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In Today’s Issue

  • Medical School, Simon Rise on US News List
  • Registration Open for Third Annual Diversity Conference
  • Retirement Program Transition Guides Hit Homes This Week
  • Today Is Pi Day
  • Focus on the Future Research Seminar with Stephanie Li
  • Seminar: Helping Distressed and Distressing Students
  • Financial Health Bites: First-time Home Buyers
  • Registration Open for Kids’ Night Out

News and Announcements

Medical School, Simon Rise on US News List
US News & World Report’s annual ranking of the nation’s best graduate schools was released yesterday, giving the School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Simon School a noticeable boost. Among the best research medical schools, Rochester ranked 29th, its highest ranking since 2002. In the primary care schools category, the University was listed as the 15th best medical school, up slightly from last year. The Simon School ranked 37th in the Best Business Schools list, up eight places from 45th last year. The survey also ranked Simon 14th in finance, 20th in accounting, and 41st for part-time MBA education.

Registration Open for Third Annual Diversity Conference
On Friday, April 20, representatives from all of Rochester’s constituencies will gather to discuss diversity and inclusion at the 2012 Diversity Conference: “Change the Conversation.” The keynote speaker will be Claude Steele, an eminent social psychologist and dean of the School of Education at Stanford University. Visit the conference website to learn more about the keynote and the 15 workshops planned for the day. The conference is free and open to the public.

Retirement Program Transition Guides Hit Homes This Week
In the coming weeks, managing your University retirement contributions should become easier, thanks to a convenient online recordkeeping platform, a new streamlined menu of funds, and quick tools to help you make smarter investment decisions. To help make the switch seamless, you’ll want to take a close look at the detailed transition guide arriving at your home this week. The booklet includes helpful FAQs, a timeline noting key dates, plus a detailed description of action steps you'll need to take with your account starting April 1.

Today Is Pi Day
Today is March 14—3.14—Pi Day! The University homepage celebrates the mathematical constant by following the journey of “Flat Pi” around the globe.

Focus on the Future Research Seminar with Stephanie Li
Stephanie Li, assistant professor of English, will present “Linguistic Double Consciousness in Zora Neale Hurston’s Seraph on the Suwanee” at the Susan B. Anthony Institute Focus on the Future Research Seminar on Thursday, March 22. Li’s research looks at the ways in which issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality influence conceptions of freedom. Her third book, Signifying Without Specifying: Racial Discourse in the Age of Obama, was published last fall. Lunch will be provided, and Li’s paper will be circulated before the event, which starts at noon in Lattimore 540. RSVP to by March 20.

Seminar: Helping Distressed and Distressing Students
Lisa Willis, director of University Counseling Service, will present a seminar for faculty and graduate program coordinators titled “Helping Distressed and Distressing Students” at 10 a.m. Friday, March 16, in Upper Auditorium (3-7619) at the Medical Center.

Financial Health Bites: First-time Home Buyers
Learn more about first-time home buying on Wednesday, March 21. Conducted by a representative from M&T Bank, the session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the ACF-D room (2-1359) in the Medical Center. Pizza will be served. Registration is required.

Registration Open for Kids’ Night Out
The women’s basketball team will be hosting Kids’ Night Out on Saturday, March 31, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. for children ages 5-13 at the Goergen Athletic Center on the River Campus. The cost is $15 per child ($10 for each additional sibling) and events will include arts and crafts, sports, games, and movies. Dinner and snacks will be provided at an additional cost of $5 per child. To register, or if you have questions regarding the event, contact Melissa Kraft at or 275-9541.

March 14, 2012
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Today’s Event Highlight
Interdisciplinary Clinical Ethics Conference
Noon, K-207 (2-6408), Medical Center.

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Rochester in the News
CNN Money (March 12)
Big Banks: Too Big to Behave?
The SEC says its budget is hampering its ability to act more boldly. Not only is its technology way out of date, last spring the regulator had to stop hiring expert witnesses for court cases and skimp on airfare to stay within its budget, says SEC spokesperson John Nester. One way to address the funding issue would be to allow the SEC to determine its own funding requirements along the lines of the FDIC, a suggestion President Joel Seligman made in a New York Times op-ed two years ago.

Rochester Business Journal (March 12)
UR Receives $1 Million to Create Symposium
The University has received a $1 million gift to Arts, Sciences, and Engineering to endow an annual humanities symposium and related curricula. The gift was made by Bernard Ferrari, UR alumnus and board member, and his wife, Linda. It is meant to help the University explore collaborations between the arts and sciences. This gift also is in support of UR’s $1.2 billion capital campaign, The Meliora Challenge: The Campaign for the University of Rochester.

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