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In Today’s Issue

  • Video: Kwame Anthony Appiah on ‘Islam and the West’
  • Interdisciplinary Clinical Ethics Conference Is March 14
  • University Mourns the Loss of Victoria Simpson
  • Fill Out Dining Survey for Chance to Win Gift Card
  • Safety Corner: Preventing Hand Injuries
  • Excluded? Debarred? Know Someone Who Is?
  • Registration Ends March 29 for Weight Loss Race

News and Announcements

Video: Kwame Anthony Appiah on ‘Islam and the West’
Kwame Anthony Appiah, noted author and Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, delivered his talk “Islam and the West” as part of the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Humanist Series. In his talk and during discussions with students, Appiah reflected on the misconceptions about Islamic culture, the notion of a monocultural society and what can be done to overcome these barriers to effective discourse. Watch the video... Faculty also are invited to submit nominations by March 31 for the next Distinguished Visiting Scholars in the Humanities.

Interdisciplinary Clinical Ethics Conference Is March 14
Richard Demme, associate professor of medicine and chair of the Medical Center’s Ethics Committee, will present “Medical Decision-making for Persons with Developmental Disabilities” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in K-207 (2-6408) at the Medical Center. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch. For further information, contact Andrea Ehmann at 275-5800 or

University Mourns the Loss of Victoria Simpson
University flags will be lowered Thursday, March 15, in memory of longtime employee Victoria Simpson, a medical technologist for the histopathology department, who died March 3. Simpson, who was 52 and lived in Conesus, joined the University in 1980. Her obituary appeared in the Democrat & Chronicle

Fill Out Dining Survey for Chance to Win Gift Card
Dining Services is conducting a survey to better understand campus lifestyle, preferences, and opinions of dining services at the University. The survey, which should take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete, is available at Responses are confidential. Complete the survey by Friday, March 16, for a chance to win a $150 Visa virtual gift card or one of three $50 Visa virtual gift cards.

Safety Corner: Preventing Hand Injuries
Did you know that hand injuries account for 80 percent of all occupational injuries?  Environmental Health and Safety offers tips for protecting yourself against hand injuries.

Excluded? Debarred? Know Someone Who Is?
Federal law limits the kinds of work that may be done by people who have been excluded, suspended, or debarred from federal or state contracts, grants, or programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. If you or someone you work with has been excluded, suspended, or debarred, has defaulted on student loans, or has lost a professional license, contact the Compliance Office at 275-1609, Office of Counsel at 758-7600, or the Integrity Hotline at 756-8888 (anonymous reports accepted).

Registration Ends March 29 for Weight Loss Race
The URMC Fitness and Wellness Center will host an 8-week program (April 4 to May 30) called the Amazing Weight Loss Race. Participants pay $39 and get weekly weigh-ins and sessions to help with a healthy lifestyle change, along with use of the Fitness Center and a meeting with a fitness specialist and a dietician (over $150 value). Those with the biggest percentage of weight loss win cash prizes. Registration ends March 29. For more information, call 275-2437.

March 9, 2012
Today's Forecast:
PM Flurries, High 37°
Partly Cloudy, High 41°

Today’s Event Highlight
2nd Annual Pi Day/Mathematics Festival
2 p.m., Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons.

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Rochester in the News
Chronicle of Higher Education (March 7)
The U. of Rochester’s Recruitment Rap
“You know what the oh-so-earnest world of admissions marketing needs? More rhymes! Like these: ‘This is 20 percent clusters/limitless core/dedicated to campus sports/and clubs galore/80 percent research/global acclaim/100 percent reason/you remember our name!’
The lyrics above come from a new music video created by the University’s admissions office. This original rap song, ‘Remember oUR Name,’ delivers the usual facts and figures, along with pop culture references and plenty of cheekiness. You may love it, you may hate it, but either way you’ve got to hand it to the Midnight Ramblers, an all-male a cappella group at Rochester, for their straight-faced deliveries.” Also reported by the Democrat & Chronicle, WHEC-TV, 1180 WHAM, 13WHAM-TV, and more.

ABC News (March 7)
Survival at a Cost: Common Cancer Treatment Carries Huge Risks
“For many survivors, the cost of the cure of their cancer has been late, life-threatening effects of therapy,” said Lois Travis, director of the Rubin Center for Cancer Survivorship at the Wilmot Cancer Center. “We recognized that secondary malignant neoplasms and cardiovascular disease are among the most serious adverse effects experienced by the growing number of survivors worldwide,” she added.

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