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@Rochester: News for University of Rochester

In Today’s Issue

  • New Venture Focuses on Eye Institute Technologies
  • ‘Rochester Method’ Takes Flight
  • Simon School Creates Leadership Fellows Program
  • University Wins Three ‘Accolades’ Awards
  • URMC Sports Medicine Lauded for Service
  • Community Health Award Nominations Due Jan. 20
  • Syracuse Woman Gets Ultimate Gift—A New Heart
  • @Rochester Takes a Holiday

News and Announcements

New Venture Focuses on Eye Institute Technologies
The Flaum Eye Institute has launched a new initiative, called the Excubator, to accelerate the development and commercialization of new technologies.

‘Rochester Method’ Takes Flight
As information moves online, librarians are being forced to reevaluate their institutions. Eight years ago University librarians hired Nancy Fried Foster, the nation’s first anthropologist employed by a library, and launched an unprecedented series of systematic and in-depth studies of faculty, staff, and students. Part ethnography, part workplace research, the “Rochester method” they developed for understanding patrons has proven so valuable that academic libraries all over the world are adopting their techniques.

Simon School Creates Leadership Fellows Program
The Simon School is creating a new Simon Leadership Fellows Program to provide leadership development through service to the community and the school. The program will be supported by full-tuition scholarships and a stipend to help cover living expenses.

University Wins Three ‘Accolades’ Awards
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has named the University winner of three 2012 Accolades Awards. In the Web Site: Alumni Relations category, the Office of Alumni Relations won the gold and silver awards for redesigns of the Reunion website (a joint project with Annual Funds) and the Meliora Weekend website, respectively. The Absolutely Abby Job Search Series also received a bronze award for Alumni Relations Programming. “I’m delighted that the work of the Alumni Relations staff and many key partners throughout the University are being recognized for their creativity and hard work,” says Kevin Wesley, executive director of Alumni Relations. The council has also recognized Jim Thompson, senior vice president, with the Quarter Century Award for outstanding service in Advancement. Award recipients will be recognized at the council’s district conference Jan. 22–24 in New York City.

URMC Sports Medicine Lauded for Service
URMC Sports Medicine has been named the 2011 Community Service Recipient by the New York State Athletic Administrators Association, Chapter 5, for its commitment to positively promoting local high school athletics.

Community Health Award Nominations Due Jan. 20
The Center for Community Health is seeking nominations for the 2012 Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards. The third annual awards will recognize Medical Center faculty and staff for significant contributions to the health of the community through research, teaching, practice, or outreach programs. The nomination deadline is Friday, Jan. 20.

Syracuse Woman Gets Ultimate Gift—A New Heart
Carol Kankoski is recovering this holiday season from a well-timed heart transplant at the Medical Center.

@Rochester Takes a Holiday
@Rochester will publish just one day next week. Send submissions for the Tuesday, Dec. 27, issue by noon today. Happy holidays!

Dec. 23, 2011
Snow Showers
Today’s Forecast:
Snow Showers, High 34°
Snow Showers, High 36°
Today’s Event Highlight
Extreme Materials 2
Memorial Art Gallery.

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Rochester in the News
Democrat & Chronicle (Dec. 22)
Cochairs Praise Economic Council’s Work
While full of praise for the inaugural work of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, its cochairs said Wednesday that the state funding awards this month gave more weight to short-term job creation than the council expected. University President Joel Seligman and Wegmans Food Markets CEO Danny Wegman led the council as it competed this fall with nine others around the state for hundreds of millions of dollars in state funding. Read more...

Discover Magazine (Dec. 22)
Last-Minute Shopping List
Sean Carroll recommends some last-minute gift ideas, including About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang, by Adam Frank, a professor of astrophysics. “While some of us write big books about the physics of time and cosmology, Adam Frank has written an entertaining look at how those subjects interact with culture and our collective self-image. Every society has a cosmology, and it helps shape how we think about ourselves. An interesting take on the meaning of time through history.” Read more...

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