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In Today’s Issue

  • Being Neurotic, Conscientious a Good Combo for Health
  • New System Hastens Diagnosis of Heart Disease
  • Phishing Attacks Get More Sophisticated
  • Rochester Students Among Winners of Simon Competition
  • Data Shows Drug’s Potential to Ease Arthritis Symptoms
  • Recognize a Dedicated or Innovative Colleague or Team
  • Great American Smokeout Increases Odds of Quitting
  • Childhood Obesity Is Focus of Talk 
  • Latest HR Intercom Available
  • Free Qi Gong Workshop
  • RPO Offers Discount for Weekend Concerts
  • This Weekend Is Buffalo Startup Weekend
  • Basketball Event Supports Children’s Hospital

News and Announcements

Being Neurotic, Conscientious a Good Combo for Health
Under certain circumstances neuroticism can be good for your health, according to a Medical Center study showing that some self-described neurotics also tended to have the lowest levels of Interleukin 6, a biomarker for inflammation and chronic disease. Read more...

New System Hastens Diagnosis of Heart Disease
Doctors can detect evidence of heart disease faster than ever before using new 3-D nuclear imaging technology at the Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Center. Read more...

Phishing Attacks Get More Sophisticated
The University is experiencing a dramatic increase in targeted phishing and spam attacks. Faculty, staff, and students have been receiving emails that are created to look as if they came from University Information Technology, Information Systems Division, the IT help desk, or other support locations. The emails look remarkably like valid University communications—using the University logo, department names, and official branding or formatting. Visit the security website to learn how to protect yourself.

Rochester Students Among Winners of Simon Competition
Undergraduates from 15 colleges and universities across the country competed in the Early Leaders Case Competition at the Simon School earlier this month. Winning teams included Rochester students Roshal Patel ’13, Amy Esplain ’16, and Pierce Schultz ’15. Read more...

Data Shows Drug’s Potential to Ease Arthritis Symptoms
At the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting this week, Christopher Ritchlin, professor of medicine, presented new, phase-3 findings further demonstrating the potential of Stelara—a biologic therapy already approved for patients with the red, scaly skin condition psoriasis—to help alleviate arthritic symptoms that vex about 25 percent of psoriasis sufferers. Read more...

Recognize a Dedicated or Innovative Colleague or Team
Nominations for three staff awards—the Witmer Award for Distinguished Service, the Meliora Award, and the Staff Community Service Award—are being accepted through Feb. 7. The Witmer Award recognizes staff members for their accomplishments, leadership, and dedication to the University, as demonstrated over the course of their career. The Meliora Award recognizes staff members whose performance over the past year exemplifies the University’s motto, Meliora. The Staff Community Service Award recognizes contributions of nonmanagement staff to the University community (in a capacity other than their usual assignment) or to the benefit of the greater Rochester community. Full- and part-time active staff from any division of the University are eligible. Details and nomination materials are available online. Direct questions to Human Resources at 273-4320 or 275-4642.

Great American Smokeout Increases Odds of Quitting
The 37th annual Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is today, and experts at the Wilmot Cancer Center and the Greater Rochester Area Tobacco Cessation Center are ready to help smokers achieve success in their quest to quit. Read more...

Childhood Obesity Is Focus of Talk
Wade Norwood, director of community engagement for Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, will present “Let’s Go Fly a Kite: Using Public Policy Advocacy to Address Childhood Overweight and Obesity by Promoting and Supporting Play” at noon Friday, Nov. 16, in the Helen Wood Hall auditorium (1-304). Sponsored by the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine and the Center for Community Health, the event will include a light luncheon. Read more...

Latest HR Intercom Available
This month’s issue of HR Intercom, a newsletter with information about Human Resources programs and resources, includes important retirement program information, details on the 2013 President’s Staff Awards nominations, new hire orientation holiday schedules, and information on time reporting and employee pay. The newsletter also features tips and activities to help you stay healthy through the holidays.

Free Qi Gong Workshop
Lisa O’Shea, founder of the Qi Gong Institute of Rochester, offers a Qi Gong workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in Spurrier Dance Studio on the River Campus. For more information, call 273-5150.

RPO Offers Discount for Weekend Concerts
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra offers University faculty, staff, and alumni 50 percent off tickets for Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique,” tonight and Saturday night at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. To order tickets, click here and enter priority code UROC or call 454-2100. Student tickets to all RPO Philharmonics concerts are $10.

This Weekend Is Buffalo Startup Weekend
Buffalo’s first Startup Weekend—Nov. 16–18, is an intense 54-hour event at which teams of software developers, graphic designers, engineers, and business people form the basis of a credible business in just three days. Food, drinks, and prizes for the top-rated teams are included in registration. Attendees from the University can use discount code SWROCH at registration for half-price ($25) tickets.

Basketball Event Supports Children’s Hospital
Women’s basketball teams from the College at Brockport, Vassar College, Keuka College, and Nazareth College will compete in the second annual Onnie’s Classic at Nazareth this weekend to raise money for the Golisano Children’s Hospital. Proceeds will support the Onnie Wells Child Life Activity Room at the hospital. Admission is $5 for both games each day. The event will also recognize honorary captains Jamie White and Kelsey Fahy, who both spent time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Read more...

Nov. 15, 2012
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Today’s Event Highlight
International Night
7 p.m., May Room, Wilson Commons.

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Rochester in the News
MSNBC (Nov. 9)
Smokers May Fare Worse After Colorectal Surgery
Smoking has long been linked with slower recovery in general from injuries and surgeries, and now a new study finds that smokers face more complications and higher chances of death following major surgery for colorectal cancers and other diseases. "We wanted to see if smoking has a specific effect on these patients ... and really wanted to know if patients who stopped smoking had better results," says lead author Abhiram Sharma, who was at the University of Rochester  during the study.

Democrat and Chronicle (Nov. 13)
Preterm Birth Rate Drops in New York, Nation
The rate of premature births in New York declined for the second year in a row in 2011, according to figures from the National Center for Health Statistics. “New York’s progress means that more babies are being born healthy, excess health care costs are being reduced, and families are being spared the heartache of having a baby born too soon,” says Christopher Glantz, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Medical Center.

Sports Buzz
Yellowjackets at Home
Men’s Basketball
Nov. 16–17: Chuck Resler Tournament.
Nov. 20: 8 p.m., Nazareth College.

Women’s Basketball
Nov. 16–17: Chuck Resler Tournament.
Nov. 20: 6 p.m., William Smith College.

Get the latest sports news at the Rochester Athletics website.

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