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News for University of Rochester Alumni and Friends, November 2014
Rossi on Eastman's future; Meliora and Eastman Weekend highlights; professors lauded; history book; new professorships
Rossi: Eastman Will Shape 'Future of Music'

“I am convinced that the core values on which this school was built will remain the keys for educating future generations of musicians—musicians who can best meet the challenges of yet-unknown obstacles, and musicians who will take best advantage of unanticipated opportunities,” Rossi said during a ceremony to mark his appointment as the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music. Read his full remarks.

Professors Honored for Excellence in Teaching 

The 2014 Goergen Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching were presented to Julie Bentley, associate professor of optics; Jeffrey Tucker, associate professor of English; and Jonathan Pakianathan, associate professor of mathematics. Read more . . .

Signature Weekends Celebrate the University 

The dedication of College Town and the grand opening of the development's Barnes & Noble bookstore, keynote presentations by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, actress Laverne Cox, and performer Jason Alexander, as well as discussions on privacy and the future of higher education—this fall's annual Meliora and Eastman Weekends featured a full roster of activities, events, and celebrations. Also celebrated during Meliora Weekend: the dedication of the Brian F. Prince Athletic Complex; the renaming of the Alumni and Advancement Center as the Larry and Cindy Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center; and the achievements and service of alumni and friends.

University History Chronicles 155 Years of Change

Our Work Is But Begun: A History of the University of Rochester, 1850–2005 traces the growth of the University from a small undergraduate program in 1850 to a leading research university and engine for economic growth in 2005. The book, written by Janice Bullard Pieterse, includes a foreword by President Joel Seligman and an afterword by Paul Burgett, University vice president and senior advisor to the president. It is available through the University of Rochester Press or from the Barnes and Noble bookstore in College Town.

Intercultural Center Named in Honor of Paul Burgett 

The Intercultural Center has been named in honor of Paul Burgett ’68E, ’76E (PhD), vice president, senior advisor to the president, and University dean. The Board of Trustees approved the recognition to honor Burgett's 50 years of service as a student, faculty member, and administrator. Read more . . .

Endowed Professorships Celebrated

Sally Norton (above, left, with Kathy Rideout, dean of the School of Nursing), a nationally recognized expert on palliative care and end-of-life issues, was installed as the the inaugural Independence Chair in Nursing and Palliative Care. It is the second professorship the Independence Foundation has created for the School of Nursing. In addition, John Gorczyca, director of UR Medicine’s Orthopaedic Residency Program, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Dr. C. McCollister Evarts Professorship in Orthopaedics. The professorship was established by Evarts, former CEO of Medical Center and past chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation.

Documentary Spotlights Ensemble's Passion

Watch the trailer for Music for Life: The Story of New Horizons Music before it airs next month. In the hour-long documentary, Roy Ernst, professor emeritus at Eastman, shares why he started New Horizons and his philosophy around the program, which provides entry points to music making for adults, including those with no musical experience at all as well as those who were active in school music programs but have been inactive for a long period. The documentary is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, on WXXI-TV in Rochester and will also be streamed live at

Regional News

Join alumni and friends for activities around the country. Read more . . .

Online Programs Upcoming webinars and online sessions (all times EST) include presentations on networking and job-hunting skills. (Registration is required.)

Nov. 12, 8 p.m.: How to Choose or Change Your Career to Enjoy Success

Nov. 13, 4 p.m: Gaining Admission to Highly Competitive Graduate Programs featuring Donald Asher

Nov. 19, 8 p.m.: Fire Me—I Beg You!

Nov. 26, 8 p.m.: Connecting Who You Are with What You'll Love to Do

Dec. 3, 8 p.m.: Master the Art and Science of Interviewing

Dec. 7, 8 p.m.: Grab Your Keys and Drive Your Career

More News

Studying Sepsis

A team of immunologists, engineers and critical care clinicians at the Medical Center received $4 million from the National Institutes of Health to study sepsis, an immune response to an infection that can lead to organ failure and death.

Are Male Brains Wired to Ignore Food for Sex?Medical Center researchers have shown that male brains—at least in nematodes—will suppress the ability to locate food in order to focus on finding a mate.

Medical School to Serve as Global-Health Hub

The School of Medicine and Dentistry will serve as the hub of of a new network that will develop and carry out public-health research and interventions in U.S. territories in the Pacific and the Caribbean.

In Memoriam

The University community remembers Richard Satran, a founding member of the department of neurology; David Knill, professor of brain and cognitive sciences, and associate director of the Center for Visual Science; soprano Rita Shane, professor of voice at the Eastman School; and Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Galway Kinnell ’49 (MA).

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