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05.23.16: concussion guidelines; University Research Awards announced; May Bragdon Project launches; kickball league; Men's Health Day

News and Announcements

Eight Projects Receive University Research Awards

University Research Awards, previously known as Provost Multidisciplinary Awards, provide seed money on a competitive basis for innovative research projects that are likely to attract external support when sufficiently developed. Read about this year's recipients

After Concussion, Return-to-Learn as Important as Return-to-Play

Student-athletes who get a concussion often return to school within a week but still have significant problems in the classroom and cannot perform at a normal academic level, according to a new Medical Center study—suggesting the need for accommodations and return-to-learn guidelines following a concussion. Read more...

May Bragdon Diaries Project Launches Wednesday

Rochester resident May Bragdon (1865-1947), the sister of architect Claude Bragdon, created diaries that tell the story of a single working woman during a transformational era. Join River Campus Libraries in celebrating the May Bragdon Diaries Project, a transcribed and annotated online copy of 10 of her diaries spanning 1893 to 1914. The event starts with a presentation at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, in the Great Hall, Rush Rhees Library. The event also offers an opportunity to view the exhibition Glorious, Vibrant, and Vital: Women in Claude Bragdon’s Life, which is on view in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections through August 5. Refreshments will be served and parking will be available in the Library Lot. RSVP to

Kickball League Forming

A noncompetitive kickball league, hosted by the URMC Fitness and Wellness Center, will run for eight weeks beginning mid-June. Games are held on Wednesday evenings at Genesee Valley Park. The cost is $70 per team. Call Rick Robbins at 275-1442 with any interest or questions.

Deadlines and Reminders


Do You Have High Blood Pressure?

May is Blood Pressure Awareness Month. Often referred to as the “silent killer,” hypertension usually has no symptoms. When left undetected, it can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and other serious health problems. Well-U recommends making use of the employee blood pressure kiosks located at CafÉ 601 and the Employee Pharmacy, or registering for a  biometric screeningConfirm your eligibility and schedule a screening.

Security Tip: Secure Travel

While on vacation this summer, be sure to keep your information secure. University IT’s summer security poster offers reminders of some safe travel practices including: avoid posting vacation plans on social media, secure your phone with a security code, and monitor your bank accounts.

Online Course Covers Evidence-Based STEM Teaching

CIRTL's massive open online course Advancing Learning through Evidence-Based STEM Teaching begins June 1. Faculty from across the CIRTL Network will teach students how to develop their own evidence-based approaches to STEM teaching and learning during the 8-week course. Review the course syllabus or register here. A local learning community at the University will meet in person to discuss topics from the course; email Ingrain Singh to join.

Photon Camp Registration Deadline Is Friday

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.
There is no charge to attend. Contact Daniel Smith for details.

Rochester in the News

iPad Mini Transformed into Invisibility Cloak

Discovery News, May 19
Institute of Optics researchers Joseph Choi, a doctoral student, and John Howell, professor of physics and astronomy, have successfully transformed an iPad into a tiny digital invisibility cloak. 


Coffee Hour Covers Warner School Programs

Stop by LeChase Hall from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 3, for breakfast, coffee, to hear more about the Warner School's graduate programs in educational policy and program evaluation, and to learn how to apply for the June 15 application deadline. Register here.

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. Contact with any questions and register by June 2 for the free event.  

Men's Health Day Is June 17

Get the latest information on men's health at the annual Men's Health Day. This year's community event, which is aimed at men age 45 and older, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 17, at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford. Call 275-8762 to register. Lunch will be provided.

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