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  • Wearable Technology Can Help with Public Speaking
  • Study: Work-based Wellness Programs Reduce Weight
  • Robert Dirksen to Head Pharmacology and Physiology
  • Faculty: Order Commencement Regalia By April 6
  • Lecture Marks Anniversary of Don Quixote
  • Sessions Provide Overview of Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Program Offers Support for Technical Business Ideas
  • Workshop to Cover Individual Development Plans
  • Community Field Day Planned

News and Announcements

Wearable Technology Can Help with Public Speaking
Researchers from the University's Human-Computer Interaction Group have developed a user interface for “smart glasses” that gives a speaker real-time feedback on volume modulation and speaking rate. Read more...

Study: Work-based Wellness Programs Reduce Weight
A new study by Medical Center researchers shows that workplace wellness programs can be effective in helping people lose weight by providing healthier food choices and increasing opportunities for physical activity, particularly if the efforts are designed with the input and active participation of employees. Read more...

Robert Dirksen to Head Pharmacology and Physiology
Robert  Dirksen, who has conducted research and taught medical and graduate students at the University since 1998, will serve as chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology effective July. Read more...

Faculty: Order Commencement Regalia By April 6
The deadline for faculty to order regalia for commencement is Monday, April 6. If you plan to participate in commencement and have not yet ordered your regalia, contact your campus bookstore. Medical Center and River Campus faculty should contact Maria Ferrante at Eastman School faculty should contact Tammy Spence at

Lecture Marks Anniversary of Don Quixote
Marina Brownlee, the Robert Schirmer Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature at Princeton University, will give a talk on “Cervantes on the English Stage: Middleton’s Rethinking of Anselmo’s Foolish Curiosity.” The Humanities Project lecture marking the 400th anniversary of the 1615 Don Quixote begins at 5 p.m. today in the Gamble Room, Rush Rhees Library.

Sessions Provide Overview of Flexible Spending Accounts
The Benefits Office will hold sessions Wednesday, April 1, and Thursday, April 2, with Aetna or Excellus representatives who will provide an overview on flexible spending accounts (FSA). Learn more about the online capabilities that Aetna and Excellus offer, claims filing deadlines, methods to submit claims, and the FSA carryover option that was implemented in 2014. Enroll here. The presentation will also be available on the Benefits website under Latest Benefits News and FSA page early the following week. Contact the Benefits Office at 275-2084 with any questions.

Program Offers Support for Technical Business Ideas
Do you have a technical business idea?  Faculty, staff, students at any level of study, and alumni are invited to apply to the National Science Foundation  I-Corps Site program at the University. The program provides entrepreneurial training (two required workshops) and modest funding ($1,000 to $3,000 grant awards) to enable teams to transition their technical idea into the marketplace. Cohort I will take place during the 2015 fall semester. Application materials, including an itemized financial plan on how the funds will be used, are due Monday, April 20, at noon to Learn more about the program details and eligibility and guidelines.

Workshop to Cover Individual Development Plans
The next Mentor Development Workshop will feature a presentation by Cynthia Fuhrmann, assistant dean of career and professional development in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Fuhrmann will present "Using Individual Development Plans to Enhance Both Research Productivity and Career Development" from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in Auditorium K-207 (2-6408), Medical Center. Lunch is provided. RSVP here.

Community Field Day Planned
Students for a Democratic Society is planning a Community Field Day in which students, faculty, and staff come together to enjoy music, food, and festivities. Any faculty or staff who would like to help plan the event are invited to a meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in the Stackel Room, Wilson Commons. Email if you're interested.

March 31, 2015
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Rochester in the News
U.S. News and World Report (March 27)
Could a Diet Help Shield You from Alzheimer's?
Scientists say they've developed an anti-Alzheimer's diet. "The protective impact they found is significant and substantial enough to make you do a little bit of a double-take," says Anton Porsteinsson, professor of psychiatry and director of the Alzheimer's care, research, and education program at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. "With a diet like this it seems that it's never too late to start," he says. "And that's a very important message."

City Newspaper (March 25)
Writing in ROC: Five Local Authors Rochesterians Should Have on a Bookshelf
Jennifer Grotz, associate professor of English, and Joanna Scott, the Roswell Smith Burrows Professor of English, are featured among "Rochester's need-to-know authors."

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