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In Today's Issue

  • University Mourns Loss of Mary Sproull
  • Lottery for Barbara Walters Tickets Closes at Noon
  • Financial Health Bites: How to Manage College Costs
  • HSBC Changes Affect Some University Employees
  • Go Green: Cooling Packs Find a Second Use

News and Announcements

University Mourns Loss of Mary Sproull
The University flag will be flown at half staff today to remember Mary Sproull, wife of President Emeritus Robert Sproull. Mary Sproull died July 29 at the Sussman Palliative Care Unit at the Medical Center. She was 93. "Our hearts go out to Bob Sproull and his family. Mary was a wonderful wife, mother, and First Lady of the University of Rochester," says University President Joel Seligman. During Robert Sproull's tenure as president from 1970 to 1984, Mary Sproull "complemented Bob very well," says Jack Kreckel, senior associate vice president for University Advancement. "She was a partner with Bob in University matters, not in terms of making decisions but in always being a welcomed presence. She was a quiet, graceful member of the University community whom everyone liked being with." Mary Sproull enjoyed nature, travel, music, and reading, but her "lifelong passion" was art, according to her daughter, Nancy Highbarger, of Los Gatos, Calif., and her son, Bob, of Northampton, Mass. Her "vibrant landscapes" adorned the walls of the Sproull home, a Memorial Art Gallery MAGazine profile noted in 2006. Memorial donations may be directed to the Memorial Art Gallery. Condolence messages may be directed to the Office of the President, which will be forwarded to the family.

Lottery for Barbara Walters Tickets Closes at Noon
The lottery for tickets to the live, Meliora Weekend keynote address by Barbara Walters on Oct. 13 will close today at noon. Tickets to the live keynote address will not be sold after the lottery closes. Lottery entrants will be notified of the results on Thursday, Aug. 9, by email. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit or call (585) 273-5888 or (877) MELIORA.

Financial Health Bites: How to Manage College Costs
A representative from Advantage Federal Credit Union will discuss college financing from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, in the Northeastern Conference Room (1-9535) of the Medical Center.  Lunches are welcome. Registration is required.

HSBC Changes Affect Some University Employees
REMINDER: University employees who still have direct deposit to HSBC for their payroll and/or travel and expense reimbursement checks need to transition their accounts to other banks. HSBC customers who transitioned to First Niagara were moved May 13, those to Key Bank were moved on July 12, those to Community National Bank moved July 20, and those to Five Star will move during August. Employees 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.

Go Green: Cooling Packs Find a Second Use

Student Spirit
Thanks to Axel Kairies and other volunteers, the cooling packs used to ship temperature sensitive reagents to the Medical Center's Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine Unit are no longer discarded; they're delivered to Meals on Wheels, which uses them to preserve the perishable food it delivers to senior citizens. The dedication of Kairies, administrative assistant at the blood bank, "embodies the spirit of environmental sustainability encouraged by the University," writes Amy Kadrie, recycling coordinator. Read more ...

Aug. 1, 2012
Chance T-Storms

Today's Forecast:
Isolated Thunderstorms, 83°
Partly Cloudy, 90°

Today's Event Highlight
Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition
All day, Hatch Recital Hall.
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Rochester in the News
U.S. News and World Report (July 30)
Abandoning PSA Screening Could Cost Lives: Study
In the wake of a widely publicized report advising against prostate-specific antigen testing for prostate cancer, a new study finds not screening would triple the number of U.S. men developing advanced cancer. "PSA testing, for all its pluses and minuses  . . . permits you to catch the disease earlier," says lead researcher Edward Messing, chair of urology at the Medical Center.

Scientific American (July 30)
Chemicals Used in Plastics Linked to Diabetes in Women
“These findings are important clues, but it’s only a first step,” says Richard Stahlhut, a research assistant professor at the Medical Center who coauthored the study. “It’s extremely likely that phthalates and other chemical contaminants will turn out to be a big part of the obesity and diabetes epidemic, but at this point we really don't know how these chemicals are interacting with each other, or with the human body.”

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