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In Today’s Issue

  • Eastman Students to Perform at Presidential Inauguration Event
  • Optical Scientist M. Parker Givens Dies at 96
  • Effort Aims to Improve Palliative Care in Nursing Homes
  • Java Security Advisory
  • Simon School Hosts Information Lunch at Medical Center
  • Forum Focuses on Genomics Research
  • Latest HR Intercom Available
  • Welcome Back to Wilson Commons

News and Announcements

Eastman Students to Perform at Presidential Inauguration Event
Four Eastman School student musicians will perform at the Presidential Inaugural Luncheon on Monday, Jan. 21. Violinists Che Ho Lam and Markiyan Melnychenko, violist Kelsey Farr, and cellist Hyeok Kwon were selected after a school audition process to represent Eastman during inaugural activities at the invitation of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, chairman of the 2013 Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. Read more...

Optical Scientist M. Parker Givens Dies at 96
M. Parker Givens, professor emeritus and former acting director of the Institute of Optics died peacefully Jan. 11 at age 96. Givens, a renowned teacher to generations of students ,was a professor at the University since 1947. The University flag will be lowered Jan. 16 in his honor. Read more...

Effort Aims to Improve Palliative Care in Nursing Homes
A project involving nursing homes from across upstate New York will seek to establish new standards and strengthen the quality of end-of-life care. The $1.9 million project is one of the first awards from the federal Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the only such project in New York State. Read more...

Java Security Advisory
On Friday, a new vulnerability was announced in the Oracle Java Software used by many workstations. The issue allows malicious sites to install malware that could be used to steal an individual’s identity. Oracle has released an update for the vulnerability. The problem only affects Java Software Version 7 and University IT and ISD will be pushing Java Version 7 Update 11 to managed vulnerable systems. For systems that are not managed, a manual update to the Java software is strongly recommended. Instructions on how to check the version of Java you are running and how to update, if necessary, are available here.

Simon School Hosts Information Lunch at Medical Center
Join staff and alumni from the Simon School at noon Wednesday, Jan. 16, for an information lunch about the school’s part-time medical management master’s program. The lunch will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Auditorium K-307 (3-6408) in the Medical Center. Register online.

Forum Focuses on Genomics Research
The Transcriptomics and Integrated Genomics Research Group, which includes a multidisciplinary cluster of basic and clinical scientists interested in genomics-related methods and their applications, will host its next meeting from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Medical Research Building Extension, Room 1.11211. The meeting will include a journal club review of “Revisiting Global Gene Expression Analysis” (Cell 151:476-82 (2012)). For further information, click here or contact Thomas Mariani, Division of Neonatology, Box 850, at or 276-4616.

Latest HR Intercom Available
This month’s issue of HR Intercom, a newsletter with information about Human Resources programs and resources, offers information on the UR Policy 121(Nepotism) update, details of the New York State Wage Theft Prevention Act notice, a reminder on the procedure for reporting workplace injuries, highlights of upcoming wellness programs, and more.

Welcome Back to Wilson Commons
Dining Services and Wilson Commons Student Activities invite students, faculty, and staff to Welcome Back to Wilson Commons, a spring semester kickoff celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. In addition to lunch as scheduled, local and national food vendors will be providing free samples and $1 hot pretzels will be featured in The Hive. Live music will be provided by the No Jackets Required acoustic ensemble.  Read more...
Jan. 15, 2013
Today's Forecast:
Mostly Sunny, High 37°
Partly Cloudy, High 40°

Today’s Event Highlight
Biomedical Genetics Speaker Series: Nabeel Bardeesy
“Developmental Reprogramming in Pancreatic Cancer,” 12:30 p.m., Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576), Medical Center. Read more...

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Rochester in the News
New York Times (Jan. 11)
Train a Parent, Spare a Child
Edward Deci, professor of psychology and Gowen Professor in the Social Sciences, says the biggest problem with tangible rewards is that they actually work, at least in the short run. “If you want somebody to do something, and if you have enough money, you can get them do it,” he says. “Practically anyone, practically anything.” But with children, he points out, since you are trying to get them to do the behavior “more or less ongoingly for the rest of their lives,” the technique will backfire unless you’re prepared to offer the same reward every time. “You don’t want them coming to you when they’re grown,” he says.

Discover Magazine (Jan. 11)
100 Top Stories of 2012: 86. Why Kids Make Rash Decisions
“In a classic test of willpower, psychologists found that preschoolers who could resist eating one marshmallow now to get two marshmallows later fared better as adolescents, with higher SAT scores and better concentration. For decades the “marshmallow test” has been cited as evidence that self control leads to success. But this past year, University of Rochester psychologist Celeste Kidd and colleagues proved that things are not so simple.”

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