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@Rochester: March 6, 2009

@Rochester: March 6, 2009

Today's Forecast: Showers, High 53°

Tomorrow: Showers, High 50°

In Today's Issue

  • Eastman Student Headed for Van Cliburn Piano Competition
  • Women's Basketball Vie for Playoff Win Tonight
  • Simon School Partners with Peace Corps on Fellows/USA Program
  • History Professor Named to Board of State Council for the Humanities
  • University Mourns Loss of Nurse Leader Susan Steed Allen
  • Harvard Historian to Discuss Legacy of Douglass, Lincoln
  • Event Highlight: Concert of Baroque Music for Harpsichord and Violin
  • Rochester in the News: Edward Deci on Cash-Incentive Programs for Students
  • In Higher Education: Social Change Tops Classic Books in Professors' Teaching Priorities

News and Announcements

Eastman Student Headed for Van Cliburn Piano Competition

Zuo ZhangEastman junior Zhang Zuo is one of only 30 pianists from around the world selected to compete in the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition this May. Zuo, 20, is from China and studies with Nelita True, professor of piano. Zuo will travel to Fort Worth, Tx., to compete in the preliminary round May 22 to 26 for a chance to move up to the semifinal round. Read more...

Women's Basketball Vie for Playoff Win Tonight

The Yellowjackets will play Widener University tonight at 8 p.m. in the second game of a doubleheader in the NCAA Division III women's basketball playoffs. Can't make it to the game? You can listen to it live on WYSL 1040 AM or on the station's Web site. Tonight's winners advance to Saturday's second-round game at 7 p.m. at the Palestra to capture a spot in the Sweet 16 round. 

Simon School Partners with Peace Corps on Fellows/USA Program

Returning Peace Corps volunteers receive up to $10,000 a year towards tuition to study at the Simon School. The Fellows/U.S.A. program works with more than 40 universities to offer this kind of financial assistance to its volunteers who pursue graduate studies in a variety of subject areas. Read more...

History Professor Named to Board of State Council for the Humanities

Joan Shelley Rubin, professor of history, has been appointed to the board of the New York Council for the Humanities. An expert in American cultural and intellectual history, she has focused on the popularization of the humanities, the uses of poetry, and the history of the book. Read more...

University Mourns Loss of Nurse Leader Susan Steed Allen

Susan Steed Allen, a nurse leader at University Sports Medicine, died March 1. The University flag will be flown at half-staff today, March 6, in her honor. Allen, who lived in Pittsford, was 44. She joined the Medical Center as an R.N. in June 1986 and transferred to Sports Medicine in 1990, where her contributions helped build that successful unit. (View the obituary that appeared in the March 3 Democrat and Chronicle.) 

Harvard Historian to Discuss Legacy of Douglass, Lincoln

John Stauffer, professor of English and American literature and language at Harvard University, will give a talk titled "Douglass and Lincoln: From Dred Scott to Obama" today, March 6,  in the Hawkins-Carlson Room in Rush Rhees Library. The talk, which will be followed by a reception, begins at 4:30 p.m. Read more...

Events

Sunday, March 8

Concert of Baroque Music for Harpsichord and Violin: Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School. 3 p.m.

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

Rochester in the News

Christian Science Monitor (March 5)

"Better Grades through Cash"

“The idea that [being motivated by money] is going to magically turn into intrinsic motivation is really a pipe dream," says Edward Deci, professor of clinical and social psychology, about programs that offer cash incentives to encourage students to study. Read more...

In Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education (March 5)

"Social Change Tops Classic Books in Professors' Teaching Priorities"

"A new national survey of faculty members shows that the proportion of professors who believe it is very important to teach undergraduates to become "agents of social change" is substantially larger than the proportion who believe it is important to teach students the classic works of Western civilization." Read more...

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