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In Today's Issue

  • Jeremy Cushman Named Interim County Health Commissioner
  • Rochester Delegation Visits University of Ghana
  • Study Finds Online Ads Drive Sales
  • Reminder: Year-End Planning and Financial Reviews Necessary
  • TIAA-CREF Expanding Fund's Class Structure
  • Conference Addresses Support of LGBTQ Staff, Students 
  • Debunking the Myths of Distracted Driving
  • Strong Vision Optical Shop Opens in College Town
  • Take Action to Manage Workplace Stress
  • Join the 2015 Heart Walk Saturday
  • Session Offers Graduate Students Presentation Practice
  • Summer School for Computational Immunology

News and Announcements

Jeremy Cushman Named Interim County Health Commissioner
Jeremy Cushman, associate professor of emergency medicine and chief of the Division of Prehospital Medicine, has been named interim commissioner for the Monroe County Department of Health. Read more...

Rochester Delegation Visits University of Ghana
At the end of March, 12 representatives from the University spent three days at the University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana, exploring how the two universities could work together. The delegation laid the groundwork for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty exchanges, public health fieldwork, and research partnerships. Read more...

Study Finds Online Ads Drive Sales
According to new research from Simon Business School, the more a consumer sees an online ad and the closer a consumer lives to the location of a store, the larger the sales lift for the retailer. Read more...

Reminder: Year-End Planning and Financial Reviews Necessary
As the end of the fiscal year approaches (June 30), Doug Wylie, associate vice president for financial operations and University Controller, reminds those responsible for financial and budgetary accounts that they need to ensure that Fiscal Year 2015 revenue and spend activities are within budgets and that there is a clear understanding of where the accounts stand. The review is particularly important with the implementation of the new UR Financials system since data configuration, data elements/array, and location have changed. Anyone experiencing difficulty in Workday report navigation, interpretation, or basic understanding of reports should contact the UR Financials reports team, divisional project champions, or divisional finance leadership. Training and workshops are available to anyone who needs support. You can also contact Jim Dobbertin, Jeff Meteyer, or Ryan Taylor for assistance. For questions specific to grants accounting and reporting, contact Jeff Sullivan.

TIAA-CREF Expanding Fund's Class Structure
Effective today, April 24, TIAA-CREF is expanding its College Retirement Equities Fund (CREF) from one class to three classes—R1, R2, and R3. University plans will be placed in the R3 class, resulting in lower expense ratios for participants. No action is required for participants. For additional information, visit the FAQ page.

Conference Addresses Support of LGBTQ Staff, Students
The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies presents Out at Work, a day-long conference that will address need for public dialogue regarding the support of LGBTQ individuals in professional career development and in selecting and attending graduate schools. Discussions will also provide training for employers and allies on best practices in supporting LGBTQ employees and students. The free conference is on Friday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Schlegel Hall. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required by April 27. Attendees do not have to attend for the entire day.

Debunking the Myths of Distracted Driving
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Attend a discussion on "Debunking the Myths of Distracted Driving" from noon to 1 p.m.  Tuesday, April 28, in Saunders Research Building, Room 1404, to learn more about voice texting, hands-free vs. handheld devices, types of distractions, inattention blindness, and more. The discussion will be facilitated by Michelle Lewis, staff development coordinator for Facilities and Services and also National Safety Council–certified defensive driving instructor. Videos and other related materials related to the topic are also available here.

Strong Vision Optical Shop Opens in College Town
Flaum Eye Institute is opening a comprehensive optical shop at College Town, providing eye exams, prescription eyewear, contact lenses, and sunglasses. The Strong Vision shop opens today in conjunction with College Town grand-opening festivities. Flaum Eye Institute offers a 30 percent discount on prescription eyewear and nonprescription sunglasses for employees and students, including spouses, legal domestic partners, and dependent children. Read more...

Take Action to Manage Workplace Stress
In recognition of National Stress Awareness month, Linda Potter from the Medical Center's Healthy Living Center, shares steps that aim to help you achieve a more positive workplace environment as well as programs and resources are available University employees. Eligible employees who complete one of the University’s Stress Reduction programs will earn $100. Read more...

Join the 2015 Heart Walk Saturday
Join the University team for the Rochester Heart Walk Saturday, April 25, and help the University become the largest fundraising team by reaching the goal of raising $50,000 to help fight heart disease in Rochester. The 3.5-mile walk begins at 10 a.m. at the Blue Cross Arena—doors open at 8 a.m. for a variety of activities and events before the walk. Faculty and staff, along with families and friends, are invited to join the University in support of people who have heart disease or have suffered a stroke. Participants who raise $40 should stop by the UR Medicine table to pick up a University Heart Walk T-shirt. Register or donate online. You can join an existing team or create a new team.

Session Offers Graduate Students Presentation Practice
The Graduate Student Society is hosting a seminar session on Tuesday, April 28, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576) at the Medical Center. The meeting allows graduate students to practice giving scientific presentations in an informal setting.

Summer School for Computational Immunology
The University's Center for Biodefense Immune Modeling is hosting its 2015 Summer School on Computational Immunology June 1 to 4. The program is intended for experimental immunologists and scientists who desire to learn how to use mathematical/computational models, in particular differential equation models and their experimental data to address immunological questions. Computational biology graduate students at the earliest stages of their studies are also welcome. No computational modeling experience is required. Applications for the summer school will be accepted until May 15; spaces are limited.

April 24, 2015
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Today's Event Highlight
Springfest Weekend
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Rochester in the News
Rochester Business Journal (April 21)
$1 Million Gift to Transform UR Library
University Trustee Evans Lam '83, '84S (MBA) and his wife, Susanna, have committed $1 million to the River Campus Libraries to establish the Evans and Susanna Lam Library Revitalization Fund. The fund will support the modernization of the patron services area in Rush Rhees Library, which will be named Evans Lam Square.

City Newspaper (April 22)
Most Valuable Player
"Over his six-decade career, bassist Ron Carter ’59E has been part of some of the greatest bands in jazz history. He's played with Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Eric Dolphy, Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans, and many more. He has received just about every honor awarded in his field. But when he is inducted into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame Sunday, it will be a special occasion."

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