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Newsday (May 21)

Eastman School of Music Appoints New Dean

Doug Lowry

The University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music said Monday it has appointed conductor - composer Douglas Lowry as its new dean. He will bring to Eastman the leadership, musicality and drive to provide new energy to this nation's leading school of music," said the University of Rochester's president, Joel Seligman. Lowry, who is dean of the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, will take up his new post Aug. 1. (Also reported by Playbill Arts New York, Cincinnati Post, New York Times, MSN Money, Cincinnati Enquirer, Akron Beacon Journal, WCAX Vermont, WSTM Central NY, R News, WHAM TV ABC, WHEC TV NBC, Rochester Business Journal, Democrat and Chronicle, News Record Ohio, and other publications/broadcasts.)

New York Times (May 16)

Ivy League Admissions Crunch Brings New Cachet to Next Tier

Supply, however, has remained constant. Most of the sought-after universities have not expanded their freshman classes. The result, said Jonathan Miller, a senior at Mamaroneck High School in suburban Westchester County, N.Y., is that many classmates perceive institutions like Tufts University, Bowdoin, the University of Rochester and Lehigh in a new light. “I would say that high school students are looking more and more at these schools,” he said, “the way they used to look at the Ivies.” “I’m sure part of what we’re seeing is people are saying, ‘Well, if the Ivies and Duke are inaccessible, where do I go to get a similar academic experience?’ ” said Jonathan Burdick, dean of admissions and financial aid at Rochester. (Also reported by International Herald Tribune France, The Ledger Florida, Sarasota Herald-Tribune Florida, Tuscaloosa News Alabama)

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About Research and Faculty, Virginia (May 22)

Choice is a Key Element for Smokers Who Want to Quits

Rochester researcher Dr. Geoffrey Williams associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, will unveil new findings at a Toronto conference this month that demonstrate patient involvement in a quit plan leads to smokers who are more motivated to quit because they genuinely want to, not because they are being nagged or bullied. (Also reported by Australia, UPI, New India,,, HULIQ North Carolina, Massachusetts,, Times of India), Virginia (May 22)

Want to Improve Your Relationship? Do the Dishes Because You Really Want To

If you do something positive for your mate, does it matter why? The answer is yes, according to new research from University of Rochester research assistant professor Heather Patrick. She will unveil a study at a Toronto conference later this month that shows both small sacrifices, like doing the dishes for your partner, and big ones, like moving across the country for a new job he or she really wants, mean more if you do them because you genuinely want to. Patrick will be one of more than 300 researchers from 25 countries at the University of Toronto this weekend sharing their work within Self-Determination Theory, a groundbreaking psychological theory of human motivation developed by Edward Deci and Richard Ryan, University of Rochester professors of Psychology. (Also reported by Australia, UPI,, Hindustan Times India, South Asian Women’s Forum India, New India, HULIQ North Carolina, Post Chronicle New York, and other publications)

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