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  • Additional Sessions Offered on Retirement Plans
  • Virtuosi Preview the International Viola Congress
  • Lecture Addresses Biomedical Ethics
  • Networking with Young Leaders @ UR
  • Biodefense Immune Modeling Hosts Symposium
  • University IT Warns About Forwarding Chain Messages

News and Announcements

Additional Sessions Offered on Retirement Plans
The Benefits Office has scheduled five additional “walk-up” sessions to help University employees meet the June 7 deadline to make investment choices and designate beneficiaries for their retirement plans. The sessions, all running from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be held June 1 at the River Campus Wilson Market, June 4 and 5 at the Medical Center’s Flaum Atrium, and June 6 and 7 at the Atrium of the Saunders Research Building. Read more...

Virtuosi Preview the International Viola Congress
Guest artists Kim Kashkashian and Annette Isserlis join Eastman School faculty members Carol Rodland, George Taylor, and Philip Ying in performance and conversation at 1 p.m. today on WXXI-FM to preview the International Viola Congress. Read more ...

Lecture Addresses Biomedical Ethics
Scott Steele, director of the Medical Center's Office of Research Alliances, will discuss “Approaches to Identify and Address Dual Use Research of Concern in the Life Sciences” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, in the Medical Center's Class of '62 Auditorium.

Networking with Young Leaders @ UR
Young Leaders @ UR will host a happy hour, networking social from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, at Scotland Yard Pub, 187 St. Paul St. Bring a friend. Free gourmet pizza and $1 off all drinks. RSVP to Amy Happ at

Biodefense Immune Modeling Hosts Symposium
The University's Center for Biodefense Immune Modeling is hosting the 2012 Symposium on Modeling Immune Responses from Complex Data on June 14 and 15. Registration is open to the Medical Center community by June 4.  Deadline for the poster competition, which offers a cash award for the best 3 posters, is June 1.

University IT Warns About Forwarding Chain Messages
Messages from friends warning about a new virus, health scare, charity appeal, or con trick are often hoaxes or just plain wrong. Don't pass them along, University IT urges. Read more . . .  Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, send them to

May 29, 2012
Scattered T-Storms

Today's Forecast:
Scattered Thunderstorms, 81°
Mostly Sunny, 71°

Today's Event Highlight
Exhibit: The Mabinogion
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rush Rhees Library Robbins Library. Read more . . .

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Rochester in the News
ABC News (May 24)
'Goldilocks Effect': Babies
Learn When Things Aren't
Too Complex, Too Simple

"Infants are active seekers of information rather than passive recipients, and they, therefore, adjust how they attend to visual information by avoiding overly simple and overly complex events in their world," says Richard Aslin, coauthor of a study published in the journal PLoS ONE. Aslin is William R. Kenan Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Center for Visual Science.

Business Insider (May 24)
MBA Students Tried to Figure Out What IBM's Watson
Should be Used for . . .

Master of business administration students at the University recently came up with uses for IBM's artificial intelligence computer Watson. First place went to students suggesting that Watson could combine weather data and the latest numbers from the census to help companies with crisis management during storms.

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