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In Today’s Issue

  • Matthew Grills Named a Winner of Metropolitan Opera Competition
  • Jeffrey Bigham Wins NSF Career Award
  • Former Surgeon General to Address Community Health Issues
  • Ferrari Humanities Symposia Features Anthony Grafton
  • First Staff to View Total Compensation Statement Score Gift Cards
  • Presentations Focus on Writing Course Exams
  • Creating Attack-Resistant Computers
  • Learn More about Lecture Capture
  • Computer Sales: Apple Product Discounts

News and Announcements

Matthew Grills Named a Winner of Metropolitan Opera Competition
Matthew Grills, a second-year master’s student at the Eastman School, was one of five winners of the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions after the Grand Finals Concert held Sunday in New York City.

Jeffrey Bigham Wins NSF Career Award
Jeffrey Bigham, assistant professor of computer science, has won a National Science Foundation Career Award for his proposal, “Closed-Loop Crowd Support of People with Disabilities.” The awards are given “in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations,” according to the NSF program guidelines.

Former Surgeon General to Address Community Health Issues
Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher returns to Rochester today to help launch the HEART health initiative, made possible by a five-year, $3.6 million Community Transformation Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that aims to improve the health of area residents through projects that support healthy behaviors, and work to prevent chronic disease and reduce health care costs.

Ferrari Humanities Symposia Features Anthony Grafton
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.

First Staff to View Total Compensation Statement Score Gift Cards
The University takes great pride in providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits program that includes health and wellness options, retirement program, tuition benefits, and more. The Benefits Office encourages you to look at your 2011 Total Compensation Statement, which illustrates the full value of your wages and benefits together. The statement is available by logging into the HRMS with your NetID and clicking on the box labeled “Total Compensation Statement.” As an added incentive, the first 200 employees who view their reports will be rewarded with $10 Starbucks gift cards.

Presentations Focus on Writing Course Exams
“A Sharing of Innovations in Education V” will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 26, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. The annual event features two presentations about writing course exams: “Writing Good Multiple Choice Questions” with John Hansen, professor of neurobiology and anatomy, and “Implementing Cooperative Examinations” with Terry Platt, professor of biology. Attending faculty are welcome to bring one graduate student. RSVP by Wednesday, March 21.

Creating Attack-Resistant Computers
University IT reminds the University community that an up-to-date, properly configured computer is the best way to keep your computer safe from viruses and attacks. Making sure all security patches are installed, ensuring anti-virus software is receiving daily updates, and disabling unneeded features such as file sharing and personal web sharing are all important steps. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, send them to

Learn More about Lecture Capture
A demonstration of the new lecture capture system pilot will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in Goergen 110. The system can record your lecture (audio, video and presentation), and allow it to be played back by students at a later date.

Computer Sales: Apple Product Discounts
University IT Computer Sales is offering a $300 discount on their remaining stock of last generation 13.3-inch (MC724LL/A) and 15.4-inch (MC723LL/A) MacBook Pro laptops. In addition, all of their Apple iPad 2 and last generation Apple TV (MC572LL/A) prices have been reduced. Discounts on the 32GB and 64GB iPad 2 models, as well as the Apple TV, are available while supplies last. Visit University IT Computer Sales on the web or stop by their retail locations in the Medical Center (G-7220B) or Rush Rhees Library for details.

March 19, 2012
Scattered T-Storms

Today’s Forecast:
Scattered T-storms, High 70°
Mostly Sunny, High 77°

Today’s Event Highlight
Joint Astronomy/Optics Seminar
3 p.m., Sloan Auditorium, Goergen Hall.

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Rochester in the News
NPR (March 15)
First Neutrino Message Sent Through Rock; Could One Travel Back in Time?
Researchers from the University of Rochester and North Carolina State University have for the first time sent a message using a beam of neutrinos—nearly massless particles that travel at almost the speed of light.

Los Angeles Times (March 15)
Menopause Fog? It’s Real, But Not What You Think
Researchers from the University of Rochester and University of Illinois in Chicago recruited 75 women between 40 and 60 whose menstrual cycles were becoming erratic but who had menstruated in the past year. In addition to asking the subjects to assess changes in their cognitive functioning, researchers put the women through an exhaustive battery of tests to gauge their performance objectively.

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