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@Rochester: March 18, 2009

@Rochester: March 18, 2009

Today's Forecast: Showers, High 54°

Tomorrow: Rain/Snow Showers, High 39°

In Today's Issue

  • Rochester Scientist Involved in Discovery of Rare Single Top Quarks
  • Go Green: The Benefits of Commuting by Bike
  • Sibley Music Library Awarded NEH Grant to Support Digitization Program
  • Viennese Ball: University Tradition Continues
  • Upcoming Lectures at Memorial Art Gallery
  • Event Highlight: Modern Languages and Cultures—Research in Progress
  • Rochester in the News: James Li on Nanowires; Scott Paauw on 'World in Words'
  • In Higher Education: Computer Science Programs Make a Comeback

News and Announcements

Rochester Scientist Involved in Discovery of Rare Single Top Quarks

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, including Aran Carcia-Bellido, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, who led the program in its early stages from 2004-07, have made the first observation of the production of single top quarks, one of the elementary particles of matter. Researchers believe that top quarks provide clues to solving longstanding mysteries of the universe. 

Go Green: The Benefits of Commuting by Bike

go green logoWith the start of spring only two days away, consider the daily benefits of morning sunshine, vitamin D, fresh air, and exercise by biking to work. Commuting by bike can benefit both your health and piggy bank. Here are some tips to help get you started. 

Sibley Music Library Awarded Grant to Support Digitization Program

Musicians, scholars, and individuals around the world will have free online access to more rare and unique scores in the collections of the Eastman School's Sibley Music Library as a result of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Read more...

Viennese Ball: University Tradition Continues

Students can waltz the night away at the historic Harro East Ballroom for the 23rd annual Viennese Ball from 9 p.m. to midnight on Friday, March 20. Tickets are $15 for Rochester undergrads, $18 for the University community, and $20 general admission at the door. Tickets are available in the Common Market and the Eastman Student Life Office. 

Upcoming Lectures at Memorial Art Gallery

On Thursday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m., Roger Matthews of the Institute for Archaeology at University College, London, will give a talk on "Archaeology in Iraq and Iran: Traditions, Realities, Prospects." At 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, Hannah Solky, clinical professor of psychiatry and a docent at the gallery, will discuss "Reflections on Images of War in the Gallery's Collection." The archaeology talk is free to MAG members and to members of the Archaeological Institute of America. Both talks are included with gallery admission. 

Events

Wednesday, March 18

Modern Languages and Cultures—Research in Progress: June Hwang, professor of German. "Public Intimacy in the Weimar Republic." Lattimore Hall 401. 4:30 p.m.

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

Rochester in the News

UPI (March 16)

"Nanowires May Help Make Better Fuel Cells"

"People have been working on developing fuel cells for decades," says lead author James Li, professor of mechanical engineering. "But the technology is still not being commercialized (because) platinum is expensive and the standard approach for using it in fuel cells is far from ideal. These nanowires are a key step toward better solutions." Read more...

PRI's World In Words (March 4)

"Haruki Murakami's Fans, A Kanji-holic and Kwassa Kwassa"

The work of Scott Paauw, a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics, was recently highlighted during a discussion on Public Radio International's The World in Words program. Paauw translated an interview Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave in Indonesia. Listen here or search for The World in Words in iTunes. Paauw is mentioned in the final three minutes of podcast 44. 

In Higher Education

New York Times (March 16)

"Computer Science Programs Make a Comeback in Enrollment"

For the first time in six years, enrollment in computer science programs in the United States increased last year, according to an annual report that tracks trends in the academic discipline. Read more...

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