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In Today’s Issue

  • Benefits Open Enrollment Period Begins Monday
  • Researchers Build on Diabetes-Liver Cancer Connection
  • Ob/Gyn Chair Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Fine Art Craft Show and Sale Set for This Weekend
  • Speaker Offers Career Advice for Technical Graduates
  • Learn More About Lasik at Seminar

News and Announcements

Benefits Open Enrollment Period Begins Monday
The University’s open enrollment period—the annual opportunity for faculty and staff to review and modify their current benefit plans for the upcoming calendar year—is Nov. 5–20. This year’s open enrollment offers a one-time opportunity to elect or increase your long-term disability coverage without completing a health statement, the option to add eligible dependents up to age 26 regardless of access to health care coverage through their own or a spouse’s employment, and new contribution caps for health savings and flexible spending accounts. There are also changes to the copay health care plan option, which will take on a hybrid structure—preserving customary copays for visits to primary care physicians and specialists but now also integrating a deductible, coinsurance, and out-of-pocket maximum component for inpatient stays, emergency room visits, and outpatient services. Read more about what’s new and watch your mailbox this week for details.

Researchers Build on Diabetes-Liver Cancer Connection
Diabetes mellitus is associated with a higher risk of having advanced liver cancer at the time of diagnosis, suggesting that the presence of diabetes may promote more invasive tumor biology, a Medical Center study found. Read more...

Ob/Gyn Chair Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
James Woods, the Henry A. Thiede Professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual meeting of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists District II. Read more...

Fine Art Craft Show and Sale Set for This Weekend
The Memorial Art Gallery’s 12th annual Fine Craft Show and Sale features limited-edition works by 40 master craft artists from across the country. Browse and buy from the selection of ceramics, glass, jewelry, furniture, metal, wood, wearable art, and more on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The weekend also includes a conversation with ceramists Val Cushing and Richard Aerni and a preview party on Friday. Read more...

Speaker Offers Career Advice for Technical Graduates
Kathleen Perkins, advisor to global organizations, will give a talk on the steps technical graduates should consider to start their careers more effectively. Her talk, sponsored by the SPIE chapter at the University, begins at 3:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in Goergen 101. Before the talk, faculty and students may join a brown-bag lunch at noon in Goergen 108 with the Women in Engineering group and meet Perkins. The group will discuss work-life balance and career paths. There will also be a question-and-answer session. For more information, contact Cristina Canavesi at or visit

Learn More About Lasik at Seminar
Learn about Lasik before the annual flexible spending benefit deadlines arrive. Employees and their friends and families are invited to attend a free Lasik seminar at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Flaum Eye Institute, 100 Meridian Centre. Scott MacRae and the team from the Flaum Eye Institute will help you better understand how this procedure works and who is a good candidate for Lasik. Refreshments will be served. Call 273-2020 to make a reservation or register online.

Oct. 31, 2012
Today’s Forecast:
Showers, High 48°
Showers, High 46°

Today’s Event Highlight
Scare Fair
1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Rush Rhees Library.

Check the University homepage for a special Halloween treat.

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Rochester in the News
AAUW (Oct. 25)
Meet Kate Cerulli: Advocate for Domestic Violence Victims
Kate Cerulli, the director of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership and the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization at the University of Rochester, plans to use her skills to reduce domestic violence against women.

Democrat and Chronicle (Oct. 28)
Do It: Wearing a Harness a Must for Tree Stand Safety
According to doctors at the Medical Center, which handles the region’s most serious trauma cases, local hunters continue to suffer serious injuries and death from tree stand falls despite safety advances and ongoing efforts to educate users about wearing body harnesses.

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