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In Today's Issue

  • Professors Honored for Excellence in Teaching
  • PharmAdva Joins START-UP NY
  • Reminder: University to Ask for Updated Demographics, Per Law
  • Former Astronaut to Present Scholarship to Student
  • Implantable Diagnostic Technology Advances
  • Applications for Mentors Program Due Friday
  • Viennese Ball Inspires Mystery and Dance
  • Go Green: The Livable Garden
  • Study Seeks Participants in Pregnancy Study
  • Conversation Focuses on 'The Leader Within'
  • Explore Career Opportunities in Medical Sciences
  • Concert: 'Spooktacular VI: Things That Go Bump in the Night'
  • The Center for Oral Biology Presents Lectureship Day


News and Announcements

Professors Honored for Excellence in Teaching
The 2014 Goergen Award 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...

PharmAdva Joins START-UP NY
PharmAdva, a medical device manufacturer, has been approved to participate in the START-UP NY economic development program. The company, which will locate in High Tech Rochester’s Lennox Tech Enterprise Center in Henrietta, is commercializing a technology developed at the Medical Center by Michel Berg, associate professor of neurology and medical director of the Strong Epilepsy Center. Read more...

Reminder: University to Ask for Updated Demographics, Per Law
Recent changes to federal labor laws related to the University’s Affirmative Action obligations require the University to ask all faculty, staff, and other employees to update their demographic information about ethnicity, race, disability, and veteran status. Employees with a University email address have received a notice via email with instructions for how to update this information. Employees without a University email address have received a paper version of these forms sent to their home addresses. While participation in this process is voluntary, employees' participation allows the University access to data that helps in its efforts to diversify its work force. The best way to update your information is for you to log in to the University of Rochester HRMS system and select "Self Service" and "Personal Information" from the Main Menu tab. Call ASK-URHR (275-8747) with questions.

Former Astronaut to Present Scholarship to Student
Sam Gemar, a former NASA astronaut, will give a brief public lecture about the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and his time with NASA at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library. Gemar will also present student William Green with a $10,000 scholarship on behalf of the foundation. Read more...

Implantable Diagnostic Technology Advances
The University has received a second patent for an implantable biosensor that can provide physicians with real time information on their patients' health. The technology is licensed to Faiport-based Raland Therapeutics. The technology was created at the Medical Center by Spencer Rosero, associate professor in the Department of Medicine. Read more...

Applications for Mentors Program Due Friday
Applications are due Friday, Oct. 24, for UR Mentors, a new faculty development program designed to build a community of expert mentors who are effective at enhancing the careers of their proteges. The pilot program is open to associate professors and professors at the Medical Center. Read more about the program online.

Viennese Ball Inspires Mystery and Dance
The Ballroom Dancing Club will host the annual Viennese Ball from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Oct. 25, in the May Room, Wilson Commons. The masquerade-themed dance will include live performances from a string quartet from the Eastman School of Music, a local dance troupe, and the Argentinian tango club, as well as a prize for the best dressed dancer. Read more...

Go Green: The Livable Garden
The "Livable Garden," along the path that connects the Medical Center to Intercampus Drive on the River Campus, serves as a live demonstration of how various types of plantings can serve multiple purposes among the surrounding ecosystem. Read more...

Study Seeks Participants in Pregnancy Study
University researchers are seeking participants for a study of memory and cognitive function in pregnancy and the postpartum period. They are seeking healthy women ages 18–40 in the first trimester of their first pregnancy. They are also seeking healthy women who are not pregnant, have never been pregnant, and are not taking hormonal birth control. Participants receive $125 for study completion. For more information, contact Teresa Steffenella at 273-2046 or tsteffenella@urmc.rochester.edu.

Conversation Focuses on 'The Leader Within'
The Susan B. Anthony Center is sponsoring a discussion aimed at enhancing women’s leadership skills. The first of three identical conversations will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Medical Center. All University staff, faculty, and students are welcome. Find details and RSVP.

Explore Career Opportunities in Medical Sciences
The Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs Office at the Medical Center will offer two career planning events on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the Medical Center. Mark Bach, vice president at Johnson & Johnson, will give a talk on career opportunities in the biopharmaceutical industry from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Upper Auditorium 3-7619 and Philip Clifford, associate dean for research and professor of kinesiology and nutrition at University of Illinois at Chicago, will give a carer planning workshops for graduate students and postdocs from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Ryan Case Method room 1-9576.

Concert: 'Spooktacular VI: Things That Go Bump in the Night'
The Brass Choir will present its sixth annual Halloween concert, "Spooktacular VI: Things That Go Bump in the Night," at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. The evening features rock, dance, and pop music repurposed for brass instruments. Read more...

The Center for Oral Biology Presents Lectureship Day
The Center for Oral Biology presents the William H. Bowen and Lawrence A. Tabak Lectureship Day beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Adolph Lower Auditorium 1-7619 at the Medical Center. Read more...






Oct. 22, 2014
Chance Showers
Today's Forecast:
Showers, High 50°
Tomorrow:
Showers, High 51°


Today's Event Highlight
Lewis Henry Morgan Lecture: Waves—An Anthropology of Scientific Things
7 p.m. Lander Auditorium, Hutchison Hall, River Campus

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Rochester in the News
Washington Post (Oct. 20)
Males May Search for Sex Instead of Food Because Their Brains are Programmed That Way
Scientists had previously discovered that the males and "females" end up making different decisions about feeding vs. finding a mate. The hermaphrodites prioritize finding food. But the males will "spontaneously leave a food source" to look for a mate in a lab setting, even "suicidally," ending up dead on a petri dish, said Douglas Portman, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Genetics and lead author of the new study.

Democrat and Chronicle (Oct. 18)
The Making of a Research University
Almost all the distance from UR's founding days to the present is the road map of the new book by Janice Bullard Pieterse, a freelance writer commissioned by University to explore this history. "I just wanted to tell a good story about a very important institution," said Pieterse, a former Democrat and Chronicle reporter living in Pittsford.



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