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September 19, 2012

In Brief

President Seligman to chair 2013 United Way campaign

The United Way of Greater Rochester has selected President Joel Seligman to lead its 2013 campaign. Peter Carpino, president of United Way, called Seligman “a true champion of our community and a true champion for United Way.”  United Way surpassed its 2012 goal by raising $27.9 million to assist more than 500,000 people in the region.

Thanks to donations from the University community, programs supported by the United Way Community Fund are helping thousands of local people. The fund provides more than $17.4 million to evidence-based local programs that address the Rochester community’s critical issues. Visit the University’s United Way website,, to view the final results of how departments fared in the 2012 campaign.

Making Strides’ team seeks participants

Members of the University community are invited to join the Medical Center’s team at the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraiser, starting at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Frontier Field.

The Medical Center is supporting the event by sponsoring the “Stay Well” package, which will concentrate on breast cancer prevention and screening. Participants will receive a free T-shirt that commemorates the event. To register for the Medical Center team, or to make a donation, visit For more information, contact team captains Bonnie Yu at 784-2932; Meghan Backus at 341-0660; or Linda Bell at 273-2057

Clinical trial tests new regimen for hypertension

Medical Center researchers are testing whether different doses of an established blood pressure medication can provide the same benefits as a standard dose in people with mild hypertension, possibly with fewer side effects and at a lower cost. The trial, funded with a $1.9 million grant from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, is the first of its kind in the United States.

People with mild hypertension who pass a medical exam may be eligible for the study. Once enrolled, individuals will receive different daily amounts of the study drug for at least three and up to eight weeks. In addition to brief weekly visits, participants will be asked to monitor their blood pressure every morning and evening; record their results and any side effects in a blood pressure diary; and fill out weekly questionnaires regarding how they feel and any noteworthy events or changes that took place.

Individuals who complete weeks one through three will be paid $100, and those who go on to complete weeks four through eight will be paid another $100. All travel expenses for appointments will be reimbursed. Anyone interested in participating in the study should call 341-7739.

Warner Hosts information session at Medical Center

Admissions staff from the Warner School will be available to talk with interested employees about graduate programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, health professions education, counseling, human development, and educational policy. Stop by the Flaum Atrium between 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, to learn more.

If you are unable to attend and would like to schedule an individual appointment, contact the admissions office at 275-3950 or

Theater program seeks young male actor

The University’s International Theatre Program needs a young male actor who can play a boy of 9 years old (approximately) in the world premiere of The Rochester Plays, opening in February. The role is substantial, with a number of lines. Rehearsals will take place in the second part of the fall semester. If you have a young man at home who likes acting or know of one, contact Nigel Maister, artistic director, at or call 273-5159 for more information.

Second Shred Fest exceeds last year’s results

The second annual Shred Fest, held July 20, filled 75 containers of paper from unwanted personal documents dropped off by University employees. Using a benchmark of 210 pounds per container, this year’s paper document collection had a total estimated weight of 15,750 pounds—over seven tons. That is a substantial improvement over last year’s haul.

Symposium Highlights Multidisciplinary Research

Recipients of the 2011 Provost’s Multidisciplinary Awards will present their latest research on such intriguing topics as social media in political campaigns, mobile phone-based asthma management for adolescents, new ways to diagnose traumatic brain injury, novel strategies in antimalarial drugs, and the perception of music and language. The annual symposium will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in Room 209, Computer Science Building. A reception to honor the newest recipients of the 2012 awards as well as the 2011 presenters will immediately follow the in the Carlson Library bay window area, second floor. For more information, visit

Strong Employee Assistance Program has moved

Strong EAP has moved to a larger facility at 496 White Spruce Blvd. It’s in the same complex a few buildings down from Strong EAP’s previous location. The phone number is the same, 475-0432. Strong EAP remains committed to providing a high level of service in a confidential setting. Call or email with any questions.

2012 RARES cards available to University employees

The Regional Area Recreation and Employee Services Association offers University employees a discount on hundreds of area and national products and services ranging from amusement parks to car washes to movie tickets to zoos. RARES ID cards are available at several on-campus and off-site locations. Learn more at

Guidelines for using fire extinguishers

Environmental Health and Safety has posted guidelines for proper use of fire extinguishers at The office reminds the University community that the only time a fire extinguisher should be used to fight a fire is when the fire department has been notified, you have been trained on how to use the fire extinguisher within the last year, there is a clear exit behind the person using the extinguisher, and the fire is small, self-contained, and not spreading rapidly. To schedule extinguisher training, call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 275-3243.

Where to recycle ink jet and toner cartridges, batteries

The easiest way to recycle ink jet and toner cartridges is to mail them in their original or replacement packaging to University Mail Services, PO Box 270001, says Amy Kadrie, recycling coordinator.  On the River Campus, toner cartridges can be dropped off at the Todd Union Post Office counter; Common Connection at Wilson Commons; Rush Rhees IT Center, 612 Engineering Stores, or any residential life office. At the Medical Center, toner cartridges can be dropped off at the Helen Wood Hall lobby.

The University also offers several locations for recycling batteries. Nickel-cadmium, lead, lithium ion and nickel metal hydride batteries can be dropped off at 612 Engineering Stores, University IT Center at Rush Rhees Library, and Wilson Commons on the River Campus, and at Photo Illustration, Engineering Stores, parking garage office, Medical Center Parking service counter, and the environmental services office (G-6305) at the Medical Center. Alkaline batteries have been deemed safe for disposal in landfills.

Lose weight and win money

The Medical Center Fitness and Wellness Center will host an 8.5-week program called the Amazing Weight Loss Race. Participants pay $43 and get personal training, weekly weigh-ins, sessions to help achieve a healthy lifestyle change and use of the fitness center (with locker). The top weight losers will win cash prizes. Registration ends Sept. 26. For more information, call 275-2437 or visit

Send in your homepage photos

Every Friday, the University homepage showcases photos taken by the University community. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents are encouraged to submit photos of University life, including campuses, people, and events. Learn more at

CTSI offers ‘Weekly Update’

The Weekly Update, produced by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), is a source of information about events and opportunities for collaboration, career development, and funding related to clinical and translational science.

The publication, available at, is delivered every Friday via email. Join the CTSI-News Listserv at

Volleyball and soccer leagues forming

Stay active this fall with the inexpensive volleyball and soccer leagues. The cost is as little as $1 per person per week. The 10-week leagues play evenings at the Medical Center Fitness & Wellness Center. Register by Sept. 20 at

Physicians: Share your expertise with walkers

Well-U is recruiting doctors to lead a walk for the “Walk with a Doc” program. The program encourages discussion on a health topic while promoting an active lifestyle. If you are a physician and would like to showcase your area of expertise to individuals through the program, contact Debbie Edwards at 276-5050.

New work-life balance website launches

The University now hosts a Work-Life Balance website that lists several resources related to family care, wellness, perks, and community information. Home to more than 65 links on topics ranging from dual-career assistance for faculty, to elder care information to laundry and massage services, the website’s goal is to help faculty and staff manage their personal and professional lives in support of a healthy work-life balance. Visit

Film screening, discussion spotlight refugees’ struggles

A free showing of the film Nickel City Smiler will be offered Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7:15 p.m. in Hoyt Auditorium on the River Campus. Sponsored by the Warner School, it’s the first in a film series exploring immigrant and refugee experiences that will be screened this academic year.