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In Today’s Issue

  • Two New Professorships Established
  • $1 Million Gift to Create Ferrari Humanities Symposia
  • UV Disinfecting Lights Given to Four Area Hospitals
  • Flaum Eye Institute Hosts Retinal Research Lecture
  • Arunas Chesonis to Deliver Talk on March 23
  • Reminder: NYS Wage Theft Prevention Act Notice
  • MAG Hosts Persian New Year Celebration
  • American Heart Walk Kickoff Events Planned

News and Announcements

Two New Professorships Established
John (Jack) Werren, professor of biology and a leading expert in evolutionary genetics, has been named the first recipient of the Nathaniel and Helen Wisch Professorship in Biology. Pending approval by the University’s Board of Trustees, the Dr. Elizabeth R. McAnarney Professorship in Pediatrics Funded by Roger and Carolyn Friedlander will be held by Richard Kreipe, professor of pediatrics and a protege of McAnarney’s. Both gifts are part of the overall $1.2 billion goal of The Meliora Challenge: The Campaign for the University of Rochester.

$1 Million Gift to Create Ferrari Humanities Symposia
The inaugural Ferrari Humanities Symposia begins with a visit and public talk by Anthony Grafton, the Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University. Grafton will give a keynote lecture, “Maps of Time: Science, Scholarship, and History in Early Modern Europe,” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library. Trustee Bernard Ferrari ’70, ’74M (MD) and his wife, Linda Gaddis Ferrari, have made a $1 million gift to Arts, Sciences, and Engineering to endow the yearly humanities symposium and related curricula.

UV Disinfecting Lights Given to Four Area Hospitals
An effort to ramp up infection prevention practices at four Rochester-area hospitals will take on a new dimension in the coming months, thanks to the John and Jayne Summers Foundation’s donation of eight UV light machines.

Flaum Eye Institute Hosts Retinal Research Lecture
Jayakrishna Ambati, professor and vice chair of ophthalmology and visual sciences and Dr. E. Vernon Smith & Eloise C. Smith Endowed Chair at the University of Kentucky, presents the Flaum Eye Institute’s Ann Mowris-Mulligan Retinal Research Lecture at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 15, in the School of Nursing auditorium (1W-304). Ambati will discuss “Inflammatory Toxicity in Geographic Atrophy.” For more information or to RSVP, call 275-3977 or email

Arunas Chesonis to Deliver Talk on March 23
Arunas Chesonis ’91S (MBA), ’04 (Honorary), CEO and chairman of Sweetwater Energy and former CEO and chairman of PAETEC Holding Corp., will deliver a talk called “Recharging Your Batteries” from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, March 23, in Schlegel Hall Room 207. The event is free and open to the University community (River Campus parking passes are available). Attendees must register in advance online or call 276-3500.

Reminder: NYS Wage Theft Prevention Act Notice
As an employee of the University, you should have received a letter mailed to your home that outlines your pay rate, overtime rate (if applicable), pay frequency along with pay day, and other information about the University as required by the New York State Wage Theft Prevention Act. A response from you is required. You can respond electronically by logging into the HRMS system and using the following path: Main Menu>Self-Service>Payroll and Compensation>WTPA-Acknowledgement; or you can return a signed copy of the letter to Human Resources in the envelope provided with the letter, keeping a copy for your records. For questions about the letter or navigating the HRMS system, call ASK URHR (275-8747).

MAG Hosts Persian New Year Celebration
The Memorial Art Gallery and the International Culture & Arts Network will cohost the second annual Persian New Year celebration from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Admission is free and includes family art activities, music and dance performances, and art talks.

American Heart Walk Kickoff Events Planned
Well-U is forming teams to help raise funds for the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk on April 28. If you are interested in walking or forming a team, stop by one of two kickoff celebrations to pick up a registration packet: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 15, in the Bridge Lounge, Wilson Commons; or 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, March 16, in Louise Slaughter Conference Room C (1-9555), Medical Center. If you are unable to attend a kickoff celebration, contact Well–U at 276-5050 for a registration packet. 

March 13, 2012
Today’s Forecast:
AM Showers, High 61°
Sunny, High 55°

Today’s Event Highlight
Exhibit: Picturing AIDS and Its Publics
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rare Books and Special Collections, Rush Rhees Library. Read more...

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Rochester in the News
YNN Rochester (March 10)
University of Rochester to Be Drawn Back into Local Senate District
It’s the area’s biggest employer, but under a preliminary plan to redraw the State Senate lines, the University of Rochester would have been shifted into a district 70 miles west to the suburbs of Buffalo. It was change that drew complaints, and the U of R will be drawn back into a Senate district located completely in Monroe County.

Salt Lake Tribune (March 10)
UVU Graduate Considers Michael Jackson’s Musical Legacy
“As we approach the third anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, we know all about the marriage to Lisa Marie Presley, the architectural concept of Neverland, the molestation trials and, of course, Bubbles. Joseph Vogel, a graduate of Utah Valley University and now a doctoral candidate in the University of Rochester’s English department, knows all about that, too. But his aim was to write about another aspect of Jackson’s life: the music.”

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