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October 20, 2010

Meliora Weekend 2010

Sanjay Gupta

“Compassion comes from all different places in all different forms,” CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta said during his Meliora Weekend keynote address. “(That spirit of compassion) is what binds us together around the world.”

More than 6,000 alumni, parents, and family members joined students, faculty, and special guests for the 10th edition of Meliora Weekend and for Eastman Weekend. See more about Meliora Weekend 2010.


Esther Conwell to receive the National Medal of Science

President Barack Obama has chosen Esther Conwell, a professor of chemistry, as a recipient of the National Medal of Science.

New fund launched to aid technology commercialization

The Technology Development Fund will award grants to scientists in an effort to help advance a technology closer to the stage where it can be transferred to the market.

President addresses open enrollment for health plans

Within the next week, University of Rochester faculty and staff will receive at our homes the annual informational packet to guide us through the selection process during open enrollment for health care plans. Please pay close attention this year because there are a number of changes that affect pricing, benefits design, and options for saving money and improving health.

Cynthia Carlton earns library’s 2010 Messinger Award

It’s Cynthia Carlton's talent for networking with people that has won her the admiration of her coworkers and earned her the 2010 Messinger Library Recognition Award.

In Brief

A roundup of news.

Pioneering economist Lionel McKenzie remembered

Lionel McKenzie, one of the chief architects of modern general equilibrium theory and an “economist’s economist” revered for the clarity and rigor of his work, died Oct. 12. He was 91.

Burn and trauma services renamed for devoted benefactors

The Medical Center’s regional burn and trauma services have been renamed in honor of two local restaurateurs who have raised millions of dollars to support them—and share a vision for further developing those services.

In Research

Restorative justice provides alternative for managing conflict

An alternative to the judicial system called restorative justice is proving successful around the world in keeping youth offenders out of jail and reducing recidivism.

Rochester helps lead global Parkinson’s study

Patients, doctors, and nurses in Rochester will be a key part of a major national research study initiated by the Michael J. Fox Foundation to identify biomarkers to track the progression of Parkinson’s disease in a precise way that is impossible to do today.

New policy protects data on copiers, faxes

Your personal data: Social Security numbers, medical information, bank account numbers. These are just a few examples of the data being stored on copiers, scanners, fax machines, and printers throughout the life of the devices. They are also attractive data for tech-savvy thieves.

Goergen Awards honor outstanding undergraduate teaching

The award aims to acknowledge the full scope of work that contributes to excellence in undergraduate education. This year’s recipients were honored at an awards luncheon on Oct. 15.

Robert Keegan, alumnus and business executive, joins Board of Trustees

Robert Keegan, the chairman of the board of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company with long associations at the University and within the Rochester community, has been elected to a five-year term on the University Board of Trustees.

Eastman BroadBand hits the road

Eastman BroadBand, a contemporary chamber ensemble at the Eastman School, will be going on the road to New York City and Mexico to present new music from around the world.

Warner helps city teachers enhance history lessons

Warner School teaching and curriculum professors will assist teachers with improving American history instruction, thanks to two federal grants awarded to the Rochester City School District by the U.S. Department of Education.

Catholic Newman Community directorship named for alumni

The Catholic Newman Community will rename its directorship position the J. Nelson Hoffman ’55 and Joan Dutcher Hoffman ’55 Director of the Catholic Newman Community Pastoral Care.

New director of dance aims to strengthen program

Under Missy Pfohl-Smith’s leadership, students now have increased course offerings in technique; choreography; and a variety of disciplines, including modern, ballet, and jazz.

New initiative will help students with intellectual disabilities go to college

A new consortium between several local higher education institutions, K–12 school districts, and agencies will help students with intellectual disabilities to attend and succeed in higher education.

Alternative energy for the developing world

Each year, engineering students at the Hajim School travel around the globe looking for ways to bring energy to regions that don’t have reliable power. Most of the projects are administered by AHEAD Energy, a nonprofit organization started by chemical engineering lecturer Ben Ebenhack and his wife, Mary Jeanette.

Much to celebrate

More than 6,000 alumni, parents, and family members joined students, faculty, and special guests for the 10th edition of Meliora Weekend and for Eastman Weekend. See more photos online at www.rochester.edu/pr/Review/meliora2010/gallery.