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In Today’s Issue

  • President Seligman’s Statement on Benefits for Domestic Partners
  • Golisano Foundation, Eastman Institute Form Partnership
  • Medical Center Board Bestows Patient Care Awards
  • W-2 Tax Statements Available Later This Week
  • Rooftop Fundraiser Benefits Child Abuse Prevention
  • Go Green: A Salute for Sustainability
  • Medical Informatics Degree Information Session
  • Postdoc Seminar: ‘The Path to Permanent Residence’
  • Anesthesia Conference Is Feb. 4–5

News and Announcements

President Seligman’s Statement on Benefits for Domestic Partners
“The University of Rochester is extending benefits coverage to all domestic partners of its employees. This coverage will include opposite-sex as well as same-sex domestic partners,” says President Joel Seligman. Read the full statement.

Golisano Foundation, Eastman Institute Form Partnership
The B. Thomas Golisano Foundation and Eastman Institute for Oral Health announced a partnership to address the unmet oral health needs of people with developmental disabilities in the Rochester area.
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Medical Center Board Bestows Patient Care Awards
Bob Latella, chairman of the Medical Center’s board, presented the 2011 Excellence Awards to six individuals and four teams for their personal and professional dedication to patient care.
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W-2 Tax Statements Available Later This Week
The 2011 W-2 Wage and Tax statements will be mailed to University employees on Jan. 27. Those employees who elected to receive their W-2s electronically for viewing and printing through HRMS Self Service will be able to do so starting Jan. 26. Click on  HRMS Self Service, Payroll and Compensation, and then View W-2/W-2c Forms. Contact the Payroll Department at 275-2040 or payroll@rochester.edu with any questions.

Rooftop Fundraiser Benefits Child Abuse Prevention
Webster Schroeder High School teacher Paul Valenti is camping out on the school roof Jan. 25–27 to help children and families at Mt. Hope Family Center.
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Go Green: A Salute for Sustainability

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In celebration of the University’s sustainability efforts in the local community, the Center for Environmental Initiatives presented the University with the Hugh E. Cumming Environmental Quality Award in October.
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Medical Informatics Degree Information Session
Learn more about a new MS degree program in medical informatics offered jointly by Rochester Institute of Technology and the School of Medicine and Dentistry at an information session tonight at 6 p.m. in the K-307 Auditorium (3-6408) at the Medical Center. Students can matriculate at either institution but will attend classes at both campuses. The program is based on in‐class instruction and is intended to train health care or computing professionals in the design, creation, management, and research aspects of advanced health information technology. Register here.

Postdoc Seminar: ‘The Path to Permanent Residence’
The Medical Center’s Postdoctoral Association is hosting a Q&A seminar on issues pertaining to permanent residency for international postdocs in the United States. “The Path to Permanent Residence—Planning and Implementation” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium  (G-9425) at the Medical Center.
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Anesthesia Conference Is Feb. 4–5
The Department of Anesthesiology will present the third URMC Ultrasound Regional Anesthesia Symposium on Saturday, Feb. 4, and Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Sawgrass Surgery Center, 180 Sawgrass Drive, Building 100. For more information or to register, visit the symposium website.

Jan. 25, 2012
Mostly Cloudy
Today’s Forecast:
Mostly Cloudy, High 34°
Tomorrow:
Partly Cloudy, High 43°
Today’s Event Highlight
Documenting AIDS Activism: Films by John Greyson
6 p.m., Plutzik Room, Rush Rhees Library. Read more...

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Rochester in the News
CNN (Jan. 23)
Not Even Nostalgia Could Save Kodak
On Thursday Eastman Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. These days, its most coveted assets are its patents for digital imaging—including, ironically, some used in smartphones. "It made photography commonplace, from the Brownie (camera) through its many variations," says Joan Saab, associate professor of art history and visual and cultural studies. The “democratization” of photography even helped turn the form into art, as experts sought to bracket off the snapshots of everyday amateurs from the aspiring work of aficionados, she adds.

Chicago Tribune (Jan. 24)
Positive Psychology Has Limited Health Benefits: Research
A psychology technique that encourages patients to think positively and gain confidence helped some with high blood pressure and heart disease stick to medication and exercise goals, according to new research. “In general, the idea is that as people feel positively about what they’re doing, they're more likely to be energized and sustain that over time,” says Geoffrey Williams, professor of psychology, psychiatry, and clinical and social psychology, who wrote a commentary published with three new studies on positive affirmation in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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