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In Today’s Issue

  • Golisano Foundation Honors Five Employees
  • Jack Hall, Influential Statistics Expert, Dies
  • CTSI Weekly Update Available
  • This Week Is National Save for Retirement Week
  • Family Therapy Program Open House
  • Deck the Halls with Safety in Mind
  • Game Tests Identity Protection Knowledge
  • Walk with a Doc and Discuss Breast Cancer Awareness
  • New Recycling Poster Available
  • Lasik Seminar Scheduled for Nov. 3

News and Announcements

Golisano Foundation Honors Five Employees
The Golisano Foundation presented its 2012 Leadership Awards for Exemplary Healthcare Services to five Medical Center health care professionals who have demonstrated extraordinary work to improve health care and access to care for people with intellectual disabilities. Read more...

Jack Hall, Influential Statistics Expert, Dies
W. Jackson (Jack) Hall, professor emeritus of statistics, professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, and an international authority on statistical designs for modern clinical trials, died Oct. 14. University flags will be lowered Thursday, Nov. 1, in Hall’s honor. Read more...

CTSI Weekly Update Available
Weekly Update, produced by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, includes information about events, collaboration opportunities, career development opportunities, and funding opportunities related to clinical and translational science. Weekly Update is delivered every Friday via email. Click here to join the CTSI-News listserv and receive the publication. If you have an item you’d like to publicize in Weekly Update, contact Nicole O’Dell.

This Week Is National Save for Retirement Week
To encourage employees to save more for retirement, the Benefits Office is recognizing National Save for Retirement Week, Oct. 21–27. You are encouraged to reflect on your financial situation and see if you’re on track for meeting your retirement goals. You can also explore the resources available to help you achieve those goals, including complimentary individual consultations with a TIAA-CREF representative. Visit or call 1-800-410-6497.

Family Therapy Program Open House
Learn about the Department of Psychiatry’s family therapy training program at one of two open houses at the Medical Center: Friday, Oct. 26, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Bartlett Room (1-9043) or Friday, Nov. 9, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Saunders Research Building (1-404). Contact Diana Julian at or 275-2532 to attend an open house or for more information.

Deck the Halls with Safety in Mind
Many staff members and students enjoy decorating their rooms, offices, and residential facilities for the holidays. Environmental Health and Safety reminds the University community that there are numerous fire-safety hazards that can be created by decorations. The department offers the following guidelines for Medical Center patient-care areas and for River Campus facilities and off-site housing.

Game Tests Identity Protection Knowledge
Try University IT’s Identity Protection Zombie Survival Game and check your identity protection knowledge. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, send them to

Walk with a Doc and Discuss Breast Cancer Awareness
Join Roger Oskvig, associate professor of medicine, for a walk on Wednesday, Oct. 24, as he discusses breast cancer awareness. The walking group will meet at noon at the entrance of the School of Medicine of Dentistry. Enroll online.

New Recycling Poster Available
The University’s recycling office recently revised its educational poster. You may have seen the two new posters framed in nearly 150 locations across the University. The new posters are available to be viewed, downloaded, and printed at

Lasik Seminar Scheduled for Nov. 3
Learn about Lasik before the annual flexible spending account deadlines. Employees, their friends, and families are invited to attend a free Lasik seminar at the Flaum Eye Institute at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 100 Meridian Centre. Learn how the procedure works and who is a good candidate. Refreshments will be served. Call 273-2020 to make a reservation or register online.

Oct. 22, 2012
Today’s Forecast:
Sunny, High 62°
Showers, High 61°

The Week Ahead
Wednesday, Oct. 24
Angela Bonavoglia Lecture: Hear About the Real Good Catholic Girls, 5 p.m., Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library.

Thursday, Oct. 25

Friday, Oct. 26
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Speaker: Jesse Goodman, noon, Helen Wood Hall Auditorium, School of Nursing.

Cinema Group Film: Abraham Lincoln—Vampire Hunter, 7, 9:15, and 11:30 p.m., Hoyt Auditorium.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Brass Choir Halloween Spooktacular IV, 8 p.m., Strong Upper Auditorium.

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Rochester in the News
Pysch Central (Oct. 18)
Language Mirrors Brain’s Desire for Clarity
In a new study, researchers from the University of Rochester and Georgetown University believe the brain’s tendency toward efficient communication is an underlying reason that many human languages are comparable

Democrat and Chronicle (Oct. 19)
Vaccinex, OyaGen, and Thermal Gradient Among Those Making Waves in Biotechnology
Harold Smith is professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the University and the founder of OyaGen Inc., one of a handful of biotech startups at the Rochester BioVenture Center. The company is based on Smith’s research on developing new drugs to prevent the spread of HIV through sexual contact and a treatment that could prevent the virus from mutating.

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