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In Today's Issue

  • Eastman to Relocate Kilbourn Hall Events This Fall
  • Scientists Discover Cleansing System in Brain
  • Ryan Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Meliora Registration Near; Set Up Account Now
  • Walk with a Doc: Benefits of Aspirin
  • Temporary Water Shutdown at Wilson Commons

News and Announcements

Eastman to Relocate Kilbourn Hall Events This Fall
The Eastman School will relocate fall concerts and events scheduled for Kilbourn Hall, which will be closed for the semester for asbestos abatement. "Two independent tests have concluded that there has not been, nor is there at this time, any risk for faculty, staff, students, and patrons," says Douglas Lowry, Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School. Planning is underway for new venues. Concert patrons should check calendars on the websites of the Eastman School and University for new locations. Read more...

Scientists Discover Cleansing System in Brain
A previously unrecognized system that drains waste from the brain at a rapid clip has been discovered by neuroscientists at the Medical Center. The highly organized system acts like a series of pipes that piggyback on the brain’s blood vessels, sort of a shadow plumbing system that seems to serve much the same function in the brain as the lymph system does in the rest of the body—to drain away waste products. Read more ... 

Ryan Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
Richard Ryan, professor of psychology, psychiatry, and education at the University and cofounder of a leading theory of human motivation, has been selected for the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Network on Personal Meaning.

Meliora Registration Near; Set Up Account Now
Online registration begins at noon Monday, Aug. 20, for Meliora Weekend events. To expedite the registration process and check out faster when registering, set up an account for you and your guests today. Visit and click on the "Sign In/Create Account" button. Users who have their account information from last year may sign in using the same account to update personal info and add guests. Note: for Internet Explorer users, the website works best when viewed in IE8 or higher. Tickets to the live keynote address by Barbara Walters on Oct. 13 were decided by lottery earlier this month and will not be available during registration. Register for one of three simulcasts of the keynote address taking place on the River Campus in the Palestra, at the Medical Center in the Class of '62 Auditorium, and at the Eastman School. For questions about creating an account, call 877 MELIORA (877) 635-4672 or (585) 273-5888.

Walk with a Doc: Benefits of Aspirin
The best known benefit of aspirin is to relieve the pain from a headache; little is known about other benefits. Join Geoffrey Williams, professor of medicine, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Brook Landing, 910 Genesee St., as he discusses the benefits of aspirin and leads a walk around the University. For more information or to enroll visit

Temporary Water Shutdown at Wilson Commons
Water service in Wilson Commons will be interrupted starting at 7 p.m. today. The interruption is expected to last four hours, and will affect all water service in Wilson Commons, including bathrooms, kitchens, water fountains, fire sprinklers, etc. The interruption is necessary to relocate a water main that will be displaced by construction of the Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation.  Any questions regarding the shutdown should be addressed to Dan Morphy, distributed utilities manager, at 275-5263.

Aug. 16, 2012

Today's Forecast:
Sunny, 84°
Morning Thundershowers, 74°

Today's Event Highlight
Free Physicals for
Rochester Area Students

6 to 8 p.m., School of Medicine and Dentistry, 415 Elmwood Ave. Read more ...

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Rochester in the News
Rochester Business Journal (Aug. 10)
Strategic Plans Echo Vision
of Institution, Not One Person

Local university officials say they build safeguards into the planning process so no one person or small group has the power to determine an institution's strategic direction. "President Joel Seligman has made transparency a priority, giving regular updates on the University's goals and achievements through speeches to faculty and the community at large. 'Simply imposing a plan on the community is about as far removed from what we do as you can get,' Seligman says."

Rochester Business Journal (Aug. 10)
Educators Enter World of Social Networking, Find it Useful
Last month, Jeffrey Bigham wanted a reference for the concept that people do more work as volunteers than for low pay. So he tweeted a question, hoping his Twitter followers might have a reference handy. "I got six different responses in about an hour," says Bigham, assistant professor of computer science. "What was neat was that, because my social network has grown ... I got not only a computer science perspective, but also a social scientist and economist perspective."

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