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In Today’s Issue

  • 2012 Commencement Award Recipients Announced
  • Slow-Growing Babies More Likely in Normal-Weight Women
  • Staff Saluted for Outstanding Service
  • Telemedicine Program Repurposed for Older Adults
  • Need Help Understanding the Retirement Plan Transition?
  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee Marks Five Years
  • Clean and Go Green: Your Facebook Friends List
  • Limited Spaces Remain for Clothesline Festival

News and Announcements

2012 Commencement Award Recipients Announced
The University’s 162nd commencement ceremonies will recognize the outstanding contributions of 12 distinguished leaders and scholars who will receive honorary degrees, medals, and awards for scholarship and teaching. Ceremonies will be held on May 18, 19, and 20. In addition, the Simon School of Business commencement will occur June 10 and the Eastman Institute for Oral Health convocation will take place June 29.

Slow-Growing Babies More Likely in Normal-Weight Women
Obesity during pregnancy puts women at higher risk of a multitude of challenges. But, according to a new Medical Center study presented earlier this month at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine annual convention, fetal growth restriction, or the poor growth of a baby while in the mother’s womb, is not one of them.

Staff Saluted for Outstanding Service
The recipients of this year's University staff awards are being recognized for their dedication, talent, and enthusiasm. The Meliora Award will be presented to the Medical Center Information Systems Division eRecord Team, the Primary Care Associate Director Team, and the University Security First Responder Team. The Witmer Award for Distinguished Service will be awarded to Clifton Broadhurst, David Butterbaugh, Kathy Malmendier, and Beth Olivares. The Staff Community Service Award will be presented to Carol Tudisco. The winners will be honored at a reception on May 2.

Telemedicine Program Repurposed for Older Adults
The Medical Center merged the old-fashioned concept of house calls with modern Skype-like technology to create a new way to evaluate and treat senior citizens. Approximately 250 people at seven senior living communities in the Rochester area are enrolled in a research project that delivers same-day health care services.

Need Help Understanding the Retirement Plan Transition?
There are several ways you can learn more about the University’s upcoming retirement plan enhancements. You can view a recording of a recent information session, check out an interactive presentation about the transition, attend an information session, or call (800) 410-6497 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays or 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays to speak with a representative who can answer your questions and facilitate enrollment over the phone. Sophisticated investors who wish to enroll in a self-directed brokerage account must call today in order to select the one-time, in-kind mutual fund unit transfer option. The deadline for enrolling in target date funds or selecting from the new, streamlined menu of options is June 7.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee Marks Five Years
As the Warner School Diversity and Inclusion Committee celebrates its fifth anniversary, founding committee chair Nancy Ares, associate professor of teaching and curriculum, talks about the committee’s vision for the future of Warner and shares her take on diversity and inclusion in education.

Clean and Go Green: Your Facebook Friends List
There is a wealth of information available on your Facebook account that can be used for identity theft. University IT recommends that you go through your friends list and ask yourself “Do I really know this person? Would I trust them with my personal information?” If the answer is “no,” consider unfriending them. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips? Send them to

Limited Spaces Remain for Clothesline Festival
Limited spaces remain for exhibitors at the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival, a juried fine art and crafts festival held on the grounds of the Memorial Art Gallery. The event, which this year takes place Sept. 8 and 9, will showcase more than 400 New York artists. A downloadable application is available online.

April 30, 2012
Today's Forecast:
PM Showers, High 60°
Partly Cloudy, High 62°

Today’s Event Highlight
World Music Series: Gamelan Lila Muni
8 p.m., Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School

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Rochester in the News
Rochester Business Journal (April 26)
URMC Research Team Wins $1.9 Million Grant
A Medical Center hypertension research team has won a $1.9 million National Heart and Lung Institute grant.

Democrat & Chronicle (April 27)
Leading the Way for Women in the Optics Field
Jennifer Kruschwitz was named Digital Rochester’s 2012 Technology Woman of the Year. “It’s validating,” she said. “I think everybody needs that feeling that what they do is important and matters to other people.” What she does ranges from designing optical interference coating for her own business, J.K. Consulting, to working as an adjunct assistant professor of optics, to introducing East High School students to optics by helping organize the “Summer Sizzler” program.

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