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Spring-Summer 2002
Vol. 64, No. 3

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Simon earns 2002 rankings: The William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration has been ranked fifth in the world for finance in a 2002 survey of the world's top 100 business schools by the Financial Times of London.

The annual rankings, which are based on information collected from 140 business schools and their 1998 alumni, are described by the Financial Times as a "comprehensive assessment of the value of an M.B.A. and the business schools that provide them."

Business schools are ranked according to the career progression accrued from the M.B.A.- in particular, its purchasing power in the marketplace - diversity, and research.

In another recent ranking, the Simon School was listed among the top 25 "techno-M.B.A." programs in the United States by Computerworld magazine.

University heads chip research center: Eight research universities in New York, led by Rochester, have joined forces to create the Microelectronics Design Center to provide industries in the state with access to world-class expertise in chip design research.

Funded by a $2.6 million grant from the New York State Office of Advanced Science, Technology and Academic Research, the center is intended to facilitate collaboration among top-notch integrated circuit design researchers and the companies that depend on chips to produce electronic devices. Through the center, scientists can combine talent and resources to provide state-of-the-art scientific research for commercial application.

Joining Rochester are Alfred, Columbia, Cornell, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and SUNY Buffalo.

New library pays tribute to Cowen: The Children's Institute, a University-affiliated program formerly known as the Primary Mental Health Project, has created a library in honor of the late Emory Cowen, professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University and a pioneer in the field of children's mental health.

In 1957, Cowen and his colleagues developed a model to help young children who have difficulties adjusting to school. Now in use in school districts around the world, the program, called the Primary Mental Health Project, has received national recognition as a revolutionary step in mental health intervention.

Library restoration honored: Recent renovations to Rush Rhees Library's Great Hall, the Martin E. Messinger Periodical Reading Room, the Welles-Brown Room, and the Friedlander Lobby have been recognized by the Landmark Society of Western New York for "restoring the beauty of a building that has been a preeminent Rochester landmark for over 70 years."

The society presented Ronald Dow, the Neilly Dean of River Campus Libraries, with an Award of Merit last winter.

Completed in the last two years, the renovations were made possible through the support of University Trustees James Gleason '68S (MBA) and his wife, Janis, (through the Gleason Foundation), Martin Messinger '49, and Roger Friedlander '56.

New gathering place: The Hive, an on-campus pub, officially opened on the third floor of Wilson Commons last January.

Something of a descendant to the beloved Rathskeller, the new gathering spot is an amenity long desired by current students. While wine and beer (but no hard liquor) are available to those of legal drinking age, there has been careful planning and communication to emphasize the Hive's intended role-as a place for positive social interaction among students and faculty (as well as with alumni as they return to campus for various events).

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