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In Today’s Issue

  • Alok Khorana to Head International Group
  • Martha Mock Honored With Innovative Practices Award
  • Want to Take Part in the Fringe Festival?
  • Online Registration for Meliora Weekend Closes Oct. 8
  • Internet Explorer Security Advisory
  • Video: Clothesline Festival
  • Talk: Ethical Implications of Genetic Screening
  • Event Marks Postdoc Appreciation Week
  • TEAM Master’s Program Info Session Is Sept. 20
  • Book Sales Benefit Children’s Hospital

News and Announcements

Alok Khorana to Head International Group
Alok Khorana, vice chief of the hematology/oncology division at the Wilmot Cancer Center, has been appointed chairman of the Hemostasis and Malignancy Subcommittee of the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. Read more...

Martha Mock Honored With Innovative Practices Award
Disability transition expert Martha Mock, assistant professor who holds joint appointments at the Warner School and in the Department of Pediatrics, has been selected for the 2012 Marc Gold Innovative Practices in Transition Award from the Division on Career Development and Transition. Read more...

Want to Take Part in the Fringe Festival?
The inaugural First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival starts today at various Rochester locations, including the Eastman School. Want to get involved? Participants are wanted for the “UR Dances” flash mob. A rehearsal is planned before the live event on Sept. 22. An instructional video is also available for those who can’t attend the rehearsal.

Online Registration for Meliora Weekend Closes Oct. 8
Oct. 8 is the deadline to complete online registration for Meliora Weekend. Check out a performance by comedian Craig Ferguson on Friday, Oct. 12, enjoy the Celebration of Diversity luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 13, sign up for the Presidential Symposium on “The Humanities, Artistic Expression, and the Digital Age: Innovation and Opportunities” on Oct. 13, or attend one of the many other programs and activities scheduled throughout Meliora Weekend, Oct. 11–14. Visit to register online. Paper registration forms are due Monday, Oct. 1.

Internet Explorer Security Advisory
On Monday, Microsoft released an advisory concerning a flaw in Internet Explorer that could allow an attacker to install malware and take complete control of a victim’s machine. There is no known fix for this flaw at this time. University IT reminds you to use safe computing practices. Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date (University users click here; URMC users click here). It’s suggested that you limit your use of Internet Explorer in accessing internet sites. Internal University web use is fine. A communication will be provided once a patch is available for the vulnerability.

Video: Clothesline Festival
A new video looks back at this year’s M&T Bank Clothesline Festival, a tradition that goes back to 1957, when 101 artists from the Rochester area hung their paintings on clotheslines along the fence in front of the Memorial Art Gallery.

Talk: Ethical Implications of Genetic Screening
The genetic screening of fertilized human embryos poses ethical questions. Erin Taylor, assistant professor of philosophy at Cornell University, will discuss the ethical questions posed by genetic screening in her presentation “Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis and the Non-Identity Problem” from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in K-207 (2-6408), Medical Center. Lunch will be provided.

Event Marks Postdoc Appreciation Week
Graduate students and postdocs at the University are invited to attend a session on “Negotiating and Networking” with Don Asher from noon to 1 p.m. today in Adolph Auditorium (1-7619) at the Medical Center. A pizza lunch will be provided. The event is sponsored by the University’s Postdoc Association and Office of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affair, in honor of National Postdoc Appreciation Week.

TEAM Master’s Program Info Session Is Sept. 20
Learn about the master of science in Technical Entrepreneurship and Management (TEAM) degree program at an information session Thursday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Center for Entrepreneurship, 1-211 Carol Simon Hall. The session will be hosted by Andrea Galati, executive director of the program. Scholarships are available for the University community. RSVP to 276-3500 or

Book Sales Benefit Children’s Hospital
Retired local educator, writer William Guiffre ’56, ’63W (Mas), ’78W (EdD) is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of his children’s picture books to Golisano Children’s Hospital. Visit to purchase the books and request the donation when you check out. You can also choose to have your books signed by the author.

Sept. 19, 2012
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Event Highlight
Benefits Expo
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 19, Flaum Atrium, Medical Center.

10 am. to 3 p.m., Sept. 20, May Room, Wilson Commons.

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Rochester in the News
WROC-TV (Sept. 14)
University of Rochester Science Teacher Awarded Prize
David Williams—the William G. Allyn Professor of Optics in the Institute of Optics, director of the Center for Visual Science, and dean for research in Arts, Science & Engineering—has been awarded a $630,000 prize for what is being deemed a major breakthrough in vision science.

Democrat and Chronicle (Sept. 18)
Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Submits Plan
The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council has officially made its 2012 bid for state largesse, submitting a broad-based growth proposal that foresees 50,000 new jobs in the region by 2016. “We believe that—with the continued support of New York State—the region can accelerate its transformation to a diverse and knowledge-based economy and continue to outperform much of the nation and the state in job growth,” council cochairs Joel Seligman and Danny Wegman said in a statement accompanying the submission.

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