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In Today’s Issue

  • Making a New Lesson Plan
  • Professor Emerita Grace Gredys Harris Dies at 85
  • Deadline Approaching for Visiting Scholars Fund
  • Workshops Cover ‘Power, Privilege, and Difference’
  • Smoking Cessation Expert Offers Tips for Quitting
  • Lose Weight and Win Money

News and Announcements

Making a New Lesson Plan
A Warner School program aims to bring talented professionals and students to the math and science classrooms of high-needs school districts.

Professor Emerita Grace Gredys Harris Dies at 85
Grace Gredys Harris, professor emerita of anthropology and of religion who was known for her insights into the cultural meaning of religious rituals in Africa, died Dec. 20. She was 85.

Deadline Approaching for Visiting Scholars Fund
The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity reminds those interested in applying for the long-term visiting scholars mechanism of the Special Opportunities Fund that the deadline is Feb. 17. The fund was created to assist deans and department chairs in increasing the diversity and inclusiveness of the faculty.

Workshops Cover ‘Power, Privilege, and Difference’
Allan Johnson, a sociologist and writer who has worked on issues of gender inequality and patriarchy, will give several presentations at the University on Thursday, Jan.19. The University’s goal for Johnson’s visit is to help it move along the continuum from diversity and cultural competence efforts toward anti-racism and anti-oppression actions for social change. See the full schedule.

Smoking Cessation Expert Offers Tips for Quitting
With the start of a New Year, millions of smokers across New York State and across the country will attempt to quit smoking. “Quitting smoking is the best decision anyone can make to improve their overall health,” says Scott McIntosh, director of the Greater Rochester Area Tobacco Cessation Center and associate director of the Smoking Research Program at the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine. But McIntosh stresses that having a plan in place is essential to being successful to one’s smoking cessation efforts.

Lose Weight and Win Money
The Medical Center's Fitness and Wellness Center presents the first New Year edition of the Amazing Weight Loss Race. The 8-week program will include personal training, weekly weigh-ins and health sessions, and use of the Fitness Center for $40 ($25 for members). Those who lose the most weight will win cash prizes. Registration ends at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. Call 275-2437 or visit

Jan. 6, 2012
Today’s Forecast:
Cloudy, High 46°
Partly Cloudy, High 41°
Weekend Event Highlight
Going for Baroque
1 and 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8, Memorial Art Gallery Fountain Court. Read more...

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Rochester in the News
Democrat & Chronicle (Jan. 4)
URMC Professor Susan McDaniel Gets National Award
A professor at the Medical Center received a national award for inspiring a former resident to start a family medicine program. Susan McDaniel was named a recipient of the 2011 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, which recognizes educators in psychology, medicine, and law who have inspired students to create an organization that benefits its community.

Washington Post (Jan. 5)
Wall Street Journal Report Says Kodak Might File for Bankruptcy in Coming Weeks
An uncomfortable suspicion that an icon of American business may have no future pushed investors to dump stock in Eastman Kodak Co. Wednesday. “It feels like water torture,” says Mark Zupan, dean of the Simon School. “The game hinges on that (patent) sale, principally. And, at this point, they just have to create the insurance if they’ve got to go the other route. But the prospect of bankruptcy makes the sale more complicated too.”

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