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In Today’s Issue

  • Celebrating Meliora and Eastman Weekends
  • NY Times Guest Opinion: 'Cracking the Quantum Safe'
  • Research Lab in the Spotlight at National Meeting
  • Investor Leads Discussion on Entrepreneurship
  • Simon School Information Reception
  • Vote for Rochester as Most Vegan-Friendly College
  • Give Your Holiday Menu a Healthy Makeover
  • Concert Brings Rock 'n' Roll Legends to Life
  • Dance the Night Away at Viennese Ball
  • Latest HR Intercom Available
  • Oct. 17 Is English Night at the Theater
  • Zen Meditation Group Forming
  • Apple Clearance Sale

News and Announcements

Meliora Weekend
Keynote speaker Barbara Walters talks with President Joel Seligman

Celebrating Meliora and Eastman Weekends
Thousands of alumni, parents, and friends attended the annual celebrations on the River Campus and at the Eastman School. See photos and a social media archive.

NY Times Guest Opinion: 'Cracking the Quantum Safe'
“[Quantum information] could well usher in a radical new era of technology, one that makes today’s fastest computers look like hand-cranked adding machines,” Adam Frank, professor of physics and astronomy, writes in a guest opinion in Sunday's New York Times on some of the implications for work that received this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics. Read more...

Research Lab in the Spotlight at National Meeting
Matthew Hilton’s Medical Center laboratory, which studies the molecular gatekeepers for cartilage development and disease, had several researchers receive awards and make presentations at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research annual meeting. Read more...

Investor Leads Discussion on Entrepreneurship
Milton Chang, entrepreneur and investor, will discuss the subject of his recent book, Toward Entrepreneurship: Establishing a Successful Technology Business, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library. The talk is sponsored by the Hajim School, Simon School, and Center for Entrepreneurship. Advance registration for the discussion, networking reception, and book signing is requested either by email,, or by calling 275-9887. Copies of Chang’s book will be available courtesy of the Hajim School.

Simon School Information Reception
Learn about the executive MBA, part-time accelerated (PMBA), part-time flexible MBA, full-time MBA, and specialized MS degree program options at the Simon School’s fall Information Reception at 5:45 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Schlegel Hall Rotunda. Faculty, staff, alumni, and current students will share their perspectives on the options available for working professionals interested in developing their graduate business credentials. Attendees are welcome to visit a class session following the program overview and Q&A. Register here or visit the Simon website for more information. 

Vote for Rochester as Most Vegan-Friendly College
For the second year in a row, the University has been chosen as one of the Most Vegan-Friendly Colleges in the United States by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Cast your vote and help the University land the top spot. Read more...

Give Your Holiday Menu a Healthy Makeover
Employees have two opportunities on Wednesday, Oct. 17, to experience a holiday cooking makeover. Well-U and Food and Nutrition will be hosting a live cooking demo featuring healthy holiday eating and recipe makeovers from noon to 12:45 p.m. in the LeChase Assembly Hall (G-9576) and from 4:45 to 5:15 pm. in the Louse Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555). Enroll online.

Concert Brings Rock 'n' Roll Legends to Life
Nearly 40 student musicians at the University will bring classic American rock 'n' roll to life as they perform some of the best-known songs in pop culture history during a three-hour tribute to iconic American musicians. The concert, organized by No Jackets Required, a student performance group at the University, is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, in the May Room of Wilson Commons on the River Campus. Read more...

Dance the Night Away at Viennese Ball
Students, faculty, and community members are invited to put their waltz skills on display at the 27th annual Viennese Ball. The social dance, hosted by UR Ballroom, will start at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, in the May Room, Wilson Commons. Read more...

Latest HR Intercom Available
Learn more about paperless I-9 forms, read about your election day rights, find out how to sign up for one of the University’s upcoming compliance training sessions, and get tips on how to avoid tempting treats on Halloween in the October issue of HR Intercom. The monthly newsletter about Human Resources programs and resources also includes a list of upcoming events centered around a healthy lifestyle.

Oct. 17 Is English Night at the Theater
Join the Undergraduate English Council for English Night at Todd Theater on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Buy discounted tickets for Ubu Roi through the English department by calling 275-4092, or saying you’re with UEC at the box office.

Zen Meditation Group Forming
Teshin Sweger, a priest trained at the Rochester Zen Center will lead a new Zen Meditation group, which is open to students, faculty, and staff. An organizational meeting will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Interfaith Chapel. No prior meditation experience is required. Cushions will be provided and chairs are available for those who prefer them. For more information, contact Teshin Sweger at (443) 875-6774 or The group is sponsored by the Interfaith Chapel. Read more...

Apple Clearance Sale
University IT Computer Sales is offering up to $399 off their remaining inventory of last-generation Apple laptops. The discounts are available while supplies last. View the sale items on the University IT Computer Sales website or stop by retail locations in the Medical Center (G-7220B) or Rush Rhees Library for details.

Oct. 15, 2012
Partly Cloudy
Today’s Forecast:
Partly Cloudy, High 61°
AM Showers, High 53°

The Week Ahead
Monday, Oct. 15
Humanities Speaker: Lina Meruane, Rush Rhees Library Welles-Brown Room, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 16
Wednesday, Oct. 17
The Prismatic Debussy—Musica Nova performs ‘Inspirational Debussy,’ Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 8 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 18
Reading the World Conversation Series: Benjamin Stein and Brian Zumhagen, Plutzik Library, Rush Rhees Library, 6 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 19
HIV/AIDS and Social Justice in Black America, Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library, 9 a.m.

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Rochester in the News
Mother Jones (Oct. 11)
New Study: Delayed Gratification Not a Winning Strategy if Researchers are Big Meanies
A new Rochester study demonstrates that the ability to delay gratification is influenced as much by the environment as by innate ability.  “Being able to delay gratification—in this case to wait 15 difficult minutes to earn a second marshmallow—not only reflects a child’s capacity for self-control, it also reflects their belief about the practicality of waiting,“ says Celeste Kidd, a doctoral student at the University and lead author of the study, said in a statement. “Delaying gratification is only the rational choice if the child believes a second marshmallow is likely to be delivered after a reasonably short delay.” Also reported by Science Daily, Red Orbit, Outcome Magazine, and more.

U.S. News & World Report (Oct. 12)
5 Tips for Students Applying to College Alone
For prospective college students, going through the admissions process without a parent or guardian can be intimidating. Students who have to juggle college applications and financial aid materials may feel alone, but this doesn't have to be the case, says Jonathan Burdick, dean of admission and financial aid at the University. “Studies show that about half of the students heading to college don’t have as much parent help as they want,” Burdick says. “Colleges are good at discerning when an applicant is self-managing, and they appreciate it. Your best possible strategy is to let the people at colleges know you’re on your own. . . .  You'll get far more support from them than you can imagine.”

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