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In Today’s Issue

  • Nerve Cells Key to Making Sense of Our Senses
  • Video: Black Friday ‘Hijacked’ by Christmas Creep
  • Symposium Examines Pre-Columbian Peru
  • Online Shopping Safety Tips
  • Medical Orchestra to Give Free Concert Tuesday
  • Cashier’s Office, Bookstores to Close for Holiday
  • Call for Art: (en)Gendered
  • Save on Glasses at Optical Shop Trunk Show

News and Announcements

Nerve Cells Key to Making Sense of Our Senses
A team of scientists at Rochester, Washington University in St. Louis, and Baylor College of Medicine has unraveled how the brain manages to process complex, rapidly changing, and often conflicting sensory signals to make sense of our world.

Video: Black Friday ‘Hijacked’ by Christmas Creep
Traditional Black Friday sales are being “hijacked” by Christmas displays in stores earlier every year—this year, well before Halloween—according to George Cook, executive professor of marketing at the Simon School.

Symposium Examines Pre-Columbian Peru
A symposium on “Building the Landscape of Pre-Columbian Peru: Archaeological and Architectural Perspectives” is planned for Dec. 1 and 2. Events will take place at the Memorial Art Gallery and on the River Campus.

Online Shopping Safety Tips
Shopping on the Internet can be economical, convenient, and as safe as shopping in a store or by mail, especially if you follow University IT’s tips for safer online shopping. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? Send them to

Medical Orchestra to Give Free Concert Tuesday
The Rochester Medical Orchestra, conducted by Michael Ruhling, will perform a free concert at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22, in Flaum Atrium, Medical Center. The concert benefits Arc of Monroe County. Donations of any amount are encouraged but not required.

Cashier’s Office, Bookstores to Close for Holiday
The Cashier’s Office at the Medical Center will be closed from Thursday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Nov. 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. It will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28. The River Campus Bookstore will be closed from 2 p.m. on Wednesday through Sunday. The Medical Center Bookstore will close at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday and remain closed through the weekend. The Eastman Bookstore will be open until 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday and then close for the weekend. All stores will resume regular hours on Monday.

Call for Art: (en)Gendered
The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies announces a call for art for (en)Gendered, its annual juried undergraduate art show. This year’s theme is “‘Failure is Impossible’: Feminism’s Past, Present, and Future” and SBAI will be accepting submissions of work that deal with the topics of gender and/or feminism. Three top artists will win $150 each. Students can pick up entry forms at Sage Art Center. Entries are due Dec. 12. The opening show and announcement of winners, as well as a gallery talk by the guest judge, will take place at 5 p.m. Jan. 20 in Sage. Contact for more information.

Save on Glasses at Optical Shop Trunk Show
The Flaum Eye Institute Optical Shop’s trunk show and sale runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Check your mail for an employee postcard to receive an extra $10 off your purchase on the day of the show (prior sales and contact lenses are excluded). Refreshments will be served. RSVP by Nov. 30 to 275-8762.

Nov. 21, 2011
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Today’s Event Highlight
Composers’ Sinfonietta
8 p.m., Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School.

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Rochester in the News
YNN (Nov. 18)
Futuristic Health Monitor is Now Patented Technology
An electronic bio-chip could more quickly, and more accurately, monitor a person’s health from the inside. While the device is still years away from being implanted in people, the man who came up with the concept is excited about the possibilities. “Ultimately it will be a smaller device. It will probably change the way people live,” says cardiologist Spencer Rosero. Read more...

Smithsonian Magazine (Nov. 18)
What We’re Still Learning About Hawaii
Though scientists have zeroed in on the hotspot as the source of Hawaii’s volcanoes, there’s still a lot they don’t know about it, including just how deep it is. Figuring out how to see into the earth’s interior is “just a very difficult experimental problem to answer,” says John Tarduno, a professor of geophysics. “We would like to get better images to see the hotspot source itself.” Read more...

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