more...

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