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Desperately seeking . . .

Personal Effects: The Collectibles Show on Fox Cable Network is seeking individuals who have unusual collections (Pez dispensers or JFK memorabilia, for example) on display in their homes. The show will be visiting Rochester at the end of April.

For more information, call Seth Katz, (212) 802-4073.

Library classes

The University Libraries are offering the following classes this spring:

Carlson Library: Carlson@noon, Wednesday demo sessions on the web, Carlson third floor conference room, March 26, April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23, noon to l p.m., for more information, call x5-4465.

Multimedia Center: Rush Rhees, ground floor, March 24 at 1 p.m. and March 25 at noon, Advanced Photoshop; March 31 at l p.m. and April 1 at noon, Netscape Navigator Gold; April 14 at 1 p.m. and April 15 at noon, Getting Your Course on the Web, for more information, call x3-5009.

Rush Rhees Reference Desk: Mondays at noon through the end of April, Lexis/Nexis Training; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays at noon, through end of April, hands-on coaching in Voyager, First Search or Internet. For more information, call x5-4437.

Service awards

Staff members who have worked for the University for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, or 50 years by June 30 have been sent a gift selection card and brochure. Anyone eligible for a gift who has not received a card, should contact Chris Van Stean, x5-3481. All cards should be returned by April 4.

Contact lens service

The Department of Ophthalmology provides contact lens services, including comprehensive eye examinations and contact lens fitting. The department is a participating Blue Choice optical provider, is located on the first floor of the Medical Center, and is currently offering a free five-day trial of Johnson and Johnson Acuvue Lenses.

For more information, call x5-3446.

Financial aid

Undergraduate financial aid applications are due by March 31. Anyone who has not received an application should pick one up in the Financial Aid Office in Meliora Hall.

Harlem Wizards

The Harlem Wizards will play basketball in the Palestra on April 7 at 7 p.m., as a fund-raiser for the University's Cancer Center. The Wizards, former NBA and legendary college players, will compete against Medical Center faculty and staff, and local television and radio personalities. Tickets are $10 for the general public; $8 for students, children, and senior citizens and are available at the Medical Center Bookstore and the Common Market in Wilson Commons.

For more information, call x3-4143.

Innovative improvements

The Innovative Improvement Program is seeking ideas for improving patient care and hospital operations at the Medical Center. Brochures containing more information and application forms were recently mailed to department heads and supervisors. Brochures are also available by calling x5-0066.

Bicycles at the University

The following rules, provided by the Department of environmental Health and Safety, govern the use of bicycles at the University: Bicycles may not be stored or parked even for a short time in any University building except in rooms designated for bicycle storage or in the dormitory room or private office of the bicycle owner; bicycles may not be chained or attached to trees, handrails, light poles, fire hydrants, balustrades, sign standards, etc.; bicycles ridden on campus roadways and sidewalks must be operated at a safe speed and must yield the right of way to pedestrians; the use of athletic equipment such as bicycles, roller blades, skates, and skate boards is prohibited in corridors, hallways, and other public spaces inside buildings.

Volunteers needed

Normal and diabetic volunteers, from 20 to 60 years old, are needed to participate in a one-day study of glucose production in the kidneys after an overnight fast. A $300 stipend is offered to those who complete the study. For more information, call x3-4921.

Looking at an art historian

Michael Ann Holly, chair of the Department of Art and Art History, will present "a light look at the intellectual biography of an art historian through pictures" on Tuesday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m., in the Sage Art Center. The slide presentation is the second in the series, Focus on Faculty, sponsored by the Student Council for Art and Art History. A reception will follow the presentation.

Holly has been chair of the department since 1987 and was instrumental in the development of the graduate program in visual and cultural studies. Her most recent book, Past Looking and the Rhetoric of the Image, was published by Cornell University Press in 1996. She was also recently named an Alisa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art.

World trade

Competition in high-technology sectors has become an important part of the world's trading system. How do innovation and imitation shape each country's comparative advantage and productivity growth?

Economist Elhanan Helpman will speak on R&D and Economic Growth: The International Connection in the 37th annual Gilbert Memorial Lecture given by the University's Department of Economics on Thursday, March 27.

The free talk will be held at 4 p.m. in Room 207, Schlegel Hall and is open to the public.

Helpman will show how high-technology competition is fed by innovation and imitation, which are unevenly distributed across countries. He will discuss ways in which such activities shape comparative advantage and productivity growth and the extent to which a country's performance is related to developments in other parts of the world.

Helpman, who is a professor in the Eitan Berlgas School of Economics at Tel-Aviv University, is a visiting professor in the Department of Economics at Harvard University.

For more information, call x5-7221.


International Fiesta '97, featuring cultural food, art, entertainment, music, and dance, will be held from 1 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, March 29, in Wilson Commons. Admission is free, and the community is invited to attend.

A popular annual event sponsored by the International Living Center and others at the University, the fiesta aims to celebrate the diversity of people, culture, the world and life.

For more information, call x5-5911.

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