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In Today’s Issue

  • Two Eastman Alumni Earn Grammy Awards
  • Starve a Virus, Feed a Cure?
  • Warner Helps Establish Counseling Profession in Bhutan
  • Rochester Romance
  • Reminder: NYS Wage Theft Prevention Act Notice
  • Looking at AIDS 30 Years On: Gran Fury Conversation
  • Event Celebrates Italian Studies
  • ‘Spotlight On ...’ Series Continues
  • Brass Choir Presents Organ and Brass Works Feb. 19

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Two Eastman Alumni Earn Grammy Awards
Two Eastman School graduates were recognized in the 54th Grammy Awards. Robert (Bob) Ludwig ’66E, ’01E (MM) was honored for Best Surround Sound Album and Christopher Lamb ’81E won for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.

Starve a Virus, Feed a Cure?
A protein that protects some of immune cells from the most common and virulent form of HIV works by starving the virus of the molecular building blocks that it needs to replicate, according to research from an international team including scientists from the Medical Center.

Warner Helps Establish Counseling Profession in Bhutan
Warner School professors Mary Rapp, director of the School Leadership Preparation Program, and Howard Kirschenbaum, professor emeritus of counseling and human development, were part of the Bhutan Counseling Institute, a team of 12 counselors and counselor educators invited by the government of Bhutan to assist in developing a counseling profession.

Rochester Romance
Happy Valentine’s Day! The University homepage today features photos of couples who found romance at Rochester. See the photos.

Reminder: NYS Wage Theft Prevention Act Notice
As an employee of the University, you should have received a letter mailed to your home that outlines your pay rate, overtime rate (if applicable), pay frequency along with pay day, and other information about the University as required by the New York State Wage Theft Prevention Act. A response from you is required. You can do so electronically by logging into the HRMS system and using the following path : Main Menu>Self-Service>Payroll & Compensation>WTPA-Acknowledgement; or you can return a signed copy of the letter to Human Resources in the envelope provided, keeping a copy for your records. For questions about the letter or navigating the HRMS system, contact ASK URHR at 275-8747.

Looking at AIDS 30 Years On: Gran Fury Conversation
The Humanities Project, “Looking at AIDS 30 Years On,” continues at 5:30 p.m. today with a conversation with Gran Fury, an affinity group of ACT UP—a group that worked to create attention to advance the public discourse around AIDS. Members Loring McAlpin and John Lindell will show images of Gran Fury’s work, some of which are featured in the exhibition Picturing AIDS and Its Publics: Educational Posters from the Atwater Collection, on view in Rush Rhees Library’s Department of Rare Books & Special Collections.

Event Celebrates Italian Studies
The Italian program in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures is hosting its annual Celebration of Italian Studies at the University. Donna Logan, director on location for the Arezzo study abroad program, as well as faculty and students who have participated, will be on hand to discuss the Arezzo program. Voice students from the Eastman School will perform Italian songs and arias during the event, which takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in The Meliora, Salon D.

‘Spotlight On ...’ Series Continues
Ryan Prendergast, associate professor of modern languages and cultures, will be the guest speaker at the “Spotlight On ... Series” at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library. He will speak about “Representing Errant Subjects: Monty Python, Don Quixote, and the Spanish Inquisition.” Light refreshments will be served.

Brass Choir Presents Organ and Brass Works Feb. 19
The University’s Brass Choir will be joined by guest organist Bruce Frank in a concert of classical and popular music at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, in the sanctuary of St. Mary’s Church in downtown Rochester. The performance will feature a program that was largely conceived and designed by students, featuring several world premiere arrangements prepared by members of the Brass Choir.

Feb. 14, 2012
Snow Showers
Today’s Forecast:
Snow Shower, High 37°
AM Snow Showers, High 38°
Today’s Event Highlight
Talk: Racial Language in American Politics
6 p.m., Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library.

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Rochester in the News
The New York Times (Feb. 12)
Here’s Looking at You (but I’m Still Texting)
Researchers have created a prototype for a touch screen that can be used to send messages while it’s concealed in a jacket or pants pocket. “There are a lot of situations where this technology could be useful,” says Jeffrey Bigham, assistant professor of computer science, who chaired a conference panel on computer user interfaces where PocketTouch was demonstrated. “It’s a way to send short messages when it is not socially appropriate to fish out your device,” he says, or in many other instances when people simply don’t want to go to the trouble of removing a device from a pocket.

The New York Times (Feb. 13)
Why Rochester Thrives
In a letter to the editor responding to a guest opinion piece by Duncan Moore, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, American Association of Museums President Ford Bell writes:  “It is worth noting that all three cities [Rochester, Pittsburgh, and San Diego] boast exceptionally strong museum communities, something that Mr. Moore mentions only in passing. In Rochester, Eastman House, the Rochester Museum and Science Center and the Memorial Art Gallery are among the pillars of the local educational infrastructure. The Strong National Museum of Play welcomes close to 600,000 visitors a year in a community of 1.1 million residents.”

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