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University of Rochester News (Oct. 23, 2008) 10/23/2008 05:45 AM @Rochester: Oct. 23, 2008

@Rochester: Oct. 23, 2008

Today's Forecast: Sunny, High 53°

Tomorrow: Partly Cloudy, High 63°

In Today's Issue

  • Read President Seligman's Op-Ed in Today's Inside Higher Ed
  • Finding Sheds Light on Motor Neuron Diseases Like ALS
  • Community Health Program Opens New City Home
  • Wellness Program Recognized by American Heart Association
  • Warner Student Named Leader of the Year
  • Recycle Home Electronics at Friday Event
  • Cancer Center Hosts Scientific Symposium Today
  • Correction: Richard Norton Smith to Speak in Hawkins-Carlson Room
  • Event Highlight: Roman Engineering with Robert Hohlfelder
  • Sports Buzz: Women's Volleyball, Field Hockey at Home
  • Rochester in the News: President Seligman on Fixing the Finance System
  • In Higher Education: Fulbright Emphasizes Diversity

News and Announcements

Read President Seligman's Op-Ed on the Economic Crisis in Today's Inside Higher Ed

"There are both reasons to worry and reasons to be hopeful right now. This nation has pulled through worse crises before, including the stock market crash of 1929-1933, and we will pull through this one," writes President Seligman in today's Inside Higher EdRead more...

Finding Sheds Light on Motor Neuron Diseases Like ALS

Scientists have identified a gene in mice that plays a central role in the proper development of one of the nerve cells that goes bad in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, and some other diseases that affect motor neurons. The study is the result of a collaboration by scientists at the Medical Center, working with a developmental neuroscientist at Harvard University. Read more...

Community Health Program Opens New City Home

The Medical Center Tuesday opened the doors on a new home for its community-based health initiatives.The Center for Community Health's new location at 46 Prince Street marks a return to the original University campus and consolidates several outreach and research programs into a single site that is more accessible to the community. Read more...

Wellness Program Recognized by American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is recognizing the University as a Start! Fit-Friendly Company as part of a national initiative to promote physical activity and health in the workplace. A special advertising section in the Oct. 27 issue of Forbes magazine will include the University in a list of companies from across the nation participating in the program. Read more...

Warner Student Named Leader of the Year

Edward Foote, a doctoral student the Warner School, has been named Leader of the Year by Tech & Learning magazine for his innovative work and use of technology in his teaching. Foote is a special education teacher at Jefferson Avenue Elementary School in the Fairport Central School District. Read more...

Recycle Home Electronics at Friday Event

The Facilities and Services Division is sponsoring a home electronics waste recycling day on Friday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A recycling truck will be located in the south end of "Park Lot," behind Parking Lot 1. Recycle computers, cell phones, printers, scanners, and more. Hard drives will be cleaned and all component parts will be recycled.  Call 273-4567 to arrange for pick up of departmental equipment, which will not be accepted at Friday's event. 

Cancer Center Hosts Scientific Symposium Today

The James P. Wilmot Cancer Center is hosting the 13th Annual Scientific Symposium from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Class of '62 Auditorium at the Medical Center. The event brings together scientists working in basic translational and clinical cancer research. Read more...

Correction: Richard Norton Smith to Speak in Hawkins-Carlson Room

Presidential historian and exhibit curator Richard Norton Smith will give a talk titled "Can History Help Voters Pondering Their Choices?" The free talk is at 4:30 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library (not Rare Books, as previously reported).  A reception will follow in the Rare Books and Collections Department where the exhibit is on display. Read more...


Thursday, Oct. 23

Roman Engineering with Robert Hohlfelder: Rush Rhees Library. 5 to 7 p.m.

For more events:

Sports Buzz

Get the latest athletics news at

Oct. 23: Keuka College. 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: SUNY Geneseo. 9 a.m.; SUNY Potsdam, 1 p.m.

Field Hockey: 
Oct. 25: Hamilton College. 2 p.m.
Oct. 26: St. Lawrence. 1 p.m.

Rochester in the News

Financial Week (Oct. 21)

"House Committee Urged to Consider Single Agency for Market Oversight"

"To formalize one agency as unequivocally in charge during times of crisis seems wise," President Seligman advised the House Financial Services Committee during hearings on Tuesday. (Also reported by MSNBC, BusinessWeek, Washington Post, and others.) Read more...

In Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education (Oct. 24)

"Fulbright Emphasizes Diversity Among Its Fellows"

The exchange program wants to attract more nonwhite fellows, and more from community colleges. Read more...

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