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In Today’s Issue

  • Students in Rome Experience History in the Making
  • A Vanishing Past?
  • Flags Lowered for Margaret Bond, Former Review Editor
  • ‘Teaching and Using Writing Skills in the STEM Classroom’
  • Rarely Seen Works on Display in New MAG Exhibition
  • Staff Member Is ‘Unstoppable Mom’ Finalist
  • Posters Sought for University Technology Showcase
  • Call for Posters: Conference on Sexual Assault Prevention
  • Glaucoma Expert to Discuss Vision Health

News and Announcements

Students in Rome Experience History in the Making
Five Rochester undergrads studying under Nick Gresens, lecturer in the Department of Religion and Classics, headed to Rome for a week full of visits to the ancient sites of Cicero and Caesar—and unexpectedly got to witness history in the making, as cardinals from around the world gathered in Vatican City to elect the next leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. Read more...

A Vanishing Past?
University and Eastman House researchers are working together to find out how to preserve daguerreotypes—the first successful medium of photography—in the face of mysterious deterioration. Read more...

Flags Lowered for Margaret Bond, Former Review Editor
The University flag on the Eastman Quadrangle will be lowered Thursday, March 21, in honor of Margaret Bond ’47, whose nearly six-decade connection to the University began as a student on the Prince Street campus and included directing public relations for the Memorial Art Gallery and editing Rochester Review until her retirement in 2001. Bond died March 5. Read more...

‘Teaching and Using Writing Skills in the STEM Classroom’
The next Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning Coffee Hour on Wednesday, March 20, will focus on “Teaching and Using Writing Skills in the STEM Classroom.” The session runs from 2 to 3 p.m. in LeChase Hall 305. RSVP to Jenny Hadingham at

Rarely Seen Works on Display in New MAG Exhibition
Light-sensitive drawings that are usually off view, works awaiting conservation or repair, objects that don’t fit any of the Memorial Art Gallery’s storylines—these are among the rarely seen works that will be on view in It Came from the Vault: Rarely Seen Works, an exhibition showcasing works from the gallery's storage vaults. The opening weekend includes a members-only preview party on Saturday, March 16. Read more...

Staff Member Is ‘Unstoppable Mom’ Finalist
Trelawney McCoy, a single mother of eight and a health project counselor at the University’s Building Healthy Children program, was recently named one of four ‘Unstoppable Mom’ contest finalists on ABC’s Live with Kelly and Michael show. McCoy has chance of winning $100,000 for her and her family. Voting is open on the show's website. Read more...

Posters Sought for University Technology Showcase
The Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences is having its 13th annual University Technology Showcase on Tuesday, March 26, at the Doubletree Hotel in Henrietta from 1 to 5 p.m. The showcase is an opportunity for university researchers to present their work to industry as well as other researchers and organizations that promote economic development. The showcase will feature posters by investigators from the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Cornell University. Information about poster submission and registration is available here.

Call for Posters: Conference on Sexual Assault Prevention
Poster applications are being accepted to present research at an upcoming conference, Survivor to Thriver: Confronting Sexual Assault on Campus. The conference, set for April 2 and 3, will focus on the impact of gender violence on individuals and campus communities. Various events will be held on the River Campus, including a poster session from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the Bridge Lounge in Wilson Commons. Those interested in presenting a poster based on their research should complete the submission form by March 25. Click here to learn more about the conference and to register.

Glaucoma Expert to Discuss Vision Health
Regina Smolyak, assistant professor of ophthalmology, will discuss vision care, common eye diseases, and tips for protecting your eyes as you age at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Ave. Read more...

March 15, 2013
Mixed Snow/Rain
Today's Forecast:
Rain/Snow, High 38°
Flurries, High 29°

Today’s Event Highlight
Energy for the 21st Century
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Rochester in the News
Der Spiegel, Germany (March 5)
Bullying: Those Who Exclude Others Hurt Themselves as Well
(Translation): Being ostracized can lead to depression or anxiety disorders. But bullies apparently also suffer from their antisocial behavior, a study shows. “We are social animals at heart,” says Rochester doctoral candidate Nicole Legate. “We typically are empathetic and avoid harming others unless we feel threatened.”

New York Times (March 13)
Cellphones as a Modern Irritant
The brain simply can’t ignore a stream of desultory new information, says Lauren Emberson, a postdoctoral associate at the University of Rochester who led the Cornell study when she was working there. “Our brains are set up to focus on things that are novel or unexpected,” Emberson says. “When you’re listening to one half of a conversation, every new utterance is a surprise, so you’re forced to constantly predict what’s going to happen next.”

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