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University of Rochester News (September 22, 2008) 09/22/2008 05:45 AM @Rochester: Sept. 22, 2008

@Rochester: Sept. 22, 2008

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In Today's Issue

  • Researchers Disclose Advance in Treating Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Slide Show: Courage Bowl 2008
  • Nobelist Discusses 'Why Can't Time Run Backwards?'
  • University's New Homepage Goes Live
  • Meliora Joins National 'Dine Out'
  • Gelbard Named Director of Neural Development Center
  • Event Highlight: Unfinished Business—Women's Leadership Talk
  • Rochester in the News: President Seligman on SEC and Wall Street Turmoil
  • In Higher Education: Broad Changes in Federal Financial Aid Proposed

News and Announcements

Researchers Disclose Advance in Treating Spinal Cord Injuries

A team of scientists from the Medical Center and from Colorado has shown that manipulating stem cells prior to transplantation may hold the key to overcoming a critical obstacle to using stem cell technology to repair spinal cord injuries. The news also was reported by the Daily Telegraph (UK), Science Daily, and others. Read more...

Slide Show: Courage Bowl 2008

Football fans filled Fauver Stadium Saturday night for the annual Courage Bowl, a fundraiser for Camp Good Days and Special Times. The St. John Fisher Cardinals came from behind to defeat the Yellowjackets 24-17. View photos . . .  

Nobelist Discusses 'Why Can't Time Run Backwards?'

As part of the 2008 Montroll Lectures in Physics, Nobel laureate Anthony Leggett will address one of the greatest conundrums of physics—why does time have a "direction"?—in a public talk at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in Hoyt Auditorium. Read more...

Notice Something about the University's Homepage?

The University's homepage has a new look that emphasizes dramatic imagery, easy navigation, and simpler structure. Work on the new page began about a year ago, and visitors have commented on the beta version of the site for the past six weeks. 

Meliora Joins National 'Dine Out'

The Meliora Restaurant is taking part in a national "dine out" to raise awareness about child hunger with a dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The dinner is part of the "Great American Dine Out" campaign of the Share Our Strength program, which will receive a percentage of the proceeds. Call 275-0851 for details. 

Gelbard Named Director of Neural Development Center

Harris Gelbard, professor of neurology, pediatrics, and of microbiology and immunology, has been named director of the Center for Neural Development and Disease at the Medical Center. Read more...


Monday, September 22

Unfinished Business—Women's Leadership Talk: Jill Tietjen, coauthor of Herstory. Schlegel 102. 4:30 p.m.

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Rochester in the News

Washington Post (September 28)

"Crisis Poses Big Test for Markets' Regulator"

President Joel Seligman, author of a history of the Securities and Exchange Commission, is quoted in a story about what steps SEC Chairman Christopher Cox should have taken in response to recent turmoil on Wall Street. "There's a lot of fault to go around" among Washington regulators, Seligman says. "It's fair to say Cox is now in a storm that is probably the most serious since the 1930s. A lot of people have been finding their way. It is important that he is now at the table." Read more...

In Higher Education

New York Times (September 18)

"Panel Proposes Broad Changes in Federal Financial Aid for College"

"A panel of education experts and researchers on Thursday proposed a broad reconfiguration of federal policies on financial aid for college, including a simpler application process, Pell grant maximums linked to the consumer price index and, most radically, federally financed college savings accounts for children in low-income families." Read more...

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