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In Today’s Issue

  • John Covach on the Death of Whitney Houston
  • Retirement Program: Certain Investment Options Frozen Starting March 14
  • United Way: Pledge Today for Chance to Win a Prize
  • Talk: The Coexistence of Religion and Science
  • MAG Hosts Black History Month Family Day
  • Latest HR Intercom Available
  • Aikido Classes Offered

News and Announcements

John Covach on the Death of Whitney Houston
Pop music historian John Covach, professor and chair of the Department of Music and professor of music theory at the Eastman School, calls Houston a “trailblazer and a song stylist.”

Retirement Program: Certain Investment Options Frozen Starting March 14
The University announces that certain Fidelity investment options in the University Retirement Program and Deferred Compensation 457(b) Plan are being frozen effective when the market closes (generally 4 p.m. ET) on March 14. As recently announced, the University will soon be offering a streamlined investment menu and existing balances will be transferred to a new recordkeeper effective June 15. In order to avoid imposing short-term trading fees on participants, the University has chosen to freeze the affected Fidelity funds 90 days prior to the transfer. Allocations to the affected funds will be redirected to the age-appropriate Fidelity Freedom Funds effective March 15, unless the participant contacts Fidelity to make a change. It is not necessary for the University to freeze any funds with T. Rowe Price, TIAA-CREF, or Vanguard. For additional information and to view the list of affected funds, visit

United Way: Pledge Today for Chance to Win a Prize

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Help the University “make change” happen in the Rochester community by contributing to this year’s United Way campaign. Starting today, you can pledge your support through the ePledge online donation system. Paper forms may also be downloaded from the University’s United Way website. Donors who pledge before Feb. 29 will be entered in prize drawings for a chance to win a Nook tablet, an iPod touch, and restaurant gift certificates. Early donors are also invited to attend the Kick-off Breakfast at 8:15 a.m. Feb. 29 in the Flaum Atrium at the Medical Center (RSVP to 224-2871) Note: Continuous pledge donors are already included in the prize drawings.

Talk: The Coexistence of Religion and Science
Have you ever wondered if and how religion and science coincide? Brad Weslake, assistant professor of philosophy, and Adam Frank, professor of astrophysics, discuss the relationship between religion and science at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the sanctuary of the Interfaith Chapel. There will be time for questions after each professor gives a short talk about their perspective. Sponsored by the Interfaith Chapel interns and the Interfaith Chapel.

MAG Hosts Black History Month Family Day
Featuring hands-on art activities, music, dancing, storytelling, and more, Black History Month Family Day will be held form noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Memorial Art Gallery. See the complete schedule for the free event.

Latest HR Intercom Available
Did you know you can still make claims to your 2011 Flexible Spending Account? Or that several University retirement providers are offering a discount for a tax return preparation product? Read more in February’s HR Intercom, a monthly newsletter with information about Human Resources programs and resources.

Aikido Classes Offered
Learn the Japanese martial art Aikido during a six-week session at the Medical Center’s Fitness and Wellness Center. Classes will be offered on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 22. Space is limited. The cost is $42 for non-members. Members receive a $6 discount.

Feb. 15, 2012
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Today’s Event Highlight
African-American Network Panel: Financial Empowerment
5:30 p.m., A and B Conference Rooms, Medical Center. Read more...

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Rochester in the News
Rochester Business Journal (Feb. 13)
URMC Scientists Part of HIV Discovery
A research team that includes scientists from the Medical Center has found a protein that starves the most virulent form of HIV, a discovery the team hopes will lead to more effective drugs against the virus. “The findings may explain why certain anti-HIV drugs used today are more effective under some circumstances and not others,” said Baek Kim, professor of microbiology and immunology. “It also provides new insights on how many other viruses that afflict people operate in the body.”

Democrat & Chronicle (Feb. 12)
On the Ladder: Audrey Burns
In September, Audrey Burns began a year of service to the community through AmeriCorps. It’s how the 22-year-old became an academic advisor for the University’s David T. Kearns Center, where she helps city school district students prepare for college.

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