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In Today’s Issue

  • Cupid’s Arrow Turns Digital
  • Three Basketball Players Earn Academic All-District Honors
  • Longtime Trustee William Webber Remembered
  • Financial Times Ranks Simon School Among Top 25
  • A Season for Nonviolence Focuses on Youth Outreach
  • Students Attempt to Break Record for Longest Taco Line
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act
  • Seminar: Making Healthier Choices When Eating Out
  • PEAK Lab New Technology Open House
  • Financial Health Bites: Tax Planning

News and Announcements

Cupid’s Arrow Turns Digital
Online dating has not only shed its stigma, it has surpassed all forms of matchmaking in the United States other than meeting through friends, according to a new analysis of research on the burgeoning relationship industry. “Online dating is definitely a new and much needed twist on relationships,” says coathor Harry Reis, professor of psychology.

Three Basketball Players Earn Academic All-District Honors
Nathan Novosel ’12, Jodie Luther ’12, and Jackie Walker ’13 have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District Three First Team after voting by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America. The three students will now be placed on the national ballot for possible election to the Capital One Academic All-America Team.

Longtime Trustee William Webber Remembered
William Webber, a longtime member of the University’s Board of Trustees and a former vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase, died Feb. 1. He was 93. First elected to the board in 1970, Webber served on the Executive, Buildings and Grounds, Hospital, Student Affairs, and Personnel Committees, as well as on several other board task forces and committees. He was named a senior trustee in 1989 and a life trustee in 1994. The University flag will be lowered Wednesday, Feb. 8, in his honor.

Financial Times Ranks Simon School Among Top 25
The Simon School is on the rise according to an annual ranking of the world’s best business schools by the Financial Times of London. In its Jan. 30 issue, Simon is ranked 22nd among the top 25 business schools in the U.S. (up from 26th last year) and 49th among the top 100 business schools in the world (up from 52nd last year). In specialty rankings, Simon rose to 3rd in the world for finance (up from 6th last year) and 4th in the world for economics (up from 5th last year). Simon is also ranked 7th in the world for accounting. In terms of salary progression, Simon is tied for 4th in the U.S. with Stanford as measured by the percentage change in salary between pre-MBA and post-MBA.

A Season for Nonviolence Focuses on Youth Outreach
From February to April, youth from the greater Rochester area will have opportunities to attend lectures and events that share the nonviolent practices taught by Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. during A Season for Nonviolence. While many of the season’s events are open to all community members, this year’s campaign has a special focus on empowering youth to adopt nonviolent tools and share what they’ve learned with their families and friends.

Students Attempt to Break Record for Longest Taco Line
Rochester undergraduates are seeking to break Michigan State University’s current Guinness record by lining up more than 853 edible tacos to create the World’s Longest Line of Tacos. More than 30 students and staff will build the taco line from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Official measurement of the number of tacos and length of the line will take place from noon to 12:30 p.m. and members of the University community are invited to stay for lunch at 12:30 p.m.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act
The University received 206 illegal file-sharing notifications from copyright holders between September 2011 and January 2012. The University has sent out 114 first-time notifications and 10 second-time notifications resulting in network disconnections. For each complaint filed, there are escalating consequences. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? Send them to

Seminar: Making Healthier Choices When Eating Out
Well-U is sponsoring an interactive presentation, Simple Swap: A Carewise Health Guide to Eating Out, on Wednesday, Feb. 8, in collaboration with the Medical Center Fitness and Wellness Center’s Amazing Weight Loss Race. The presentation focuses on how to make healthier choices with respect to calories, fat, sodium, sugar, and protein while eating out. Individuals don’t have to be enrolled in the race to attend the talk, which will be held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in the Whipple Room (2-6424) and from 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. in K-307 (3-6408), in the Medical Center. Register here.

PEAK Lab New Technology Open House
The PEAK Clinical Research Lab (B-5035, Medical Center) will host a New Technology Demonstration Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. See how equilibrate and the PEAK Lab can be used in your research study or clinical practice. Equilibrate is a balance tool designed to assist caregivers in diagnosing deficiencies and developing enhanced physical performance necessary for maintaining a high quality of life. Refreshments will be provided at the open house. Contact Michelle Porto at 273-3148 or with any questions.

Financial Health Bites: Tax Planning
Learn more about tax planning on Thursday, Feb. 9. Conducted by a representative from Canandaigua National Bank & Trust, the session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Northeastern Conference Room (1-9535) in the Medical Center. Guests and lunches are welcome. Registration is required.

Feb. 6, 2012
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Today’s Event Highlight
Eastman Philharmonia
8 p.m., Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

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Rochester in the News
Christian Science Monitor (Feb. 1)
Facebook IPO: Could it Backfire if Users Revolt?
Financially, not many folks will be able to jump on the early bandwagon, says Cliff Smith, Louise and Henry Epstein Professor of Business Administration and professor of finance and economics at the Simon School. “The typical person who hears about this IPO and says, ‘That sounds great, I’d like to get some of those shares,’ isn’t going to be able to call up a broker and say, ‘Sell me 100 shares,’” he says. “Those brokers reserve shares of a popular IPO for their best customers, and this one is already way oversubscribed.”

Mercatus Center at George Mason University (Jan. 31)
David Primo Analyzes the Presidential Race on Bloomberg Radio
On Bloomberg Radio, David Primo, associate professor of political science and business administration, breaks down the presidential race by looking at the potential impact of a third-party candidate and considering the likelihood of a brokered Republican convention.

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