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@Rochester — Jan. 31, 2008

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In Today's Issue

  • President's Newsletter Highlights Plans, Accomplishments
  • Memorial Service for Florence Jacoby
  • Babies Excrete Vaccine-Mercury Quickly
  • Last Day to Register for February Rochester Scholars
  • Restaurants Whip up Sweet Children's Hospital Fundraisers
  • Event Highlight: Sean Curran Talk and Demo
  • Sports Buzz: Squash, Basketball
  • Rochester in the News: Charles Plosser Profiled
  • In Higher Ed: College Cafeteria Goes Trayless to Curb Waste

News and Announcements

President's Newsletter Highlights Plans, Accomplishments
In his mid-academic year report, President Joel Seligman outlines the University's strategic plans for the coming decade, reviews key initiatives and highlights recent major gifts. Read the full text of the newsletter on his Web site.

Memorial Service for Florence Jacoby
A memorial service is planned for Florence Jacoby, a burn nurse clinician at the Medical Center from 1965 to her retirement in 1986. She died in December. The author of Nursing Care for the Burn Patient, Jacoby was a pioneer in her field, traveling widely to teach burn care, advocating for patients, and working to establish the University's burn center. Her memorial will be held Friday, Feb. 1, in Helen Wood Hall at 3:30 p.m.

Babies Excrete Vaccine-Mercury Quickly
February’s issue of Pediatrics offers another reason to rethink blaming the spike in autism diagnoses on thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative routinely used in several childhood vaccines until the late ‘90s. New University research suggests that infants’ bodies expel the thimerosal mercury much faster than originally thought – thereby leaving little chance for a progressive building up of the toxic metal. Read more... 

Reminder: Last Day to Register for February Rochester Scholars
Today is the postmark deadline to register for the Feb. 18-22 session of Rochester Scholars (grades 9-12) and Rochester Scholars Jr. (grades 6-8). The enrichment program offers courses in medicine, forensics, digital art, creative writing, and more. Registrations submitted after today incur a late fee. For more information or to register visit the Office of Special Programs Web site or call 275-2344.

Restaurants Whip up Sweet Children's Hospital Fundraisers
In the next few weeks, Rochester-area Tim Hortons and IHOP restaurants will offer mouth-watering sweets that work double-duty – satisfying your cravings and fundraising for Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. Read more... 


Friday, Feb. 1
Sean Curran Talk and Demonstration: Spurrier Dance Studio. 7:30 p.m.

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Sports Buzz

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Squash: The Yellowjackets vs. the U.S. Naval Academy. Friday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. in the Goergen Athletic Center.

Basketball: The women's team plays at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, both against Washington in the Palestra. On Sunday, Feb. 3, the teams face Chicago, the men at noon, followed by the women at 2 p.m. in the Palestra.

Rochester in the News

New York Times (Jan. 29)
"A Snapshot of Fed Leaders
Charles Plosser, former dean of the Simon School, is briefly profiled in an overview of the men and women who sit on the Federal Open Market Committee, which makes decisions about interest rates for the government. (Also reported by Washington Post,  Associated Press, Boston Globe, San Diego Union Tribune, KLTV Texas and others.) Read more...

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (Jan. 30)
"Eating Off the Table
"Think back to your undergraduate days eating in the dorm dining hall. When you moved through the buffet line, did you ever get a little too ambitious with portions just because you had extra room on that plastic tray? That’s why, in an effort to cut down on waste in the form of uneaten food, several dining halls have experimented with trayless policies. The thinking: Diners will think twice about loading up on food they don’t plan to eat if they can’t carry it all easily." Read more...

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