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In Today’s Issue

  • Greek University Awards Honorary Degree to Richard Ryan
  • AlertUR Test Tonight
  • Election Season Reminder
  • Nominations Sought for Presidential Diversity Award
  • ‘Healthy Eyes: How to Protect Your Sight’
  • Events Honor Late History Professor
  • Information Session on the Good Food Collective
  • Walk with a Doc and Discuss Diabetes
  • Capoeira Workshops, Performance Planned
  • Program Offers Chance to Attend Fitness Classes

News and Announcements

Greek University Awards Honorary Degree to Richard Ryan
Richard Ryan, a professor of psychology and education at and cofounder of a leading theory of human motivation, was presented an honorary doctorate by the University of Thessaly in Greece this week. The award recognizes Ryan’s “significant contribution in the field of psychology, human behavior, and well-being worldwide.” Read more...

AlertUR Test Tonight
The fall semester test of AlertUR, the University’s emergency notification system, will occur tonight at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of the twice-a-year test is to activate the AlertUR system and check that it is working effectively. In the event of an emergency, alerts are sent by voice, text, or email message. For more information, or to review your contact information for AlertUR, visit and sign in with your NetID and password.

Election Season Reminder
As a tax-exempt entity, the University must abide by federal and state laws prohibiting the use of its facilities, funds, email, personnel, or other resources to promote or support individuals or organizations campaigning for public office. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to be active and engaged citizens. However, Sue Stewart, senior vice president and general counsel, reminds the University community that when speaking out on political issues, if they mention their University association, they should make clear that the views expressed are their own and not intended to represent the University. Individuals may not use any University resources for political purposes. For more information, see Human Resources Policy 112 or contact the Office of Government and Community Relations.

Nominations Sought for Presidential Diversity Award
Nominations are being accepted for this year’s Presidential Diversity Awards. The awards recognize faculty, staff, students, units, departments, or teams who have demonstrated leadership in recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, research, multicultural programming, cultural competency, community outreach activities, or other initiatives that promote diversity or inclusion. Nomination materials are available online. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

‘Healthy Eyes: How to Protect Your Sight’
Glaucoma specialist Regina Smolyak, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Flaum Eye Institute, will discuss common vision problems and conditions at the next “Got Health?” free health talk, “Healthy Eye: How to Protect Your Sight.” The presentation will be held from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. today in the Kate Gleason Auditorium at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, 115 South Ave. The talk is sponsored by the Center for Community Health in partnership with the Central Library.

Events Honor Late History Professor
“A Celebration of the Life of Lynn D. Gordon” is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, in the sanctuary of the Interfaith Chapel. There will also be a symposium, “Women, Professions, and Politics: A Historical Symposium in Memory of Lynn D. Gordon”  Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library (RSVP required). The Jewish Women’s Archive recently published a tribute to Gordon, professor emerita of history and former faculty member at the Warner School, who died in February.

Information Session on the Good Food Collective
Well-U welcomes Chris Hartman from the Good Food Collective for an information session highlighting the program’s winter session. The program offers University employees affordable and convenient access to local farms and fresh, sustainable foods. The information session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, in the Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555) in the Medical Center. Enroll online.

‘Walk with a Doc’ and Discuss Diabetes
Join Geoffrey Williams, professor of medicine, for walk on Saturday, Oct. 20, as he discusses diabetes. The walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Brooks Landing parking lot, 910 Genesee St. Family and friends are welcome to join. Enroll online.

Capoeira Workshops, Performance Planned
Todd Russell, an instructor in the Program of Dance and Movement, will present three workshops on capoeira, a Brazilian form of martial arts dance, on Saturday, Oct. 20, in Spurrier Dance Studio. The workshops at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12:30 pm. will be followed by “com Expressao: An evening of Capoeira” at 5 p.m. Tickets for the evening performance are $5 and are  available from the Common Market in Wilson Commons. For more information, call 273-5150 or visit

Program Offers Chance to Attend Fitness Classes
The six-week Class Zone program allows those who are not members of the Medical Center Fitness and Wellness Center to attend three classes per week. Nine classes— ranging from yoga to sculpting to boot camp to Zumba—are available. All participants will receive a water bottle from Well-U. The program, which begins Oct. 22, costs $25.

Oct. 18, 2012

Today's Forecast:
PM Showers/Wind, High 66°
Partly Cloudy, High 64°

Today’s Event Highlight
Talk: ‘Hands on the Freedom Plow’
7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Interfaith Chapel.

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Rochester in the News
USA Today (Oct. 16)
Updated Marshmallow Test Offers Insight on Kids Delayed Gratification
“Astounding” is the word that Richard Aslin, the William R. Kenan professor of brain and cognitive sciences, uses to describe the results of the robust study that demonstrates that the ability to delay gratification is influenced as much by the environment as by innate ability. If the marshmallow task sounds familiar, it's because it is not a new concept. But the work of Aslin, lead author Celeste Kidd and coauthor Holly Palmeri has entirely new implications. Also reported by The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, Bloomberg Businessweek, Popular Science, and more.

Democrat and Chronicle (Oct. 17)
Catherine Cerulli Brings Commitment to Women’s Issues to UR Post
On Sept. 1, Catherine Cerulli became the newly appointed director of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership at the University. Her new post embraces her commitment to women’s issues, including leadership.

Sports Buzz
Yellowjackets at Home
Field Hockey
Oct. 24: 6 p.m. vs. St. John Fisher College.

Get the latest sports news at the Rochester Athletics website.

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