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University of Rochester News (Dec. 11, 2008) 12/11/2008 05:45 AM @Rochester: Dec. 11, 2008

@Rochester: Dec. 11, 2008

Today's Forecast: Cloudy, High 28°

Tomorrow: Few Snow Showers, High 30°

In Today's Issue

  • Alumnus Steven Chu Reportedly Tapped as New Energy Secretary
  • Eastman Community Music School Holds Annual Holiday Event
  • Learn about Qi Gong Therapy at Workshop
  • Mane Attraction Offering Holiday Specials
  • Event Highlight: Brass Choir and Percussion Ensemble Concert
  • Sports Buzz: Squash, Swimming, Women's Basketball at Home
  • Rochester in News: Julie Fudge on PTSD and Stress
  • In Higher Education: New Machines Reproduce Custom Books on Demand

News and Announcements

Alumnus Steven Chu Reportedly Tapped as New Energy Secretary

Nobel laureate, alumnus, and trustee Steven Chu '70 is widely reported to be President-Elect Barack Obama’s selection for Secretary of Energy. "All of us at the University are thrilled that Steven Chu may be the next Secretary of Energy. In recent years he has focused his efforts on helping solve the nation's energy challenge in Berkeley's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory," says President Seligman. "He is the right person to lead our nation's efforts to create a wiser more diverse energy base in the 21st century." During a Meliora Weekend appearance in 2006, Chu said that global climate change and its irreversible damage is one of today’s most pressing issues. Chu helped convene an international panel of experts at the event to discuss the future of the world's energy needs, the environmental and economic effects of energy development, and the prospects for sustainable energy. "How do you actually get to where you want to get? You can't conserve your way to a solution," Chu said. "We have to figure this one out. We can't sit and wait." See a profile of Chu's Nobel work and read more about his appointment, which has been reported widely by media outlets, including the New York Times, Reuters, CNN, and BBC News.) Read more...

Eastman Community Music School Holds Annual Holiday Event

Students and ensembles of all ages at the Eastman Community Music School will be showcased during the school's 11th annual "Holiday Homecoming" concert series beginning at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. Read more...

Learn about Qi Gong Therapy at Workshop

People with cancer can learn about Qi Gong therapy during a talk from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Wilmot Cancer Center. The free session will be led by certified Qi Gong therapist Raphaela McCormack. 

Mane Attraction Offering Holiday Specials

The Mane Attraction Hair and Tanning Salon on the third floor in Wilson Commons is offering special holiday rates on Wednesdays and Fridays in December. A highlight and haircut for women, usually $70, will cost $50 and a highlight and haircut for men will be $25, down from $35. Call 275-3388 to make an appointment. 


Thursday, Dec. 11

Brass Choir and Percussion Ensemble Concert: Strong Upper Auditorium. 8 p.m.

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Sports Buzz

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Squash—Dec. 11: Dartmouth. 6 p.m.

Swimming—Dec. 12: RIT. 6 p.m.

Women's Basketball—Dec. 12: Union College. 7 p.m.

Rochester in the News

U.S. News and World Report (Dec. 10)

"PTSD Risk Rooted in Stress"

"This suggests this 'fragile egg' hypothesis—that some people are probably genetically a little bit less resilient [to PTSD] than other people," says Julie Fudge, an associate professor of psychiatry and neurobiology and anatomy. Read more...

In Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education (Dec. 5)

"New Machines Reproduce Custom Books on Demand"

Instead of publishers' printing thousands of books and hoping some of them will find buyers—and losing money when they don't—a new machine being used on some college campuses prints on demand. Read more...

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