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In Today’s Issue

  • Children’s Hospital Supporters Give $2.3 Million
  • Judith Baumhauer Named 2012 Athena Award Winner
  • Governor’s Budget, Legislative Agenda to be Presented
  • Eastman Scores on the Screen
  • Psoriasis Study Addressing Stress, Well-Being Seeks Subjects
  • PEAK Lab New Technology Open House
  • Winter Activities Fair Highlights Student Groups

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Children’s Hospital Supporters Give $2.3 Million
J. Michael Smith has pledged to give $1.3 million to Golisano Children’s Hospital and Mark Siewert, chair of the Golisano Children’s Hospital Board of Directors and cochair of the hospital’s campaign, has committed to a $1 million gift. The gifts are among the first large individual gifts to go toward the children’s hospital $100 million campaign. The campaign is part of the Medical Center’s $650 million campaign and the overall $1.2 billion goal of The Meliora Challenge: The Campaign for the University of Rochester.

Judith Baumhauer Named 2012 Athena Award Winner
Orthopaedic surgeon Judith Baumhauer, professor and associate chair of academic affairs in the Department of Orthopaedics, was named the winner of the 26th annual Athena Award Thursday. The award—part of an international program with more than 3,000 recipients—was founded in 1982 to recognize and honor the achievements of outstanding and professional business women.

Governor’s Budget, Legislative Agenda to be Presented
This afternoon, the Medical Center will host a regional presentation of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2012 Executive Budget and Legislative Agenda. Courtney Burke, commissioner of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, will deliver the talk in LeChase Assembly Hall (G-9576) at 2 p.m.

Eastman Scores on the Screen
Opening tonight at the Little Theatre is Car Crash Opera, a seven-minute animated film with music composed and performed by Eastman School students and musicians. It will be shown before screenings of The Artist through next Thursday. 

Psoriasis Study Addressing Stress, Well-Being Seeks Subjects
University researchers are seeking adults with psoriasis for a study comparing the effects of two brief health/wellness programs: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Living Well. The purpose is to learn if program participation can lead to improvements in one’s psoriasis. No changes in your current treatments are necessary. Subjects receive $150 for completion of all study procedures. For more information, call 275-6835 or email

PEAK Lab New Technology Open House
The PEAK Clinical Research Lab (B-5035, Medical Center) will host a New Technology Demonstration Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. See how equilibrate and the PEAK Lab can be used in your research study or clinical practice. Equilibrate is a balance tool designed to assist caregivers in diagnosing deficiencies and developing enhanced physical performance necessary for maintaining a high quality of life. Refreshments will be provided at the open house. Contact Michelle Porto at 273-3148 or with any questions.

Winter Activities Fair Highlights Student Groups
Today’s Winter Activities Fair will feature live demonstrations, performances, as well as representatives from almost 150 student clubs and organizations. The event runs from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Zornow Courts A, B, and C at the Goergen Athletic Center.

Jan. 20, 2012

Today’s Forecast:
Flurries, High 23°
Snow, High 31°

Today’s Event Highlight
Public Health Grand Rounds
Rui Hu, research assistant professor, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology. Noon, Helen Wood Hall auditorium. Read more...

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Rochester in the News
NPR (Jan. 19)
Kodak Is In Bankruptcy, But Its Hometown Hasn’t Lost Its Sparkle
Astrophysicist and NPR commentator Adam Frank was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, giving his take on Kodak’s bankruptcy filing. Frank says the latest turn-of-events is a dark moment, but universities, such as the University of Rochester, are taking on some roles previously played by industry. Comments are welcome on Frank’s blog posting.

WROC-TV (Jan. 18)
Piracy Legislation Loses Support after Websites Protest
Three cosponsors of “The Stop Online Piracy Act” and “Protect I-P Act” have withdrawn their support after websites protested Wednesday.
Critics say the legislation violates free speech. “It really worries me to talk about any sort of prior restraint on the internet,” says Michael Scott, professor of computer science.

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