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In Today’s Issue

  • Directorship of Rare Books Endowed
  • Study: How to Relax, Relieve Nausea from Chemotherapy
  • University Mourns the Loss of Cynthia Vacca
  • Faculty Satisfaction Survey Deadline Approaching
  • Satcher Awards Nomination Deadline Is Jan. 18
  • Scientists Want to Study Your Flu Germs
  • Event: Sharing of Innovations in Teaching
  • Send In Your Guess for February Snowfall
  • Gala Wine Tasting Fundraiser Marks 22 Years

News and Announcements

Directorship of Rare Books Endowed
Joseph Lambert ’59 and Harold Schleifer have made a $1 million commitment to endow the directorship of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation at the River Campus Libraries. The position plays a key role in the University’s efforts to preserve, digitize, and share historic collections. Read more...

Study: How to Relax, Relieve Nausea from Chemotherapy
The Medical Center is launching a large study across upstate New York in its continuing quest to help cancer patients cope with nausea during chemotherapy by using relaxation techniques and acupressure wrist bands. Read more...

University Mourns the Loss of Cynthia Vacca
University flags will be lowered Jan. 10 in memory of Cynthia Vacca, who died Dec. 19. An active nurse leader for the 8-3600 unit until 1998, Vacca had worked at the University since 1981. Her obituary appeared in the Democrat and Chronicle

Faculty Satisfaction Survey Deadline Approaching
The deadline for participation in the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) faculty satisfaction survey is Jan. 18. Through the survey, the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity hopes to find ways to strengthen the quality of professional life for University faculty. If you were one of the nearly 500 faculty who received an email invitation, the office urges you to complete the survey as soon as possible. Faculty who complete the survey are eligible for a drawing to receive an Apple iPad. Contact Vivian Lewis with any questions or concerns.

Satcher Awards Nomination Deadline Is Jan. 18
The Center for Community Health is seeking nominations for the 2013 fourth Annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards, recognizing individual Medical Center faculty and staff for significant contributions to the health of the community. The deadline for nominations is noon Friday, Jan. 18. Read more...

Scientists Want to Study Your Flu Germs
The Medical Center’s infectious disease researchers are collecting blood samples and throat swabs to learn more about seasonal flu viruses—the amount of virus that resides in the nasal cavity, how long people are contagious, and how the disease spreads throughout households. Read more...

Event: Sharing of Innovations in Teaching
The annual Sharing of Innovations in Teaching event will take place Monday, March 18,  from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in LeChase Hall Room 215. The event provides faculty with the opportunity to learn more about current teaching trends in higher education. Faculty from across the University are welcome to attend. Reserve your spot.

Send In Your Guess for February Snowfall
Part of an ongoing effort to encourage winter walking safety, the Department of Horticulture and Grounds and the Department of Environmental Health and Safety are sponsoring the Winter Penguin Contest for 2013. Guess the total snowfall for the month of February and win a University backpack or sackpack. Details of the contest and a poster you can print are available here. Entries must be received by Feb. 1.

Gala Wine Tasting Fundraiser Marks 22 Years
Strong Memorial Hospital’s Gala Wine Tasting is scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom, 125 E. Main St. Presented by Friends of Strong, the event marks its 22nd year raising money for patients and families at Strong Memorial Hospital. New this year is a curated selection of artisanal craft beers in addition to hundreds of vintage wines. Read more...

Jan. 9, 2013
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Today’s Event Highlight
Framing Edo: Masterworks from Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views
Memorial Art Gallery.

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Rochester in the News
Democrat and Chronicle (Jan. 7)
Residents Head to the Inauguration
“A busload of students will leave Rochester at 10 p.m. for a seven-hour bus trip to Washington. They’ll ride a packed subway, then stand shoulder to shoulder for hours in the cold, watching something on a screen that’s also being broadcast to living rooms nationwide. When it’s over, they’ll drive back through the night to Rochester, getting to campus at 2 a.m. No tickets to the event. No hotel rooms. No fancy cocktail parties.
The trip may sound utterly exhausting. But for 52 University of Rochester students, the 2013 presidential inauguration will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Business Insider (Jan. 7)
Left-leaning Investors Invest Less in the ‘Sin’ Stocks
Two economics professors analyzed the political contributions and stock holdings of U.S. mutual fund and hedge fund managers and found that the ones that contribute blue tend to underweight companies that are considered socially irresponsible.
According to this study by Harrison Hong, professor of economics at Princeton, and Leonard Kostovetsky, assistant professor of finance at the Simon School, this result holds true even for funds that are not explicitly SRI (socially responsible investing).

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