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@Rochester: March 19, 2009

@Rochester: March 19, 2009

Today's Forecast: Rain/Snow Showers, High 41°

Tomorrow: Sunny, High 38°

In Today's Issue

  • President Seligman's Update on the Current Economic Challenge
  • Board of Trustees Sets Tuition Rates for 2009-10
  • Medical Center Scientists Get $6.8 Million in Stem Cell Research Grants
  • Eastman School Is Collecting Donations for Foodlink
  • Final Chance to Nominate Deserving Staff Members
  • Nursing Home Specialists May Improve Quality of Care
  • Counseling Center Seeks Survey Participants
  • Event Highlight: Global Dance Film Screenings
  • Sports Buzz: Baseball, Men's Tennis, Women's Lacrosse at Home
  • Rochester in the News: Eric Mamajek on the Search for 'Solar Twins'
  • In Higher Education: Experts Discuss Ways to Evaluate Students' Writing

News and Announcements

President Seligman's Update on the Current Economic Challenge

In a message today, President Seligman addresses the University’s response to the current economic challenge and the impact to strategic plans, salary programs, construction projects, and the endowment. Protecting core programs and the quality of the University, he says, is the primary objective in responding to the economic challenge. He also praises the University community's “sacrifice, ingenuity, and determination." Read more...

Board of Trustees Sets Tuition Rates for 2009-10

The Board of Trustees set tuition rates for all University schools during its March meeting. Read more...

Medical Center Scientists Get $6.8 Million in Stem Cell Research Grants

Ten Medical Center scientists have been awarded more than $6.8 million by the Empire State Stem Cell Board. The grants are for a wide range of research programs in the fields of neurological disorders, cancer, musculoskeletal diseases, the blood system, and efforts to understand the fundamental mechanics of stem cell biology. Read more...

Eastman School Is Collecting Donations for Foodlink

The Eastman School is participating in "Orchestras Feeding America," the first national food drive by America's orchestras, and will be collecting food and monetary donations through Monday, March 30. Read more...

Final Chance to Nominate Deserving Staff Members

Nominations are due tomorrow for the University's Meliora Awards and Witmer Awards. The awards were established last year to recognize exceptional service by University staff. Meliora Awards can be given to recognize individuals or a team. A full description of each award and nomination materials are available online

Nursing Home Specialists May Improve Quality of Care

Geriatric experts at the Medical Center are urging the medical community to consider developing a new specialty to meet the needs of nursing home residents. Read more...

Counseling Center Seeks Survey Participants

Graduate students: Help the University Counseling Center tailor its services to the needs of students on campus by completing this short Mental Health on Campus survey. You can enter to win a $50 Visa gift certificate. 

Events

Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21

Global Dance Film Screenings: Two-night series of dance video works selected from Dance Films Association's Annual Dance on Camera Festival. Spurrier Dance Studio. 7 p.m.

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

Sports Buzz

Get the latest athletics news at www.rochester.edu/athletics.

Baseball: 
March 21, Cobleskill, 2:30 p.m.
March 22, Cobleskill, noon

Men's Tennis: 
March 24, Hobart College, 4 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse: 
March 24, College at Brockport, 4 p.m.

Rochester in the News

Scientific American (March 17)

"Seeking Out the Sun's Long-Lost Siblings"

Eric Mamajek, assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics, likens a proposal to seek out "solar twins" to searching for members of his own 1993 high school class from a random sampling of Manhattan thirtysomethings. "You might run into a few after an exhaustive search," Mamajek says, "but trying to extrapolate from whence they came based on their current trajectories in life would only lead to frustration." Read more...

In Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education (March 16)

"Experts Discuss Best Ways to Evaluate Improvement in Students' Writing"

How to craft better writing assessments was a central theme at the annual meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the nation's largest gathering of composition and rhetoric instructors. Read more...

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