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In Today’s Issue

  • President Focuses on Progress, Priorities in Faculty Senate Address
  • Bacteria Consumed Oil and Gas from Deepwater Horizon Spill
  • Clinical Director of Center for Nursing Entrepreneurship Named
  • New Work-Life Balance Website Launches
  • Health Services Research Series Begins Sept. 14
  • Renowned Egyptologist Bob Brier to Speak at MAG
  • Go Green: Eastman School Recycling Update
  • Highland Hosts Annual Breast Cancer Education Event
  • Zumbathon Fundraiser to Benefit Wilmot Cancer Center

News and Announcements

President Focuses on Progress, Priorities in Faculty Senate Address
President Joel Seligman offered a detailed look at the progress made this year and highlighted the University’s goals for the future during his report to the Faculty Senate Tuesday. “I look forward this academic year to working with faculty, senior academic leaders, students, staff, the University Board and volunteer leadership on five overarching University priorities,” he said. Priorities include completing the launch of College Town; further advancing The Meliora Challenge capital campaign; continuing to build a welcoming and diverse campus for faculty, students, and staff; and preparing new strategic plans that address the University’s role in online education, in international and New York City initiatives, and in completing the reduction in the endowment payout rate. Read the full speech.

Bacteria Consumed Oil and Gas from Deepwater Horizon Spill
Researchers from Rochester and Texas A&M University have found that, over a period of five months following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, naturally occurring bacteria in the Gulf of Mexico consumed and removed at least 200,000 tons of oil and natural gas that spewed into the gulf from the ruptured well. Read more...

Clinical Director of Center for Nursing Entrepreneurship Named
Daniel Nowak was recently named clinical director of the School of Nursing Center for Nursing Entrepreneurship, a nursing group practice that provides health care and related consultative services. Nowak, who is associate director of nursing for geriatrics at Strong Memorial Hospital, will also serve as an assistant professor at the school, where he will teach graduate students enrolled in the Leadership in Health Care Systems program. Read more...

New Work-Life Balance Website Launches
The University now hosts a Work-Life Balance website that lists several resources related to family care, wellness, perks, and community information. Home to more than 65 links on topics ranging from dual-career assistance for faculty, to elder care information to laundry and massage services, the website’s goal is to help faculty and staff manage their personal and professional lives in support of a healthy work-life balance. Visit the website at

Health Services Research Series Begins Sept. 14
The Division of Health Policy and Outcomes Research will kick off its fall seminar series Friday, Sept. 14, with “The Perils of Patient-Centered Healthcare: Uncertainty about Uncertainty.” James Dolan, associate professor of community and preventive medicine, will present the seminar, starting at noon in Helen Wood Hall 1W-510. View the full schedule for the seminar series. If you have questions about the series, contact Karen Natale-Dobson at

Renowned Egyptologist Bob Brier to Speak at MAG
Bob Brier, one of the world’s foremost authorities on mummification, will give an illustrated talk, “Napoleon in Egypt: The Beginning of Egyptology,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Memorial Art Gallery. A senior research fellow at Long Island University, Brier is the author of The Murder of Tutankhamen and Secrets of the Great Pyramid and collaborator on a number of TV specials and series. Read more...

Go Green: Eastman School Recycling Update
Receptacle recycling at the Eastman School has been overhauled in time for the new academic year. Read more...

Highland Hosts Annual Breast Cancer Education Event
Actress, humorist, and breast cancer survivor Marcia Wallace will be the keynote speaker at Highland Hospital’s 19th annual breast cancer education event, “Tickled Pink,” starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. The evening also will include an accessories auction, a caricature artist, photo booth, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails. Warm 101.3’s Tony Infantino and Kristie Credit will emcee the evening. Tickets for “Tickled Pink” are $60. To register, call 341-0530. 

Zumbathon Fundraiser to Benefit Wilmot Cancer Center
Join KT Rinallo as she celebrates one year of being cancer free during a Zumbathon fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Downtown Fitness Club, 50 Chestnut St. With a $10 donation, you may come anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. to participate. Membership to the club is not required. All proceeds will benefit the Wilmot Cancer Center.

Sept. 12, 2012
Today’s Forecast:
Sunny, High 84°
Mostly Sunny, High 85°

Today’s Event Highlight
Wilson Commons Wednesday
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons. Read more...

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Rochester in the News
Democrat and Chronicle (Sept. 10)
At Golisano Children’s Hospital Site, Kids Wield Ceremonial Shovels
University President Joel Seligman, Golisano Children’s Hospital Pediatrician-in-Chief Nina Schor and Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Bradford Berk talked about how the new hospital would transform care for children in Rochester and upstate New York. The hospital is the largest capital project in the history of the university. Seligman said its economic impact would go beyond the 1,000 construction jobs expected to be generated. Also reported by the Rochester Business Journal, Webster Post, WROC-TV, WHEC-TV, 1180 WHAM, and WXXI.

Inside Higher Ed (Sept. 11)
U. of Rochester Adopts ‘Test-Flexible’ Admissions Policy
The University has announced that it will no longer require all undergraduate applicants to submit either the SAT or ACT, but they will still have to submit some test. Others that might be used include the SAT subject exams, Advanced Placement tests or International Baccalaureate tests. In a statement, Jonathan Burdick, dean of admissions and financial aid, said: “Many prospective students ‘test well’ on general standardized exams, and bring that ability to campus, while some are best at mastering specific material in subjects that interest them most, and bring that diligence and focus. Both kinds of students can thrive at Rochester, and both will do best when they find each other here and develop many ways to collaborate and challenge each other.”

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