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In Today's Issue

  • Study: Video Games Lead to Faster Decisions
  • Faculty, Staff, Grad Students Added to AlertUR
  • Grant Helps Blake Scholars Reshape Their Field
  • Warner Helps City Teachers Enhance History Lessons
  • Venture-Capitalist-in-Residence Holds Office Hours
  • Filmmaker Presents Tea on the Axis of Evil
  • Fitness Center Hosts Weight-Loss Race

News and Announcements

Study: Video Games Lead to Faster Decisions
Cognitive scientists from the University have discovered that playing action video games trains people to make the right decisions faster.

Faculty, Staff, Grad Students Added to AlertUR
Graduate students, faculty, and staff now have access to the AlertUR notification system for immediate communications in the event of emergencies. The current expansion of AlertUR does not include the Medical Center, which has other emergency systems in place. Plans are being developed to enroll Medical Center faculty and staff in the coming months.

Grant Helps Blake Scholars Reshape Their Field
A $230,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will allow teams from Rochester and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to continue developing the William Blake Archive, a free online collection of Blake's writings and illustrations for scholars worldwide.

Warner Helps City Teachers Enhance History Lessons
Warner School teaching and curriculum professors David Hursh and Kevin Meuwissen will assist teachers with improving American history instruction as part of two federal grants awarded to the Rochester City School District by the U.S. Department of Education.

Venture-Capitalist-in-Residence Holds Office Hours
Interested in raising capital for a business idea? Meet with the University’s Venture Capitalist-in-Residence on Wednesday, Sept. 15, between 9 a.m. and noon in Hylan Hall. Bela Musits, founding managing director of High Peaks Venture Partners, will visit campus each month to meet with students, faculty, and staff. To schedule an appointment, call 273-2486 or e-mail Lisa Sheldon.

Filmmaker Presents Tea on the Axis of Evil
Filmmaker Jean Marie Offenbacher will visit Rochester on Wednesday, Sept. 22, to present her film, Tea on the Axis of Evil. The award-winning film about “real" life in Syria will be shown at 5:30 p.m. in Sloan Auditorium. Offenbacher will be available for a question-and-answer session after the free screening. A reception will follow in the Munnerlyn Atrium. For more information, contact the Film and Media Studies office at 275-5757 or visit the Film and Media Studies Web site.

Fitness Center Hosts Weight-Loss Race
The Medical Center's Fitness and Wellness Center will host an 8-week program called the Amazing Weight Loss Race. Participants pay $38 and get personal training, weekly weigh-ins, sessions on healthy lifestyle changes, and use of the Fitness and Wellness Center (with locker). Those who lose the most weight will win cash prizes. Registration ends Sept. 30. For more information, call 275-2437.

Sept. 14, 2010
Today's Forecast:
Mostly Sunny, High 65°
Partly Cloudy, High 61°
Today's Event Highlight
Understanding the University's Retirement Program
Noon. Room 2W134, Helen Wood Hall.

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Rochester in the News
YNN Rochester (Sept. 10)
'U of R Research Funding Reaches Record Level'
The University reported a record level of research funding this year. Read more...

In Higher Education
Boston Globe (Sept. 12)
'Colleges: Freshmen Looking for Career Advice Now'
As college freshmen nationwide continue exploring their campuses—finding dining halls, laundry rooms, bookstores and gyms—officials at many schools say the newbies are increasingly finding their way to career centers. Read more...

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