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In Today’s Issue

  • Scientists Fixate on Protein to Understand Drug Receptor Targets
  • Angelo Costanza, University Trustee, Dies at 85
  • Video: The Psychology of New Year’s Resolutions
  • January is Data Privacy Month
  • Winter Issue of The Clarion Now Online
  • Moving Allowance Mileage Rate Update
  • The Meliora Offers Lunch Buffet during Break

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Scientists Fixate on Protein to Understand Drug Receptor Targets
Half the drugs used today target a single class of proteins—and now a team of scientists have identified an important molecular player critical to the proper workings of those proteins critical to our health. A protein known as Ric-8 plays a vital role, according to new results from a team led by Gregory Tall, assistant professor of pharmacology and physiology.

Angelo Costanza, University Trustee, Dies at 85
Angelo Costanza ’51, life trustee of the University, died Dec. 22. He was 85. Costanza was appointed to the board in 1973 and served as a voting trustee until 1994. “He was widely respected and admired, both for his professional success and his wonderful personal qualities,” says President Joel Seligman. “He was a humble person, honest to the core, principled, charitable, and committed to the community.” The University flag near the Eastman Quadrangle will be lowered in his honor Jan. 5.

Video: The Psychology of New Year’s Resolutions
Edward Deci, professor of psychology, offers five tips for sticking to your New Year’s resolutions and explains why making resolutions is an important part of being successful, happy, and healthy.

January is Data Privacy Month
It is your obligation to keep any private information that you have access to from being shared with others—including information shared in the hallway, over lunch, or through social media. University IT has created a poster to help promote the idea. Feel free to print and post within your area. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? Send them to

Winter Issue of The Clarion Now Online
The winter issue of The Clarion, a new quarterly newsletter published by the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center, is now available. Full of tips to help answer students’ questions on internships and networking resources, each issue profiles one faculty member going above and beyond to help students succeed and one student working towards his or her goals through an internship. 

Moving Allowance Mileage Rate Update
The University is adjusting its moving allowance mileage rate to reflect the new IRS rate. Effective Jan. 1, the business mileage reimbursement rate will remain unchanged at 55.5 cents per mile. The standard mileage rate of moving expenses will be 23 cents per mile.

The Meliora Offers Lunch Buffet during Break
The Meliora Restaurant will be serving a buffet-style lunch Jan. 3–6 and Jan. 9–13 in Salon D. Credit, cash, and URos will be accepted for the $9.99 lunch. See the menu.

Jan. 3, 2012
Snow Showers
Today’s Forecast:
Snow Showers, High 16°
Partly Cloudy, High 25°
Today’s Event Highlight
Kenneth Patchen Exhibit
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rare Books and Special Collections, Rush Rhees Library. Read more...

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Rochester in the News
Democrat & Chronicle (Dec. 28)
URMC Receives $4.7 Million for New Center
The Medical Center has been awarded a $4.7 million federal grant to establish a center dedicated to studying the germs that cause lung disease. The creation of the Respiratory Pathogens Research Center was led by microbiologist David Topham, an influenza researcher. (Also reported by Rochester Business Journal, 1180 WHAM, 13WHAM-TV, WHEC-TV, WROC-TV, and YNN.)

PC Magazine (Dec. 20)
The Art of Networking Nature and Technology
Contemporary artist, technologist, and environmentalist Cary Peppermint fuses the natural and digital worlds. “Like technology, I think about nature being a system or a network, and I want to know how it works—the parts that make it work,” says Peppermint, assistant professor of art.

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