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@Rochester: April 1, 2009

@Rochester: April 1, 2009

Today's Forecast: Rain, High 52°

Tomorrow: Partly Cloudy, High 62°

In Today's Issue

  • Rigorous Visual Training Teaches the Brain to See Again After Stroke
  • Blood Test for Brain Injuries Gains Momentum
  • Longtime Simon School Professor Paul Schweitzer Dies
  • Gandhi Institute Will Host Conference on Creating Better Communities
  • Go Green: New Tool Helps University Recycling Efforts
  • Business Model Workshop Concludes Tomorrow
  • Exhibit, Lecture Planned for Opening Day of Humanities Project Conference
  • Children's Film Festival Marks 'Month of the Young Child'
  • Event Highlight: Speaker—Astronaut Leroy Chiao
  • Rochester in the News: Bernard Weiss Vinyl Floors and Autism Link
  • In Higher Education: Surge of Students Pursuing 'Clean Energy' Careers

News and Announcements

Rigorous Visual Training Teaches the Brain to See Again After Stroke

By doing a set of vigorous visual exercises on a computer every day for several months, patients who had gone partially blind as a result of suffering a stroke were able to regain some vision, according to scientists at the Medical Center. Read more...

Blood Test for Brain Injuries Gains Momentum

A blood test that can help predict the seriousness of a head injury and detect the status of the blood-brain barrier is a step closer to reality, according to two recently published studies involving Medical Center researchers. Read more...

Longtime Simon School Professor Paul Schweitzer Dies

The University flag will be lowered to half-staff today in honor of Paul J. Schweitzer, professor of operations research and computers and information systems at the Simon School. Schweitzer, who was 68, died March 27. He joined the University faculty in 1977 and was an expert in stochastic control theory and aggregation theory. "Paul had been one of the national pillars of operations research and management science," says colleague and friend Abraham (Avi) Seidmann, Xerox Professor of Computers and Information Systems and Operations Management at the Simon School. Read more...

Gandhi Institute Will Host Conference on Creating Better Communities

The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence presents a conference, "Transforming Conflict: Creating Better Communities," on April 17 and 18. Friday's program features a keynote address by Robert Holmes, professor of philosophy, at 7:30 p.m. in the Interfaith Chapel. Saturday's events include lectures, interactive presentations, and panels discussions. The conference is free and open to the public. Registration is required by April 10. Call Trish Goodman at 276-3787 or e-mail tgoodman@admin.rochester.edu for details. 

Go Green: New Tool Helps University Recycling Efforts

go green logoRecycling at the University has never been more clear thanks to a new diagram that lays out what can be recycled on campus. See what Recycling Coordinator Amy Kadrie has to say about the University-wide efforts and how you can make a difference. Read more...

Business Model Workshop Concludes Tomorrow

The 2009 Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Series, free and open to the University community, concludes with its third session. "Financials, Cash Flow, Balance Sheets" takes place on Thursday, April 2, from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. in Gleason Hall 318/418. The last workshop in the series will be taught by Gina Mangiamele, assistant director of education and counseling at the Simon School. Pizza and soda provided. 

Exhibit, Lecture Highlight Opening Day of Humanities Project Conference

A new exhibit, Manifestations of Medieval Law: From Manuscripts to Print, opens in the Plutzik Library at Rush Rhees Library on Thursday, April 2, at 8:30 p.m. It will complement history professor Richard Kaeuper's lecture, "Questioning Constitutionalism," also at 8:30, as well as the opening reception of the Humanities Project Conference: A New Look at Constitutionalism, Law, and Justice through their Medieval Foundations, which runs through April 4 in Rush Rhees Library. 

Children's Film Festival Marks 'Month of the Young Child'

The Children’s Film Festival, held every April, is a collaboration of community organizations offering a presentation of high-quality films to children and families. The festival is facilitated by Children’s Institute, which is affiliated with the University, and Rochester High Falls International Film Festival. See a schedule of screenings

Events

Wednesday, April 1

Speaker: Astronaut Leroy Chiao: Hoyt Auditorium. 7 p.m.

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

Rochester in the News

Scientific American (March 31)

"Scientists Find 'Baffling' Link between Autism and Vinyl Flooring"

Bernard Weiss, a professor of environmental medicine and pediatrics, a coauthor of the study, says the connection between vinyl flooring and autism "turned up virtually by accident." He calls it "intriguing and baffling at the same time." Read more...

In Higher Education

Los Angeles Times (March 29)

"Surge of College Students Pursuing 'Clean Energy' Careers"

Climate change is a concern among undergraduates, driving a surge of interest in science and engineering on campuses nationwide. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu '70, a Rochester trustee, said in a recent interview that he sees "a new cadre of idealistic people who want to work on [energy] in any way they can"—and that harnessing them is the key to the nation's economic future. Read more...

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