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In Today’s Issue

  • Mobile App Explores Wilderness in Urban Spaces
  • Musicians Unite to Benefit Foodlink
  • W2s Available through HRMS
  • Human Library Event Showcases Diversity at University
  • Warner Student Research Highlighted at Poster Session
  • Street Medicine Video: Understanding Homelessness
  • Show and Sale Celebrates MAG Centennial
  • Psoriasis Study Addressing Stress, Wellness Seeks Subjects
  • Be the Biggest Weight Loss Winner 
  • Free Exercise Class Offered
  • Two Events to Support Cancer Center

News and Announcements

Mobile App Explores Wilderness in Urban Spaces
Developed by Cary Peppermint, assistant professor of art, and Leila Nadir, lecturer in sustainability studies, the new “Indeterminate Hikes” (IH+) app encourages participants to focus attention on the environment and experience nature in unexpected urban spaces. Faculty in several disciplines are creating mobile applications for smartphones and tablets as a way to explore important aspects of the digital age—as well as to address social, medical, and clinical issues and demonstrate the artistic potential of the technology.

Musicians Unite to Benefit Foodlink
“If Music Be the Food…,” a concert series benefiting Rochester’s Foodlink, will continue its fourth season with a program of music celebrating the birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs St. Members of the Eastman School faculty, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, other local professional musicians, distinguished international guests, and Eastman students join together and donate their services for the concerts. Read more...

W2s Available through HRMS
The 2012 W-2s (Wage and Tax Statements) are available online in HRMS for viewing and printing. Go to Self Service>Payroll and Compensation>View W-2/W-2c forms. If you didn’t consent to receive an electronic W-2, the statement will be mailed out on Jan. 31. International 1042s are also available through Glacier. Contact the Payroll Office at 275-2040 or with any questions.

Human Library Event Showcases Diversity at University
As part of an international effort to promote diversity and social acceptance through dialogue, the University will host a Human Library—an event aimed at connecting individuals who might not normally interact. Approximately 20 “human books” will share their stories at the event, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library. Read more...

Warner Student Research Highlighted at Poster Session
Twenty poster presentations by 51 master’s and doctoral students at the Warner School will be on display in Wentworth Atrium in LeChase Hall from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. The studies cover an array of topics and utilize a broad range of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods designs. Read more...

Street Medicine Video: Understanding Homelessness
Join third-year medical student Emma Lo as she learns about one man’s choice to live on the streets, and helps him understand what can happen with his untreated hernia. In episode three of The Street Medicine Chronicles, Steve Smock, who is formerly homeless and now serves as a UR Street Outreach Community Guide, helps students and docs understand the street environment—and individuals’ varied reasons for being homeless.

Show and Sale Celebrates MAG Centennial
Art Reflected: The Inspiration of 100 Years, a show and sale featuring some of the region’s best known contemporary artists, will be on view Feb. 10 through March 10 at the Memorial Art Gallery. As a fundraiser celebrating the gallery’s 100th anniversary, the Gallery Council invited more than 40 artists to create works that reinterpret objects in the gallery’s collection. Tickets are on sale for a Feb. 9 preview dinner. Read more...

Psoriasis Study Addressing Stress, Wellness Seeks Subjects
University researchers are offering participation in a brief health and wellness program free to adults with psoriasis. The purpose of the study is to learn if program participation can lead to improvements in one’s psoriasis. No study medications, changes in current treatments, or strenuous activity are involved. Subjects receive $150 for study completion. For more information, call 275-6835 or email

Be the Biggest Weight Loss Winner
Sign up for the Amazing Weight Loss Race by Friday, Jan. 25, for a chance to lose weight and win cash prizes. Participants get weekly weigh-ins and attend sessions on eating, stress, and working out. They also receive use of the URMC Fitness and Wellness Center as well as a personal training and dietary session. The 8-week program costs $42 ($25 for members). Read more...

Free Exercise Class Offered
Well-U has partnered with the URMC Fitness and Wellness Center to offer a free exercise class for employees. The class, part of the WalkingWorks program, will be held from 12:30 to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the Fitness and Wellness Center. Enroll online. Direct questions to

Two Events 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. 24, 2013
Snow Showers
Today's Forecast:
Snow Shower, High 13°
PM Snow Shower, High 21°

Today’s Event Highlight
Artist’s Talk and Reception for Watching: U.S. and Japan
4 p.m., Hartnett Gallery, Wilson Commons.

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Rochester in the News
Democrat and Chronicle (Jan. 23)
Rochester-Area Officials Pleased but Wary about Cuomo Budget
In a statement responding to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget, Finger Lakes Economic Development Council cochairs Danny Wegman and Joel Seligman wrote: “His continued focus on regional strategic planning, technological innovation, and leveraging state funding to catalyze key economic development priorities is already bearing fruit in the Finger Lakes region. The governor’s specific focus on upstate New York, as articulated in his State of the State address and reaffirmed today in his budget proposal, is most welcome.”
In particular, “His new proposals to accelerate the transformation of university research into new products, companies, and jobs, strengthen the state’s leadership in the clean tech economy, train our workforce for jobs of tomorrow, and promote and market upstate destinations and agricultural produces.”

Bloomberg News (Jan. 23)
Swartz Suicide Propels Facebook Search for Danger Signs
Web culture “values being tough and self-reliant, so there’s a feeling of ‘I can handle this on my own,’” says Eric Caine, the John Romano Professor of Psychiatry and chair of the Department of Psychiatry. “Tech culture in some ways is a magnification and distortion of what we call the Great American Culture, the idea of the individual success story.”

Sports Buzz
Yellowjackets at Home
Women’s Basketball
Jan. 25: 6 p.m. vs. New York University Jan. 27: 2 p.m. vs. Brandeis;

Men’s Basketball
Jan. 25: 8 p.m. vs. New York University Jan. 27: noon vs. Brandeis

Jan. 26: 1 p.m. vs. Trinity College
Jan. 27: 1 p.m. vs. Dartmouth College

Swimming and Diving
Jan. 26: 1 p.m. vs. RIT.

Get the latest sports news at the Rochester Athletics website.

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