Scholarship named for UR officer

A scholarship fund for undergraduates was formally approved on Jan. 17 to recognize more than 40 years of service to UR by Vice President Emeritus and Honorary Trustee Roger Lathan.

The scholarship was created to signify “the enormous respect and admiration that Roger has from the board and from me for his role in advancing the University over the past four decades,” President Thomas Jackson said in a release.

After graduating in 1954, Lathan joined the university in 1960 and served in positions of development and alumni affairs.

He was made Assistant Vice President for University Relations in 1979 and Vice President for University Relations in 1981.

In 1987, he became Vice President and General Secretary and was responsible for trustee relations and assisting the President.

Since 1997, he has held the title of Vice President Emeritus and Special Assistant to the President in addition to being an honorary life trustee.

“No individual personifies the University of Rochester or has been more loyal to it than Roger,” Jackson said.

Women’s achievements to be honored at Legacy Dinner

The Anthony Legacy Dinner will celebrate the achievements of women in in the UR community on Feb. 7.

The event pays tribute to Anthony’s campaign to win women admission to the university and honors student leaders, faculty, staff and alumni.

Several women students and a professor will be honored for their accomplishments and contributions to UR.

Speakers for the event will include Alice Conklin, Professor of History, and senior Lindsey Bickers. They will talk about women’s rights and the history of women at the university, respectively.

Cost for the dinner is $25 per person or $180 for a table of eight. Reservations are required and must be made by Feb. 1 by calling the Anthony Center at x58799 or by e-mail at

Four Rochester scientists elected fellows of APS

Four UR scientists from the fields of physics, optics and mechanical engineering were elected fellows of the American Physical Society.

Professors Riccardo Betti, Robert Boyd, Thomas Foster and Paul Tipton received this honor.

Betti, Professor of mechanical engineering and physics, and scientist in the laser lab, was recognized for his contributions to the analytic theory and understanding of the “Raleigh-Taylor instability” in inertial confinement fusion.

The society honored Boyd, a professor of optics, for contributions to the understanding of nonlinear interaction of light with matter.

Professor Foster who holds a doctoral degree in physics was acknowledged by the society for his unique and successful applications of physical concepts to the understanding and advancements of magnetic resonance imaging, photodynamic therapy, and diffuse-light optical studies of tissues.

Tipton, a professor of physics, received recognition for playing a lead role in the discovery and study of the top quark and for the construction of the SVX detector used in this discovery.

Discover the heart of Flamenco song and dance

Rebecca Thomas, a University of Rochester graduate and Take Five Scholar, will discuss Flamenco’s cultural influences, its evolution, and the variety of styles found in both song and dance, according to a release.

She will play different music types and show typical steps for each style, emphasizing the importance of Flamenco Song: the vital force essential to the art, without which the dance would not exist.

The performance will take place at the Spurrier Dance Studio on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. and admission is free. For more information, call x35150.

An Evening with Janet Reno

Former Attorney General and Democratic canidate for governor of Florida Janet Reno will be speaking at UR on Jan. 30 at 9 p.m.

Take Five Student and External Chairperson of Outside Speakers Committee Mindy Foutain said, “[Reno] is a female in politics who has made her way to the top.”

Tickets are free and can picked up at the Common Market.

Reporting by Akshina Samtani.

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