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February 20, 2013

In Brief

Memorial wall honors nation’s veterans

A wall to honor veterans of the U.S. armed forces was dedi­cated last month in the Saun­ders Research Building. The wall was inspired by philanthro­pist Philip Saunders who, when he agreed to lend his name to the building, requested that it recognize the contribution and sacrifice of those who have served in the country’s armed forces. In 2011, he donated $10 million—one of the largest gifts ever in the history of the Medi­cal Center—for neuromuscular research. The Clinical and Translational Science Building was renamed to recognize his generosity.

The new wall is located in the building’s atrium and is inscribed with a quote from Saunders encouraging research­ers to honor veterans and their families by tackling the nation’s health problems: “Let us never forget the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families, and may the research within this building bring healing to them and others.”

New policy site goes live

A compilation of all University policies is now available at Find rel­evant policies through the policy volumes, the search feature, or the A–Z index on the site. The site is only accessible from University networks. To update policy information on the site, contact the IT Help Desk at 275- 2000 or For all other questions, contact Gail Norris at 275-2758 or

New major addresses changing world of audio engineering

The New York State Depart­ment of Education has certified the University’s new under­graduate audio and music en­gineering major, which is being offered to students for the first time this academic year.

“The field of audio and music technology is rapidly chang­ing,” says Mark Bocko, chair of the Department of Electri­cal and Computer Science in the Hajim School. “More and more musicians are produc­ing high-quality audio CDs at home, causing a decline in employment opportunities in traditional recording studios. But the industry that builds the audio equipment and software is booming, as are a number of audio-related industries. So in­stead of focusing on traditional audio recording, we chose to address the technological demands of the entire field.”

Students enrolled in the ma­jor will develop knowledge and skills in recording and sound design, acoustics, electron­ics, digital signal processing, and computer programming. Watch a video about the program at

AlertUR test set for Feb. 28

The spring semester test of AlertUR, the University’s emergency notification system, will occur on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. Before the test, review your contact informa­tion at Sign in with your NetID and password to verify the best method for reach­ing you. Employees who do not have a University email address may enter a personal email or phone number to receive emergency alerts. The Feb. 28 test will not disrupt scheduled activities. The pur­pose of the twice-a-year test is to activate the AlertUR system and check that it’s working effectively. In the event of an emergency, alerts are sent by voice, text, or email message.

Medical Center receives funding to improve education, patient

The state Department of Health has awarded the Medi­cal Center $4.65 million to expand the training experience for primary care residents by increasing their exposure to the patient-centered medical home model. It also will assist four practices in enhancing and broadening their abil­ity to better manage patient populations.

The funding, from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is part of the Hospital-Medical Home Demonstration Program, a three-year project that is mak­ing up to $250 million available for teaching hospitals to transi­tion their outpatient training sites to patient-centered medi­cal homes.

University named a Tree Campus USA

The Arbor Day Foundation has named the University a Tree Campus USA for the third year in a row. The national program was created in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for effective cam­pus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

Speaker announced for diversity conference

The keynote speaker for this year’s diversity conference is Lani Guinier, prominent civil rights attorney and the first tenured African-American woman professor at Harvard Law School. The call for work­shop proposals is now open: students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to submit proposals for workshops and posters at the April 12 confer­ence. Proposal submissions can showcase best practices, curriculum models, research, outreach strategies, training methods, and other topics related to diversity and inclu­sion. The deadline for propos­als is Feb. 21. Learn more at

A new way to elect retire­ment contributions online

The Benefits Office announces that, beginning Feb. 26, there will be new steps to make or change your voluntary retire­ment program contributions online. All online voluntary contribution elections or changes will be made at In addition, you may view your contribution history at the site. Telephone enrollment at (800) 410-6497 will still be available. No action is required—your current voluntary elections will be maintained. However, the Benefits Office reminds you that, because of the online change, you will not be able to elect or change voluntary contribution amounts between Feb. 14 and 25. For program details and instructions on how to enroll or make changes, visit the Benefits website,

Take charge of your health

The University recently an­nounced that the School of Nursing’s Center for Employee Wellness and the URMC Healthy Living Center have teamed up to provide com­prehensive wellness services for University employees. The services are a key part of the University’s YOURhealth offerings and are designed to help individuals reach and maintain health goals and make healthy lifestyle changes. For more information, visit

Bookstores offer discount with 312 Requisition

Did you know that the bookstore offers a 10 percent discount on most items when departments pay with a 312 requisition? Contact your store with any questions or to ask about bulk ordering: River Campus,; Medical Center,; and Eastman School,

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