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In Today’s Issue

  • Men’s Basketball Ranked No. 1 in Nation
  • Staff Awards Deadline Is Feb. 7
  • An Opportunity to Take Charge of Your Health
  • Spotlight on Diversity: Presidential Diversity Awards
  • Plutzik Series Welcomes Dana Spiotta
  • Talk: Ending Racial Disparities in Birth Outcomes
  • Medical Informatics MS Degree Information Session
  • RPO Offers Discount for Rhapsody in Blue

News and Announcements

Men’s Basketball Ranked No. 1 in Nation
The men’s basketball team’s ascent to the top spot in the national poll this week was nearly unanimous. It’s the Yellowjackets’ first number one ranking in five years; this season’s 18-0 start is the best since the 2003–04 campaign when Rochester won its first 19 games. The team’s season continues at New York University Friday night and at Brandeis Sunday afternoon. Read more...

Staff Awards Deadline Is Feb. 7
Nominations for three staff awards—the Witmer Award for Distinguished Service, the Meliora Award, and the Staff Community Service Award—are being accepted through Feb. 7. Full- and part-time active staff from any division of the University are eligible. Details and nomination materials are available at Direct questions to Human Resources at 273-4320 or 275-4642.

An Opportunity to Take Charge of Your Health
The University recently announced that the School of Nursing’s Center for Employee Wellness and the URMC Healthy Living Center have teamed up to provide comprehensive wellness services for University employees. The services are a key part of the University’s YOURhealth offerings and are designed to help individuals reach and maintain health goals and make healthy lifestyle changes. Read more...

Spotlight on Diversity: Presidential Diversity Awards
The Teen Health and Success Partnership and Lynne Maquat, the J. Lowell Orbison Chair and Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the Medical Center, were honored as the 2013 Presidential Diversity Award recipients. Learn more about diversity at the University in future installments of Spotlight on Diversity in @Rochester.

Plutzik Series Welcomes Dana Spiotta
The Plutzik Reading Series continues at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, with a presentation by author Dana Spiotta in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library. Spiotta is author of three critically acclaimed novels—Stone Arabia, Eat the Document, and Lightning Field. Read more...

Talk: Ending Racial Disparities in Birth Outcomes
Sherita Bullock, community relations manager for the Perinatal Network of Monroe County, will present “Rochester Equity: Working Together to End Racial Disparities in Birth Outcomes” at the next Public Health Grand Rounds, at noon, Friday, Feb. 1, in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1.304). Read more...

Medical Informatics MS Degree Information Session
Learn more about the MS degree program in medical informatics offered jointly by Rochester Institute of Technology and the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the 6:30 p.m. information session tonight in the lower S-Wing Auditorium (1-7619) at the Medical Center. Students can matriculate at either institution and will attend classes on both campuses. The program is based on in‐class instruction and is designed to train health care or computing professionals in the design, creation, management, and research aspects of advanced health information technology. Register here

RPO Offers Discount for Rhapsody in Blue
University faculty, staff, and alumni can get 25 percent off tickets to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue,
Feb. 7 and 9 at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. To order tickets, click here and enter priority code UROC or call 454-2100. Offer valid Thursday, Jan. 31, through Sunday, Feb. 3, at 11:59 p.m. Student tickets to all RPO concerts are $10.

Jan. 31, 2013
Today's Forecast:
Snow/Wind, High 32°
Snow, High 23°

Today’s Event Highlight
Max at the Gallery Tapas Night
5 p.m., Memorial Art Gallery.

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Rochester in the News
Chronicle of Higher Education (Jan. 28)
Rocker/Academic Leads New Institute for Popular Music at U. of Rochester
John Covach, Mercer Brugler Distinguished Teaching Professor of music, chair of the College Department of Music, and professor of music theory at the Eastman School, is founding director of the University's Institute for Popular Music. He says he wants popular music to be regarded as highly as other types of music. “Talking about the Beatles or Elvis or Springsteen should be no different than talking about Beethoven or Bach,” he says.

Fox Business (Jan. 29)
How to Find a Doctor Now
“People can go to a neighbor and ask them to convince their doctor to take them as a new patient or they can call around to various hospitals and find out who is taking new patients,” says Paul Griner, professor emeritus of medicine and author of The Power of Patient Stories: Learning Moments in Medicine. “They can also ask their previous physician if he or she will help out by contacting a new physician.”

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