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@Rochester — Jan. 24, 2008

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In Today's Issue

  • Faculty Senate Resolution on Gandhi
  • E-mail Delivery of Microform Material
  • New Understanding of Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs
  • Defensive Driving Course
  • Talk on Cardiovascular Health After Cancer
  • Grant to Study Heart Failure Patients
  • Event Highlight: Eastman Opera
  • Rochester in the News: Mark Zupan on Dropping Short-term Interest Rates; University Researchers Study Voting Systems
  • In Higher Ed: Assessment Tools for Graduates

News and Announcements

Faculty Senate Resolution on Gandhi
The Faculty Senate passed the following resolution on Tuesday evening: "Resolved: The Faculty Senate of the University of Rochester deplores the statements concerning Jewish identity, the Holocaust, and the culture of violence made earlier this month on the Washington Post website by Arun Gandhi, president of the board of the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence housed at the University. While we recognize his right to free speech, we find the religious, ethnic, racial, and cultural stereotyping fundamental to his statements offensive, aggressive, and in direct conflict with our other core values and those of the University, and therefore unacceptable."

E-mail Delivery of Microform Material
The Newspaper and Microform Center in Rush Rhees Library now offers free e-mail delivery of scanned microfilm, microfiche, or microcard material. Requests for scans can be made online in the Voyager catalog. Materials will be scanned, converted to a PDF file, and e-mailed within 24 hours.

New View of Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs
In a study published in the Journal of Immunology, a Medical Center team found that powerful drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis helped eliminate abnormal B cell activity in patients, raising the possibility that the drugs improve the health of patients in a way no one has realized before. Read more...

Defensive Driving Course
The American Safety Council is offering a six-hour defensive driving on Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Louise Slaughter Room C1-9555 in the Medical Center. The course runs 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and provides a 10 percent reduction on auto insurance rates and a four-point driver’s license reduction. Registration for the $35 class is required. Call 905-9420.

Talk on Cardiovascular Health After Cancer
Cardiologist Craig Narins will discuss cardiovascular health after cancer at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center. Read more... 

Jill Quinn Receives Grant to Study Heart Failure Patients
Jill Quinn, assistant professor of nursing, has been awarded more than $300,000 from the American Heart Association to research how four factors—symptom perception, depression, quality of life perception, and the influence of family caregivers—influence a patient’s ability to recognize symptoms and decide to seek medical care. Read more... 


Friday, Jan. 25
Eastman Opera:
This is the Rill Speaking, The Medium. Eastman School Annex A804. 7:30 p.m.

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Swimming: The men's and women's team face Ithaca in the Aquatic Center on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m.

Squash: The Yellowjackets play Hobart on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m.

Rochester in the News

Christian Science Monitor (Jan. 23)
"Fed Races to Ease Market Fears
Simon School Dean Mark Zupan comments on the Federal Reserve's decision to drop short-term interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point, the largest rate-cut in 20 years. "The action itself creates its own concern," says Zupan. "You worry that people will ask, 'How bad can it really be?' " (Related stories by R NewsWHEC TV10, WHAM TV13, Democrat and Chronicle.)

Washington Times (Jan. 23)
"Ballot Fixes Studied; Voters OK Paperless
A five-year study by researchers at the universities of Rochester, Maryland, and Michigan finds that the design of a ballot is an important factor in whether individuals make errors or require assistance when casting their votes, regardless of whether a touch-screen or paper-based systems is used. Read more...

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (Jan. 23)
"Mixed Grades for Grads and Assessment
"While employers would love to see better assessment tools used in college (as you may have heard from some critics of higher education), employers seem dubious of multiple choice exams and how colleges compare to one another and much more concerned with being able to get individual analyses of potential employees’ skills." Read more...

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