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LLE hosts summer research program

About a dozen area high school students will spend eight weeks this summer working on research projects at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) as part of the 2006 High School Summer Research Program. The projects will be related to the 60-beam Omega laser, the world's most powerful fusion laser, and the Omega EP laser, currently under construction.

The students, who will be starting their senior year in the fall, are supervised by members of the research staff, and attend seminars in areas of science and technology. The program begins July 10 and culminates in a symposium on August 30 when the students will present the results of their summer work. The goal of the program is to expose highly motivated students, including women and underrepresented minorities, to research in science and technology in a realistic environment. In the past, several projects have led to recognition in national science competitions, including the Intel Science Talent Search and the Siemens Westinghouse competition.

Applications are due at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, 250 East River Road, Rochester, NY 14623-1299 by March 24. The application must include a short essay describing the student's interest in science and technology and a supporting letter from a teacher. Several of the applicants will be interviewed and decisions will be made by the end of April. For more information and application forms, visit or contact Stephen Craxton at x5-5467.

Programs target young scholars

Middle and high school students get a chance to practice suturing, build robots, launch rockets, argue law cases, and tour the largest laser in the eastern United States during their spring and summer breaks as part of the Rochester Scholars program. Registration is open for the spring session (April 17 to 21) and nine different summer sessions (July 9 to August 11). Application deadline for the April session is March 24. For more information, visit

Hurricane relief efforts continue

A week of activities to help Southern University of New Orleans replace books and materials lost to Hurricane Katrina netted $4,600 during February 20 to 24. Rush Rhees librarians and staff organized book sales, lectures, a jazz performance, and raffles as part of the American Library Association's Adopt-a-Library Program.

There's still time to make donations. Money or checks (made out to Rush Rhees Library­SUNO) can be mailed to Vicki Burns, director of reference at Rush Rhees and project chair, at Box 270055, or given to Nora Dimmock in the MultiMedia Center in G-122 on the ground floor of Rush Rhees Library.

All funds raised will be held by a book vendor until Southern University librarians are ready to restock their shelves.

ID Office reduces hours

The ID Card Office/Customer Service Center will have abbreviated hours during spring break. The office will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday, March 13, to Friday, March 17. The office is closed Saturday, March 18. Normal hours resume Monday, March 20.

Calling health-care entrepreneurs

The Center for Lifelong Learning at the School of Nursing, part of the Center for Nursing Entrepreneurship, is offering two courses this spring for health care professionals with entrepreneurial interests. "Become a Successful Health Care Entrepreneur" is a 1-credit graduate course held from March 23 to 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and "Marketing Essentials for the Health-Care Entrepreneur" is a 4-credit graduate course held April 10 to 12 and April 26 to 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with additional instruction online. Both courses explore new models of practice, innovations in health care delivery, and extreme customer service. For additional information or to register, call x5-0446 or visit

Looking for Fulbrighters

The International Services Office is one of the hosts of the Rochester Summit on Citizen Diplomacy on Friday, April 28. The Honorable Harriet Mayor Fulbright, chair of the Fulbright International Center, will be the luncheon speaker. On Thursday, April 27, the Nazareth College Center for International Education is hosting an invitation-only, free reception for Fulbrighters to meet with Fulbright. To receive an invitation to the reception, U.S. or international Fulbright scholars as well as current and former students can send their name and mailing address to Judy Weinstein of Rochester International Council at

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