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05.03.16: Students' Association recognize faculty; Day of Giving; Rush Rhees Library construction; phone phishing;  building successful blended families

News and Announcements


Students' Association Selects Professors of the Year

Four faculty members have been named Students’ Association Professor of the Year: Laurel Carney, professor of biomedical engineering; Stuart Jordan, senior lecturer in political science; David Goldfarb, professor of biology; and Kirt Komocki, senior lecturer in Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. Read more...

Today Is the 'Day of Giving'

Today the entire University community is invited to participate in the second annual Day of Giving—24 hours devoted to support for every school, program, and giving area. Gifts of any amount received today will be matched by Stephen Givant ’81, up to a total of $100,000. Givant’s portion of the match will be allocated to scholarships. Show your Rochester pride by posting with #URMakingADifference, and supporting any area of the University that is important to you.

Emotional Reunion Raises Awareness About Organ Donation

Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network concluded a busy Donate Life Month with an emotional reunion at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Watch the video.

Construction Planned at Rush Rhees Library

Starting May 16, construction will begin on Evans Lam Square, which will be located on the second floor of Rush Rhees Library, off the Friedlander Lobby. Lam Square will be a meeting place for research, scholarly exchange, and technological exploration. The area will also serve as the central location for the liibrary’s Q&i service, which provides circulation and basic research support for library users. During construction, the Q&i desk will be located in the Gleason Library, and both the Hawkins-Carlson and Welles-Brown rooms will not be available. The Gandhi Room, which will also be unavailable, will transition into a reading area called the Treasure Room—the room's original name. Maps and directions will be available on site throughout the summer and online

Security Tip: Phone Phishing

Phone phishing scams or “vishing” are still very common. University IT advises you not to accept calls from unknown or restricted numbers. Some callers can spoof numbers, so it may look like it is coming from a credible source. If the person over the phone is requesting sensitive information like passwords or account numbers, verify the caller by calling the organization’s official number. Remember, the University will never ask for your password through phone and will always call your office number internal. Read more...

Deadlines and Reminders

Get Healthy Together

Are you and your spouse/domestic partner enrolled in a University health care plan? If so, you can both take advantage of a free biometric screening, Personal Health Assessment, and a variety of wellness programs with YOURhealth employee wellness. Confirm your eligibility and schedule a screening.

Vaccine Research Unit Seeks Volunteers

The University’s Vaccine Research Unit is looking for volunteers to test the effectiveness of flu vaccine. Participants will be given a licensed flu vaccine and then exposed to a lab-grown H1N1 flu virus, given by nasal drops, in isolation. An initial screening must be passed to join the study. After screening there are nine outpatient visits and a 12-day stay in the isolation unit. Payment is up to $2,300. For more information, call 273-3990, or email

May 15 Deadline for Simon's Medical Management Program

The next deadline for Simon Business School’s part-time medical management master’s program is May 15 with classes starting in September. A few spots remain in this program, which provides physicians, hospital administrators, and medical professionals with management tools and an understanding of the key business issues that confront health care providers. Interested? Contact the Admissions office at 275-3533, or email

Rochester in the News

Probability We're the Only Intelligent Life Ever? Really Low, Say Astronomers

Christian Science Monitor, May 1
"Astronomers revised the half-century old Drake equation, which attempts to calculate the probability of the existence of advanced alien civilizations, to determine whether such civilizations has existed at any point in the history of the universe. They found that the chances that a human civilization evolved on Earth and nowhere else in the universe are less than about one in 10 billion trillion. 'To me, this implies that other intelligent, technology-producing species very likely have evolved before us,' said Adam Frank, professor of physics and astronomy."


Holy Day of Obligation Mass

Join the Catholic Newman Community for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the sanctuary of the Interfaith Chapel, River Campus. All are welcome. Contact with questions.

Seminar: Building Blocks to Successful Blended Families

Strong EAP is hosting a seminar on Building Blocks to Successful Blended Families from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in Auditorium K-307 (3-6408), Medical Center. Led by Estalyn Walcoff, who has been a stepfamily consultant for more than 25 years, the seminar will include tips on how to create successful stepfamilies in which all family members can thrive. Call 475-0432 or email to register. Lunches are welcome.

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