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In Today’s Issue

  • Smartphones May Soon Develop Emotional Intelligence
  • Grant to Support Book Translation Projects
  • Video: Boar’s Head Tradition Continues
  • Go Green: ‘Rochester’s Hidden Treasure’
  • TEAM Master’s Program Information Session
  • Breakfast with Santa
  • Bio Careers Membership Offers Job Search Site
  • ‘Walk with a Doc’ This Saturday
  • Well-U Collecting Holiday Donations at Several Sites
  • Save on Glasses at Optical Trunk Show

News and Announcements

Smartphones May Soon Develop Emotional Intelligence
At the IEEE Workshop on Spoken Language Technology today, a team of University researchers will describe a new computer program that gauges human feelings through speech, with substantially greater accuracy than existing approaches. Read more...

Grant to Support Book Translation Projects
The National Endowment of the Arts has awarded Open Letter Books an Art Works grant. The $45,000 award will support the promotion of books in translation and the continuation of the translation centric website, Three Percent. Read more...

Video: Boar’s Head Tradition Continues
Students and staff transformed Douglass Dining Center into a medieval banquet hall for the 78th annual Boar's Head Dinner last week. Modeled on English court dinners of the 16th and 17th centuries, the feast begins with a trumpet call and procession of students, faculty, and administrators wearing period costumes. Watch the video.

Go Green: ‘Rochester’s Hidden Treasure’

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As part of a larger analysis of old-growth forest land across Monroe County, Justin Ramsey, assistant professor of biology, and Tara Ramsey, a research associate in the biology department, have spent several years studying the South Campus area. The Ramseys, joined by student field crews, have conducted extensive site surveys and data collection to research the distribution of plant life in the forest. Read more...

TEAM Master’s Program Information Session
Learn about the master of science program in technical entrepreneurship and management (TEAM) at an information session at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in the Center for Entrepreneurship, 1-211 Carol Simon Hall. The session is hosted by Andrea Galati, executive director of the program. Scholarships are available for the University Community. RSVP to 276-3500 or email

Breakfast with Santa
Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are invited to the University’s annual Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 8, in Douglass Dining Center on the River Campus. Guests are invited to bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program. Tickets are $11 for adults, $8 for children ages 3–12, and free for kids under age 3. Call Dining Services at 275-7687 to register. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Bio Careers Membership Offers Job Search Site
The University has an institutional membership with Bio Careers, an online resource that provides an in-depth look at career paths in the life sciences, maintains a jobs board, and offers resources to help graduate students with their job searches. University students, postdocs, and alumni may register for a lifetime membership for free.

‘Walk with a Doc’ This Saturday
Join Geoffrey Williams, professor of medicine, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Marketplace Mall, as he leads a walk around the mall and discusses maintaining weight loss. Enroll online.

Well-U Collecting Holiday Donations at Several Sites
Well-U is hosting a holiday drive for Foodlink and the YWCA through Dec. 12.  Non-perishable food items are being collected for Foodlink. Women’s, infant, and toddler clothing is needed for the YWCA. Collection barrels are set up in the following areas: Behavioral Health entrance in Medical Center; Brooks Landing; Cardiovascular Research Institute; Clinton Crossing, Building D; Corporate Woods Buildings 135, 155, and 175; Flaum Atrium corridor; Flaum Eye Institute lobby (entrance off Crittenden Boulevard); Human Resources office in the Medical Center; Lattimore Hall; Memorial Art Gallery; Rush Rhees Library; Salon D lounge in the Meliora restaurant; Saunders Atrium; and Wallis Hall. For additional information, contact Well-U at 273-5240.

Save on Glasses at Optical Trunk Show
The Flaum Eye Institute Optical Shop’s Trunk Show and Sale is Friday, Dec. 7, from 3 to 6 p.m. Bring your employee postcard and receive an extra $10 off your purchase on the day of the show or until the end of December (contact lenses excluded). Refreshments will be served. Call 275-8762 or email if you plan to attend.
Dec. 5, 2012
Snow Showers
Today’s Forecast:
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Partly Cloudy, High 37°

Today’s Event Highlight
Harry Potter and the Moral Imagination: Growing up with Harry Potter
6:30 p.m., Interfaith Chapel Sanctuary.

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Rochester in the News
Democrat and Chronicle (Dec. 4)
UR Scientist Helping the World See Better
In September, David Williams—the William G. Allyn Professor of Optics in the Institute of Optics, director of the Center for Visual Science, and dean for research in Arts, Sciences & Engineering—traveled to the Champalimaud Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal, to receive one of the highest honors in the field of vision science and ophthalmology, the Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award.

MSNBC (Dec. 3)
Teens with Mental Disorders Not on Meds
A new study suggests just one in seven teens with a mental disorder has been prescribed medication, and far fewer without a diagnosis are on treatment. “The concern regarding the overtreatment versus undertreatment of mental health conditions is really a difficult problem to answer,” says Robert Fortuna, assistant professor of medicine and of pediatrics, who has studied psychiatric drug prescribing to youth but wasn’t involved in the new study. “It really requires a more nuanced view that we are possibly overprescribing in some situations and missing opportunities to treat in other situations.”

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