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In Today’s Issue

  • Admissions Launches Web Applications for Students
  • National Diversity Expert Coming to Rochester
  • The Conversation, Futurity Join Forces
  • Rochester Hosts Chuck Resler Tournament
  • Medical Center Moving to ‘Plain Language’ Page Codes
  • TEAM Master’s Program Wins Award
  • Latest HR Intercom Available
  • Talk: Tracking Electricity Generation Technologies
  • ‘Tuberculosis Vaccine: Successes and Challenges’
  • Biacore Products Contest Announced
  • Drive Collects Coats, Winter Items for Refugees
  • Campaign Benefits Visiting Nurse Service Program

News and Announcements

Admissions Launches Web Applications for Students
The University now offers two website innovations designed to provide high school students with more information about the University and the admissions decision-making process. ROCRes showcases 3D models of residential halls and 360-degree views of select residence halls with a video game–like feel. Application software updates now allow students to track their applications at each step of the process.

National Diversity Expert Coming to Rochester
The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity announces that JoAnn Moody, a national specialist in faculty development and diversity, will be at the University in early December to lead workshops on recruiting, mentorship, retention, and evaluation of faculty, trainees, and graduate students.

The Conversation, Futurity Join Forces
The Conversation, Australia’s leading online source of information and commentary from the university and research sector, has joined forces as media partners with Futurity, the online research news website—hosted and edited at Rochester—covering the latest discoveries by scientists at top universities in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.

Rochester Hosts Chuck Resler Tournament
The men’s and women’s basketball teams are both ranked in the top 10 in the preseason Division III polls. The women opened their season with a 73-39 victory over Oswego on Tuesday night. Rochester hosts SUNY New Paltz in the first round of the Chuck Resler Tournament at 6 p.m. tonight in the Palestra. The men take on SUNY Plattsburgh at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Medical Center Moving to ‘Plain Language’ Page Codes
Starting Monday, Dec. 5, the Medical Center’s color-coded emergency page system (Code Pink, Condition Gray, etc.) will officially phase out and be replaced by a “plain language” approach in 2012. The new paging system (e.g., “Critical Security Incident” will replace “Condition Yellow”) aims to eliminate confusion, empowering faculty and staff to understand emergency codes more instinctively and, if necessary, be better poised to respond.

TEAM Master’s Program Wins Award
The master’s degree program in Technical Entrepreneurship and Management (TEAM) recently received the 2011 Award for Excellence in Specialty Entrepreneurship Education, presented to the University’s Center for Entrepreneurship by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers during its annual conference. GCEC has a membership of 200 university-based entrepreneurship centers from around the world.

Latest HR Intercom Available
View the combined November-December issue of HR Intercom, a newsletter with information about Human Resources programs and resources.

Talk: Tracking Electricity Generation Technologies
Tom Drennen, an associate professor of economics at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a senior economist at the Sandia National Laboratory, will present “The Power Systems Life Cycle Analysis Tool (Power L-CAT)” at 2 p.m. today in Goergen Hall 108. Drennen will give a brief overview of the Power L-CAT, a model that calculates production costs and tracks environmental performance for a range of electricity generation technologies. The event is cosponsored by the Environmental Sustainability UCIS and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

‘Tuberculosis Vaccine: Successes and Challenges’
Thomas Evans, chief scientific officer at Aeras, will present “Tuberculosis Vaccine: Successes and Challenges” at noon today in Whipple Auditorium (2-6424) at the Medical Center.

Biacore Products Contest Announced
The University's GE Healthcare account manager Carmen Brown-Marshall and the Medical Center’s Structural Biology and Biophysics Facility have put together a contest offering a chance to win up to $3,000 of Biacore Surface Plasmon Resonance products. The contest provides an opportunity for University researchers to use the Biacore T100 in the core facility to measure the on- and off-rates and affinities for biomolecular interactions at a reduced cost. Questions about the contest can be sent to Brown-Marshall or facility manager Jermaine Jenkins.

Drive Collects Coats, Winter Items for Refugees
Refugee Student Alliance is partnering with Physicians for Human Rights for its fourth annual Coat Drive from Oct. 15 to Dec 15. The groups are collecting new or gently used coats, gloves, scarves, hats, sweaters, and winter boots. Items will be donated to Saint’s Place and Mary’s Place, not-for-profit organizations that distribute items to former refugees arriving in Rochester. Email for a list of drop-off locations on the River Campus or for locations at Strong Memorial Hospital and affiliated sites.

Campaign Benefits Visiting Nurse Service Program
University affiliate Visiting Nurse Meals On Wheels and Wilson Farms kicked off the eighth annual “Step Up to the Plate” fundraising campaign to support the homebound elderly and disabled served by Meals On Wheels programs throughout New York. Through Nov. 26, customers at Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek, and Wilson Farms Xpress stores can participate by donating $1 to receive a paper plate. Each dollar raised will directly benefit homebound residents in the community.

Nov. 18, 2011
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Today’s Event Highlight
Public Health Grand Rounds
“Preventing the Criminalization of Mental Illness: National Trends and Local Efforts.” Noon, Saunders Research Building, 1.416. Read more...

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Rochester in the News
NCAA (Nov. 16)
Rochester Study Suggests Concussive Effects of Cumulative Hits
Jianhui Zhong, a professor of imaging sciences and of physics, and Jeff Bazarian, an associate professor of emergency medicine, studied scans of 10 players on a local high school football team before and after their seasons. The study suggested the hits players endured play-to-play and week-to-week could accumulate and affect the brain’s health. Read more... (Nov. 17)
Airport Body Scanners Mostly Safe for Travelers, Experts Say
Travelers in U.S. airports who are screened by body scanners are unlikely to encounter enough radiation to promote cancer or damage their cells, experts say. While the effects of high radiation doses are well-known, “there's a huge area of uncertainly around the low dose,” says Jacqueline Williams, a research professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology. Read more...

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