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Parrish exhibit shatters records

The Memorial Art Gallery's Maxfield Parrish, 1870-1966 exhibition has shattered MAG's attendance records and brought its membership level to an all-time high.

Already the largest and most expensive exhibition ever mounted by the gallery, the Parrish show proved to be a hit with visitors as well. In 10 weeks the exhibition attracted 61,026 visitors, almost four times the average attendance for MAG exhibitions over the past 12 years and nearly double that of the previous record holders. Of the visitors who came to the Parrish exhibit, 24 percent were from outside the Rochester metro area, including 9 percent from out of state, and 25 percent were visiting the gallery for the first time or hadn't visited for over 10 years.

The exhibition also was a success in gaining 2,290 members, bringing the total membership to an all-time high of 10,333--one of the highest per-capita memberships of any art museum in the country.

The show, the first-ever critical retrospective of Parrish's work, ends its national tour at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, where it will be on view from Friday, May 26, through Sunday, August 6.

Conformal grinders work wonders

Machines that can grind ultra-precise optics into shapes once considered prohibitively expensive are now a reality, thanks to researchers at the University's Center for Optics Manufacturing. Until the creation of the new machines, called conformal grinders, ultra-precise optics had to be ground to a spherical shape that severely limited where the glass could be used. Airplane sensors, for instance, might work best in a wing, but have traditionally been placed in the fuselage because the glass dome that houses them doesn't conform to the shape of a wing. A conformal grinder, however, can cut glass to match the wing's contours.

Working with Raytheon, Boeing, Rochester Photonics Corp., the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and others, the researchers at COM designed a computer-controlled grinder that's the first ever capable of producing precision optical components of almost any shape. This has relevance not only for aircraft, but also for surgical endoscopes that see beneath the skin, components of NASA's space plane, or any commercial application that might demand a sleek new shape that couldn't be manufactured in the past. The prototype machine was constructed by Nanotechnology Systems of Keene, N.H., and is undergoing testing at the Rochester center.

"Usually optics have spherical shapes that don't fit the curve of what they're mounted to," said Harvey Pollicove, director of COM. "You always end up with a bulge in the fuselage where sensors are housed. The new shapes will give engineers remarkable freedom to design--which they'll exploit in no time. Look at what happened with car headlights. Once a way was found to design headlights that conformed to a car body's shape, auto designers made headlights in every shape imaginable. Now that we've removed the shape restrictions on highly accurate optics, who knows what we'll build with them down the road?"

Rev. Frank Snow memorialized

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Photo by Helen Raynes Staley

Rev. Frank Snow, who served as University Protestant chaplain from 1972 to 1991, was memorialized on May 21 at the River Campus Interfaith Chapel in a celebration of his life and ministry.

According to Rev. Greg Osterberg, the current Protestant chaplain, "Snow's ministry blended a strong commitment to pastoral care of students and staff, with a passion for social justice informed by faith." Known for his personable style in caring for students, Snow served as mentor to many who would go on themselves to serve in ministry or in humanitarian work. He also worked for civil rights and voter registration in the South during the 1960s; served as a human-rights observer at the Attica prison uprising, and during the wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador; and was a founding member of the EcoJustice Project and the Peace and Justice Education Committee.

During his tenure at the Interfaith Chapel, Snow also was director of Genesee Area Campus Ministries. He died earlier this year at the age of 72.

Summer science camps return

This summer local children and teenagers are invited to take part in a variety of science camps and programs at the University. The following programs are still accepting applications:

The Science Exploration Program is open to students currently in grades 6 through 8 and will focus on the nature of learning and behavior. Participants will be involved in several hands-on activities, design their own lab experiments, meet local scientists, and go on field trips. Sessions run from Monday, August 7, to Friday, August 11, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fee is $175; a few scholarships are available. Call x5-3171 for more information.

The Math, Science, and Computer Camp for Girls is an opportunity for 9- to 14-year-olds to use computers, take part in hands-on activities, visit laboratories on campus, and hear from guest scientists. Activities might include engineering bridges out of toothpicks or probing the number systems of other cultures. Two-week sessions for 9- to 11-year-olds will be held weekdays from Monday, July 17, to Friday, July 28, and from Monday, July 31, to Friday, August 11. There will be a one-week session for 12- to 14-year-olds from Monday, July 10, to Friday, July 14. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fee is $200 for the one-week program and $350 for the two-week program. For more information call 377-6862.

The two-week Rochester Scholars Program is for students entering grades 9 through 12 this fall. Offered by the Office of Special Programs, these courses give participants the opportunity to explore in-depth topics through half-day classes in the sciences, social studies, engineering, and humanities. It runs from Monday, July 24, to Friday, August 4, weekdays. Students can sign up for either the morning session (9 a.m. to noon) or the afternoon session (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.). The fee is $295 per course and the application deadline is Friday, June 9. Call x5-2344 for more information.

An overview of these programs is available at www.urmc.rochester.edu/smd/mbi/outreach.htm.

Calling all crafters

The third annual "Crafts Under Glass" crafts show will be held on Friday, November 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Wilson Commons. Applications are now available for interested artisans and can be obtained by contacting Beverly Dartt, x4-3326, or via e-mail, bdartt@admin.rochester.edu. Those interested in participating in the crafts show are urged to reserve their space soon; applications for outside crafters will be mailed in early June.

Time to hit the links

The 15th annual Hackers & Whackers Employee Golf Tournament will be held on Tuesday, August 1, at Shadow Lake Golf & Racquet Club. The cost of the tournament is $63 and includes golf, cart, lunch, dinner, and prizes. Slots fill up quickly and are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Full teams of four players per team are required to register. Call x5-4111 for further information or to request a registration form.

Research participants needed

Depression--Mothers who have been depressed or had manic depression at some time since the birth of their child are needed for a research study. The study is open to families with children ages 3-8 who are not receiving public assistance. Mothers must have at least a high school education. All parents and children will complete one two-hour University-based visit. There is a $20 payment to each family for participation. Call x5-2014.

AIDS vaccine--Healthy, HIV-negative volunteers between the ages of 18 and 60 are needed for clinical research trials of HIV-prevention vaccines. Participants will receive up to $700. Call x3-AIDS.



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