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In Today’s Issue

  • Simon School Professor Earns National Research Prize
  • Today Is Thank Your Mentor Day
  • Flag Lowered in Memory of John Maloy
  • eRecord-Research Town Hall Meeting Today
  • Diversity and Disparities in Medicine Is Lecture Topic
  • Workshops: The Basics of Blackboard
  • Gandhi Institute Offers Nonviolent Communication Workshops
  • Student Life Award Nominations Due Monday
  • Artist Talk, Reception Today for New Exhibition
  • Graves’ Disease Support Group to Meet

News and Announcements

Simon School Professor Earns National Research Prize
Robert Novy-Marx, assistant professor of finance at the Simon School, was awarded the American Finance Association’s Smith-Breeden Prize for the 2010 Best Paper in the Journal of Finance in areas other than corporate finance for his study with coauthor Joshua Rauh, “Public Pension Promises: How Big Are They and What Are They Worth?”

Today Is Thank Your Mentor Day
The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity encourages you take time today to honor your mentor. Staff from the office will be in Flaum Atrium today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with resources for you to thank your mentor. Electronic cards and print cards mentor are also available at

Flag Lowered in Memory of John Maloy
The University flag near the Eastman Quadrangle on the River Campus will be lowered today in memory of John Maloy, professor emeritus of voice at the Eastman School. Maloy died Jan. 12 at age 81.

eRecord-Research Town Hall Meeting Today
The eRecord-Research Project invites the Medical Center community to a town hall meeting at 3 p.m. today in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W-304). The project team will share its recommendations for improving access to clinical data and clinical data systems for research purposes, and solicit your feedback. View the recommendations.

Diversity and Disparities in Medicine Is Lecture Topic
Annelle Primm, deputy medical director and director of the Office of Minority and National Affairs for the American Psychiatric Association, will deliver the first annual Tana A. Grady-Weliky, M.D., Memorial Lecture Friday, Feb. 10. The lecture, “Ebony in an Ivory Tower: Diversity and Disparities in American Medicine,” will begin at noon in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425) at the Medical Center.

Workshops: The Basics of Blackboard
“Blackboard Basics Workshop: Managing Users and Groups in Blackboard” will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in Morey 205, and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Goergen 110. Learn the basics of user management, including adding teaching assistants. Learn more about creating groups and using different tools for group assignments. For more information about the Blackboard Basics Workshop Series, visit

Gandhi Institute Offers Nonviolent Communication Workshops
The MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence kicks off its annual 64-day Season for Nonviolence with two free trainings on nonviolent communication, open to students, faculty, and staff. The first, a six-week series in nonviolent communication, runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. from Thursday, Jan. 26, through Thursday, March 1, in the Gandhi Reading Room of Rush Rhees Library. The second, an introduction to nonviolence, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Interfaith Chapel.

Student Life Award Nominations Due Monday
Nominations are being accepted until Monday, Jan. 30, for this year’s University Student Life Awards. Undergraduates at the College and Eastman School are eligible for the awards, which recognize students who have significantly and positively impacted the University or the surrounding community. Submit nominations online. Contact Katie Smith in the Rochester Center for Community Leadership in 273-3961 with any questions.

Artist Talk, Reception Today for New Exhibition
At 4 p.m., artist Kim Waale will give a talk on I Need a Lullaby, an exhibition opening today at the Hartnett Gallery in Wilson Commons. The artist’s talk, taking place in the Gowen Room in Wilson Commons, will be followed by an opening reception in the gallery at 5 p.m.

Graves’ Disease Support Group to Meet
A Graves’ disease support group meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Flaum Eye Institute, 210 Crittenden Blvd. Endocrinologist Stephen Hammes will lead a roundtable discussion. RSVP to 275-3977.

Jan. 26, 2012
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Today’s Forecast:
Mostly Cloudy, High 42°
Partly Cloudy, High 38°

Today’s Event Highlight
Sustainability Seminar: Environmental Politics and Management
12:30 p.m., Goergen Hall, Room 1110.

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Rochester in the News
Yahoo! News (Jan. 24)
Behind the Mask of Michael Jackson, a Savvy Entrepreneur
Music writer and University instructor Joe Vogel, author of the new book Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson (Sterling, 2011), says Jackson’s evolution as an artist and a person went beyond his talents as a musician.

ABC News (Jan. 24)
Chemical Found in Manufacturing Affect Some Childhood Vaccines
New research finds that chemicals commonly found in some manufactured goods may make childhood vaccines less effective. Experts say a weaker vaccine can still be effective in fighting disease. But Paige Lawrence, director of the toxicology training program at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, said a vaccine’s reduced effectiveness may affect people differently. “For some people, a 40 percent reduction in immune response might not matter at all. For others, it could matter tremendously,” Lawrence said. “What we can’t do is predict who will be most affected. We don’t have the ability to look at individuals and know who will get sick and who won't.”

Sports Buzz
Yellowjackets at Home
Feb. 1: 6 p.m. vs. Hobart College

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