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In Today’s Issue

  • Myriad Events Mark Black History Month
  • Creative Excellence Award Call for Submissions
  • Spotlight on Diversity: African American Network
  • Cancer Center Launches Chair Massage Pilot Program
  • Seminar: Making Healthier Choices When Eating Out
  • Winter Walking Quiz Offers Chance to Win Yaktrax
  • Better Breathers Meeting Focuses on Nutrition

News and Announcements

Myriad Events Mark Black History Month
Lectures, performances, exhibitions, and seminars make for a packed schedule of events to celebrate Black History Month. This week’s highlights include the African Video Series presentation of Present Tense at 5 p.m. today; the Black History Video Series at noon, on Thursday, Feb. 2; the Frederick Douglass Resource Center’s Cultural Tour at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4; and the Black Students’ Union’s 9th Annual Step-Show Competition at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Creative Excellence Award Call for Submissions
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to enter the 2012 Creative Excellence Award Contest. Entries may be in any medium and should deal with issues of human values in health care. The submission deadline is Monday, April 23. Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Cluster for Human Values in Health Care and the Center for Ethics, Humanities, and Palliative Care.

Spotlight on Diversity: African American Network
The African American Network is a voluntary association of people who share a common interest in embracing diversity, building relationships, strengthening communities, and enhancing the quality of life for the University. Read more on this flier, which can be posted in offices and on bulletin boards. Learn more about diversity at the University in future installments of Spotlight on Diversity in @Rochester.

Cancer Center Launches Chair Massage Pilot Program
The Wilmot Cancer Center announces the start of a healing and wellness pilot program designed to complement the care provided to cancer patients. Beginning Feb. 2, restorative massage will be offered on a trial basis to patients, families, and staff. Provided by licensed massage therapists, chair massages will be given in the meditation room, located between the Luellen Patient/Family Resource Center and the West Winds Cafe in the connecting hallway. Those interested can sign up at the information desk in the cancer center lobby or call 276-4481. The fee is $1 per minute, with a minimum of five minutes and a maximum of 20. Hours are from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays. For more information or to purchase a gift certificate, contact Catherine Thomas at 273-3895 or

Seminar: Making Healthier Choices When Eating Out
Well-U is sponsoring an interactive presentation, Simple Swap: A Carewise Health Guide to Eating Out, on Wednesday, Feb. 8, in collaboration with the Medical Center Fitness and Wellness Center’s Amazing Weight Loss Race. The presentation focuses on how to make healthier choices with respect to calories, fat, sodium, sugar, and protein while eating out. Individuals don’t have to be enrolled in the race to attend the talk, which will be held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in the Whipple Room (2-6424) and from 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. in K-307 (3-6408), in the Medical Center. Register here.

Winter Walking Quiz Offers Chance to Win Yaktrax
Environmental Health and Safety thanks University employees for successfully weathering the first snow storm of 2012 on Friday, Jan. 13. Staff met the challenge with short, slow steps in boots with traction. They kept their hands at their sides and focused on maintaining balance. In short, they “walked like penguins.” The 2012 UR Grounds Snow Contest recognizes employee success during the storm. To enter, complete the Walk Like a Penguin Quiz and send it (electronically or hard copy) to Environmental Health and Safety. The first ten names drawn on Feb. 13 will win a pair of Yaktrax ice grips. For more information and to access the quiz, click here.

Better Breathers Meeting Focuses on Nutrition
Visiting Nurse Service will host dietitian Mary Weir as part of the Better Breathers Club at 5 p.m. tonight at the 2180 Empire Blvd. location. Weir will discuss the nutritional needs of those with COPD. The free educational/support group for pulmonary patients and their families meets monthly.

Feb. 1, 2012
Today’s Forecast:
AM Showers, High 45°
Cloudy, High 35°
Today’s Event Highlight
Seymour Rothchild Lecture
Nadrian Seeman, New York University. “DNA: Not Merely the Secret of Life.” Noon, Hutchison Hall 473. Read more...

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Rochester in the News
Financial Times (Jan. 31)
A League of Their Own
The Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2012, ranks the Simon School in three of its Top 10 lists: Finance (third), Economics (fourth), and Accountancy (seventh).

Financial Times (Jan. 31)
Tech Powers and a Harsh Lesson in Survival
From troubled BlackBerry maker Research In Motion to fading internet power Yahoo and the bankrupt Eastman Kodak, the business headlines this year have told a familiar story: the fortunes of once-dominant technology powers can fade with unnerving severity. Those strengths, according to Larry Matteson, executive professor of business administration at the Simon School, included a powerful research and development base, particularly a world-leading position in organic chemistry; a specialist manufacturing capability learnt in the film business; and one of the top global consumer brands. “They were thinking about taking a business with 60-80 percent [profit] margins and going into consumer electronics, where 5 percent is pretty good,” says Matteson.

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