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In Today’s Issue

  • University to Award Honorary Degrees, Medals
  • Follow the College Commencement Ceremony Online
  • Simon School Creates $1 Million Student-Run Fund
  • Alzheimer’s Gene Damages Brain’s Blood Vessels
  • National Award Winners Recognized
  • Stephanie Li to Discuss Racial Discourse
  • Curt Smith to Sign Copies of New Book
  • Mt. Hope Avenue Improvement Project Continues
  • Conference: ‘Intimate Partner Violence’

News and Announcements

University to Award Honorary Degrees, Medals
The University will award five honorary degrees during commencement ceremonies this weekend: Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General, doctor of science; the Most Rev. Matthew Clark, Roman Catholic Bishop of Rochester, doctor of divinity; Robert Hurlbut, president of Hurlbut Trust and civic leader, doctor of science; Ruth Simmons, president of Brown University, doctor of humane letters; and George Walker ’56E (DMA), Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, doctor of music. The Charles Force Hutchison and Marjorie Smith Hutchison Medal will be awarded to Roger B. Friedlander ’56, retired business executive, civic leader, and University trustee. Arthur Moss ’62M (Res), professor of medicine at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, will receive the George Eastman Medal. The Rochester Distinguished Scholar award will be presented to musicologist Glenn Watkins ’53E (PhD), the Earl V. Moore Professor Emeritus of Music History and Musicology at the University of Michigan.

Follow the College Commencement Ceremony Online
Watch the College commencement live on the web Sunday, May 20, starting at 9 a.m. You can also follow the ceremony on Twitter @UofR and send your own congratulatory messages to the Class of 2012 using the #UR2012 hashtag.

Simon School Creates $1 Million Student-Run Fund
Aspiring student entrepreneurs and venture capitalists at the Simon School of Business will now have an innovative hands-on educational opportunity to manage a philanthropically funded venture capital fund in a real-world setting. At its launch, the fund will have commitments exceeding $1 million and grow over time in step with a portfolio of investments.

Alzheimer’s Gene Damages Brain’s Blood Vessels
Medical Center scientists are part of a team of researchers who have described how a well-known genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease triggers a cascade of signaling that ultimately results in leaky blood vessels in the brain.

National Award Winners Recognized
The University’s annual list of student and faculty national award winners from the past year appears in the local section of today’s Democrat and Chronicle. Send any additional submissions to Melissa Lang in University Communications at An updated version of the honors list will appear in the July issue of Rochester Review.

Stephanie Li to Discuss Racial Discourse
Stephanie Li, assistant professor of English, will be a guest on “Many Voices, Many Visions,” a multicultural public affairs program on 13WHAM-TV, to discuss her new book, Signifying without Specifying: Racial Discourse in the Age of Obama. The show airs Sunday, May 20, at 11 a.m. For more on Li’s work, click here.

Curt Smith to Sign Copies of New Book
Curt Smith, senior lecturer of English, will be signing copies of his new book, Mercy! A Celebration of Fenway Park’s Centennial Told Through Red Sox Radio and TV, in the River Campus bookstore from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19. For additional information on the book, click here.

Mt. Hope Avenue Improvement Project Continues
Staff, students, and visitors using Mt. Hope Avenue between Rossitor Road and Cook Street will encounter intermittent lane restrictions starting Monday, May 17, as work begins on water main installation. Work will take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Installation of the main is expected to be completed in mid-July, as part of a larger project to widen Mt. Hope and provide a tree-lined median, wider sidewalks, and parking.

Conference: ‘Intimate Partner Violence’
On June 20 and 21, “Intimate Partner Violence: Innovation in the Field” will focus on what recent research has taught about intimate partner violence and the implications of the findings for perpetrators and victims of violence. The fee for the conference, which will be held at the RIT Inn and Conference Center, is $55. Food and parking are included. Register online. The conference is sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry and the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization, in collaboration with Roberts Wesleyan College, Delphi Drug and Alcohol Council, SUNY Buffalo Law School, and Alternatives for Battered Women.

May 18, 2012
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Sunny, High 74°
Sunny, High 83°

Weekend Event Highlight
Commencement Weekend
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Rochester in the News
Rochester Business Journal (May 4)
New UR Major to Focus
on Digital Media

The University plans to offer an interdisciplinary digital media studies major this fall and envisions a multimillion-dollar facility to house it. The major will focus on analyzing and producing digital media from a science and technology background as well as the arts and humanities. University officials say it continues in UR's tradition of interdisciplinary research and learning.

Democrat and Chronicle (May 16)
Student Entrepreneurs
Hatch Big Plans at UR

A team of UR graduate students who developed an optical device that improves the treatment of skin cancer and pre-cancer took the top prize of $10,000 at the Mark Ain Business Model Competition on Wednesday. The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students across the university. This year 22 teams developed business ideas and models to bring those ideas to market.

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