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@Rochester: June 16, 2008

Today's Forecast: Partly Cloudy, High 73°

Tomorrow: Partly Cloudy, High 71°

In Today's Issue

  • Findings Suggest Salmonella Is Trickier than Imagined
  • Web Site Answers Questions about Faculty Diversity
  • Get Tips on Interviewing, Resume Writing, and Networking
  • Winners of the Creative Excellence Awards Announced
  • Golfing Event Benefits Howard Bryant Scholarship Fund
  • Event Highlight: Artist's Reception
  • Rochester in the News: Edward Deci on Rewarding Students with Money, Karl Kieburtz on FDA Warning about Mercury-based Dental Fillings
  • In Higher Ed: Boost Proposed for Science Education

News and Announcements

Findings Suggest Salmonella Is Trickier than Imagined

Salmonella is serving up a surprise not only for tomato lovers around the country but also for scientists who study the rod-shaped bacterium that causes misery for millions of people. A team of researchers at the Medical Center say they've identified a molecular trick that may explain part of the bacteria's fierceness. Read more...

Web Site Answers Questions about Faculty Diversity

The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity and the University's Faculty Diversity Officers invite you to visit their new Frequently Asked Questions Web page. These FAQs describe, in part, the ongoing process for increasing faculty diversity and the role each member of the University community plays in this important endeavor. Read more...

Get Tips on Interviewing, Resume Writing, and Networking

The Latino Professional Alliance Educational Committee is holding a second session of "Interview Tips, Resume Writing and Techniques on Networking" on Thursday, June 26, noon to 1 p.m. at the Medical Center, Natapow Room 1-9545. Kristin Hocker from the Human Resources Organizational Development Office will be presenting and will also be available to answer questions. Space is limited; RSVP to Shannon Colon at 758-7746 or by Friday, June 20. 

Winners of the Creative Excellence Awards Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2008 Creative Excellence Award Contest. The Staff Award goes to Peter Sullivan, a senior social worker and coordinator of the Group Therapy Service in the Department of Psychiatry, for his short story "Remembering Sensation in the Feet When Walking." Colleen Fogarty, assistant professor of family medicine, receives the Faculty Award for her essay "Caring for a Farm-Worker Couple with an Anencephalic Fetus." Brynn Champney '10, who is conducting field work in Rwanda this summer, won the Student Award for her poem "A WIC Clinic Waiting Room." Read more...

Golfing Event Benefits Howard Bryant Scholarship Fund

Members of the University community are invited to take part in the Howard Bryant Memorial Golf Tournament on June 19, at Greystone Golf Course in Walworth. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund established in memory of Howard Bryant, who was employed by the University for 43 years and a facilities manager for the biology department for 30 of those years. Bryant died suddenly in 2004. Read more...


Tuesday, June 17

Artist's Reception: Opening reception for Hecho A Mano: Artists and Artisans of Guatemala. Gallery at the Art and Music Library. 5 to 7 p.m.

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Rochester in the News

New York Times (June 13)

"Schools Experiment with Paying Kids"

Edward Deci, professor of psychology, says rewards can persuade kids to work harder to boost tests scores but the effect probably would be short-lived. "Will their motivation to be doing their school work or learning be positively impacted by that once the rewards stop? I think the answer to that is pretty clearly no." He also says there is evidence that once a reward is taken away, people become even less motivated than they were before the experiment began, regardless of the reward's value. (Also reported by NPR, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and many others.) Read more...

BusinessWeek (June 12)

"FDA Issues Precautionary Note on Silver Fillings"

Karl Kieburtz, professor of neurology, praises the FDA's new warning that silver dental fillings that contain mercury may pose a safety concern for pregnant women and young children. "For 99 percent-plus of people, there probably isn't harm. But if there is a group of people who might be at risk, they should at least have the knowledge that may be so," says Kieburtz, who co-chaired the 2006 FDA advisory committee that reviewed data on silver fillings. (Also reported by the New York Times, CBS News, Washington Post, and many others.) Read more...

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (June 13)

"Boost Proposed for Science Education"

"A House of Representatives subcommittee Thursday unanimously approved spending increases for agencies including the National Science Foundation and the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology, increasing their share over last year's amount and shifting some of their focus from research to education-related programs." Read more...

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