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In Today's Issue

  • Report Calls Attention to Faculty Mentoring
  • Statement on NRC's Assessment of Ph.D. Programs
  • Medical Center Scientists Target Amyloid to Stop HIV
  • Author Paul Auster Discusses Fiction and Translation
  • Are Tribute Bands the Future of Rock ’n’ Roll?
  • Young Moms Graduate from Community Program
  • Conference Looks at Domestic Violence

News and Announcements

Report Calls Attention to Faculty Mentoring
President Joel Seligman today released a Mentoring Report from the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity and the Faculty Working Group on Mentoring. “With this report, we are one step closer to creating an inclusive campus culture through the commitment from each school to work to develop mentoring structures and processes that will assure far stronger support for professional development for all faculty,” Seligman said. The mentoring report is an addendum to the 2009 Listening Tour report and contains the principal recommendation that each school construct its own faculty mentoring plan. Status and progress of each school’s mentoring program will be reported annually to the Faculty Senate and in Seligman’s yearly report on diversity.

Statement on NRC's Assessment of Ph.D. Programs
“The National Research Council’s assessment of Ph.D. programs provides deans, department chairs, and graduate program directors with a powerful tool for analyzing the comparative strength of a given Ph.D. program across 20 variables to identify hidden strengths and areas for improvement,” University Provost Ralph Kuncl noted after the results were released Tuesday. “Those variables include indicators of faculty research activity, student support and outcomes, and diversity. We intend to make full use of this rich trove of information to continue to enhance our programs.” For more about the assessment, visit the council's site.

Medical Center Scientists Target Amyloid to Stop HIV
Rochester researchers are exploring ways to exploit properties of protein structures that are best known for the troubles they pose in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients to find a new way to stop HIV.

Author Paul Auster Discusses Fiction and Translation
Bestselling author Paul Auster presents this year's George H. Ford Lecture at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room. Presented by the Department of English, the lecture is cosponsored by the Reading the World Conversation series.

Are Tribute Bands the Future of Rock ’n’ Roll?
Where are you going to turn when the original musicians of a generation of rock music are no longer around to perform live? John Covach, chair of the Department of Music in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering and a professor of music theory at the Eastman School, says fans and critics may have to rethink the idea of tribute bands.
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Young Moms Graduate from Community Program
A graduation ceremony for about 30 young mothers who completed the Building Healthy Children program, a collaboration involving the University's Mt. Hope Family Center, the Medical Center's pediatrics staff, and the Society for Protection and Care of Children, will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. today at Danforth Recreation Center, 200 West Ave., in Rochester.

Conference Looks at Domestic Violence
A free conference on lessons learned from domestic violence research and the implications for victims will be held Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 at the Medical Center.

Sept. 29, 2010
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Mostly Cloudy, High 68°
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Today's Event Highlight
Eastman Philharmonia Concert
8 p.m., Penfield High School

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Rochester in the News
Washington Post (Sept. 27)
'Action Video Games Speed Up Decision-Making Process'
"The benefit is coming from enhancing the amount of information the brain of action-game trainees can pick up from the environment for the task at hand," says Daphne Bavelier, a professor of brain and cognitive sciences, on research she helped lead that indicates playing action video games improves the ability of players to make fast and accurate decisions. Read more...

In Higher Education
New York Times (Sept. 28)
'MacArthur Foundation Honors 23'
Twelve men and 11 women were named MacArthur fellows this year. Read more...

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