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In Today’s Issue

  • United Way Campaign Launches Today
  • Researchers Test Combo Treatment for Fibromyalgia
  • Make Your Mark at Rochester’s First Fringe Festival
  • Noted Epidemiologist to Present Saward-Berg Lecture
  • Streaming Live Today—Phelps Colloquium Series
  • Video: Leap Day
  • Spotlight on Diversity: Presidential Diversity Awards
  • Ford Lecture: ‘The Ruins Lesson’
  • New Credit Card Settlement Procedure Announced
  • Earn $125 for Completing Personal Health Assessment
  • Registration Open for Rochester Startup Weekend

News and Announcements

United Way Campaign Launches Today

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The University’s United Way campaign kicks off this morning with a breakfast in the Flaum Atrium at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Help the University make change happen in the community and make your pledge today. Watch this year’s campaign video and learn about how the United Way is making a difference for Rochester families.

Researchers Test Combo Treatment for Fibromyalgia
With a $5.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, scientists from the Medical Center and the University of Washington School of Medicine will evaluate the combination of a drug and behavioral health treatments in easing the chronic, widespread pain characteristic of fibromyalgia.

Make Your Mark at Rochester’s First Fringe Festival
The University is one of many partner organizations supporting the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival coming to the East End Sept. 20 to 23. Apply by April 14 for the chance to showcase your talents from theater and dance to visual arts, music, comedy, and other creative pursuits.

Noted Epidemiologist to Present Saward-Berg Lecture
Kenneth Rothman, a leading researcher and expert in epidemiologic methods, will present the 12th annual Saward-Berg Lecture Friday, March 9. The lecture, “The Public Perception of Epidemiology,” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the School of Nursing Auditorium.

Streaming Live Today—Phelps Colloquium Series
Today’s colloquium featuring Andrew Berger, associate professor of optics and of biomedical engineering, and Benjamin Hayden, assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences, will be streamed live on the web beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Watch here...

Video: Leap Day
Rochester students answer the question: What are you doing for Leap Day? Watch...

Spotlight on Diversity: Presidential Diversity Awards
The Center for Advocacy, Community Health, Education and Diversity in the School of Medicine and Dentistry and John Fetter, assistant professor of music education at the Eastman School, were named recipients of the 2012 Presidential Diversity Awards. Read more about the winners on this flier, which can be posted in offices and on bulletin boards. Learn more about diversity at the University in future installments of Spotlight on Diversity in @Rochester.

Ford Lecture: ‘The Ruins Lesson’
Poet and literary scholar Susan Stewart, Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English at Princeton University, will give the George H. Ford Lecture, “The Ruins Lesson” at 5 p.m. Monday, March 5, in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library.  Sponsored by the Department of English. Part of the Plutzik 50/100 Commemorative Series.

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.

Earn $125 for Completing Personal Health Assessment
Faculty and staff, their spouses or domestic partners, and non-medicare eligible retirees who are enrolled in University health care plans will be eligible for a $125 incentive for completing the 2012 online personal health assessment at the Well-U website. Before you fill out the assessment, you’ll need to know your numbers. Sign up for a free biometric screening in March in the Medical Center and several off-site location. Nurses from the School of Nursing will provide brief, individualized counseling on how to achieve healthy numbers for blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol, and more. After March 31, the incentive will be $100. 

Registration Open for Rochester Startup Weekend
Registration is now open for the first Rochester Startup Weekend Apr. 27 to 29 at Eastman Business Park, 200 W. Ridge Road in Rochester. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event at which teams of software developers, graphic designers, engineers, and business people form the basis of a credible business in just three days. Food, drinks, and prizes for the top-rated teams are included in the student registration fee of $49. The Center for Entrepreneurship is offering the first 20 students to register $25 toward the fee. If you are interested in attending Startup Weekend, email All students must register online using the promotional code “STUDENT.”

Feb. 29, 2012
Mixed Snow/Rain
Today’s Forecast:
Rain/Snow, High 37°
Showers, High 41°

Today’s Event Highlight
Two Icons Lecture: Celebration of Lorraine Hansberry
4 p.m., Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library.

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Rochester in the News
Rochester Business Journal (Feb. 24)
iBiz: Trading Ideas
Heather Layton and Brian Bailey have embraced the import and export of culture. Layton, 36, senior lecturer in art at the University of Rochester, and Bailey, 41, assistant professor of adolescent education at Nazareth College of Rochester, are getting ready to pack their bags and head to Pakistan. Their mission: to establish long-lasting bonds over art and culture.

The New York Times (Feb. 27)
Each Flick of a Digit Is a Job for All 5
You may think you’re pretty familiar with your hands. But your pair of bioengineering sensations still hold quite a few surprises up their sleeve. “Even when you think you’re moving just one finger,” said Marc Schieber, professor of neurology and neurobiology at the Medical Center, “you’re really controlling your entire hand.” The pianist playing Ravel or the typist clacking on Blogspot? “People tend to think, they’re hitting one key at a time, so they must be moving one finger at a time to hit that key,” Schieber said. “But really, all the fingers are in motion all the time.”

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