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@Rochester 2.11.16
02.11.16: study on addiction and risk; black student summit; inaugural Nazerian Lecture; Strong Gala; Fringe Fest submissions

News and Announcements

Study Sheds Light on Source of Drug Addicts' Risk-Taking Behavior

A study coauthored by John Foxe, chair of the Department of Neuroscience, provides new insight into how the brains of drug addicts are wired. The findings, which appear in the journal Psychopharmacology, show that while drug users have a very strong motivation to seek out “rewards,” they exhibit an impaired ability to adjust their behavior and are less fulfilled once they have achieved what they desire. Addressing this disconnect may be one of the keys to breaking the cycle of addiction. Read more...

University to Host First Joint Collegiate Black Student Summit

“Beyond All Limits,” a national forum to discuss and develop viable solutions to problems facing the black community, will take place from Friday, March 4, to Sunday, March 6, at the University. The summit’s mission is to further establish an intercollegiate network of young black leaders passionate about social justice, collegiate accountability toward black students, and unity within the black community. Mitzi Miller, former editor-in-chief of Ebony magazine, will present the summit's keynote speech on Saturday, March 5. Visit to register and for more information.

Submissions Open Next Month for Fringe Festival

Submissions for the 2016 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival open at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, at, and close at midnight Saturday, April 30. It is free to apply, and the earlier you apply, the better your chance to get the performance venue of your choice. Submissions for site-specific work are accepted; previous shows have been in parked cars, a camping tent, and a hot tub. For details, sign up for the mailing list

Deadlines and Reminders

Faculty Eligible for Furth Fund

The Furth Fund provides early-career faculty with $10,000 in research funds to help foster the development of promising scientists. Nominees should be junior, tenure-track faculty appointed in natural or biological science departments within Arts, Sciences & Engineering, the School of Medicine and Dentistry, or the School of Nursing who have been hired within the past three academic years. Nominations for the 2016–17 Furth Fund are being accepted through Friday, February 26. 

Rochester in the News

Shape-Shifting 'Superhero' Material Can Lift 1,000 Times its Weight

CNET, February 9
"A new polymer boasts traits that seem pulled straight from the pages of a comic book. The material, developed by University of Rochester scientists, can be triggered to change shape when it comes in contact with body heat, and in the process it lifts 1,000 times its own mass. The super-polymer could one day be used to used to stitch you up after surgery and possibly take form-fitting spandex to a whole new level."


Joan Saab to Present Inaugural Nazerian Lecture

The inaugural Hagop and Artemis Nazerian Humanities Lecture, presented by the Humanities Center, will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room in Rush Rhees Library. Joan Saab, associate professor of art and art history and visual and cultural studies, will discuss “Making Sense of What We See: Hoaxes and the American Visual Imagination.” A reception will follow. Last year, University Trustee Ani Gabrellian '84 and Mark Gabrellian '79 established this annual lecture series in honor of Ani's parents' belief in the benefits of a humanistic education.

Gala Will Benefit Patient-Centered Care Initiatives at Strong

Friends of Strong is celebrating its 25th annual Gala Wine Tasting at the historic Monroe Golf Club, from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, February 12, in support of patient- and family-centered care initiatives at Strong Memorial Hospital. Reserve tickets for $75 online at A limited number of tickets may be available for $90 at the door. For more information, call the Friends of Strong office at 275-2420. Read more...

Yellowjackets at Home

Did you miss the video of the men's basketball team's game-winning shot that went viral this week? Or want to see it again? Watch it here.

Men's Basketball
February 12: 8 p.m. vs. Brandeis University
February 14: noon vs. New York University

Women's Basketball
February 12: 6 p.m. vs. Brandeis University
February 14: 2 p.m. vs. New York University

February 14: 1:30 p.m. vs. University of Toronto

Home-Buying Seminar at the Medical Center

There will be a "My New Home" seminar on Tuesday, March 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Chase Medical Center branch, 260 Crittenden Blvd. Send questions to

Weight Watchers Info Meeting

An informational meeting about the Weight Watchers program will be held from 12:30 to 1 p.m. today at Rochester Tech Park, Building 5, G.2001. Registration is not required.

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