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In Today’s Issue

  • Mars-Venus Theory of the Sexes Comes Back to Earth
  • Major Prepares Students for Changing World of Audio Engineering
  • Opera Competition Spotlights Rising Vocal Stars
  • 2013 Diversity Conference Keynote Speaker Announced
  • Inclusive Possibilities Cluster to Meet
  • Lecture: ‘Changing Hands’
  • Financial Health Bites: Tax Planning
  • WalkingWorks Week 4 Results
  • Pancake Day Supports Golisano Children’s Hospital

News and Announcements

Mars-Venus Theory of the Sexes Comes Back to Earth
For decades, popular writers have entertained readers with the premise that men and women are so psychologically dissimilar they could hail from different planets. But a new psychology study shows that it’s time for the Mars-Venus theories about the sexes to come back to Earth. From empathy and sexuality to science inclination and extroversion, statistical analysis shows that men and women, by and large, do not fall into different groups. Read more and watch a video about the study.

Major Prepares Students for Changing World of Audio Engineering
In response to rapid changes in the field of audio engineering, the University is combining its expertise in music and engineering to help students succeed in the redefined industry. The New York State Department of Education has recently certified the University’s new undergraduate audio and music engineering major, which is being offered to students for the first time this academic year. Read more and watch a video about the program.

Opera Competition Spotlights Rising Vocal Stars
Ten voice and opera students from the Eastman School will compete in the finals of the Friends of Eastman Opera Voice Competition at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in Kilbourn Hall. The annual event, which is free and open to the public, gives local audiences the opportunity to hear rising vocal talents early in their careers while providing singers the chance to compete for cash prizes and perform for a recognized conductor, stage director, or impresario serving as judge. Read more...

2013 Diversity Conference Keynote Speaker Announced
The keynote speaker for this year’s diversity conference is Lani Guinier, prominent civil rights attorney and the first tenured African-American woman professor at Harvard Law School. The call for workshop proposals is now open: students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to submit proposals for workshops and posters at the conference, which takes place on April 12. Proposal submissions can showcase best practices, curriculum models, research, outreach strategies, training methods, and other topics related to diversity and inclusion. The deadline for proposals is Feb. 21. Read more...

Inclusive Possibilities Cluster to Meet
The monthly meeting of the Inclusive Possibilities (formerly Interdisciplinary Disabilities) cluster will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. today in G335 Gleason Hall. Anyone interested in issues around disability and inclusion is welcome to attend. RSVP to or 276-5067.

Lecture: ‘Changing Hands’
Contemporary indigenous artists Nadia Myre and Alan Michelson will join a public conversation with doctoral candidates from the Visual and Cultural Studies program at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the Memorial Art Gallery. The work of Myre and Michelson is part of a group exhibition of recent indigenous art, Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3, at the Memorial Art Gallery. The talk is supported by the Humanities Project, Memorial Art Gallery, and the Department of Art and Art History. Read more...

Financial Health Bites: Tax Planning
Learn more about tax planning Tuesday, Feb. 12. The session, conducted by a representative from Canandaigua National Bank & Trust, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Natapow Conference Room (1-9545) in the Medical Center. Lunches are welcome. Registration is required.

WalkingWorks Week 4 Results
Unity Health System took the lead for the second straight week in the WalkingWorks fitness competition. The University team dropped to fifth place but did manage to improve upon its week three results. Unity recorded 15.44 miles per walker, Rochester General had 13.44, Highland tallied 12.76, Excellus had 12.28, and the University team had 11.85. There are still two weeks to log your activity at Amber Miller, Molly Van Wyk, and Ken Eaton were winners of the $25 Fleet Feet gift cards and an iPod touch, respectively. Direct questions to

Pancake Day Supports Golisano Children’s Hospital
Today is IHOP’s National Pancake Day, which benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including Golisano Children’s Hospital. Guests can enjoy one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes at IHOP restaurants located at 2190 N. Goodman St. and 556 Jefferson Road. In return, guests are asked to consider leaving a donation for the children’s hospital. Restaurant hours are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Feb. 5, 2013
Mostly Cloudy
Today’s Forecast:
Mostly Cloudy High 29°
Snow Showers, High 25°

Today’s Event Highlight
Plutzik Reading Series: Dana Spiotta
5 p.m., Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library.

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Rochester in the News
San Francisco Chronicle (Feb. 2)
Facebook Tracking Suicide-tied Posts
Web culture “values being tough and self-reliant, so there's a feeling of ‘I can handle this on my own,’” says Eric Caine, the John Romano Professor of Psychiatry and chair of the Department of Psychiatry. “Tech culture in some ways is a magnification and distortion of what we call the Great American Culture, the idea of the individual success story.”

Democrat and Chronicle (Feb. 4)
No. 1 University of Rochester Defeats Brandeis
Senior guard John DiBartolomeo scored a game-high 22 points to power top-ranked Rochester to a 66-59 win over No. 25 Brandeis on Sunday in University Athletic Association men’s basketball.

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