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In Today’s Issue

  • New Residence Hall, Courtyard Named for University Presidents
  • A Step Forward In Effort to Regenerate Damaged Nerves
  • Go Green: The Future of Food Waste
  • Video: Yellow Roses for Susan B. Anthony
  • A Raisin in the Sun Actors Discuss the Classic Drama
  • Make the LEAP Day Promise: Electronic Cleanup
  • New Credit Card Settlement Procedure Announced
  • Evening of Jazz Celebrates Black History Month
  • Conference: Critical Updates on Kidney Transplants

News and Announcements

New Residence Hall, Courtyard Named for University Presidents
The residence hall now under construction on the River Campus will bear the name of President Emeritus Dennis O’Brien and the adjoining redesigned courtyard will be named for President Emeritus Thomas Jackson.

A Step Forward In Effort to Regenerate Damaged Nerves
Neurosurgeon Jason Huang and his team at the Medical Center have taken a step forward toward the goal of repairing nerves more effectively. In a paper published in the journal PLoS One, the team reports that a surprising set of cells may hold potential for nerve transplants.

Go Green: The Future of Food Waste

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From Team Green to solar compactors and LEED certified buildings, the University is a leader in sustainability initiatives. Recently, the University has restarted its efforts in composting food waste.

A Raisin in the Sun Actors Discuss the Classic Drama
Jessica Dukes and Brian Coats, currently playing in Geva Theatre’s A Raisin in the Sun, will discuss the 1959 classic at noon Friday, Feb. 24, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. The first play by a black woman ever to be produced on Broadway, A Raisin in the Sun explores an African-American family’s deferred dreams and their determination to live a better life. The talk is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies.

Make the LEAP Day Promise: Electronic Cleanup
The Data Security Task Force encourages everyone at the University to set aside two hours on Leap Day (Feb. 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. is the suggested time) for electronic file cleanup. Taking time out of this extra day will help make your computer and your life more efficient and secure, according to the task force. For instructions on how to clean up your email and computer files, visit the LEAP Day website. Or, add the event to your calendar as a reminder. For general questions, contact Will Graver.

Video: Yellow Roses for Susan B. Anthony
Faculty, students, and staff commemorate Susan B. Anthony’s 192nd birthday by leaving yellow roses at her gravesite in Mount Hope Cemetery. Sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies, the celebration continued with cake and a special opportunity to view artifacts from Anthony’s life. Watch...

New Credit Card Settlement Procedure Announced
The Office of Treasury Management announces changes to the process University departments need to follow for credit card settlement depositing. Effective with credit card batches closed on Feb. 29, MasterCard, Visa, Discover credit card totals should be combined on one deposit ticket. Discover totals should not be put on a separate ticket. An updated voice authorization telephone number can be found at Any questions, contact your cashiering location or treasury at 275-3734.

Evening of Jazz Celebrates Black History Month
In observance of Black History Month, the African American Network at the University is hosting an evening of jazz, art, and poetry from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in Flaum Atrium at the Medical Center. A cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature an art exhibition and performances from local musicians, performers, artists, and dancers. There will be beverages, hors d’oeuvres, and professional networking opportunities. For more information and to RSVP, call 276-3259, ext.2, or email

Conference: Critical Updates on Kidney Transplants
“Kidney Transplant 2012–A Clinical Overview for Nephrologists, Primary Care Physicians, Advance Practice Practitioners, Nurses and Social Workers” on Saturday, March 3, will provide an update on changes in policies and practice patterns critical to the transplant patient population. The content has been selected to provide a comprehensive review of preoperative and surgical/postoperative care of patients. Click on the conference link in the right column to read more at

Feb. 22, 2012
Today’s Forecast:
AM Showers, High 43°
Mostly Cloudy, High 47°

Today’s Event Highlight
Palliative Care Conference
“Rehumanizing Medicine: How to Maintain Our Bearings in an Electronic World,” noon, K-207 (2-6408), Medical Center. Read more...

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Rochester in the News
13WHAM-TV (Feb. 20)
Wilmot Cancer Center Recognized as One of Top 70 in Nation
The Wilmot Cancer Center has been named as one of the top 70 oncology programs in the United States. The honor comes from Becker’s Hospital Review—a national publication relating to hospitals and health systems. The editors at Becker's specifically cited that radiation oncology experts at Wilmot were the first to successfully take a new brain cancer treatment—shaped-beam radiosurgery—and apply it to patients suffering from cancer that spread to the lungs and other organs.

Democrat & Chronicle (Feb. 21)
Eastman Students Benefit from Boxing
Thanks to a musically inclined veteran coach and a dedicated professor turned ring devotee, students at the Eastman School are getting in tune with their bodies and more in tune with their instruments through a school wellness program offered through ROC Boxing & Fitness Center. The year-old initiative of owner/coach Dom Arioli and professor James VanDemark has drawn national acclaim for shining a spotlight on the provocative relationship between boxing and music, two seemingly diverse disciplines.

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