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In Today's Issue

  • How Campaign Contributions Influence Public Policy
  • HSBC Changes Affect Some University Employees
  • Grant to Improve Training for Alzheimer's Caregivers
  • RPO Offers Discount for this Weekend's Concerts
  • Elmwood Avenue Sidewalk to Be Closed for Repairs
  • Include Student Workers in Departmental Safety Plans
  • United Way Campaign Thanks Contributors

News and Announcements

How Campaign Contributions Influence Public Policy
Lynda Powell, a professor of political science, has written a new book, The Influence of Campaign Contributions in State Legislatures, which documents the ways in which money buys influence, from setting a party's agenda, to keeping bills off the floor, to adding earmarks and crafting key language in legislation. Read more . . . 

HSBC Changes Affect Some University Employees
University employees who had their payroll and/or travel and expense reimbursement checks directly deposited to a bank account with HSBC, which is closing its Rochester branches, need to transition their accounts to other banks. HSBC customers transitioning to First Niagara (customer service 800-421-0004) were moved May 13, those to Key Bank are scheduled for July 12, those to Community National Bank for July 20, and those to Five Star during August. Employees also are urged to review their direct deposit set-up via self service in HRMS and can contact the University Payroll Office at 275-2040 if they have questions.

Grant to Improve Training for Alzheimer’s Caregivers
The Medical Center's Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center has been awarded federal funding of approximately $135,000 for two years to enhance training and education for professionals who assess and care for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Read more...

RPO Offers Discount for this Weekend's Concerts
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is offering University faculty, staff, and alumni 50 percent off tickets for A Memorial Day Tribute tomorrow and Saturday night at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. To order tickets, click here and enter priority code UROC or call 454-2100. Student tickets to all RPO concerts are $10.

Elmwood Avenue Sidewalk to Be Closed for Repairs
Beginning Tuesday, May 29, about 230 feet of sidewalk on the north side of Elmwood Avenue west from the intersection with Mt. Hope will be widened as part of a project to reconstruct the wrought iron fence along Mt. Hope Cemetery. This section is scheduled to be closed for 90 days. There also will be temporary lane closures. Work crews will be on site from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Direct questions to Shawn Casey at 275-2082.

Include Student Workers in Departmental Safety Plans
Supervisors should include students working part time or just for the summer in their departmental safety plans, notes the Environmental Health and Safety Department’s Occupational Safety Unit. For assistance call 275-3241 or visit .

United Way Campaign Thanks Contributors
The University's 2012 United Way campaign raised more than $1.44 million, surpassing its goal by more than $40,000. The campaign office thanks donors, coordinators and volunteers who helped achieve this. Pledges can still be made: Visit and click on "make a pledge."

May 24, 2012
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Today's Forecast:
Mostly Sunny, 84°
Isolated Thunderstorm, 87°

Today's Event Highlight
Tapas Night
5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Memorial Art Gallery. Read more . . .

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Rochester in the News
Batavia Daily News (May 23)
MAG Receives NEA Grant to Conserve Works Progress Art
The Memorial Art Gallery was recently selected to receive a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to conserve a group of 37 Depression-era mural study drawings by Rochester artist Carl Peters. The works include composition and figure studies, as well as preparatory drawings, for 11 murals. The drawings were completed with funding from the Works Progress Administration, a New Deal government arts initiative.

EP Magazine (May 21)
Air Pollution Level Changes
in Beijing Linked with Biomarkers of Cardiovascular Disease

During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, changes in air pollution were associated with changes in biomarkers of systemic inflammation and thrombosis (formation of blood clot) as well as measures of cardiovascular physiology in healthy young persons, according to a study in the May 16 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on Global Health. David Rich, assistant professor in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, and colleagues conducted the study.

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