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In Today’s Issue

  • Surgeon General to Speak at Medical School Commencement
  • URMC Leads International Consortium to Fight Infections
  • Go Green: Localize It for Earth Day
  • Nominations Sought for Medical School Mentoring Awards
  • College Night at the Red Wings Game
  • Sessions Aim to Help You Achieve a Healthy Lifestyle
  • Active Transportation Seminars Planned
  • Discussion: ‘Can a Catholic be Queer?’
  • Spring Show: The Vocal Point Bash
  • Insurance Consultant Available to Answer Questions
  • Financial Health Bites: Identity Theft

News and Announcements

Surgeon General to Speak at Medical School Commencement
Regina Benjamin, the 18th Surgeon General of the United States, will deliver the keynote address at the School of Medicine and Dentistry commencement May 18.

URMC Leads International Consortium to Fight Infections
Serious, drug-resistant staph infections are a growing problem in health care across the globe. In a coordinated effort to stop the superbugs, investigators from the Medical Center have been selected to lead an ambitious five-year project, with an emphasis on infections from complex orthopedic surgeries such as joint replacement, fracture repair, or trauma.

Go Green: Localize It for Earth Day

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Every year on April 22, people around the globe join together to celebrate the earth. There are several events scheduled this week in celebration of Earth Day 2012. The theme for this year is “local” and activities will highlight food and goods local to the greater Rochester area. A poster summarizing the festivities is available online.

Nominations Sought for Medical School Mentoring Awards
The School of Medicine and Dentistry will honor individuals who excel in mentoring with three awards: one for mentoring junior faculty; one for mentoring predoctoral trainees and postdoctoral trainees or fellows in basic science research; and one for mentoring residents, fellows, or other clinical trainees in clinical care or clinical research. The awards will be presented at the school’s convocation this fall. Contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 275-3030 or email to learn more about the awards and the nomination process. The nomination deadline is 4 p.m. Monday, May 21.

College Night at the Red Wings Game
The Rochester Red Wings baseball team will take on the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs at 7:05 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Frontier Field. The Common Market in Wilson Commons is selling $6 tickets (University ID required). There will be a College Party in the Nest picnic area at the stadium from 6 to 8 p.m. including $1 drafts, $1 sodas, and 50 cent hot dogs (University ID required). Sponsored by the 2015 and 2013 Class Councils.

Sessions Aim to Help You Achieve a Healthy Lifestyle
The Benefits Office announces its spring educational sessions held today, April 18, and tomorrow April 19, focusing on ways to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle or to manage a health condition. Representatives from Aetna and Excellus will be offering tips and tools available to assist you in achieving maintaining optimum health. Click here for times and locations. Questions? Call the Benefits Office at 275-2084.

Active Transportation Seminars Planned
Learn about the amenities available at the Medical Center’s Fitness and Wellness Center and the George Athletic Center to support those committed to active transportation, particularly to those who commute to the University by bike or foot. Heather Van Orden, manager of Fitness and Wellness Center, and Kris Shanley, associate athletic director, will be presenting at the seminars, which will be held at noon on Thursday, April 19, in the Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555) at the Medical Center, and at noon Thursday, April 26, in the Hale Room in Goergen Athletic Center. Register online.

Discussion: ‘Can a Catholic be Queer?’
Joe Marcoux, a Catholic priest with expertise in Catholicism and homosexuality, will join the Catholic Newman Community for a discussion of the church’s teachings about homosexuality, both positive and negative, on Thursday, April 19. The dialogue starts at 8:30 p.m. in the River Level of the Interfaith Chapel. Refreshments will be served. Cosponsored by Catholic Newman at Eastman and Hillcourt COG.

Spring Show: The Vocal Point Bash
The University’s only all-female a cappella group's spring show—“Vocal Point Bash”—starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in the May Room, Wilson Commons. There will be raffles and games and the first 100 people to show up will receive a free sneak peek of the group’s upcoming CD. Tickets for the show are on sale at the Common Market: $6 for students, $7 for the general public, and $7 for everyone at the door.

Insurance Consultant Available to Answer Questions
Local MetLife Auto & Home consultant Keith Christiansen will be available for one-on-one questions about the voluntary benefit program today and tomorrow. Visit for times and locations.

Financial Health Bites: Identity Theft
Learn more about identity theft prevention on Wednesday, April 25. Conducted by a representative from Advantage Federal Credit Union, the session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Natapow Conference Room (1-9545) in the Medical Center. Lunches are welcome. Registration is required.

April 18, 2012
Today’s Forecast:
Sunny, High 58°
Partly Cloudy, High 65°

Today’s Event Highlight
Out in Reel Film Series and Panel Discussion: 575 Castro Street
8 p.m., Hoyt Hall Auditorium. Read more... Part of LGBTQI Awareness Month at the University.

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Rochester in the News
Democrat & Chronicle (April 17)
Eastman Grad Wins Pulitzer
Eastman School graduate Kevin Puts on Monday won the Pulitzer Prize for music for his first opera, Silent Night. Based on the story about World War I soldiers who put down their arms at Christmastime, the piece was commissioned by the Minnesota Opera and premiered in November. Puts received his bachelor of music degree in 1994 and his doctoral degree in musical arts in 1999 from the Eastman School. He earned his master’s degree from Yale University. He is on the composition faculty of The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Also reported by the Baltimore Sun, NPR, Oregon Public News, and more.

Democrat & Chronicle (April 17)
UR Grad Students Win $13,000 Diamond Ring in Scavenger Hunt
Steve Ivancic and Sarilyn Swaygnim finished first in the second annual Diamond Dash. They are winners of the Platinum Hearts on Fire Acclaim ring from Cornell’s Jewelers. Both members of the winning couple are regular runners, and Ivancic is training for the Flower City Duathlon in two weeks. And neither is a stranger to riddles or abstract numbers. Both are PhD candidates at the University, pursuing degrees in mechanical engineering, with skills from courses and research geared toward answering challenging questions quickly and correctly.

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