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May 04, 2016

In Brief

College Town Express shuttle launched

A new University shuttle connects faculty, staff, and students with College Town. The College Town Express weekday service runs from the River Campus and Medical Center every weekday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Additionally, the shuttle runs on weekends during the school year from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. See the full schedule at The Blue Line also will continue to include a stop at College Town. “This additional shuttle service again emphasizes the commitment of getting students, faculty, and staff from the River Campus and the Medical Center to the great businesses located at College Town,” says Bruce Bashwiner, associate vice president for facilities and services. A bus leaves the River Campus for College Town every 10 minutes when the weekday College Town Express and Blue Line are both in operation.

Website offers information about contingent faculty unionization efforts

The Office of the Provost has established a website with a variety of information about the union organization process at

Eastman Philharmonia to premiere new composition with Renée Fleming

The Eastman School of Music has announced that the Eastman Philharmonia will take the stage with Renée Fleming ’83E (MM) at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on November 14. The performance will include a new composition written specifically for Fleming and the Eastman Philharmonia by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Kevin Puts ’94E, ’99E (DMA). The world premiere of Puts’s work will be part of the Eastman Presents concert series on November 12 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

First phases of Science & Engineering Quad to begin

As part of Phase 1 of the Science & Engineering Quadrangle project, the current construction site at Wegmans Hall will expand south toward the Computer Studies Building. There will be no sidewalk closures as part of the first phase, which will be in effect through commencement weekend. On May 16, Phase 2 of the project will begin, requiring the lower stairs and sidewalk to be closed from Hutchison Hall to Hutchison Road. During that phase of the project, Hutchison Road and Dewey Lot will be closed until August 15. Visit for updates.

UR Medicine recognized for LGBT health care equality

Strong Memorial and F. F. Thompson Hospitals have been recognized as “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization.

Community-Engaged Learning Grants available

Arts, Sciences & Engineering will award grants of up to $1,500 each to support faculty and instructional staff whose projects or courses combine academic learning and community-engagement opportunities for undergraduate students during the 2016–17 academic year. Grants can be used to cover expenses associated with a course or project, such as the costs of tickets, transportation, or expenses that partner organizations may incur as part of their involvement. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis, but the priority deadline is June 15. Email for more information.

Travel assistance available

The University has procured comprehensive travel assistance for people who travel internationally on behalf of the University. The coverage provides travel, medical, and security assistance—including evacuation—in the event of serious emergencies abroad. Students, faculty, and staff—as well as their spouses and dependents—going abroad on University-approved travel are covered by the policy. Trustees and volunteers traveling on University-approved business are also covered. To obtain more information and a copy of the coverage card, visit the Office for Global Engagement’s travel resources page at To help the University assist travelers in the event of serious emergencies abroad, the office requests that all those traveling abroad on University business register their travel at Contact the Office for Global Engagement at with any questions.

Enrollment open for Children’s School @ URMC

The Children’s School @ URMC is currently enrolling for fall 2016 in all age groups, from six weeks to six years old. Call Angela Colt at 273-3677 to schedule a tour, meet the teachers, and learn more about the center’s programs. The Children’s School @ URMC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Technology Development Fund round under way

A new round of the Technology Development Fund has started. The fund awards winning applications from faculty, staff, or students up to $100,000 to develop their technology to a commercial endpoint. An invention disclosure filed with UR Ventures is required. Preproposals are due Friday, May 6, and can be submitted to New this round: noninventor developers can propose to develop technology that they did not invent. Learn more at

Changes at the River Campus ID Office

Production of faculty or staff ID cards is no longer available at the River Campus ID Office on the first floor of Susan B. Anthony Hall on weekends or between noon and 1 p.m. and 4 and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. All ID types can be produced at either the Medical Center ID Office (G-7009) or the Public Safety Center at 612 Wilson Blvd. on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. If you have questions about ID needs, or if you need to make special arrangements, call the Medical Center ID Office at 273-2000 during normal office hours.

Interested in participating in health research?

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute supports a list of individuals who are interested in taking part in future research studies. Researchers may contact those on the list by phone, email, or mail to ask them to take part in a research study. If you are contacted, you can decide at that time whether or not you are interested in participating. Visit, or email to sign up.

Photon Camp introduces students to optics

The University will host its annual Photon Camp for rising high school juniors and seniors with a strong background in math and physics. Held the week of July 11 to 15, the camp will introduce students to the wide applicability of optics in modern technology, engineering, and basic scientific research. The application deadline is May 27, but admissions are rolling, and seats will be filled as qualified applicants apply. There is no charge to attend. Contact for details.

Seminar: ‘Professional Development for Research Personnel’

The eighth annual Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) Half-Day Seminar will take place Tuesday, June 7, in the Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576), Medical Center. The seminar, “Professional Development for Research Personnel,” is aimed at those who actively coordinate health research. Poster submissions must be made by 4 p.m. Friday, May 6. Contact with any questions and register by June 2 for the free event. Learn more at

Nominate a cancer survivor to be honored at Wilmot Warrior Walk

Wilmot Cancer Institute is accepting nominations of cancer survivors and caregivers for its fourth annual Wilmot Warrior Walk, which celebrates life beyond cancer. This year’s walk will take place Sunday, September 11, at Highland Park. The community is invited to nominate individuals who have had a cancer diagnosis or who have supported someone else with cancer. The deadline to submit a nomination is Wednesday, May 11. Visit for details.

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