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In Today's Issue

  • Research Improves Light-Based Hydrogen Production
  • Health Care Plan Comparisons Illustrate Options
  • Cross Country Event Could Impact Parking, Traffic
  • University Mourns the Loss of Zachary Boyce
  • Conference: Creating an Inclusive Research Climate
  • Talk Kicks Off Primary Care Week
  • Forum: Making Sense of Teacher Evaluations
  • Shared Resources Laboratories Knowledge Festival
  • YellowJackets Present Fall Show
  • Young Leaders Host Casual Lunch
  • Great American SmokeOut Expo
  • Presentation Offers Health Holiday Food Alternatives

News and Announcements

Research Improves Light-Based Hydrogen Production
A group of University chemists has found a way to increase the output and lower the cost of current light-driven hydrogen-production systems. Read more...

Health Care Plan Comparisons Illustrate Options
As employees evaluate and elect their benefits plans through the 2013 open enrollment period—running now through Nov. 20—a new resource from the Benefits Office helps estimate how each of the University’s health plans might work for different health care needs. The University health care plans employee examples brochure helps employees understand the health care plan options and estimate the total annual costs by providing illustrative individual and family comparisons based on expected frequency of care, premiums, and coverage needs. Learn more at an upcoming information session. Read more...

Cross Country Event Could Impact Parking, Traffic
Athletics and Recreation is hosting the NCAA Atlantic Regional Cross Country Championships Saturday at Genesee Valley Park. Participants will begin arriving at 8 a.m. and spectators shortly after that. Traffic and parking in the Elmwood Avenue and Kendrick Road area near the park are expected to be busy. There is limited parking available in the park. Overflow parking, including team buses and vans, will be directed to Park Lot. The men’s race begins at 11 a.m., the women’s race at noon. Nearly 800 runners are registered to compete. If you must travel in this area on Saturday, Athletics and Recreation reminds you to plan accordingly.

University Mourns the Loss of Zachary Boyce
University flags will be lowered Wednesday, Nov. 14, in memory of Zachary Boyce, a human resources representative in the Benefits Office, who died Nov. 4. Boyce, who lived in Henrietta, joined the University in September. His obituary appeared in the Democrat and Chronicle.

Conference: Creating an Inclusive Research Climate
On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity will host the first campuswide diversity-related research conference, “Creating an Inclusive Research Climate,” from noon to 4 p.m. The keynote speaker is Roger Worthington, professor of psychology at the University of Missouri and editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Following the keynote will be discussions and a poster session on the themes of the legitimacy of diversity-related scholarship, gaining inclusion into the “canon,” minority research subject participation and recruitment, and publishing. More information and registration is available online.

Talk Kicks Off Primary Care Week
Andrew Morris-Singer, president and principal founder of Primary Care Progress, will give a keynote address, “Revitalizing Primary Care: All Hands on Deck,” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov.12, in the Medical Center’s Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425). The talk will be held in honor of Primary Care Week (Nov. 12–16), an annual event that  aims to highlight the importance of primary care. This year’s theme is “The Future of Health Care.” Contact for more information.

Forum: Making Sense of Teacher Evaluations
The Warner School’s Urban Teaching and Leadership Program presents a forum on “Teacher Evaluations: Making Sense of the Annual Professional Performance Review” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Dewey Hall 2-162. Read more...

Shared Resources Laboratories Knowledge Festival
The Medical Center’s Shared Resources Laboratories are hosting a Knowledge Festival from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today in the Flaum Atrium at the Medical Center. The core groups of flow cytometry, electron microscopy, microscopy and multiphoton, genomics, and proteomics, will host sessions throughout the event. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. The event is sponsored by the the Shared Resources Laboratories and the Medical Center Postdoctoral Association.

YellowJackets Present Fall Show
The YellowJackets a cappella group presents “The Amazing Avengers Rises” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in Strong Auditorium. The show will feature new songs from artists like One Direction, Nicki Minaj, Jason Mraz, and more. The YellowJackets will be joined by Rochester a cappella groups Vocal Point and Trebellious. General admission tickets are $10 and are available at the Common Market in Wilson Commons and at Limited tickets will also be sold at the door. Contact for more information.

Young Leaders Host Casual Lunch
All are welcome to join the Young Leaders @ UR for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Wilson Commons 121 with Paul Spaulding, senior operations officer for Arts, Sciences & Engineering. Learn about his role at the University and hear more about planning for major facilities projects at the University while networking with other colleagues. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Tony Green at

Great American SmokeOut Expo
Well-U is hosting a Great American SmokeOut Expo on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Flaum Atrium at the Medical Center and on Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Bridge Lounge in Wilson Commons from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The expo will include representatives from the Healthy Living Center, University Health Service, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, Go Green Pledge, Greater Rochester Area Tobacco Cessation Center, Excellus, Aetna, and Colleges Against Cancer. Stop by to receive smoking cessation information and enter to win one of many raffle prizes.

Presentation Offers Health Holiday Food Alternatives
Well-U in partnership with the Medical Center’s Fitness and Wellness Center are hosting a presentation on how to fight holiday weight gain on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. or from 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. in the Fitness  and Wellness Center. Kimberly Povec from the Healthy Living Center will discuss healthy eating decisions. Enroll online.

Nov. 9, 2012
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Weekend Event Highlight
Playing With Words—An Afternoon of Exploring and Singing Poetry
Saturday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m. Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman East Wing. Read more...

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Rochester in the News
Democrat and Chronicle (Nov. 7)
Wendell Castle, Chet Catallo, and UR Honored by Arts Council
“It’s not often that a keynote speech at a community luncheon is a monologue given by an area university theater student. Yet Mrs. Sorken, aka University of Rochester senior Annalise Baird, entertained the audience at the Arts & Cultural Council of Greater Rochester luncheon Tuesday by spinning a tale on how the arts feed the soul.”

Democrat and Chronicle (Nov. 7)
Sean Lahman: UR Researchers Perfect Lasik
A patent was issued a few weeks ago to a pair of University researchers for a technology that has already helped tens of thousands of people. Scott MacRae, director of the Refractive Surgery Center at the Flaum Eye Institute, and Manoj Venkiteshwar, formerly a postdoctoral researcher at the University’s Center for Visual Science, received patent No. 8,273,077 for their invention, dubbed the Rochester Nomogram. The system is based on a complex formula that helps physicians understand how a patient’s eye will respond to refractive surgery, such as Lasik, enabling doctors to make adjustments for the best possible outcome.

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