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In Today's Issue

  • Report: University 'Vital' to Region's Economic Health
  • Five Students Study, Do Summer Research Abroad
  • Library Will Upgrade Voyager Hardware Next Week
  • Free Seminar Offered on Prostate Cancer Screening
  • Westmoreland Drive Will Be Resurfaced
  • Weight Watchers Offers New Pricing, Online Program
  • Workshops Cover Genomic Databases, Gene Mapping

News and Announcements

Report: University 'Vital' to Region's Economic Health
The University is “a vital cornerstone in our region’s economic health,” according to a new report by the Center for Governmental Research. “Rochester’s economic future will be propelled by technological innovation,” says University President Joel Seligman. “This transformation is already under way, and the University—in partnership with the region’s business community, public sector, and with the support of philanthropists and our neighbors—will continue to serve as a source of the new technologies, scientific knowledge, and skilled workers necessary for accelerate economic growth.” Read more...

Five Students Study, Do Summer Research Abroad
Lili Carter Sarayrah '14E, a rising junior at the Eastman School, and Gabrielle Cornish '13, a rising senior in the College, will attend intensive summer institute programs as 2012 Critical Language Scholars. Katie Bredbenner '13, Amanda Chen '14, and Maria Victoria Guano Zapata '14 were selected to participate in the German Academic Exchange Service-Research Internships in Science & Engineering Scholarship program, and will each spend their summers conducting research in German laboratories. Read more...

Library Will Upgrade Voyager Hardware Next Week
Library staff will upgrade the Voyager hardware between June 20 and 23. During that time, users may experience intermittent interruptions in searching, and borrowers will be unable to self-renew their loans or place requests. For assistance, contact the library's circulation desk. Availability of DVDs and videos will not be updated until late next week, and the Miner and Carlson Library New Journal Issues lists will be temporarily suspended. Click here to submit questions or concerns.

Free Seminar Offered on Prostate Cancer Screening
Medical Center physicians will discuss new guidelines for PSA screening for prostate cancer, who needs to be screened, and the impact of the screening on diagnosis and mortality at a free seminar at 6 p.m. June 26, in the Medical Center's Class of '62 Auditorium. Food, drinks, and free parking provided. Call 275-2838 to register. 

Westmoreland Drive Will Be Resurfaced
Milling and resurfacing of Westmoreland Drive from Edgemont Road to Mt. Hope Avenue is expected to begin within two weeks. Westmoreland will still be open to residents and commuters, but there will be ongoing traffic delays. In addition to replacing asphalt, crews will repair catch basins, improve handicap ramps, and do spot repairs to curbs. Direct questions or concerns to Shawn Casey, University properties and contracts manager, at 275-2082.

Weight Watchers Offers New Pricing, Online Program
Starting Monday, June 18, participants in Weight Watchers at work onsite meetings will be offered a rate of $34.35 a month, compared to the current $35.95. The enrollment process and tools will remain the same. Individuals will have the option of using a Weight Watchers online subscription for $15.15 a month. Participants who use the web program at least once a week for 16 consecutive weeks will receive 50 percent reimbursement of the total cost. To learn more go to the Well-U website on or after June 18. 

Workshops Cover Genomic Databases, Gene Mapping
“Genome and Database Searching: An Introduction,” a workshop on Friday, June 22, will discuss navigating genomic databases such as NCBI and KEGG. “Map Viewer by NCBI: An Introduction” on June 27 will cover ways to search an organism's complete genome, display chromosome maps, and zoom down to sequence data for a region of interest. Both sessions will be held from 1 to 1:55 p.m. in the Medical Center's Nesbit Computer Classroom (G-7545). The classes are free, but registration is required. For more information, contact Mark Plessinger at 275-6413 or

June 15, 2012

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Mostly Sunny, 81°
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Today's Event Highlight
Summer in the City:
Public Health Discussion

Noon to 1 p.m., Saunders Research Building. Read more ...

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Rochester in the News
Huffington Post (June 13)
Birth Control Tied to Heart Attack and Stroke, but Risks Very Small, Study Says
A Danish study concludes that hormonal contraception increases the risk of heart attack and stroke, but the overall risk for individual women is very low. "The risk might be as much as two times greater, but when you know that the rates [of arterial thrombosis] are 1 in 10,000, you're just bringing it up to 2 to 4 in 10,000," says Kathy Hoeger, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of Strong Fertility Center.

Democrat and Chronicle (June 13)
Joel Seligman Optimistic about Upcoming United Way Campaign
University President Joel Seligman sums up his strategy for leading the United Way’s 2013 fundraising campaign in three words: “No stone unturned.”

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