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In Today’s Issue

  • University to Explore For-Credit Online Education
  • Rare Meteorites Created in Violent Celestial Collision
  • Dante Cicchetti Awarded $1M International Prize
  • Dark Matter Detector Installed and Submerged
  • Elizabeth Marvin Honored for Teaching
  • Only a Few Days Left to Review, Change Benefit Plans
  • Chuck Resler Tournament Starts Today
  • River Campus Holiday Social Set for Dec. 11
  • Bookstore Requests Textbook Information from Faculty
  • Dance Buzz Features Faculty, Student Performances
  • Diwali Night Celebrates Festival of Lights
  • Fitness Class Enrollment Opens Monday
  • ‘Health 4 the Holidays’ Program Begins Next Week
  • Coat Drive Assists Former Refugees

News and Announcements

University to Explore For-Credit Online Education
The University has partnered with nine peer institutions to establish a consortium to explore a new, for-credit, online course program called Semester Online. The consortium is working with the company 2U (formerly known as 2tor), which was created in 2008 to develop for-credit online courses. Read more...

Rare Meteorites Created in Violent Celestial Collision
A new study led by John Tarduno, professor of geophysics, shows that the origins of “space gems” called pallasites are more dramatic than first thought. Read more...

Dante Cicchetti Awarded $1M International Prize
Dante Cicchetti, a pioneer in the field of child development and founder and former director of the University’s Mt. Hope Family Center, has received the 2012 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize, given by the Zurich-based Jacobs Foundation. Read more...

Dark Matter Detector Installed and Submerged
Frank Wolfs, professor of physics, is among the dozens of scientists involved in an experiment to look for one of nature’s most elusive subatomic particles. Read more...

Elizabeth Marvin Honored for Teaching
Elizabeth West Marvin, professor of music theory at the Eastman School, has received the Gail Boyd de Stwolinski Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Music Theory Teaching and Scholarship. Read more...

Only a Few Days Left to Review, Change Benefit Plans
This year’s open enrollment period, which ends Tuesday, Nov. 20, offers a chance to increase long-term disability coverage, to elect a 2013 FSA or HSA contribution amount, and to note important changes to the Copay Plan option. The plan will take on a new hybrid structure, preserving customary copays for visits to primary care physicians and specialists, but now also integrating a deductible, co-insurance, and out-of-pocket maximum components for certain services. View the Decision Guide or visit the Benefits website for detailed open enrollment information. If you need help choosing health care coverage, the Benefits Office encourages employees to attend the Health Care Plan Comparison presentation today at noon in Whipple Auditorium (2-6424) at the Medical Center or one of the online sessions in the Nesbitt computer lab (G-7545) in the Medical Center today from 7:30 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or 3 to 5 p.m.

Chuck Resler Tournament Starts Today
The University hosts the annual Chuck Resler basketball tournament this weekend. The men’s team plays the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at 6 p.m. today and the women’s team takes on St. Lawrence University at 8 p.m. The full schedule is available on the Athletics website.

River Campus Holiday Social Set for Dec. 11
All faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the season during the annual River Campus Holiday Social on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the May Room, Wilson Commons. Shuttle service will be available from the Alumni and Advancement Center on East River Road, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University Facilities Center, Goler House, and Brooks Landing will be available. Shuttles will begin at 2 p.m. with initial pick up at AAC and will run continuously to and from the River Campus to all four locations until 5 p.m.

Bookstore Requests Textbook Information from Faculty
University faculty are reminded to submit spring textbook information soon to ensure timely delivery and money-saving options for students. For courses on the River Campus, contact Dianne Iannello or click here; for courses at the Medical Center, contact Scott Russell or click here; and for courses at the Eastman School, contact Tammy Spence or click here.

Dance Buzz Features Faculty, Student Performances
Dance Buzz, a showcase of faculty choreography and faculty and student performances, will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Spurrier Dance Studio on the River Campus. Tickets, which are $5 for students and $7 for others, are available at the Common Market in Wilson Commons and at the door.  Call 273-5150 for more information.

Diwali Night Celebrates Festival of Lights
Rochester Indian Association presents the sixth annual Diwali Night, the festival of lights, with performances by Desert Monsoon, UR Raas, and Trebellious. The event starts at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, in the May Room, Wilson Commons. Read more...

Fitness Class Enrollment Opens Monday
Well-U, in partnership with the URMC Fitness and Wellness Center, is offering a Zumba class on Wednesdays beginning Dec. 5 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and yoga classes on Fridays beginning Dec. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. All classes will be offered at the Fitness Center. Individuals are only eligible to register for one of the classes. Registration begins on Monday, Nov. 19. Enroll online

‘Health 4 the Holidays’ Program Begins Next Week
Well-U is offering a “Health 4 the Holidays” competition beginning Monday, Nov. 19. Holiday activities each week aim to help employees to face the challenge of staying healthy during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. The first 40 employees to sign up will receive a special gift and other prizes will be raffled off each week. Enroll online

Coat Drive Assists Former Refugees
Refugee Student Alliance is holding its fifth annual coat drive through Dec. 15. The group is collecting new or gently used coats, gloves, hats, scarves, boots, and sweaters. All donations will be delivered to Saint’s Place and Mary’s Place, nonprofit organizations that will distribute the items to former refugees settling in Rochester. For a list of drop-off locations at the River Campus, email urrefsa@gmail.com. For locations at the Medical Center and affiliated sites, email natalia_golub@urmc.rochester.edu.

Nov. 16, 2012
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Today’s Event Highlight
Entrepreneurship Networking Night
6:30 p.m., Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons.


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Rochester in the News
Daily Mail (Nov. 15)
I Told You I Was Ill! Being Neurotic Can Be Good for Your Health After All
“Neurotics are often told they will worry themselves into an early grave, but they may have the last laugh after all after scientists found the character trait could be good for your health. ‘These people are likely to weigh the consequences of their actions, and therefore their level of neuroticism coupled with conscientiousness probably stops them from engaging in risky behaviors.’” says Nicholas Turiano, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry.

City Newspaper (Nov. 14)
The 2012 Rochester Polish Film Festival
The Rochester Polish Film Festival, sponsored by the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University, writes its 15th chapter this year, with eight features and four shorts that explore aspects of the Polish experience. Also reported by 13WHAM-TV.


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