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@Rochester: Jan. 15, 2009

@Rochester: Jan. 15, 2009

Today's Forecast: Snow, High 7°

Tomorrow: Few Snow Showers/Wind, High 12°

In Today's Issue

  • Seligman Testifies to Congressional Panel on Financial Regulation
  • Vaccine Propels Sharp Drop in Meningitis Cases
  • Call for Student Life Awards Nominations
  • Coalition Seeks Research Funding for Universities
  • Trustees LeChase and Friedlander Join Eastman Dental Foundation Board
  • Event Highlight: (En) Gendered Art Exhibit Opening Reception
  • Sports Buzz: Men's and Women's Basketball in Chase Tournament
  • Rochester in the News: David Garrison on Using Movies to Communicate with Teens
  • In Higher Education: Impact of Affirmative Action Ban

News and Announcements

Seligman Testifies to Congressional Panel on Financial Regulation

President Seligman testified on Capitol Hill yesterday, telling the Congressional Oversight Panel that there is an "urgent need for a fundamental restructuring of federal financial regulation." He also outlined several broad principles that should guide the panel's consideration of how to oversee that restructuring effort. "The challenge in a new order will be to avoid the tendency to over-regulate," said Seligman, who is an expert in securities regulation. The public hearing was an opportunity for the panel members to seek information from a variety of experts on the regulation of the financial industry. (See coverage by CongressDaily.) Read Seligman's full testimony... 

Vaccine Propels Sharp Drop in Meningitis Cases

A pediatric vaccine with University roots has proven to be highly successful at reducing cases of bacterial meningitis across all age groups. That is the conclusion of a seven-year study, the results of which appeared Wednesday in the New England Journal of MedicineRead more...

Call for Student Life Awards Nominations

Nominations for this year's University Student Life Awards are now being accepted. Undergraduate students from the College and Eastman School are eligible. Submit nominations by Friday, Feb. 6, at noon. Contact Joanne King in the Dean of Students office at 275-4085 with any questions. 

Coalition Seeks Research Funding for Universities

The Science Coalition is urging the incoming Obama administration and Congress to include funding for scientific research in the economic stimulus package. "Funding for targeted federal research programs would have the immediate impact of creating jobs and stimulating economic activity in communities across the country," says Bill Andresen, president of the coalition. Joshua Farrelman, who serves on the coalition's executive committee and is director of the University's Office of Government & Community Relations, agrees: "The University of Rochester is uniquely positioned to assist in the short- and long-term recovery of our economy. Increased investments in basic scientific research at agencies like NIH, NSF, and DOE Office of Science are a means for innovation, discovery, and economic growth." Read more...

Trustees LeChase and Friedlander Join Eastman Dental Foundation Board

University Trustees R. Wayne LeChase and Roger B. Friedlander have joined the Eastman Dental Center Foundation Board of Directors. They will advise senior leadership and monitor implementation of the strategic plan, as well as advocate for and support the center's mission. Read more...


Friday, Jan. 16

(En) Gendered Art Exhibit Opening Reception: Gallery at the Art & Music Library. 4:45 p.m.

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Sports Buzz

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Basketball—Chase Tournament: The women's team plays against Brockport at RIT today, Jan. 15, in the second round of the JP Morgan Chase Tournament. Updated schedules for the men's and women's teams for the remainder of the tournament will be available on the athletics Web page.

Rochester in the News

Democrat and Chronicle (Jan. 14)

"UR Psychiatrist Uses Films to Get Families Talking to Each Other"

"It's a family self-help idea," says David Garrison, an assistant professor of psychiatry, whose new book recommends movie discussions to improve communication between parents and teens. Read more...

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (Jan. 14)

"The Impact of a Ban on Affirmative Action"

A new study projects a 35 percent drop in minority enrollments at the most competitive four-year colleges and universities—but little gain for white students. Read more...

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