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In Today’s Issue

  • Ferrari Humanities Symposia: ‘Reformations in Western Thought’
  • Student Innovators Are Finalists for International Award
  • University Responds to Controversy
  • Faculty to Discuss University’s Arts Programs on Radio
  • Registration Opens Monday for Summer Sessions
  • Survey on Disability Resources
  • Free Blood Pressure Screenings

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Ferrari Humanities Symposia: ‘Reformations in Western Thought’
"Reformations in Western Thought," the 2013 installment of the Ferrari Humanities Symposia, looks at many of the advances associated with the 16th-century Protestant Reformation and how they helped change disciplines ranging from medicine to education. Diarmaid MacCulloch, professor of the history of the Church at the University of Oxford and a fellow of St. Cross College, will give the keynote lecture at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. MacCulloch also will participate in a conversation on “The Role of Religion in Contemporary Culture” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at the Memorial Art Gallery. The conversation will be moderated by Russell Peck, the John Hall Deane Professor of English. Read more...

Student Innovators Are Finalists for International Award
A student project is getting international recognition for its innovative approach to promoting accessibility for people with disabilities. The MonoMano Cycling Control System, developed by five students at the Hajim School, was named one of the 15 finalists for the 2013 da Vinci Awards. Read more...

University Responds to Controversy
There have been reports from several media outlets, including the Democrat and Chronicle, about comments made by Steven Landsburg, professor of economics, in a recent blog post. See the University’s official statement. President Seligman also recently spoke out against sexual violence on April 3 at the University.

Faculty to Discuss University’s Arts Programs on Radio
Nigel Maister, director of the International Theatre Program, and Missy Pfohl Smith, director of the Program of Movement and Dance, are scheduled to appear on WXXI’s  1370 Connection today at noon. They will discuss arts at the University. Listen at 1370AM or online.

Registration Opens Monday for Summer Sessions
Registration for summer courses in the College opens Monday, April 8. See what’s available. For more information about summer course offerings, check the Office of Summer and Part-time Studies website, email, or call 275-2345.

Survey on Disability Resources
The mission of the Inclusive Possibilities Cluster is to inform, educate, and connect employees and students across the University in order to provide a welcoming, comfortable, and inclusive environment for everyone—with a particular emphasis on individuals with disabilities. The program is seeking survey participants to help identify research, activities, and interests related to disability, to informally assess awareness of disability resources throughout the University community, and to foster collaboration around issues of disability by providing a venue through which interested colleagues can connect. The survey is available here.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings
Well-U is sponsoring the Eat Well Live Well Blood Pressure Challenge and will be hosting free blood pressure screenings throughout April and May. Click here for dates, times, and locations. Employees can enter any recent blood pressure reading for the challenge until May 18. For more information check out our weekly newsletters from week 3 and week 4 of the challenge. Direct questions to

April 5, 2013
Partly Cloudy
Today’s Forecast:
Partly Cloudy, High 44°
Chance of Showers, High 48°

Today’s Event Highlight
YellowJackets Concert
8 p.m., Strong Auditorium.

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Rochester in the News
Innovation Trail (April 3)
Images of the Brain Could Unlock Learning Difficulties
“It might be the case that brain scans from a four-year-old-child could reveal that they are going to, in the future, potentially have some mathematical difficulties, so that’s one advantage of having this neural imaging data,” says Jessica Cantlon, assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences.

City Newspaper (April 3)
Eastman Opera Theatre Street Scene
Fans of American musical theater, opera, and drama will enjoy this week's offering from Eastman Opera Theatre. Composer Kurt Weill blended traditional opera and musical theater in Street Scene, which is based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Elmer Rice, who wrote the opera's libretto with iconic poet Langston Hughes.

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