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In Today's Issue

  • Cornell Scholar to Chair Department of Biostatistics
  • Two Talks Explore African-American Struggle
  • Discusses Looks at Trends in Translational Medicine
  • Initiative Aims to Stop Use of the 'R' Word
  • AlertUR System Will Be Tested March 1
  • Online Classifieds Site for Faculty, Staff

News and Announcements

Cornell Scholar to Chair Department of Biostatistics
Robert Strawderman III, professor of biological statistics and computational biology and statistical science at Cornell University, and professor in the Department of Public Health at Weill-Cornell Medical College, has been named chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at the Medical Center.

Two Talks Explore African-American Struggle
Back-to-back speakers will explore the work of writer Lorraine Hansberry and themes in the African-American experience on Wednesday, Feb. 29. Steven Carter, professor of English at Salem State University in Massachusetts, and Michelle Gordon, assistant professor of gender and English studies at the University of Southern California, will present their talks at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively, in the Hawkins-Carlson Reading Room of Rush Rhees Library. Gordon’s talk is a "Two Icons Lecture" sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies and the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies. The free talks will be followed by a reception.

Discussion Looks at Trends in Translational Medicine
A discussion on scientific and policy trends related to translational research in medicine and the political forces that drive such changes will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 2, in Helen Wood Hall in the School of Nursing. For more information, email Tracie Norman at

Initiative Aims to Stop the Use of 'R' Word
The Institute for Innovative Transition, the Warner School of Education, and the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities at Golisano Children's Hospital invite the University community to join the Golisano Foundation and Special Olympics International to take a pledge to stop the use of the word "retard(ed)," or as pledge organizers call it, the "R word."

AlertUR System Will Be Tested March 1
The biannual 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

Online Classifieds Site for Faculty, Staff
University faculty and staff are welcome to post classified ads to the Currents Classifieds site launched earlier this year. Categories include furniture, automotive, clothing, electronics, and more. Ads are free and will run for 30 days before expiring. Note that ads are intended for personal property only. No ads for University property or equipment, commercial services, or personal business will be accepted.

Feb. 28, 2012
Today's Forecast:
Partly Cloudy, 36°
Rain/Snow, 38°

Today's Event Highlight
Clinical and Translational Science Institute Seminar
12:15 p.m. Helen Wood Auditorium, School of Nursing. Read more.

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Rochester in the News
Science Daily (Feb. 24)
A Biodiversity Discovery That Was Waiting in the Wings - Wasp Wings, That Is
Jack Werren and David Loehlin at the University of Rochester led the research (Loehlin is now at the University of Wisconsin-Madison). The research team identified the chromosomal location of the gene responsible for wing size in each of the two Nasonia species, the differences between the DNA sequences of these genes, as well as regulatory controls that determine when, where, and how long each species' growth gene is turned on.

Democrat & Chronicle (Feb. 25)
New Coalition Eager to Build Better Rochester
"Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Rochester last week to announce that $26 million (part of a total $100 million pledge) of the 2012 executive budget will be allocated for phases one and two of the Interstate 390/Kendrick Road upgrade," writes Aaron Hilger, president of the Builders Exchange of Rochester, in a guest essay. "Completion of the project will spur private sector development, create at least 600 initial construction jobs and allow the UR to realize its master plan, ultimately leading to 10,000 new jobs. We recognize that this funding is a welcome investment in job growth and economic stimulation. It’s a good start."

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