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December 03, 2014

Peering into infinity

view of woman's face in multiple mirrors

Infinity Boxes by Matt Elson at the Memorial Art Gallery is part fun house, part art exhibit—and is completely interactive. Miriam Grigsby ’17 peeks inside “The Delta of Venus” (Infinity Box #7, from the Awakened Vision Series, 2013) by Elson, a California artist who uses color, light, and mirrors to create optical illusions. The exhibition is on display through Jan. 4.

Action video games can boost learning

A new study shows that playing action video games improves not just the skills taught in the game but learning capabilities more generally.

Rossi: Eastman prepares for ‘next era’ of music education

Jamal Rossi, who was invested as the as the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music at a ceremony in late October, knows that he is taking leadership of the school at a time of change in the music world.

Report highlights Rochester’s licensing, commercialization activities

Rochester has been identified by the journal Nature Biotechnology as one of the top 10 universities in the nation for the impact of its life sciences research.

Walking (safely) in a winter wonderland

Before the next storm system hits the local radar this year, here are a few points to keep in mind.

In Brief

Faculty celebrated at endowed professorship installations

Three professors - Mark Bils, Sally Norton, and Gary Morrow - have been installed in endowed professorships in economics, nursing, and medicine, respectively.

Several University offices move to College Town

Seven University departments and offices have moved into new second- and third-story office space in Building 3 of College Town.

In Research

A roundup of research news.

Making Headlines

Colleen McCarthy tapped to lead University’s United Way campaign

In her current position as the University’s director of local government and community relations, which she’ll continue to hold, McCarthy serves as a liaison between the University and its neighbors and government partners.

Medical Center names new CFO

The Medical Center has named David Kirshner chief financial officer. Kirshner will join the staff in January, succeeding Michael Goonan who will retire in December.

Register before traveling to Ebola-affected countries

Students, faculty, and staff planning travel to any Ebola-affected country must contact the University Health Service and the Office of Global Engagement prior to finalizing travel plans.

YMCA discounts offered to University employees

Through a new partnership among the University, the YMCA of Greater Rochester, and the Canandaigua Family YMCA, all University employees, including union members, are eligible for special membership rates

What’s your language?

Faculty, staff, and students, including Amy Esplain ‘16 (Navajo) shared a few words in their native language for a video celebrating International Education Week in November.

University’s Financial Records System to be replaced

A financial system replacement that could potentially affect all University employees and students is scheduled to go live next month.

In Memoriam


University welcomes new intercessor

Lynnett Van Slyke brings a wealth of expertise in conflict resolution and disability matters to her new position as University intercessor and director of disability compliance.

Gerald Pickering appointed deputy director of Public Safety

Gerald Pickering, chief of the Webster Police Department, has been named deputy director of the Department of Public Safety. He will start in the new position on Jan. 5.

Trustee commits additional $1 million to scholarship

The scholarship provides assistance for students in the School of Arts & Sciences.

PhD thesis defenses

These PhD thesis defenses were recently scheduled.


Many in the scientific world today recognize Spanish Nobel Prize winner Santiago Ramón y Cajal as a pioneer in cell biology and neuroscience and a renowned medical illustrator. Now he is being more fully recognized as an empirical observer and dedicated photographer.