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@Rochester: Dec. 5, 2008

@Rochester: Dec. 5, 2008

Today's Forecast: Flurries, High 30°

Tomorrow: Few Snow Showers, High 30°

In Today's Issue

  • Eastman Professor Earns Fifth Grammy Nomination
  • Eiseman Award Winner on Radio Program Today
  • Mileage Reimbursement and Moving Allowance Rates Updated
  • Kids Battle Climate Change in Lego Competition
  • Art Gallery Announces Extended Holiday Hours
  • Families Can Enjoy Breakfast with Santa
  • Coat Drive Continues This Month
  • Event Highlight: Faculty Recital Canceled; Holiday Vendor Fair Is Today
  • Rochester in the News: Michel Berg on Epilepsy Drug Risk
  • In Higher Education: Better Learning with Sites and Sound

News and Announcements

Eastman Professor Earns Fifth Grammy Nomination

Paul O'Dette, professor of lute at the Eastman School and a respected performer and scholar of Renaissance and Baroque music, has been nominated for his fifth Grammy Award. He is up against two Eastman alumni in the Best Opera Recording category: Soprano Renée Fleming, '83E (MM) and tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, '01E (MM). Read more...

Eiseman Award Winner on Radio Program Today

Bill Kauffman, winner of the 2008 Andrew Eiseman Writers Award at the University for his book Look Homeward, America: In Search of Reactionary Radicals, will be a guest on WXXI’s Arts Friday with Brenda Tremblay at noon today, Dec. 5. Created in 2005 by the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, the Eiseman Writers Award celebrates Rochester-area writers who have been published during the previous calendar year. 

Mileage Reimbursement and Moving Allowance Rates Updated

The University is adjusting its mileage reimbursement rates to reflect the new IRS rates. Effective Jan. 1, the business mileage reimbursement rate will be 55 cents per mile. The standard mileage rate of moving expenses will be 24 cents per mile. 

Kids Battle Climate Change in Lego Competition

More than 360 boys and girls ages 9 to 14 will build and race Lego robots in the fourth annual Finger Lakes FIRST LEGO League Tournament Series on Sunday. The championship will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 7, in the Goergen Athletic Center. Read more...

Art Gallery Announces Extended Holiday Hours

The Memorial Art Gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, and Tuesday, Dec. 30. 

Families Can Enjoy Breakfast with Santa

Alumni, families, and friends are invited to the University's annual Breakfast with Santa. There will be crafts, a gift for every child, holiday carols, and more. Donations for Toys for Tots will be collected at the door. Tickets are $11 for adults, $8 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3. Call Dining Services at 275-7687 to register. Free parking is available in Library and Intercampus lots. 

Coat Drive Continues This Month

The Student National Medical Association is partnering with Refugee Student Alliance to hold a coat drive at Strong Memorial Hospital. They are asking for new or gently used coats, sweaters, gloves, hats, and scarves. Drop-off locations are at student services (G7644) at the Medical Center, the entrance to Miner Library, and near the condiments station at the main cafeteria on the hospital's first floor. The drive continues throughout December. E-mail natalia_golub@urmc.rochester.edu with questions. 

Events

Friday, Dec. 5

Holiday Vendor Fair: Wilson Commons, Hirst Lounge. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Canceled

Faculty Artist Series: Eastman's Faculty Artist Series recital by cellist Steven Doane on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall has been canceled.

For more events: www.rochester.edu/calendar.

Rochester in the News

U.S. News and World Report (Dec. 3)

"Epilepsy Drug May Raise Autism Risk in Offspring"

"There's a fair amount of early data that indicates, for instance, that valproate may cause neural tube closure problems. That's an indication that valproate affects brain development," says Michel Berg, medical director of the Strong Epilepsy Center. Read more...

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (Dec. 3)

"Better Learning With Sites and Sound"

"Even as many instructors embrace digital tools in the classroom, some are pushing the technology envelope with more complex tools for teaching or interacting with students." Read more...

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