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In Today’s Issue

  • David Williams Awarded Prize in Vision Science
  • Composer Celebrated in Music, Readings
  • Eastman Alumni Headline Tribute to Rayburn Wright
  • University Mourns the Loss of Shirley Nixon
  • Plutzik Series Features Poetry Reading with Henri Cole
  • Benefits Expo Starts Tomorrow
  • Regional Chemistry Prize Announced
  • Students Discuss Password Security

News and Announcements

David Williams Awarded Prize in Vision Science
David Williams—a faculty member in the Institute of Optics, director of the Center for Visual Science, and dean for research in Arts, Science & Engineering—received the Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award. The award recognizes Williams’s work on adaptive optics technologies as a “major breakthrough in the understanding and/or the preservation of vision.” Read more...

Composer Celebrated in Music, Readings
Music and writings of Karol Szymanowski will be featured in a concert commemorating the 130th anniversary of the composer's birthday and 75th anniversary of his death. The concert will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in Hatch Recital Hall at the Eastman School. Read more...

Eastman Alumni Headline Tribute to Rayburn Wright
A roster of award-winning composers and musicians will be returning to their alma mater when the Eastman School pays homage to composer, trombonist, conductor, and teacher Rayburn Wright on Friday, Oct. 12. Read more...

University Mourns the Loss of Shirley Nixon
Shirley Nixon, a financial counselor in the Medical Faculty Group, died Sept. 10. Nixon, who lived in Rochester, was 43. She joined the University in 2004. University flags will be lowered in her honor Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Plutzik Series Features Poetry Reading with Henri Cole
The first event in the 2012–13 Plutzik Reading Series features a poetry reading with Henri Cole, who has published eight collections of poetry and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The reading starts at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library. Read more...

Benefits Expo Starts Tomorrow
Talk with representatives from carriers and third-party administrators from the University’s benefit plans. The expo will also include health and wellness initiatives as well as plenty of freebies and raffle prizes. Stop by Flaum Atrium at the Medical Center between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sept. 18 and 19. The expo continues Thursday, Sept. 20, on the River Campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the May Room, Wilson Commons.

Regional Chemistry Prize Announced
A Harvard University chemist has been selected to receive the 2012 Harrison Howe Award from the Rochester Section of the American Chemical Society, an award supported by the Department of Chemistry and the Medical Center. Xiaoliang Sunney Xie, the Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard, will be recognized Oct. 2 at a ceremony during the society's Northeast Regional Meeting, at which Xie will present a keynote address. The award is dedicated to the memory of a cofounder of the ACS Rochester Section and a well-known chemist, editor, and author who received an honorary doctorate from Rochester in 1927. 

Students Discuss Password Security
Hear what Rochester students have to say about password security in this video. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, send them to

Sept. 17, 2012
Today’s Forecast:
Sunny, High 80°
Showers, High 69°

The Week Ahead
Tuesday, Sept. 18
Diversity Seminar: Ending LGBT Invisibility and Disparities in Health Care, 4 p.m., Auditorium (K307) 3-6408 Medical Center.

Wednesday, Sept. 19
Eastman Wind Orchestra and Eastman Wind Ensemble, 8 p.m., Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Wednesday, Sept. 19, to Sunday, Sept. 23
First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, featuring performers from the University. Various times and locations.

Thursday, Sept. 20
Max at the Gallery Tapas Night, 5 p.m., Memorial Art Gallery.

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Rochester in the News
CBS News (Sept. 13)
Bacteria Sucked Up 200,000 Tons of Oil after BP Spill
Naturally occurring bacteria gobbled up at least 200,000 tons of oil and natural gas that spewed into the gulf following the BP Deepwater Horizon spill, a new study shows. Researcher John Kessler, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, said the hydrocarbon-eating bacteria removed the majority of the oil and gas trapped in underwater layers more than a half-mile below the surface. But the bacteria’s appetite seemed to die down five months after the April 2010 explosion that set off the environmental disaster, Kessler and his team found.

Democrat and Chronicle (Sept. 14)
Adam Sadilek Wants to Keep You Healthy
Postdoctoral fellow Adam Sadilek is part of a team at University using algorithms on Twitter to track the flu.

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