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@Rochester: Jan. 26, 2009

@Rochester: Jan. 26, 2009

Today's Forecast: Mostly Cloudy, High 21°

Tomorrow: Flurries, High 24°

In Today's Issue

  • Genesee Valley Writing Project Sets Deadline for Summer Institute
  • New Blog Promotes Dialog on Faculty Diversity
  • Security Tip of the Week: How to Avoid Phishing Scams
  • Mane Attraction Offers Specials
  • Volunteer Support Needed for Refugee Network Web Site
  • Join Weight Watchers at Work
  • Event Highlight: Financial Health Bites—Home Buying
  • Rochester in the News: Steven Goldman on Stem Cell Trials
  • In Higher Education: Freshman Retention Rates Drop

News and Announcements

Genesee Valley Writing Project Sets Deadline for Summer Institute

The Genesee Valley Writing Project invites local educators from all disciplines and at all levels of instruction—from pre-kindergarten to university—to apply for the 2009 Genesee Valley Writing Project Summer Institute to be held at the University from July 6 to 30. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 27. Read more...

New Blog Promotes Dialog on Faculty Diversity

The Office for Faculty Development and Diversity has launched a new blog, Diverse Voices, as a forum for members of the Rochester community who are engaged, or have an interest, in diversity at the University. The blog is aimed at informing the community about ongoing efforts, both inside and outside the University, and to stimulate conversation around a multitude of diversity topics. All faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members are invited to participate. 

Security Tip: of the Week: How to Avoid Phishing Scams

If you are ever asked to click on an e-mail link to provide personal information, use extreme caution. E-mail "phishing scams" are designed to obtain your secure information. Lenders, brokerages, and banks would never ask for confidential information via e-mail since it is not a secure method. If you're not sure about an e-mail request, it's always a good idea to call the business to verify. (Have a security tip you'd like share? Send it to UnivIT_SP@ur.rochester.edu.Read more...

Mane Attraction Offers Specials

Mane Attraction, on the third floor of Wilson Commons, is offering the following specials on Wednesdays and Fridays in January and February: highlight and hair cut for women, $50; highlight and hair cut for men, $25. Call 275-3388 for details. 

Volunteer Support Needed for Refugee Network Web Site

Rochester Refugee Network is looking for someone who is knowledgeable about Web page development to create new pages and edit existing ones at www.rochesterrefugeenetwork.org. The group would also like to create a more interactive feature where people can sign up to volunteer with refugee resettlement organizations. If you are interested, e-mail natalia_golub@urmc.rochester.edu. 

Join Weight Watchers at Work

Openings are still available for the 17-week series taking place a several University locations. To sign up or for more details, visit the enrollment page or call 273-5240. 

Events

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Financial Health Bites—Home Buying: 1-9535 Medical Center. Noon to 1 p.m.

For more events: www.rochester.edu/calendar.

Rochester in the News

New York Times (Jan. 23)

"F.D.A. Approves a Stem Cell Trial"

"It's not ready for prime time, at least not in my mind, until we can be assured that the transplanted stem cells have completely lost the capacity for tumorogenicity," says Professor Steven Goldman, chair of neurology. He was a member of a committee convened by the F.D.A. last April to examine the safety aspects of trials using therapies from embryonic stem cells. Read more...

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (Jan. 23)

"As Talk About Retention Rises, Rates Drop"

Data released Thursday by ACT show that the proportion of first year students who returned to their colleges as sophomores in 2007-08 dropped to the lowest level in the 25 years the organization has been collecting the information. Read more...

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