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In Today’s Issue

  • Acclaimed Pianist Simone Dinnerstein Presents Recital
  • Register by April 10 for Annual Diversity Conference
  • Blackboard Basics: Blogs, Wikis, and Journals
  • Learn about Fringe Festival at Information Sessions
  • ‘Walk with a Doc’ and Talk about Heart Attack Prevention
  • Annual Marvin J. Hoffman Lecture Set for April 12
  • Class: Breastfeeding and Returning to Work
  • Children’s School at URMC Now Enrolling for Kindergarten
  • Kids’ Night Out Is March 31
  • Dance the Night Away to Help Children’s Hospital

News and Announcements

Acclaimed Pianist Simone Dinnerstein Presents Recital
American pianist Simone Dinnerstein, whose self-produced recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations received critical acclaim, will perform in the Kilbourn Concert Series at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the Eastman School.

Register by April 10 for 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, 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.

Blackboard Basics: Blogs, Wikis, and Journals
A demonstration today from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Goergen 110 will cover how to use Blackboard blog, wiki, and journal tools for different types of classroom engagement.

Learn about Fringe Festival at Information Sessions
The University is hosting two information sessions on the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival coming to the East End Sept. 20 to 23. The University is a sponsor of the new event, which celebrates visual and performing arts. Fringe 101 sessions are planned for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the Eastman School Miller Center Room 320, and at 4 p.m. Monday, April 2, in the Todd Theater lobby, River Campus. Can’t make it to a session? Contact Glenn Cerosaletti at

‘Walk with a Doc’ and Talk about Heart Attack Prevention
Join Geoffrey Williams, professor of medicine, for a walk as he discusses preventing heart-attack prevention during “Walk with a Doc” on Saturday, March 31. The group will meet at 9 a.m. at the Dick’s Sporting Good mall entrance at Marketplace Mall. Enroll online or email for more information.

Annual Marvin J. Hoffman Lecture Set for April 12
Lawrence Smith ’79M (Res) will be the featured speaker for the 14th Annual Marvin J. Hoffman lecture, set for noon on Thursday, April 12, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Boxed lunches will be available (on the second level) beginning at 11:45 a.m. Smith—founding dean of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, whose first class began studies in August 2011—will discuss the challenges of building a new medical school.The event is free, but advance registration is required. To register, contact Chris Del Regno at 273-2782 or

Class: Breastfeeding and Returning to Work
Strong Beginnings is offering a class on “Breastfeeding and Returning to Work” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in the Lund Room (3-3211) at the Medical Center. Learn tools to promote confidence in your decision to continue to breastfeed as you return to work. Enroll online. The class is free for University employees.

Children’s School at URMC Now Enrolling for Kindergarten
The Children's School @ URMC has openings in its kindergarten program. Contact Tiffany VanAuker at 273-3677 or visit to learn about how the program aims to prepare your child for school success. The center offers small-group classroom settings and provides a convenient location with before- and after-school care options for Medical Center families.

Kids’ Night Out Is March 31
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 to 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.

Dance the Night Away to Help Children’s Hospital
Jennifer and Tim Brush and the rest of Team Taylor are preparing for the 10th and final Taylor Brush Memorial Dinner Dance, which has raised nearly $140,000 for Golisano Children’s Hospital. This year’s event will start at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the River’s Edge Party House, 31 Paul Road. Reservations are $30 per person or $50 per couple, and tables of eight or 10 can be reserved for $200 and $250, respectively. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time and can be reserved by contacting Jennifer Brush at 314-3014 or

March 27, 2012
Partly Cloudy

Today’s Forecast:
Partly Cloudy, High 45°
AM Showers, High 65°

Today’s Event Highlight
Women’s History Month Lecture: Jos Truitt
7 p.m., Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library.

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Rochester in the News
Democrat & Chronicle (March 23)
Innovative Spirit Helps Transform Rochester’s Economy
In basic terms, Rochester has gone from being an international company town with an establishment top-down culture to a vibrant region of small and medium-sized businesses increasingly focused on pieces of larger markets, be it optics or health care or alternative energy or food manufacturing. The University, as the region’s largest employer, won more than $210 million in National Institutes of Health funding in 2010, ranking it 31st in the nation.

Democrat & Chronicle (March 23)
High-tech Businesses Keep Local Economy Afloat
Start-ups from the laboratories of local universities, spin-offs from larger corporations and just people with innovative ideas are developing new industries that are creating jobs, boosting economic development and keeping Rochester from becoming another rusting upstate New York boom town. It’s a subject that has fascinated Duncan Moore, the Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Professor of Optical Engineering. “I took a look at the top 10 employers between 1982 and now and not only did we lose about 54,000 employees at Kodak we lost another 30,000 at Delphi, Xerox, Baush & Lomb and it is just remarkable,” Moore says. “This ecosystem is not all about optics—optics is a big part it—but we generated about 170,000 new jobs in that period in a labor market of about a half a million, so we turned over a third of our jobs.”

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