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In Today's Issue

  • Project to Promote Use of Rochester's Math Homework Software Receives Grant
  • Specialists in Hearing, HIV to Study AIDS Patients
  • Open Enrollment for 2010 Health Care Programs
  • Local Authors Chosen for Andrew Eiseman Writers Award
  • Chamber Music Recital Features Works by Venetian Masters
  • Reading the World Conversation Series Continues
  • Lecture Explores Gandhi's Relevance
  • Memorial Art Gallery Hosts 'Picture Rochester!'

News and Announcements

Project to Promote Use of Rochester's Math Homework Software Receives Grant
The National Science Foundation has issued a $1.2 million grant through the Mathematical Association of America to support the training of WeBWorK software consultants to help colleges, universities, and high schools deploy the software at their institutions for use by their students. WeBWorK is an online homework system started in 1995 by Rochester math professors, Arnold Pizer and Michael Gage.

Specialists in Hearing, HIV to Study AIDS Patients
Medical Center specialists in HIV and in hearing are teaming up to measure the hearing of people with AIDS. The new effort is supported by a $1.9 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

Open Enrollment for 2010 Health Care Programs
Open enrollment for health, dental, Flexible Spending Accounts, and Health Savings Accounts is under way and will remain open until Nov. 18. Open Enrollment informational sessions have begun and will be held until Nov. 11. Remember, even if you are not making changes to your health or dental plans, you must re-enroll for your 2010 FSA and/or HSA accounts. In addition to open enrollment packages being mailed to your home, the same materials, the open enrollment information sessions schedule, the health plan cost estimator, and other open enrollment information is available on the Benefits Web site.

Local Authors Chosen for Andrew Eiseman Writers Award
Seymour Schwartz and Karla Linn Merrifield are the winners of the 2009 Andrew Eiseman Writers Award. Created in 2005 by alumnus Andrew Eiseman, the award celebrates Rochester-area writers who have been published during the previous calendar year. The awards will be presented today in the Hawkins-Carlson Room in Rush Rhees Library.

Chamber Music Recital Features Works by Venetian Masters
Music by six composers who worked in the thriving musical environment of 17th century Venice will be featured during a chamber music recital at the Italian Baroque Organ on Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Memorial Art Gallery.

Reading the World Conversation Series Continues
The next installment in the  "Reading the World conversation series" will feature international writers in residence at Ledig House, one of the only international writer residences in the United States. Participating will be writers from South Africa, Bulgaria, Germany, and Canada. The event will be at 6 p.m. tonight in the Gowen Room in Wilson Commons. For more information, go to the Open Letter Web site.

Lecture Explores Gandhi's Relevance
The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence and the Interfaith Chapel will host a free lecture by V.V. Kaman, on “The Worldview and Relevance of Gandhi in Our Times.” Kaman is emeritus professor of physics and humanities at Rochester Institute of Technology and an expert on Hindu culture and religion. The lecture will be at 4 p.m. today in the Interfaith Chapel.

Memorial Art Gallery Hosts Picture Rochester!
The Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery will sponsor "Picture Rochester!," a tour of photography galleries and studios, on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The tour will include lunch, and stops at Image City Gallery, Anderson Alley, and the George Eastman House. Cost is $112 for members and $124 for non members. To make reservations, e-mail Lynda Serafine or call 276-8910.

Nov. 5, 2009
Mixed Snow/Rain
Today's Forecast:
Rain/Snow, High 43°
Mostly Sunny, High 40°
Today's Event Highlight
Eastman Opera Theatre: The Secret Garden
Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School. 7:30 p.m. Read more…

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Rochester in the News
UPI (Nov. 4)
'Scientists: Africa Desert Could Become Sea'
Researchers from the University of Rochester, along with colleagues from around the world, say they've confirmed the volcanic activity beneath the rift, discovered in 2005, is nearly identical to that at the bottom of the world's oceans. That, they said, means the rift is likely the beginning of a new sea. Read more...

CBS News (Nov. 3)

'Study: Pain Relievers Blunt Vaccines'
Painkillers such as Advil, Tylenol, and aspirin can blunt a vaccine's effectiveness, according to a Medical Center study. "It's probably not a good idea to take common, over-the-counter pain relievers for minor discomfort associated with vaccination," says Richard Phipps, professor of environmental medicine, and of microbiology and immunology, and pediatrics. Read more…

In Higher Education
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Nov. 3)
'Program Helps Students With Disabilities Get Textbooks'
More than 650 college across the country use the AccessText Network, a new online database aimed at making it easier for students who are blind, dyslexic or have other print-related disabilities to get specialized textbooks. Read more...

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