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University of Rochester News (May 9, 2008) 05/09/2008 05:45 AM @Rochester: May 9, 2008

@Rochester: May 9, 2008

Today's Forecast: Chance of Showers, High 57°

Tomorrow: Mostly Sunny, High 62°

In Today's Issue

  • President Seligman Points to 'Small but Measurable Progress' in Diversity Report
  • Anne Mulcahy to Deliver University Commencement Address
  • New Horizons Ensemble Unveils Tribute to Late Leader
  • Treat Mom to an Afternoon of Art
  • Register Now for Eastman Community Music School Summer Programs
  • Event Highlight: McKenzie Lecture
  • Rochester in the News: Shanna Swan on Growing Concerns over Phthalates
  • Inside Higher Ed: Michigan Ruling Bars Domestic Partner Benefits

News and Announcements

President Seligman Points to 'Small but Measurable Progress' in Diversity Report

In his second annual diversity report, President Seligman says the University is making "small, but measurable progress" in efforts to be a more diverse and welcoming community. "I am convinced that progress with respect to diversity and inclusiveness, like so much else at a large research in the University, does not occur instantly or quickly, but because of community support and consistent efforts over time. I have been pleased by the extent to which our University's commitment to diversity and inclusiveness now has been institutionalized throughout the University and by the number of new initiatives that have begun," says Seligman.

Anne Mulcahy to Deliver University Commencement Address

Xerox Corp. CEO Anne Mulcahy will be the commencement speaker and will join alumnus and legal scholar Arthur R. Miller in receiving honorary degrees during the University's graduation ceremony for the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering on Sunday, May 18. Read more...

New Horizons Ensemble Unveils Work in Tribute to Late Leader

The New Horizons Band at the Eastman Community Music School will premiere a new work in memory of the group's former leader, Edward Mizma, during a concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, in Eastman Theatre. Read more...

Treat Mom to an Afternoon of Art

Enjoy a Mother's Day tour of the Memorial Art Gallery collection on Sunday, May 11, at 1 p.m. Read more...

Register Now for Eastman Community Music School Summer Programs

Eastman Community Music School is accepting registration for summer programs for youth and adults. All programs are held at the Eastman School, and most University faculty and staff qualify for a discount. For details and a registration form, visit Send questions to


Friday, May 9

McKenzie Lecture: Gleason Hall 318/418. 4 p.m.

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Rochester in the News

U.S. News & World Report (May 7)

"More Problems With Plastics"

Research by Shanna Swan, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is cited in a report about growing concerns over phthalates, softening agents found in many types of plastic. Swan's investigations have shown that baby boys born to women with elevated levels of phthalates tend to have somewhat demasculinized and slightly smaller genitals. "The primary risk appears to be to the developing fetus," says Swan. Read more...

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (May 8)

"Michigan Ruling Bars Domestic Partner Benefits"

"Michigan's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the state's ban on gay marriage makes it illegal for public universities and other entities of state government to provide domestic partner benefits to the partners of gay employees. The ruling came in a case that has been closely watched because many states in which some public universities offer domestic partner benefits also have bans on gay marriage." Read more...

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