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In Today’s Issue

  • Provost’s Multidisciplinary Awards Announced
  • Faculty to Be Honored for Teaching Excellence
  • Randall Curren Awarded Fellowship
  • Longtime Faculty Member William Bernhard Dies
  • Beijing Olympics Reveal Air Pollution’s Effect on Health
  • Event Highlights Research on Aging
  • Photos: Freshman Flashback
  • Fiscal Year-End Deadline for Finance Forms
  • State Neurological Society Spring Upstate Meeting
  • Feast of Ascension Mass to be Held

News and Announcements

Provost’s Multidisciplinary Awards Announced
Five diverse research projects at the University were selected as recipients of the fifth annual Provost’s Multidisciplinary Awards. In 2007 President Joel Seligman established an initiative providing $250,000 each year to support faculty research that crosses disciplines.

Faculty to Be Honored for Teaching Excellence
The University will recognize four faculty members for teaching excellence during commencement ceremonies this weekend. Karen DeAngelis, assistant professor in educational leadership, Warner School, will be awarded the G. Graydon Curtis ’58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Nontenured Member of the Faculty. Lane Hemaspaandra, professor of computer science, will be presented the Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Gautam Mitra, professor of geology, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in Graduate Education. Robert Wason, professor of music theory, will receive the William H. Riker University Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.

Randall Curren Awarded Fellowship
Randall Curren, professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy, has been selected as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., for 2012–13.

Longtime Faculty Member William Bernhard Dies
William Bernhard, a Medical Center faculty member for more than 40 years and an internationally known expert on the effects of ionizing radiation on the chemical structure of DNA, died May 9 at his home in Mendon, after a brief illness. University flags will be lowered in his honor May 24.

Beijing Olympics Reveal Air Pollution’s Effect on Health
A team of researchers has taken advantage of the unique circumstances surrounding the 2008 Olympics in Beijing to examine the link between air pollution and health. “This study clearly shows that a large scale intervention to reduce air pollution can have an immediate positive effect on health,” says David Rich, assistant professor of community and preventive medicine and first author of the study.

Event Highlights Research on Aging
The eighth annual Aging Research Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, May 18, in Goergen Hall. It’s an opportunity for establishing or enhancing scientific interactions among scientists interested in aging research.

Photos: Freshman Flashback
The members of this year’s graduating class of 2012 were freshman way back in 2008. View photos from move-in day four years ago, capturing today’s seniors on their first days on River Campus and at the Eastman School.

Fiscal Year-End Deadline for Finance Forms
As the University’s fiscal year end approaches on June 30, the Finance Department asks that you submit your paperwork early in order to ensure that all financial transactions are recorded properly and in the current fiscal year. Forms include:
• Request for Payment (F-4), Student Expense Report for University Business (F-34)
• Journal Entry Requests/Corrections (Cost Transfer Form)
• Employee Expense Reports (F-3)
• Payroll Reallocation Changes (Form 800)

State Neurological Society Spring Upstate Meeting
The New York State Neurological Society Spring Upstate Meeting on Saturday, June 16, at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, is designed to provide neurologists, neurology residents, and primary care physicians with a thorough, practical, and readily applied treatment update on various types of acute and chronic neurological disorders. Click here for more information or to register.

Feast of Ascension Mass to be Held
Catholic Newman Community is hosting a Feast of the Ascension Roman Catholic Mass  at 12:30 p.m. today at the Interfaith Chapel on the River Campus. A Graduation Mass will also be held at the chapel at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19.
May 17, 2012
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Today’s Event Highlight
ECMS Spring Festival
4:30 p.m., Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School. Read more....

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Rochester in the News
Democrat and Chronicle (May 15)
Brighter is Better, Thanks to UR Prof
Ching Tang, the Doris Johns Cherry Professor of chemical engineering, is best known for inventing organic light emitting diodes, or OLEDs, while working at Eastman Kodak Co. during the 1980s. OLED technology is replacing liquid crystal display (LCD) technology as the choice for video displays, in devices like smartphones, computer monitors, and flat panel televisions.

13WHAM-TV (May 16)
Art Walk Construction in Full Swing
Though the grounds of the Memorial Art Gallery have been turned into a construction site, gallery officials want the pubic to know it is open and accessible through the rear entrances. The museum, with help from the city, is building an outdoor plaza called Centennial Sculpture Park. It will have several large art installations by artists including Albert Paley, Tom Otterness, and Wendell Castle. The plaza will be finished in October 2013.

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