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In Today’s Issue

  • 2012 Best Translated Book Award Winners Announced
  • Patricia Rodier, Trailblazer in Early Origins of Autism, Dies
  • Provost to Address Faculty Senate Today
  • Vaccine Aims to Give the Heaves the Heave-Ho
  • State Health Commissioner to Speak on Health Care Reform
  • Discussion Covers End-of-Life Options
  • Registration Open for Faculty Development Colloquium
  • Free Nutrition Consultations Available

News and Announcements

2012 Best Translated Book Award Winners Announced
The winning titles and translators of this year’s Best Translated Book Award were announced Friday. In poetry, Kiwao Nomura’s Spectacle & Pigsty, translated from the Japanese by Kyoko Yoshida and Forrest Gander, took the top honor, and WiesÅ‚aw Mysliwski’s Stone Upon Stone, translated from the Polish by Bill Johnston, won for fiction. Organized by Three Percent at the University, the Best Translated Book Award is the only prize of its kind to honor the best original works of international literature and poetry published in the United States over the previous year. See news coverage from the New York Times, ABC News, CBS News, NPR, and the Wall Street Journal.

Patricia Rodier, Trailblazer in Early Origins of Autism, Dies
Patricia Rodier, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and the first scientist to formulate and study the idea that autism can originate long before a child is born, died May 3 at Strong Memorial Hospital. She was 68. University flags will be lowered in her honor Tuesday, May 15.

Provost to Address Faculty Senate Today
Provost Ralph Kuncl will present “Faculty of the Future—Thoughts on the Challenges and Opportunities Ahead” to the Faculty Senate at 4 p.m. today in Schlegel Hall, Room 407. All University faculty are invited to attend. 

Vaccine Aims to Give the Heaves the Heave-Ho
Rochester scientists are looking for 20 people willing to roll up their sleeves to test a vaccine designed to stop norovirus, the microbe behind most cases of what people commonly call stomach flu. More than 70,000 people in the United States are hospitalized each year because of the infection, according to federal officials.

State Health Commissioner to Speak on Health Care Reform
New York State Commissioner of Health Nirav Shah will hold a CEO Grand Rounds presentation, “Transforming Health Care: It’s Complicated,” from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, May 11, from in the Class of ‘62 Auditorium (G-9425), Medical Center. Shah will discuss  Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Medicaid redesign initiative and how state and federal reforms are creating a patient-centered system that focuses on “health promotion,” advances models of connected care, and makes the best use of health IT.

Discussion Covers End-of-Life Options
Gary Chadwick, associate provost and director of the Office for Human Subject Protection, will present “Star Trek: The Wrath of Kant,” a film and discussion about end-of-life options, including suicide and medical experimentation. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in Room K-207 (2-6408), Medical Center. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch. For further information, contact Andrea Ehmann at 275-5800 or

Registration Open for Faculty Development Colloquium
Registration is now open for the annual Health Professions’ Faculty Development Colloquium, to be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. The colloquium will include the two plenary lectures as well as workshops on a variety of topics intended to meet the needs of faculty and health care professionals. Interactive sessions and posters by colloquium participants also aim to foster the interchange of ideas. Click here for a complete agenda and workshop and registration information. Faculty, residents, fellows, staff, and students are welcome to attend. Contact Grace Fuller at 276-3782 or for more information.

Free Nutrition Consultations Available
The Fitness and Wellness Center at the Medical Center will be offering free 30-minute consultations with a dietician from May 14–25. Call 275-2437 to schedule a consultation. Membership is not required.

May 8, 2012
Today’s Forecast:
Rain, High 67°
PM Showers, High 68°

Today’s Event Highlight
Retirement Program Information Session
2 p.m., Whipple Auditorium (2-6424), Medical Center.

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Rochester in the News
New York Times (May 5)
Zvi Zeitlin, Violinist Who Championed Modernist Composers, Dies at 90
Zvi Zeitlin, an internationally renowned violinist known for interpreting the work of contemporary composers, died on Wednesday in Rochester. He was 90. At his death, Mr. Zeitlin was distinguished professor of violin at the Eastman School. Mr. Zeitlin, who had announced his intention to retire from Eastman this summer, had taught there since 1967. Simultaneously maintaining an active concert schedule, he was for decades part of a triumvirate of sought-after violin pedagogues—the others were Dorothy DeLay of the Juilliard School and Josef Gingold of Indiana University—teaching at major American conservatories.

Democrat & Chronicle (May 6)
Over Garbage Plates, Charles Schumer Vows to Push for College Town Project
“The College Town project is seen as both fueling neighborhood revitalization in an area of the southeast already on the rise, and creating an even stronger connection between the city and UR campus. UR has likened College Town to its front porch. Mayor Thomas Richards called it a gateway to the city.”

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