In Today’s Issue
- University Reaches Contract Deal with Service Workers Union
- Nancy Fried Foster Honored with Messinger Award
- Three Faculty Named Mathematical Society Fellows
- University Mourns the Loss of Victoria VanGrol
- Grant to Support LGBTQI Awareness Month
- Classical, Jazz, and Rock Concerts This Weekend
- Talk: The State of the Ultrasound
- A Cappella Concert Channels James Bond
- Save on Glasses at Optical Trunk Show
News and Announcements
University Reaches Contract Deal with Service Workers Union
After more than three months of negotiations, the University has signed a two-year contract with the union that represents approximately 1,600 of its service workers. Read more...
Nancy Fried Foster Honored with Messinger Award
In recognition of her innovative methods and influence on library culture, Nancy Friend Foster, director of anthropological research for River Campus Libraries, will receive the Martin E. Messinger Libraries Recognition Award for 2012. The annual award, created and funded by University life trustee Martin Messinger ’49 in 2007. Read more...
Three Faculty Named Mathematical Society Fellows
The American Mathematical Society has named Frederick Cohen and Douglas Ravenel, professors of mathematics, and Joseph Neisendorfer, professor emeritus of mathematics, to its inaugural class of fellows for 2013. Also named were Sam Gitler, a professor at the University from 1987 to 2002 and past department chair, and John Moore, a current research associate who served on the faculty from 1987 to 1998. Read more...
University Mourns the Loss of Victoria VanGrol
The University mourns the loss of Victoria VanGrol, a secretary for the Department of Nephrology, who died Nov. 22. VanGrol, who lived in Rochester, joined the University in 2004. University flags will be lowered Dec. 6 in her memory. Click here to read VanGrol’s obituary in the Democrat and Chronicle.
Grant to Support LGBTQI Awareness Month
The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Rochester Area Community Foundation’s LGBT Giving Circle. The grant will help support and expand LGBTQI Awareness Month programming at the University. Read more...
Classical, Jazz, and Rock Concerts This Weekend
The Department of Music presents several performances this weekend. The Wind Symphony will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30; the Symphony Orchestra takes the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1; Polish jazz artists will perform at 3 p.m. and the Rock Repertory Ensemble concert is set for 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. The concerts will be held in Strong Auditorium. A live stream of the Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra performances will be available at www.rochester.edu/news/live. Read more...
Talk: The State of the Ultrasound
Visiting physician Shrinivas Desai, director of the Department of Imaging and Radiology at Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai, will present “Magnetic Resonance Guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound—State of the Art” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium at the School of Nursing. The grand rounds talk is sponsored by the Medical Center’s India Initiative. Read more...
A Cappella Concert Channels James Bond
After Hours coed a cappella presents “License to Kill,” a James
Bond–themed show on Saturday, Dec. 8, including covers of songs by popular artists such as
Adele, Imagine Dragons, Alex Clare, David Guetta, and more. The show
will also include guest performances by Louvre Performance Ensemble and
the Binghamtonics from Binghamton University. Tickets are $6 for
students and $10 for others. Read more...
Save on Glasses at Optical Trunk Show
The Flaum Eye Institute Optical Shop’s Trunk Show and Sale is Friday, Dec. 7, from 3 to 6 p.m. Bring your employee postcard and receive an extra $10 off your purchase on the day of the show or until the end of December (contact lenses excluded). Refreshments will be served. Call 275-8762 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
Nov. 30, 2012
Weekend Event Highlight
Native American Family Day
PM Snow, High 30°
Partly Cloudy, High 45°
Sunday, Dec. 2, noon to 5 p.m., Memorial Art Gallery. Read more...
Rochester in the News
Globe and Mail (Nov. 29)
Money Not a Great Workplace Motivator, Expert Says
Motivating employees with money may not be as effective as you think, says Edward Deci, professor of psychology and Gowen Professor in the Social Sciences. “Unless you’re extremely careful with how you use rewards, you get people who are just working for the money,” he says.
U.S. News and World Report (Nov. 28)
Business Schools Divided on How to Approach Analytics Training
When the Simon School launches its new master’s of science in business administration next fall, it intends to identify the program’s concentration as business analytics, rather than big data, says Dean Mark Zupan. “We first started thinking of this as ‘big data,’ and then our alums were the ones that convinced us we’re much better positioning it as ‘business analytics’ .... There’s always been a ton of data. To think because there’s a ton of data you can make better decisions is crazy,” says Zupan. “It’s still ‘garbage in, garbage out’ if you don’t know what to extract and how to interpret it. Just having more information is not an asset in and of itself.”
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