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@Rochester: September 5, 2008

Today's Forecast: Isolated Thunderstorms, High 87°

Tomorrow: Showers, High 72°

In Today's Issue

  • Steven Goldman to Lead Department of Neurology
  • Musician Leaders Evaluate Eastman's 'Polyphonic' Web Site
  • Comedian Zach Galifianakis Steps in for Yellowjacket Weekend
  • Faculty Club & Meliora Restaurant Closed Today
  • Event Highlight: College Convocation
  • Rochester in the News: Caroline Breese Hall on the Transmisison of a Virus in DNA; Curt Smith Offers McCain Speech Advice
  • In Higher Education: New Kind of Literacy Is Financial

News and Announcements

Steven Goldman to Lead Department of Neurology

After an extensive national search, Steven Goldman, a professor of neurology who has been with the University since 2003 and who is a leading international figure in efforts to use stem cells to treat human disease, has been tapped to lead the Department of Neurology at the Medical Center. Read more...

Musician Leaders Evaluate Eastman's 'Polyphonic' Web Site

Key leaders from 21 of the country's largest orchestras have been invited to the Eastman School on Monday, September 8, to discuss the impact of, a Web site for professional orchestra musicians and aspiring students that was launched more than two years ago by Eastman's Institute for Music Leadership. Read more...

Comedian Zach Galifianakis Steps in for Yellowjacket Weekend

Comedy Central's Zach Galifianakis will be the featured comedian for a Yellowjacket Weekend performance at 9 p.m. Saturday, September 6, at Strong Auditorium. That's after previously scheduled comedian B. J. Novak had to cancel because of illness. Tickets for Novak will be accepted for the Galifianakis performance. The Campus Activities Board also has set up programs to swap tickets as well as to exchange or refund them. For more information, call the Common Connection at x5-5911. Read more...

Faculty Club & Meliora Restaurant Closed Today

Dining Services sends a reminder: The Faculty Club & Meliora Restaurant will be closed today in order to accommodate the College Convocation ceremony. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Convocation luncheon immediately following the ceremony. The Faculty Club & Meliora Restaurant will return to regular operating hours on Monday, September 8. 


Friday, September 5

College Convocation: Dandelion Square. Noon.

For more events:

Rochester in the News

Reuters News Service (September 3)

"Virus Is Passed from Parent to Child in the DNA"

Caroline Breese Hall, professor of pediatrics, talks about a study she led that indicates the virus that causes the childhood infection roseola is often passed through the DNA of a parent to a child. "This is really a unique mechanism for congenital infections," Hall says. The study was published in the journal Pediatrics. Also reported by ABC News, New Scientist United Kingdom, and others. Read more... (September 4)

"In His Speech, McCain Needs to Reassemble the Nixon-Reagan Conservative Coalition"

In an essay written before Sen. John McCain gave his acceptance speech at Thursday's Republican convention, Curt Smith, senior lecturer in the Department of English and former speechwriter for George H. W. Bush, was asked to offer advice about the address. "Unlike Nixon and Reagan, McCain often seems a stranger in Main Street's foreign land. The acceptance can sway its still-hung jury," Smith writes. Read more...

In Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education (September 4)

"For Students, the New Kind of Literacy Is Financial"

"Eight years ago, Texas Tech University started a financial-literacy program to help its students master the basics of budgeting, saving, and not buying what they can't afford. Now, as colleges grapple with rising costs and an economic downturn, the university has found itself at the forefront of a growing effort to sharpen students' financial know-how." Read more...

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