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In Today’s Issue

  • Two Scientists to Be Honored as AAAS Fellows
  • Talk to Cover Deepwater Horizon Disaster
  • MAG Commissions Walkway by Renowned Artist
  • University Mourns the Loss of Ella Brenson
  • Events Celebrate Lorraine Hansberry
  • Annual Ophthalmology Conference Runs March 15–17
  • Psoriasis Study Addressing Stress, Well Being Seeks Subjects
  • Workshop Offers Tips to Cope with Work, Family Stress
  • Two Lasik Seminars Planned

News and Announcements

Two Scientists to Be Honored as AAAS Fellows
Richard Waugh, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and James Farrar, professor of chemistry, have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They are among 539 new members being honored for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Talk to Cover Deepwater Horizon Disaster
Donald Winter ’69, chair of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council Committee on the Analysis of the Causes of the Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Fire, and Oil Spill, will present “The Deepwater Horizon Disaster—An Inside Perspective.” The talk starts at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in Sloan Auditorium, Goergen Hall. A networking reception will follow at 5 p.m. in Munnerlyn Atrium.

MAG Commissions Walkway by Renowned Artist
The Memorial Art Gallery has commissioned an entry plaza and walkway by New York City artist Jackie Ferrara, internationally known for richly patterned paved spaces that are designed to enhance their natural and architectural settings. The new work will be one of the anchor installations for the gallery’s Centennial Sculpture Park.

University Mourns the Loss of Ella Brenson
The University mourns the loss of Ella Brenson, an environmental services worker who first joined the University in 2005. Brenson, a resident of Rochester, died Feb. 10 at age 50. University flags will be lowered in her memory Feb. 21. Click here to read her obituary from the Democrat & Chronicle.

Events Celebrate Lorraine Hansberry
Join the Susan B. Anthony Institute and the Frederick Douglass Institute for two special Black History Month events on Feb. 29. At 4 p.m, Steven Carter, professor at Salem State University, leads a panel discussion titled “A Raisin in the Sun: from Domestic to Epic.” Directly following at 5 p.m., Michelle Gordon will give the fourth annual Two Icons Lecture on Race and Gender, “‘Baby, You Could Be Jesus in Drag’: Lorraine Hansberry and Black Domestic Workers on Being The Help.” Both events take place in the Welles-Brown Room of the Rush Rhees Library. Refreshments will be provided.

Annual Ophthalmology Conference Runs March 15–17
The 57th annual Rochester Ophthalmology conference, March 15 to 17, offers a variety of sessions and topics focusing on the latest published information in the practice of ophthalmology. Many of the presenters studied and trained at the University. Sponsored by the Office of Continuing Professional Education. Click on the conference link in the right column to read more at

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 & 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

Workshop Offers Tips to Cope with Work, Family Stress
Join Strong EAP from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Medical Center’s Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555) for a workshop on Coping with Work and Family Stress. The session will allow participants to practice strategies with problem solving and cognitive reframing techniques, through the use of experiential self-awareness and self-reflective activities. Enroll online through the Well-U website.

Two Lasik Seminars Planned
Attend a free Lasik seminar at the Flaum Eye Institute to learn about how you can reduce your dependence on contacts or glasses. Seminars are set for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, and for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. Both will be held at 100 Meridian Center. Refreshments will be served. Call 273-2020 to make a reservation or register online.

Feb. 16, 2012
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Rochester in the News
Democrat & Chronicle (Feb. 15)
Donations to N.Y. Colleges Rose 8 Percent in 2011
University of Rochester ranked fifth in the state in donations, finishing fiscal year 2011 with about $72 million—up 1.25 percent. But University officials say the report doesn’t tell the whole story. “It failed to recognize that we had an all-time record for commitments of $147 million,” says James Thompson, senior vice president and chief advancement officer. Most of the money, while pledged during fiscal 2011, didn’t show up in the report, which counts only money received. UR is in the midst of the biggest capital campaign in the college’s history and has about $250 million in outstanding pledges.

Scientific American (Feb. 14)
Dread Reckoning: H5N1 Bird Flu May Be Less Deadly to Humans Than Previously Thought—or Not
A simple math problem lies at the heart of a heated debate over whether scientists should be allowed to publish provocative research into the transmissibility of H5N1 flu. Assuming the avian virus could spread easily among people, just how deadly would an H5N1 pandemic be for humans? “If the only cases you know about are the ones who are going to die, then you might believe that the case/fatality rate is very high because you lack surveillance of less symptomatic cases,” says John Treanor, chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at the Medical Center.

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