University of Rochester


theater photo


On November 13, 2002, Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks got the idea to write a play a day for a year. She began that very day, finishing one year later. The result is a daily meditation on an artistic life.

The University’s International Theatre Program joins more than 700 theater companies and universities around the world in the 365 Days/365 Plays Festival, a year-long presentation that includes all the plays written by Parks. The Theatre Program will produce its designated two weeks’ worth of the plays—with the addition of three extra “constants,” plays written to be performed on any day in the year—for a total of 17 plays. Performances open Monday, October 15, at 8 p.m. Admission is free with donations accepted. For performance dates and reservations, visit or call 275-4088.

Medical Center to apply for major patient care expansion

In response to a need for more patient care space, the Medical Center will submit an application this week to the New York State Department of Health for the largest clinical expansion in its history.

Festival marks the birth of an organ

The participants in this year’s Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI) Festival will witness a remarkable moment—the first breath of a newly constructed, 2,000-pipe organ. After more than six months of work, sounds from the 15-ton instrument will fill the sanctuary of Christ Church on East Avenue, marking the start of a year-long process to voice and tune the pipes and kicking off the sixth annual EROI festival.

PBS documentary spotlights cardiac

The Mysterious Human Heart, a three-part PBS series featuring Medical Center cardiologists Arthur Moss and James Daubert will air in October across the country and locally on WXXI-TV 21. 

Enroll now: health care plans & life insurance

Two open enrollment sessions are under way this month. Faculty and staff have until October 31 to enroll in one of the new health care plans. Eligible faculty and staff also have until October 22 to enroll in or increase their Group Universal Life (GUL) or Group Optional Term Life (GOTL) insurance.

Students mobilize to honor Gandhi’s legacy of service

Mahatma Gandhi’s famous quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world,” had resonance for college students across the country during a national day of service on Saturday, September 29, that paid tribute to Gandhi’s legacy of nonviolence and activism. For hundreds of Rochester students who spent “Be the Change Day” sorting and distributing goods at Foodlink, it had particular significance. Arun Gandhi, the grandson of the famous humanitarian, shared his thoughts on the importance of community service during the kickoff event that morning.

Scientists apply mathematics to investigate invisible ‘wormholes

The team of scientists that first created the mathematics behind the “invisibility cloak” announced by physicists last October has now shown that the same technology could be used to generate an “electromagnetic wormhole.

Political scientist offers remedy for government spending gone wild

U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said recently that he expects the nation to hit the national debt limit at a whopping $8.965 trillion. And last month in his new memoir former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan blasted President George W. Bush and Congress for letting spending get out of control.

University first school to join Pride of NY program

The tower of New York apples in Danforth and the daily spotlight entrées in The Meliora do not begin to tell the full story. In the past few years, Dining Services has made a concerted effort to partner with local and regional growers and suppliers to offer fresher, healthier food across campus.

In Brief

A roundup of news and announcements.