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@Rochester — March 27, 2008

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In Today's Issue

  • Memorial Service for Travis Acker Set for Sunday
  • Lecture on Adolescent Brain Development
  • Frederick Douglass Institute Event
  • Eastman Students Bring Music to Community Audiences
  • Presentations on Use of Aetna and Excellus Web Sites
  • Contemporary Organ Music Festival
  • Reminder: Biometric Screenings and Health Assessments
  • Event Highlight: Jeff Campbell Trio Performs
  • Sports Buzz: Baseball, Lacrosse, Softball, and Squash
  • Rochester in the News: Fred Hagen Discusses Research on Human Saliva
  • In Higher Ed: Federal Judge Rules That Plagiarism-Detection Tool Does Not Violate Students' Copyrights

News and Announcements

Memorial Service for Travis Acker Set for Sunday
As announced yesterday by President Seligman, Travis Acker, an undergraduate engineering student, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 25, in his off-campus apartment. “Travis was a wonderful part of our campus community, and our thoughts and sympathies go out to Travis’ family and friends at this time,” write Richard Feldman, dean of the College, and Matthew Burns, dean of students. A local funeral service for Acker is planned for Sunday, March 30, at 1 p.m. at the Gymnastics Training Center, 2051 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, where Acker was a beloved coach. A memorial service near Acker’s hometown of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania will be held on Sunday as well. Click here for service details. The family requests that donations in memory of Acker be sent to the Pocono Plateau, Online condolences are welcomed at

Lecture on Adolescent Brain Development
Ronald Dahl, director of the Child and Adolescent Sleep and Neurobehavioral Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh, will give a talk titled, "Adolescent Brain Development: A Period of Vulnerabilities and Opportunities," on Thursday, April 3, at noon in the Class of '62 Auditorium (G-9425) in the Medical Center.

Frederick Douglass Institute Event
Laurie Maffly-Kipp of the University of North Carolina will give a talk titled, "Saints of Darkness: Black Mormons and the Problem of the Priesthood" in the Welles-Brown Room on Wednesday, April 2, at 5 p.m.

Eastman Students Bring Music to Community Audiences
Approximately 150 Eastman School of Music students will present interactive concerts to audiences ranging from children to nursing home residents. Read more...

Presentations on Use of Aetna and Excellus Web Sites
Aetna and Excellus will give combined presentations about the resources available on their Web sites, including tips on completing the Health Risk Assessment. Dates and times are posted online. Read more...

Contemporary Organ Music Festival
Matthew Suttor of Yale University will give a pre-concert talk at 5:30 p.m. in the Interfaith Chapel on Saturday, March 29, that will be followed by a reception and a concert at 7 p.m. by Eastman organ student Randall Harlow featuring the first complete American performance of a milestone Radio Bremen program.

Reminder: Biometric Screenings and Health Assessments
Faculty and staff and their spouses and domestic partners who are enrolled in the University Health Care Plans are eligible for free biometric screenings. Faculty and staff who complete the confidential Health Risk Assessment will receive $100. Read more...


Friday, March 28
Jeff Campbell Trio. Memorial Art Gallery, 7 p.m.
, $10 tickets available at the door.

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Sports Buzz

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Baseball: The team meets St. Lawrence at 2 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday at home.

Lacrosse: The women play Geneseo at home at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Softball: The team faces St. John Fisher at home at 1 p.m. Saturday and meets Ithaca at home at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Squash: Six members of the team will participate in the seventh annual Rochester Squash Pro-Am tournament at the Goergen Athletic Center from April 3 to 6. The event is a satellite tournament on the Professional Squash Association tour and will feature players from Canada, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Botswana, Spain, Ireland, England, and South Africa. Read more...

Rochester in the News

New York Times (March 25)
"Protein Map of Human Spit Created"
Fred Hagen, research assistant professor of biochemistry and biophysics, is interviewed about a study he worked on, that identified all of the unique proteins found in human saliva glands: "This is potentially a large field that has many clinical implications in the area of disease diagnostics." Read more... (Also reported by MSNBC, New Scientist, Scientific American, Reuters, UPI, Globe and Mail Canada, and many other publications.)

In Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education (March 26)
"Federal Judge Rules That Plagiarism-Detection Tool Does Not Violate Students' Copyrights"

A federal judge ruled that Turnitin, a Web site professors use for detecting plagiarism, does not violate students' copyrights by storing copies of their essays. The judge ruled that the company's scanning of students' papers is within fair use under copyright law. Read more...

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