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In Today’s Issue

  • Crowdfunding Initiative Helps Academic Researchers
  • Medical Center, Lucifics to Develop Oral Cancer Treatment
  • Language Shaped by Brain’s Desire for Clarity, Ease
  • Eastman School Hosts Recital by Violin-Piano Duo
  • Conference: Creating an Inclusive Research Climate
  • Reading the World Conversation Series
  • Talk Covers Scientific Manuscript Preparation
  • Feminism, Religion, and Justice Is Seminar Topic
  • Join the University Team for Diabetes Fundraiser
  • Artist’s Talk: Robin Germany
  • Enrollment Opens for Micro-fitness and Yoga Classes

News and Announcements

Crowdfunding Initiative Helps Academic Researchers
Two biomedical devices from the University—one to benefit children with autism and another for individuals who have lost the use of one or more limbs—will soon come to market, thanks to an innovative new funding mechanism. Read more...

Medical Center, Lucifics to Develop Oral Cancer Treatment
The Medical Center and Lucifics, a photomedical technology start-up company, have been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop and test prototypes of a new generation of medical devices to treat oral cancer. Read more...

Language Shaped by Brain’s Desire for Clarity, Ease
Using an artificial language in a carefully controlled laboratory experiment, a team from Rochester and Georgetown University has found that many changes to language are simply the brain’s way of ensuring that communication is as precise and concise as possible. Read more...

Eastman School Hosts Recital by Violin-Piano Duo
Duo Diorama, composed of violinist MingHuan Xu and pianist Winston Choi, will give the Rochester premiere of Robert Morris’s new work “. . . gradually . . .” during a free concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Eastman School’s Hatch Recital Hall. Read more...

Conference: Creating an Inclusive Research Climate
On Nov. 13, the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity will host the first campus-wide diversity-related research conference, “Creating an Inclusive Research Climate,” from noon to 4 p.m. The keynote speaker is Roger Worthington, professor of psychology at the University of Missouri and editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Following the keynote will be a panel, roundtable discussion, and a poster session all on the themes of the legitimacy of diversity-related scholarship, gaining inclusion into the “canon,” minority research subject participation and recruitment, and publishing. More information and registration is available online.

Reading the World Conversation Series
Author Benjamin Stein will read from The Canvas, a novel that explores the reliability of memory and identity, and will discuss the book with his translator, journalist Brian Zumhagen. The free talk, which starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Plutzik Library, is part of the Reading the World Conversation Series and is supported by Open Letter, the College, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts. Read more...

Talk Covers Scientific Manuscript Preparation
Rachel Won, a senior editor from Nature Photonics, will give a talk on scientific manuscript preparation and submission, at 3:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in Goergen 101. The talk is sponsored by the University’s SPIE chapter. Before the talk, there will be a brown-bag lunch at noon in Goergen 108 with Won and the Women in Engineering group. The group will be talking about work/life balance and career path. The meeting will also include a question-and-answer session. Faculty and students are welcome. For more information, contact Cristina Canavesi at wieroc@gmail.com or visit http://blogs.rochester.edu/wie.

Feminism, Religion, and Justice Is Seminar Topic
The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies presents a research seminar with Ayala Emmett, associate professor of anthropology, at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Lattimore 540. Emmett will share her current work, ”Feminism, Religion, and Justice: How Rebellion Came to Dwell in the House of God.“ A vegetarian lunch will be provided. RSVP (including any dietary restrictions) to sbai@rochester.edu by Oct. 20.

Join the University Team for Diabetes Fundraiser
The University is sponsoring and participating as a team in this year’s Step Out Walk and 5K Run, an event benefiting the American Diabetes Association. The family-oriented event will be held at Genesee Valley Park at the Roundhouse Shelter on Sunday, Oct. 21. You may register online. More than 50 participants have already signed up to help reach the University team fundraising goal of $10,000. To learn more, contact Sarah Gordon at SGordon@diabetes.org or Josh Farrelman at josh_farrelman@urmc.rochester.edu.

Artist’s Talk: Robin Germany
Artist Robin Germany will give a talk on Watermark, an exhibition of photographs from an underwater camera, at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons. Read more...

Enrollment Opens for Micro-fitness and Yoga Classes
Registration for Well-U’s micro-fitness and yoga classes through Inward Office will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. Classes include Ab Blast, Body Tone, Yoga, and Zumba. Classes are offered at a variety of times. For more information or to enroll, visit www.inwardoffice.com.

Oct. 17, 2012
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Today’s Event Highlight
Inspirational Debussy
Musica Nova performs new works inspired by Claude Debussy, 8 p.m., Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Read more...

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Rochester in the News
Democrat and Chronicle (Oct. 16)
University of Rochester Adds New Twist to ‘Marshmallow Experiment’

“Astounding” is the word that Richard Aslin, the William R. Kenan professor of brain and cognitive sciences, uses to describe the results of the robust study that demonstrates the ability to delay gratification is influenced as much by the environment as by innate ability. “The bottom line was pretty stark that those kids who interacted with a trustworthy and reliable adult were much more likely to delay gratification than those who didn’t,” Aslin says. “Children are much more sophisticated in the way they think of the world than we originally thought of them.” Also reported by Time, Press Trust, CBS San Francisco, Atlanta Black Star, and others.

Bloomberg News (Oct. 16)
Obama Under Pressure as Debate Comes Amid Early Balloting
“With early voting you get to decide what day Election Day is,” says David Primo, the Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor and associate professor of political science and business administration. “What Obama doesn’t want to do is perform poorly again tomorrow so that voters who are undecided, decide they’ve heard enough and cast a ballot against him in an early voting state.”


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