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In Today’s Issue

  • A Message from President Seligman on Campus Safety
  • Students Awarded Scholarships to Study Abroad
  • Bringing the Healing Power of Music to Patients
  • 2013 Diversity Conference Call for Proposals
  • Reminder: Wage Theft Prevention Act Notice
  • First Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Is Jan. 29
  • Wellness Fair and Open House
  • Coping with Work and Family Stress
  • Dinner to Benefit Hospice Center

News and Announcements

A Message from President Seligman on Campus Safety
“Monday night, Security issued an AlertUR message responding to an off-campus threat two blocks north of the Riverview Apartments. Rochester Police Department (RPD) later determined the threat to be a hoax. On Sunday, there was an armed robbery in a University Park apartment—the first reported robbery on campus in 19 months—and there have been a series of incidents in the streets around the Eastman School of Music.
Let me underline that the safety of our students, faculty, staff, patients, and visitors is our first priority.” Read more...

Students Awarded Scholarships to Study Abroad
Five Rochester juniors—Manda Brefo,  Teija Corse,  Arthur Dashan, Jonathan Kho, and Anjalene Whittier—have accepted Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad for spring 2013. Read more...

Bringing the Healing Power of Music to Patients
The Medical Center has launched a series of concerts to add music to the current palette of care for its patients. “The Healing Power of Music,” a series of 33 performances, is scheduled to begin Friday, Jan. 25, and will occur on two days per month for the remainder of 2013. Read more...

2013 Diversity Conference Call for Proposals
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit proposals for workshops and posters at the fourth annual diversity conference, “Our Differences, Our Strength,” scheduled for Friday, April 12. Proposal submissions can showcase best practices, curriculum models, research, outreach strategies, training methods, and other topics related to diversity and inclusion. Read more... 

Reminder: Wage Theft Prevention Act Notice
A letter was recently mailed to the homes of all University employees outlining your pay rate, overtime rate (if applicable), pay frequency along with pay day, and other information as required by the New York State Wage Theft Prevention Act. It may not reflect recent pay changes with January effective dates. You are required to acknowledge receipt of this letter and to identify your primary language by logging into HRMS (Self-Service>Payroll & Compensation>WTPA-Acknowledgement) or returning a signed copy of the letter with the business reply envelope provided. For questions about the letter or navigating the HRMS system, call ASK URHR at 275-8747.

First Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Is Jan. 29
The 2013 Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Series kicks off with “Overview of the Competition and Idea Thickening,” a presentation by the Simon Entrepreneurs Association and Mark Wilson, lecturer in entrepreneurship at the Simon School and founder of Initiatives Consulting. The workshop will be held from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in Gleason Hall 318/418. Workshop attendance is free and open to all members of the University.  Learn about the contest and see a demo of LivePlan, a software tool that guides users through writing a business plan. The competition (submissions are due in April) is open to currently enrolled University students at any level of study. Food and refreshments will be provided. Attendees must register in advance online or at 276-3500.

Wellness Fair and Open House
The URMC Fitness and Wellness Center will host an open house and health fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. The event will include tours of the center and vendors offering information, food samples, mini-massages, BMI testing, giveaways, and demonstrations. Read more...

Coping with Work and Family Stress
If you are feeling the pressure from the responsibilities you face every day, join Well-U in partnership with Strong EAP from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 25, in the Natapow Conference Room (1-9545) at the Medical Center. Enroll online.

Dinner to Benefit Hospice Center
Mastrella’s Irondequoit Steak House, 4300 Culver Road, is hosting a free spaghetti dinner from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, to raise money for the Leo Center for Caring. Contributions will support the Leo Center for Caring—an inpatient hospice center that is a partnership between St. Ann’s Community and Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester. Read more...

Jan. 23, 2013
Today's Forecast:
Snow, High 14°
Snow, High 13°

Today’s Event Highlight
Popular Music Institute Lecture Series
7 p.m., Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library.

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Rochester in the News
13WHAM-TV (Jan. 21)
History of Presidential Speechwriting at UR
Curt Smith, senior lecturer of English, and Lori Birrell, manuscript librarian in the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, discuss the new exhibit they’re curating at Rush Rhees Library: A Presidential Voice.

MedCity News (Jan. 21)
Is Twitter a Better Predictor of the Flu Than Google and the CDC? Researcher Says, Yes
Using Twitter and geo-tagging, Adam Sadilek, a researcher with Henry Kautz, professor and chair of computer science, has modeled how an infectious disease may spread in real time by plotting data on a map using tweets from people and seeing how healthy people and sick people interact. That led them to create a heat map of New York.

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