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In Today’s Issue

  • University Celebrates 162nd Commencement
  • Beth Olivares Advocates for McNair on Capitol Hill
  • Computer Sales: End-of-Year Billing
  • Westfall Road Project Will Affect Sawgrass Intersection
  • University IT Offers ‘Spring Cleanup’ Tips for Computer
  • Producing History through ‘Mad Men’
  • Deadline Nears for PCORI Funding Applications
  • Golf Classic on June 14 Benefits Rochester Athletics
  • Volunteers Sought for Fundraiser

News and Announcements

University Celebrates 162nd Commencement

2012 Commencement
Shufan Sun, a microbiology major who graduated from Arts, Sciences & Engineering on Sunday, shows her class spirit with members of her family.
“Your education benefits society only if you are a drum major for human dignity, speaking out and acting on behalf of that common thread of decency in every instance in which you see injustice, inequality, and hatred on the rise,” Ruth Simmons, president of Brown University, told members of the Class of 2012 as they prepared to graduate Sunday. Simmons was one of several honorees and guests who helped Rochester students celebrate the University’s 162nd commencement, a three-day series of ceremonies across campus. Online: Photos, video, and audio from commencement.

Beth Olivares Advocates for McNair on Capitol Hill
Beth Olivares, director of the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences & Engineering, served as a panelist during a briefing on Capitol Hill to advocate for the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. Olivares shared data showcasing the program’s impact on underserved students. Founded in 1986 as part of the federally funded TRIO programs, McNair prepares low-income, first-generation, and minority undergraduates for careers in academia.

Computer Sales: End-of-Year Billing
To help ensure billing in the 2011–12 fiscal year, Computer Sales asks that all departmental orders be placed no later than June 4. Items must be received and sold by June 15 for inclusion in the current budget cycle. For more information, call 275-8353.

Westfall Road Project Will Affect Sawgrass Intersection
On Monday and Tuesday, May 21 and 22, flagmen will direct traffic at the intersection of Sawgrass Drive and Westfall Road as the Westfall improvement project continues. The project will include new curbs, sidewalks, and widening of major intersections as part of infrastructure and roadway improvements between South Clinton and East Henrietta Road. Contact Shawn Casey at 275-2082 with any questions.

University IT Offers ‘Spring Cleanup’ Tips for Computer
During the past year, your work computer has been collecting digital dust in the form of emails, unorganized files, and a hard-drive filled nearly to its max. To help make your computer and your life more efficient and secure, University IT offers some simple steps to clean up your digital clutter. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips? Send them to

Producing History through ‘Mad Men’
Invisible Culture, published through the University’s graduate program in Visual and Cultural Studies, announces the release of “‘Where Do You Want Me to Start?’ Producing History Through Mad Men.” The release coincides with the fifth season of the critically acclaimed TV series on AMC. The issue is supplemented by a series of weekly blog posts by guest bloggers to reflect the authors’ and editors’ continued scholarship, analysis, and critical viewpoints on the new season.

Deadline Nears for PCORI Funding Applications
Submission of funding applications to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute will be due in July. The institute, established by the Affordable Care Act, is designed to help people make informed health care decisions and to improve health care delivery. The institute is forming teams to assess opportunities and support development of competitive proposals. Those interested should contact Harriet Kitzman by Friday, May 25, at

Golf Classic on June 14 Benefits Rochester Athletics
The fifth annual Friends of Rochester Athletics Golf Classic tees off June 14 at Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor. Registration and lunch is from 10:30 a.m, to 12:15 p.m. and the four-person scramble event begins at 12:30 p.m. Dinner and a brief awards ceremony will follow. The $150 entry fee includes lunch, golf and cart, dinner, and tee prizes. Contact Dan Wesley at 275-7102 or

Volunteers Sought for Fundraiser
The Roc City Rib Fest is looking for volunteers for their Memorial Day weekend event at Ontario Beach Park. The annual festival raises money for several charities, including Golisano Children’s Hospital. Volunteers may register online.

May 21, 2012
Chance T-Storms
Today’s Forecast:
PM T-storms, High 78°
AM Showers, High 73°

Today’s Event Highlight
Simon School Open House
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Simon School.

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Rochester in the News
Democrat and Chronicle (May 17)
UR Gets First Crack at Watson
Four students at the Simon School last week won a competition designed to identify the best ways to use an IBM Watson computer that appeared on Jeopardy! in February 2011 against the game show’s toughest players. Christian Beck of Hannover, Germany; Enric Coll of Barcelona, Spain; Umair Munir of Karachi, Pakistan; and Jaimee Saxton of Center Point, Ala., came up with the idea to use the computer wizard to guide response to major weather crises.

CNN (May 17)
Coffee Drinking Linked to Longer Life
A daily cup of coffee—or even several cups—isn't likely to harm your health, and it may lower your risk of dying from chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests. Although these reductions might seem modest, they could have dramatic implications for public health if spread out over the tens of millions of coffee drinkers in the United States, says Susan Fisher, chair of community and preventive medicine at the Medical Center.

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