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In Today’s Issue

  • MSNBC Analyst to Deliver Martin Luther King Address
  • Mary Ann Mavrinac Installed as Dean of River Campus Libraries
  • Medical Center Researchers Accelerate Blood Stem Cells
  • New Voluntary Retirement Contributions Enrollment Process Postponed
  • Faculty Urged to Participate in Climate Survey
  • Students to Show off Homemade Musical Instruments
  • Talk: ‘The Quality Measurement Tsunami’
  • Exhibition Features University Faculty, Staff

News and Announcements

MSNBC Analyst to Deliver Martin Luther King Address
Melissa Harris-Perry, noted scholar and host of her own MSNBC current affairs program, will deliver the University’s 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address on Thursday, Jan. 17. The free talk begins at 6 p.m. in Strong Auditorium. Harris-Perry’s address will focus on racial issues, religious questions, and gender concerns related to American politics. Read more...

Mary Ann Mavrinac Installed as Dean of River Campus Libraries
“There has never been a better time to be in academic libraries,” said Mary Ann Mavrinac, speaking at her investiture as the Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of River Campus Libraries, held Monday, Dec. 3. “The pace of change is, quite frankly, riveting.” Read more...

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Medical Center Researchers Accelerate Blood Stem Cells
Medical Center scientists are testing a new approach to speed a patient’s recovery of blood counts during a vulnerable period after a stem-cell transplant, according to a study published in the journal Stem Cells. Read more...

New Voluntary Retirement Contributions Enrollment Process Postponed
The Benefits Office recently sent a letter announcing a new way to enroll and make changes to your University’s retirement plans account, with a quiet period for making contribution changes from Dec. 6 to Dec. 12. The new enrollment process and quiet period has been postponed until 2013. You may continue to make changes to your contributions or enroll in the retirement program through Retirement Program Self-Service in HRMS. No action is required on your part and there will be no impact to your account. Call TIAA-CREF at 800-410-6497, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with any questions.

Faculty Urged to Participate in Climate Survey
The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity has asked the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) to undertake a faculty climate survey that will help the office understand what the University is doing well and areas that need improvement. The confidential and anonymous survey will cover tenured and tenure-track faculty, excluding Medical Center faculty who recently completed Faculty Forward. A high participation rate from faculty is vital to understanding priority areas for faculty support. The survey began in October and runs through Jan. 18. For more information, contact Vivian Lewis.

Students to Show off Homemade Musical Instruments
Students taking the Physics of Music class, taught by Andrew Jordan, associate professor of physics, will give a presentation on the homemade musical instruments they made for the class and perform a short concert on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The event runs begins at 10 a.m. in Goergen Hall’s Munnerlyn Atrium. Watch a video from last year’s presentation.

Talk: ‘The Quality Measurement Tsunami
Robert Panzer, chief quality officer and associate vice president for patient care quality and safety at the Medical Center, will present “The Quality Measurement Tsunami—What Measures and Scorecards are Worthy of Attention?” at the next Public Health Grand Rounds on Friday, Dec. 7. The talk begins at noon in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W304). A light lunch will be provided. Sponsored by the Department of Public Health Sciences and the Center for Community Health.

Exhibition Features University Faculty, Staff
“The City Is Asleep and Dreaming,” a series of public art exhibitions organized by Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge, assistant professor of art, and Rochester artist Jason Bernagozzi, will hold its December event from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in the National Bank building at 35 State St. in Rochester. The event will feature visual, dance, and performance artists from the western and central New York region, including faculty and staff from the University. Read more...

Dec. 6, 2012
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Today’s Event Highlight
Artist’s Reception: Phillia Yi
4:30–6:30 p.m., Gallery at the Art and Music Library, Rush Rhees Library. Read more...

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Rochester in the News
Huffington Post (Dec. 4)
Your Next Phone Will Know What You’re Feeling
Researchers at the University have developed an algorithm that can detect human emotions through speech with greater accuracy than was previously possible and without analyzing the meaning of the speakers’ words. “We actually used recordings of actors reading out the date of the month—it really doesn’t matter what they say, it’s how they’re saying it that we’re interested in,” says Wendi Heinzelman, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and dean of graduate studies for Arts, Sciences & Engineering. Also reported by New York Daily News, Computerworld New Zealand, Science Daily, and more.

Library Journal (Dec. 4)
Seven Questions with Library Anthropologist Nancy Fried Foster
Nancy Fried Foster recently won the University’s Martin E. Messinger Libraries Recognition Award for 2012, for her work applying anthropological principles to the study of the University’s libraries and their users.

Sports Buzz
Yellowjackets at Home
Men’s Basketball
Dec. 8: 4 p.m. vs. Hobart College.

Women’s Basketball
Dec. 11: 7 p.m. vs. RIT

Get the latest sports news at the Rochester Athletics website.

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