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In Today’s Issue

  • University Formally Joins Global Network
  • Researchers Track Diabetes’ First Steps
  • Professor Emerita of History Lynn Gordon Dies at 65
  • Musicians Unite to Benefit Foodlink
  • Open Letter Book Featured on NPR
  • Symposium Highlights Computational Research
  • Civil Rights Legend in Rochester Sunday
  • Save the Date: Spring Mentoring Workshop
  • Second Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Is Feb. 23
  • Tickets on Sale for Jerry Springer Talk
  • Bo Burnham Ticket Refunds Available
  • Deadline Is Next Week for Spring Fitness Challenge

News and Announcements

University Formally Joins Global Network
President Joel Seligman will meet today with representatives of the Worldwide Universities Network to sign an agreement and discuss a new relationship with a select group of research universities around the world.

Researchers Track Diabetes’ First Steps
Medical Center scientists have taken a remarkably detailed look at the initial steps that occur in the body when type 1 diabetes mellitus first develops in a child or young adult.

Professor Emerita of History Lynn Gordon Dies at 65
Lynn Gordon, associate professor emerita of history and a scholar of gender, education, ethnicity, and diplomacy, died Feb. 9 after a long struggle with cancer. She was 65. The University flag near Eastman Quadrangle on the River Campus will be flown at half-staff in her honor Thursday, Feb. 23.

Musicians Unite to Benefit Foodlink
The benefit concert series “If Music Be the Food ...” will continue its third season with a concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Road (at East Avenue), at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Last year’s series, which involved Eastman School faculty and students, members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and international guest artists, yielded nearly $2,000 and 1,500 pounds of food for Rochester’s Foodlink.

Open Letter Book Featured on NPR
Merce Rodereda’s Death in Spring, published by Open Letter Books at the University, is “bold and beautiful” prose, according to a review that aired on NPR’s All Things Considered Feb. 14.

Symposium Highlights Computational Research
The Center for Integrated Research Computing, which assists researchers in accessing and applying computation to scientific problems, hosts a monthly symposium at which researchers highlight work performed on the University’s BlueHive Linux cluster and Blue Gene/P supercomputer. The next event is today at 11:30 a.m. in Goergen 108.

Civil Rights Legend in Rochester Sunday
The Rev. James Lawson speaks this Sunday at Mt. Olivet church as part of A Season for Nonviolence, sponsored by the M.K. Gandhi Institute, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, and the Interfaith Chapel.

Save the Date: Spring Mentoring Workshop
The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity and Clinical Translational Science Institute cosponsor an annual workshop on mentoring. This year’s speakers are Denham Ward, chair emeritus of the Department of Anesthesiology, and Deborah Fowell, associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Both are recipients of URMC mentoring awards. The workshop will be held March 22, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. with a reception to follow.

Second Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Is Feb. 23
Interested in entrepreneurship? The 2012 Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Series, free and open to the University community and general public, is designed to teach you how to write an effective business model plan in three sessions. The second workshop, “Idea Generation and Idea Filtering,” on Thursday, Feb. 23, is hosted by Dennis Kessler, Edward J. and Agnes V. Ackley Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Simon School and coowner of Friendly’s and Burger King restaurants; and Mark Wilson, lecturer at the Simon School and founder of Initiatives Consulting. The workshop runs from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. in Gleason 318/418. Food and refreshments will be provided. Register online or call 276-3500.

Tickets on Sale for Jerry Springer Talk
Cultural and civic icon Jerry Springer will talk about his career during an appearance Thursday, March 1, in Strong Auditorium on the River Campus. The event starts at 7 p.m. Hear about how Springer went from the mayor of Cincinnati to popular TV personality and everything in between (country recording artist, movie star, Broadway actor, and more.)  Tickets ($5 for students, $10 for faculty and staff, and $15 for the general public) are on sale at the Common Market in Wilson Commons.

Bo Burnham Ticket Refunds Available
If you can’t make it to comedian Bo Burnham’s rescheduled show on Saturday, March 3, bring your ticket to the Common Connection in Wilson Commons between Feb. 17 and 24 to receive a cash refund. Tickets will only be refunded during that time.

Deadline Is Next Week for Spring Fitness Challenge
The Spring Fitness Challenge, which runs from March 5 to April 29, can help you get in shape for warm weather and you could win cash. The challenge has been modified this year to allow for participants at different fitness levels to have the chance to compete. The challenge is for teams of 5 to 20 University affiliates. Points are awarded based on activity or weight loss. For details, visit the Medical Center Fitness and Wellness Center website or call 275-2437.

Feb. 17, 2012
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Today’s Event Highlight
Public Health Grand Rounds
Helena Temkin-Greener, associate professor of community and preventive medicine. Noon, Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. Read more...

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Rochester in the News
MSNBC (Feb. 16)
What if Earth’s Magnetic Poles Flip?
According to John Tarduno, professor of geophysics, a strong magnetic field helps protect Earth from blasts of radiation from the sun. “Coronal mass ejections (CMEs) occasionally occur on the sun, and sometimes hurtle directly toward Earth,” Tarduno says. “Some of the particles associated with CMEs can be blocked by Earth’s magnetic field. With a weak field, this shielding is less efficient.”

HealthDay (Feb. 16)
Weekend Delivery Doesn't Hurt Babies with Birth Defects: Study
Infants with birth defects who are born on weekends or at night do just as well as those delivered on a weekday, a new study says. Both groups of infants stayed at the hospital for the same amount of time, had the same rates of admission to the neonatal intensive care unit, and required antibiotics or breathing assistance the same number of times, said the researchers from the Medical Center.

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