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In Today’s Issue

  • Softball Team Headed to NCAA Tournament
  • Fifth Annual Celebration of the Book
  • Flaum Eye Institute Surgeon Saves German Boy’s Vision
  • Musicians Unite to Benefit Rochester’s Foodlink
  • Young Leaders @UR Plan Casual Lunch
  • Register for SCORE Workshop by June 5
  • University Team Forming for Corporate Challenge

News and Announcements

Softball Team Headed to NCAA Tournament
The University’s softball team has earned one of 61 spots in the 2012 NCAA Division III Softball Championship. The No. 3 seed Yellowjackets will square off against crosstown rival and No. 6 seed St. John Fisher College in the first matchup of the tournament at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Eastern Connecticut State.

Fifth Annual Celebration of the Book
Faculty and staff who have authored a book or its equivalent within the past year will be honored today in the Hawkins-Carlson Room in Rush Rhees Library from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Authors will speak about their work, and books will be available for signing and sale. The event will be streamed live online at

Flaum Eye Institute Surgeon Saves German Boy’s Vision
A German boy who was considered blind and untreatable when he was born is today enrolled in kindergarten and enjoys playing video games, thanks to sight-saving surgery by James Aquavella, professor of ophthalmology. The Medical Center is one of four centers in the U.S. to offer artificial cornea transplants for infants and children.

Musicians Unite to Benefit Rochester’s Foodlink
The benefit concert series “If Music Be the Food…” will conclude its third season with a program of chamber music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Road (at East Avenue) in Rochester, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11.

Young Leaders @UR Plan Casual Lunch
A Young Leaders @ UR casual lunch is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the Louise Slaughter Room (1-9555) at the Medical Center. The luncheon provides a chance to network with other young leaders in a casual setting. RSVP to Jeanette Colby at

Register for SCORE Workshop by June 5
Registration is open for the fourth annual Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) Half-Day Workshop, a free event for research professionals who actively coordinate research trials. Presentation topics include the Professionalization of Research Coordinators; Career Development Across the Continuum: A Panel Discussion; and Best Practices: The Informed Consent Process—Starting from First Contact—An Interactive Session.  The workshop is offered from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 12, in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W304), School of Nursing. Click here for further details and to register online by June 5.

University Team Forming for Corporate Challenge
Join the University’s team at the 2012 JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge on Thursday, May 31. You can walk or run the 3.5 miles with the University’s team and participants from other area companies. The corporate event starts at 7 p.m. at RIT. The $32 registration fee includes two T-shirts (one from the University, one from Chase), plus a post-race picnic at the University’s tent. Employees should register online with a credit card under the “University of Rochester” team by May 16. If there are more than 10 people running from your department, you can pick the shirt color for department participants (all other participants will receive a blue T-shirt). Call Heather Van Orden at 275-2706 for more information. All department teams and colors must be arranged by May 11.

May 9, 2012
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Today’s Event Highlight
Concussion Education Event
6 p.m., Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), Medical Center. Read more...

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Rochester in the News
MSNBC (May 7)
One in Eight Teens Misuses Prescription Painkillers
One in eight older teens has used powerful painkillers when they weren’t prescribed—and many of them start misusing the medications earlier than was previously assumed, according to new research. “The non-medical use of controlled medications in (teens) has surpassed almost all illicit drugs except for marijuana,” says Robert Fortuna, assistant professor of medicine and of pediatrics. Also reported by the Chicago Tribune, Fox News, and more.

Democrat and Chronicle (May 8)
Norris: Secrets for Startups
Gail Norris, senior counsel for Research and Intellectual Property and the vice provost for Technology Transfer Policy, discusses some shared characteristics of successful start-up companies.

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