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In Today's Issue

  • Women's Basketball Team Heads to Sweet 16
  • Oldest Measurements of Magnetic Field Reveals Battle For Earth's Atmosphere
  • Emil Wolf Wins G. G. Stokes Award
  • Eastman Student Tops in Organ Competition
  • Student Volunteers on Alternative Spring Break
  • March is Women's History Month
  • National Consumers Protection Week
  • Lasik Surgery Seminar Scheduled

News and Announcements

Women's Basketball Team Heads to Sweet 16
Rochester's women's basketball team will head to Union, N.J. to face the undefeated team from Christopher Newport University on Friday in the sectional round of the NCAA Division III Basketball Championships. This is Rochester's fifth straight trip to the Sweet 16. The Yellowjackets advanced to the sectional round after defeating the University of Mary Washington and SUNY Cortland over the weekend.
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Oldest Measurements of Magnetic Field Reveals Battle For Earth's Atmosphere
John Tarduno, professor of geophysics, and his colleagues discovered that the Earth's magnetic field 3.5 billion years ago was only half as strong as it is today, and that this weakness, coupled with a strong wind of energetic particles from the young sun, likely stripped water from the early Earth's atmosphere. See news coverage from MSNBC, U.S. News and World Report, and Scientific American.

Emil Wolf Wins G. G. Stokes Award
Emil Wolf, the Wilson Professor of Optical Physics and professor of physics and astronomy, has won the 2010 International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) G. G. Stokes Award. The annual prize, which includes a $2,000 honorarium, recognizes exceptional contributions to the field of optical polarization.

Eastman Student Tops in Organ Competition
Eastman School doctoral student David Baskeyfield was awarded first place in the 5th Miami International Organ Competition held Feb. 26. First place carries a $5,000 prize and an invitation to play a full-length recital in the 2010-11 concert series at the Church of the Epiphany in Miami, Fla.

Student Volunteers on Alternative Spring Break
More than 100 Rochester students are trading sunscreen and sandals for hammers and shovels as they volunteer their time during the annual Alternative Spring Break.

March is Women's History Month
Women's History Month is celebrated throughout the month of March to educate the University and the greater Rochester community about the history of feminism and in order to highlight its relevance and value for women and men today. For more information, see

National Consumers Protection Week
National Consumers Protection Week runs through Saturday. To learn more, go to the Dollars and Sense Web site, which offers free resources to protect privacy, manage money and debt, avoid identity theft, understand credit and mortgages, and steer clear of fraud and scams. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, send them to

Lasik Surgery Seminar Scheduled
An information session on Lasik eye surgery will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at 100 Meridian Centre, Suite 125. Attendees will be able to schedule a free future Lasik evaluation. Reservations are required. Register online or call 273-2020.
March 8, 2010
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Today's Event Highlight
Malory's Morte d'Arthur
Robbins Library 416, Rush Rhees Library, All day. Read more…

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Rochester in the News
New York Times (March 4)
'I.M.F. Help for Greece Is Risky'
“It’s a black eye for the euro zone if one of their members has to turn to the I.M.F. for support,” says Randall Stone, associate professor of political science. “It's embarrassing.” Read more…

In Higher Education
Inside Higher Ed (March 5)
'Grades on the Rise'
Grades awarded to U.S. undergraduates have risen substantially in the last few decades, and grade inflation has become particularly pronounced at selective and private colleges. Read more…

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