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In Today’s Issue

  • Events Mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Scientific American: John Covach Discusses Study of Popular Music
  • Talk: Reshaping Health Care in New York State
  • ‘A Conversation on Race: A Process of Discovery’
  • Medical Center Offers Free Physicals
  • Information on Data Classifications
  • Genomics Research Center Closed Jan. 22–24
  • Demonstration Features Gluten-Free Cooking
  • Weight Watchers Open House
  • Dress Down, Call In to Support Cancer Center

News and Announcements

Events Mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day
At 8:45 a.m. today, Eastman Theatre will host a Communitywide Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. Greater Rochester Commission. The free event features a keynote address by Paul Burgett, University vice president. The 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service will also be held at 11:30 a.m. today in Whipple Auditorium (2-6424) in the Medical Center. The inauguration of President Barack Obama will be streamed live at the free event, which is sponsored by 1199 SEIU. Read more about Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the University.

Scientific American: John Covach Discusses Study of Popular Music
“Since the rise of recordings and radio in the early twentieth century, music has been a constant and often integral part of American culture,” writes John Covach, the Mercer Brugler Distinguished Teaching Professor, chair of the College Department of Music, and professor of music theory at the Eastman School, in a guest blog for Scientific American that details the importance of studying popular music. “Any comprehensive account of the history of the last one hundred years requires at least some understanding of how music fits into the picture.” Read more...

Talk: Reshaping Health Care in New York State
Nirav Shah, New York State Commissioner of Health, will present “Academic Medical Centers and the Reshaping of Health Care in New York State” Monday, Jan. 28. The talk, hosted by the Medical Center board, starts at 5 p.m. in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425) at the Medical Center. Read more...

‘A Conversation on Race: A Process of Discovery’
A Conversation on Race: A Process of Discovery” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight in Havens Lounge, Wilson Commons. The event is hosted by the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, the Office of the Dean of Students, RCCL, David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences & Engineering, the Interfaith Chapel, the Office of Minority Student Affairs, and the Campus Times. Pizza will be served and all are welcome. 

Medical Center Offers Free Physicals
The UR School Health and Physicals program will be offered on Jan. 31 and Feb. 7 beginning at 6 p.m. at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Patients will be seen by medical students, residents, and physicians. Read more...

Information on Data Classifications
Access to information owned by the University is generally broadly consistent with the concept of academic freedom and the open nature of the institution. However, there are types of information where access must be restricted and caution in handling and storing the information is necessary. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, send them to

Genomics Research Center Closed Jan. 22–24
The Genomics Research Center will be closed from Jan. 22 to 24 for training and installation of the new Illumina HiSeq 2500 genome analyzer. Samples submitted during that time will be delayed in being processed. Direct questions and concerns to John Ashton at 276-9994 or

Demonstration Features Gluten-Free Cooking
A live cooking demonstration will be held from noon to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the Medical Center’s Cafe 601. Well-U, in partnership with Food and Nutrition, will be featuring gluten-free cooking during the session. Enroll online.

Weight Watchers Open House
University employees can sign up for the Weight Watchers at Work program at a discounted price by registering through Well-U. Learn more about the program at an open house from 11:50 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, in the UHS Building, Room 220. Meetings are held Thursdays at UHS. Enroll in Weight Watchers at Work meetings here.

Dress Down, Call In to Support Cancer Center
In recognition of the Super Bowl, Wilmot Cancer Center encourages your department to dress down or wear sports team apparel any day during the week of Jan. 28. For a $5 donation from each participant, your department will support cancer research at Wilmot. For details or to sign up your department, contact Karen Humbert at or 276-4715. Also, on Jan. 30, tune in to 13WHAM and CW newscasts for live interviews at the cancer center about how local support is directly impacting cancer research in the community. Call 273-HOPE (4673) between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. to make a donation. Every dollar up to $25,000 will be matched. 

Jan. 21, 2013
Snow Showers
Today’s Forecast:
Snow Showers, High 21°
Snow Showers, High 14°

The Week Ahead
Tuesday, Jan. 22
Mentoring Workshop, 5 p.m., Saunders Research Building Room 1416, Medical Center.

Wednesday, Jan. 23
Popular Music Institute Lecture Series, 7 p.m., Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library.

Thursday, Jan. 24
Music for All, 3:30 p.m., Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School.

Friday, Jan. 25
Tana Grady-Weliky Lecture: Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, noon, Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), Medical Center.

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Rochester in the News
YNN Rochester (Jan. 18)
MSNBC Host Spotlights Gender and Racial Issues in MLK Address
Before delivering the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address Thursday night, Melissa Harris-Perry met with students at the Douglass Leadership House, a residence that promotes awareness on black culture.

YNN Rochester (Jan. 17)
Young Women in Rochester Charter School Inspired by Success Stories
Wakenda Tyler, assistant professor of orthopaedics, spoke to seventh graders Friday at the Young Women's College Prep Charter School in Rochester. “At their age, I didn’t know that becoming an orthopaedic surgeon was an option for me or even becoming a doctor was an option for me. It took later on in life having that exposure to realize that," Tyler said. “These girls aren’t going to get that exposure probably on a daily basis in their homes. They need to know there are people just like them that go on to become orthopaedic surgeons, doctors, lawyers, astronauts, and business owners.”

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