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In Today’s Issue

  • Robert Joynt, a Pillar of Modern Neurology, Dies
  • Eastman School to Host ‘Superstars’ of Viola World
  • Gary Morrow Receives National Mentorship Award
  • Take Action to Transition Your Retirement Plan
  • New Scholarships Offered for Medical Management Program
  • Deadline Nears for Drug Discovery Pilot Award
  • Communal Principles Celebration Planned for April 17
  • KEY Capstone Presentations Set for Tomorrow
  • Latest HR Intercom Available
  • Video Highlights Social Network Safety
  • Student Art Exhibition Opens April 17
  • Fundraiser Supports Mt. Hope Family Center

News and Announcements

Robert Joynt, a Pillar of Modern Neurology, Dies
Robert Joynt, one of the most influential neurologists of the last half century and the founder of the Department of Neurology at the Medical Center, died April 13 at Strong Memorial Hospital. He was 86. University flags will be lowered Wednesday, April 18, in his memory.

Eastman School to Host ‘Superstars’ of Viola World
Several hundred acclaimed violists from around the world descend on the Eastman School May 30 to June 3 for the 40th International Viola Congress. Over five days, they’ll perform some 20 group and solo recitals—featuring 10 world premieres—and present or participate in more than 40 discussions, lectures, and master classes.

Gary Morrow Receives National Mentorship Award
The Society of Behavioral Medicine honored Gary Morrow, professor of radiation oncology and of psychiatry, with its Distinguished Mentor Award for 2012. Morrow has mentored more than 50 young professionals in medicine and science during his 36-year career.

Take Action to Transition Your Retirement Plan
With a new menu of fund options now available in the University retirement plan, the Benefits Office encourages faculty and staff to take action as soon as possible on how they’d like to direct future contributions and existing balances. The deadline for enrolling in target date funds or selecting from a new, streamlined menu of options is June 7, but advanced investors who wish to enroll in a self-directed brokerage accounts must call by April 30 in order to select the one-time, in-kind mutual fund unit transfer option. Get started by calling (800) 410-6497 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays to speak with a representative who can answer your questions and facilitate enrollment over the phone. Help is also available at several upcoming information sessions and through walk-up help desks around the University.

New Scholarships Offered for Medical Management Program
The Simon School is offering new need-based or merit-based scholarships for applicants to its part-time medical management master’s program. The scholarship application deadline is Tuesday, May 15, for fall 2012 entry.

Deadline Nears for Drug Discovery Pilot Award
The deadline for submitting full applications for consideration for funding from the Drug Discovery Pilot Award Program is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 30. The program is a collaboration between the Medical Center and the Moulder Center for Drug Discovery Research at Temple University. The first phase, conducted at Rochester, will fund early exploratory studies with grants ranging between $4,000 and $8,000. For more information about the program and submission criteria and guidelines, visit

Communal Principles Celebration Planned for April 17
The University community is invited to attend the End-of-Year Communal Principles Celebration at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, in Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons. The event will celebrate the students and programs that best exemplified the 2011-12 Communal Principle of Respect. There will be light refreshments, giveaways, and surprise performances. Next year’s highlighted principle will also be announced.

KEY Capstone Presentations Set for Tomorrow
Learn how 11 Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year (KEY) Scholars transformed ideas into enterprises that created value during their capstone presentations from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons. Projects include “T.E.E.N—Teenage Entrepreneurial Educators of Nonviolence”; “Initiative to Encourage Solar Panel Usage”; “ Providing a Centralized, Sustainable Marketplace for the University Community”; and “GLBTQ Resource Center.” Guests may stop in at any time.

Latest HR Intercom Available
This month’s issue of HR Intercom, a newsletter with information about Human Resources programs and resources, offers additional tools and information to help you through the retirement program transition period, info on upcoming sessions on federal and state labor law compliance, as well as events centered around living a healthy lifestyle, and more.

Video Highlights Social Network Safety
University IT talks with students about social network security at the University in this video. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips? Send them to

Student Art Exhibition Opens April 17
, an art exhibition by Nan Zhu ’12, opens on at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the Rush Rhees Library Gallery at the Art & Music Library on the River Campus. The show includes visual dissections of otherwise overlooked objects. The exhibition will be on display through April 20.

Fundraiser Supports Mt. Hope Family Center
To mark National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, Donnelly’s Public House in Fairport is holding a happy hour fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17. The festivities include beer and wine tastings and complimentary appetizers. Proceeds support the University’s Mt. Hope Family Center and its programs to prevent the maltreatment of children.

April 16, 2012
Scattered T-Storms

Today's Forecast:
Scattered T-Storms, High 83°
Mostly Cloudy, High 53°

Today’s Event Highlight
Eastman Philharmonia
8 p.m., Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

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Rochester in the News
NPR (April 13)
Companies Flee Group Behind ‘Stand Your Ground’
Last week, a coalition of liberal and civil rights groups went public with a campaign to undermine the American Legislative Exchange Council, which has advocated stringent voter-identification and “stand your ground” laws around the U.S. Seven corporations—Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Mars, Kraft Foods, McDonalds, Wendy’s and software maker Intuit—say they have dropped their memberships in ALEC. David Primo, associate professor of political science and business administration, says it’s not fair to hold the ALEC corporate members responsible for everything the council does, but with tinderbox issues such as voter ID and “stand your ground,” he says, the corporations can’t afford to have a debate.

Ebony (April 10)
Study Finds Homophobes Hiding in the Closet
“A team of researchers from the University of Rochester, the University of Essex, England, and the University of California in Santa Barbara will publish the result of their study on the role parenting and sexual orientation play in homophobic attitudes, hostility toward homosexuals, and the endorsement of anti-gay policies in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Essentially what they found, through a series of psychological tests, is people who hold same-sex attractions, though they self identify as heterosexual, and grew up in households with controlling parents that frowned upon homosexuality, are more inclined to be resentful or bigoted towards gay and lesbian people.”

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