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In Today’s Issue

  • Researchers Find a Key to Growth Differences Between Species
  • AlertUR System Will Be Tested March 1
  • Students, Foundation Partner for Instrument Drive
  • Seneca Falls Trip Marks Women’s History Month
  • Winter Safety Reminder
  • Cardiac Dysrhythmia Conference Set for March 30

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Researchers Find a Key to Growth Differences Between Species
The tiny, little-noticed jewel wasp may provide some answers as to how species differ in size and shape, according to research by University biologists. And that could lead to a better understanding of cell growth regulation and the underlying causes of some diseases.

AlertUR System Will Be Tested March 1
The semiannual test of the emergency notification system, AlertUR, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, March 1. The system is designed to alert the University community during emergencies. Students, faculty, and staff (the Medical Center uses other emergency systems) can choose to be alerted by text message, email, and other methods. Update your contact information at

Students, Foundation Partner for Instrument Drive
The Eastman School’s student chapter of the National Association for Music Education and the Rochester Education Foundation have announced that they are partnering on the chapter’s initiative to benefit music programs in the Rochester City School District. The initiative includes an instrument drive through March 31, with several drop-off centers located throughout the city, and two fundraising concerts.

Seneca Falls Trip Marks Women’s History Month
The University community is invited to the second annual Susan B. Anthony Institute International Women’s Day Women’s History Month trip to Seneca Falls on Thursday, March 8. A bus will leave from Rush Rhees Library at 9 a.m. for a visit and tour of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, and the Harriet Tubman House. There will be a lunch program in Seneca Falls sponsored by the Women’s Institute for Leadership and Learning and the Women’s Interfaith Institute. The bus will return to the University by 5 p.m. Email by March 1 to reserve your spot. Transportation and admission costs to sites will be covered. Cosponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies, the Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership, the American Studies program, the Department of Religion and Classics, and the Department of History.

Winter Safety Reminder
Environmental Health and  Safety and University Facilities and Grounds remind staff that winter walking safety requires constant vigilance. Allow yourself extra time to get to work. Use that time to take slow, small steps. Be aware that even parking lots and sidewalks that have been cleared of snow and ice should still be approached with caution. Dew, fog, or water vapor can freeze on cold surfaces and form an extra-thin, nearly invisible layer of ice that can look like a wet spot on the pavement. It often shows up early in the morning or in areas that are shaded from the sun. Assume all pavement that appears wet is black ice.

Cardiac Dysrhythmia Conference Set for March 30
Attendees of the 2012 Cardiac Dysrhythmia Conference on March 30 at the Hyatt Regency Rochester will receive updates on the assessment, diagnosis, and management of patients with cardiac dysrhythmias. For more information or to register, visit and click on the conference title in the right column. Sponsored by the Office of Continuing Professional Education.

Feb. 24, 2012
Mixed Snow/Rain
Today’s Forecast:
Rain/Snow, High 39°
Snow Showers, High 32°
Today’s Event Highlight
Health Services Research Seminar
"The Aging Services Network as a Component of Comprehensive, Integrated Mental Health Care." Noon, Helen Wood Hall 1W-502. Read more...

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Rochester in the News
Los Angeles Times (Feb. 22)
Obama’s Short-term Fiscal Thinking Isn’t Working
The stimulus act taught us that the country would be better served if the president did less tinkering in his budget and more leading, writes David Primo, associate professor of political science and business administration.

Democrat & Chronicle (Feb. 22)
Finger Lakes Economic Council Begins Developing 2012 Strategy
The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council held its initial 2012 meeting Wednesday amid lingering questions about funding, process, and the criteria used last year during a competition for $200 million in state dollars. Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, former Rochester mayor, and council cochair and University President Joel Seligman said Wednesday’s session, most of which was closed to the media, “clarified” the process and smoothed the waters.

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