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@Rochester: Feb. 16, 2009

@Rochester: Feb. 16, 2009

Today's Forecast: Partly Cloudy, High 27°

Tomorrow: Partly Cloudy, High 34°

In Today's Issue

  • Eastman Community Mourns Death of Alumnus Gerry Niewood
  • Neurosurgeon Given Keys to City for Role in Officer's Recovery
  • University Site One of This Year's 'Best of the Web'
  • Security Tip of the Week: Desktop Encryption
  • Witmer Award Winner Shares Passion for Engineering
  • Eastman Hosts Regional, Final Rounds of Lotte Lenya Competition
  • Lecture Focuses on Family Treatments for Substance Abuse
  • Students Discover New Careers during Rochester Scholars Program
  • Health Savings Accounts: Tax Reporting and Investment Options
  • Event Highlight: Matteo Andreini Concert
  • Rochester in the News: President Seligman on the SEC
  • In Higher Education: A National (But Not Federal) Student Database?

News and Announcements

Eastman Community Mourns Death of Alumnus Gerry Niewood

The Eastman School community is mourning the loss of alumnus and jazz saxophonist Gerry Niewood '70 who died on Feb. 12. Niewood was a passenger on a commuter plane that went down in Clarence Center, N.Y. He was on his way to Buffalo for a concert with Chuck Mangione and the Buffalo Philharmonic. Read more...

Neurosurgeon Given Keys to City for Role in Officer's Recovery

In a ceremony at Rochester City Hall on Feb. 13, Mayor Robert Duffy presented Paul Maurer, professor of neurosurgery, a key to the City for his role in helping to save the life of Officer Anthony DiPonzio, who was shot in the head Jan. 31 while responding to a call. Read more...

University Site One of This Year's 'Best of the Web'

The University's Web site took the top prize in the education category in the Rochester Business Journal's 12th annual Best of the Web competition. Winners were announced Feb. 13 during a breakfast event at Hyatt Regency Rochester. Read more...

Security Tip of the Week: Desktop Encryption

Encryption protects data on all areas of your computer's internal hard disk from unauthorized access. Any laptop or desktop that contains or has ever contained Social Security numbers or other personal identifying information such as an employee's home address, phone number, birth dates, or personal e-mail address must be encrypted. Visit this week's tip online to find out how to have your computer encrypted. (Have a security tip you'd like share? Send it to UnivIT_SP@ur.rochester.edu.

Witmer Award Winner Shares Passion for Engineering

Lisa NorwoodFor more than 20 years, Lisa Norwood '86, assistant dean for engineering undergraduate studies, has been known for her contributions to campus life and her passion for engineering. Serving as director of the University's Women in Science and Engineering program and coordinating Rochester's first Lego League tournament for middle school students are just a few examples of Norwood's efforts to encourage others, which is why she was awarded a 2008 Witmer Award. Nominations are being accepted now for the 2009 Witmer and Meliora Awards. Access nomination materials online. 

Eastman Hosts Regional, Final Rounds of Lotte Lenya Competition

Eleven singing actors who hope to make it to the finals of the 2009 Lotte Lenya Competition, including six Eastman School students, will vie in a preliminary regional round at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in Kilbourn Hall. Read more...

Lecture Focuses on Family Treatments for Substance Abuse

William Fals-Steward, a professor at the School of Nursing, will lead a Feb. 17 presentation titled "Learning Sobriety Together: Marital and Family Treatments for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse."  Part of the FULD Leadership Lecture Series, the talk runs from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Helen Wood Hall auditorium. 

Students Discover New Careers during Rochester Scholars Program

Students in grades 6-12 from the greater Rochester area will learn from professors and leading local educators during the Rochester Scholars and Rochester Scholars Jr. programs, running this week, Feb. 16-20, on the River Campus and at the Medical Center. Read more...

Health Savings Accounts: Tax Reporting and Investment Options

The arrival of W-2s and 1099s signals the beginning of tax season. With this in mind, the Benefits Office announces the latest educational series, which focuses on Health Savings Accounts. Representatives from Aetna and Excellus will be providing information regarding tax reporting requirements and investment options for HSA account holders during sessions on Feb. 19 and 20. Times and room locations may be found here

Events

Tuesday, Feb. 17

Matteo Andreini Concert: Interfaith Chapel Sanctuary. 7 p.m.

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

Rochester in the News

Financial Times (Feb. 13)

"SEC Flaws Exposed by Madoff Scandal"

Much of the blame for missing Bernard Madoff's alleged $50 billion "Ponzi" scheme has been attached to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's enforcement division—and, in particular, to Linda Thomsen, its director, who announced her departure this week. However, much of the responsibility might belong elsewhere in the organization. "The responsibility for enforcement should ultimately be placed on the chairman and the commissioners," says University President Joel Seligman, a SEC historian. Read more...

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (Feb. 13)

"A National (But Not Federal) Student Database?"

"A grant from the Gates Foundation aims to transform nonprofit clearinghouse into a mechanism to track high school students through college—and, perhaps, eventually beyond." Read more...

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