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In Today’s Issue

  • Cells Forged in Human Skin Show Promise in Treating MS
  • Psychologist’s Work to Be Featured in New York Times
  • Medical Center Introduces New Treatment for Aneurysms
  • A New Way to Elect Retirement Contributions Online
  • NYS Wage Theft Prevention Act Notice Reminder
  • Workshop with Alarm Will Sound
  • ‘Re-imagining Film and Media through a Feminist Lens’
  • MAG Centennial Celebrated with Interpretive Show and Sale
  • Presentation: The Benefits of Eating Organic
  • Emerging Genomics Technology Minisymposium
  • New Fetal Monitoring Textbook Released
  • Discount Tickets Available for Knighthawks Game

News and Announcements

Cells Forged in Human Skin Show Promise in Treating MS
A Medical Center study in the journal Cell Stem Cell shows that human brain cells created by reprogramming skin cells are highly effective in treating myelin disorders, a family of diseases that includes multiple sclerosis and rare childhood disorders called pediatric leukodystrophies. Read more...

Psychologist’s Work to Be Featured in New York Times
The research of Jeremy Jamieson, assistant professor of social psychology, is featured in an article about kids and stress scheduled to appear in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. Jamieson has done a series of experiments that reveal how the labeling of stress affects performance on academic testing. 

Medical Center Introduces New Treatment for Aneurysms
Surgeons at the Medical Center recently introduced a new device to treat potentially deadly aortic aneurysms in the abdomen, reducing the need for invasive surgery and a lengthy recovery. The Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Center is one of just 30 centers in the United States to use a custom-made, fenestrated endovascular graft for the most challenging cases. Read more...

A New Way to Elect Retirement Contributions Online
The Benefits Office announces that, beginning Feb. 26, there will be new steps to make or change your voluntary retirement program contributions online. All online voluntary contribution elections or changes will be made at In addition, you may view your contribution history at the site. Telephone enrollment at (800) 410-6497 will still be available. No action is required—your current voluntary elections will be maintained. However, the Benefits Office reminds you that, because of the online change, you will not be able to elect or change voluntary contribution amounts between Feb. 14 and 25. For program details and instructions on how to enroll or make changes, visit the Benefits website.

NYS Wage Theft Prevention Act Notice Reminder
A letter was mailed to the homes of all University employees outlining your pay rate, overtime rate (if applicable), pay frequency along with pay day, and other University information as required by the NYS Wage Theft Prevention Act. If you haven’t already done so, Human Resources asks you to log into the HRMS system (Self-Service>Payroll and Compensation>WTPA-Acknowledgement) or return a signed copy of the letter with the business reply envelope provided. For questions about the letter or navigating the HRMS system, contact ASK-URHR at 275-8747.

Workshop with Alarm Will Sound
The Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program at the Eastman School presents a workshop to facilitate the exchange of ideas between Eastman students and members of the cutting-edge new music ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, from 10  to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Ciminelli Formal Lounge, Eastman School. Following the ensemble’s presentation, select students will pitch their own ideas for concert programs. The event is open to the University community. RSVP to by Feb. 11.

‘Re-imagining Film and Media through a Feminist Lens’
A reception for “If I Had a Camera ...” Re-imagining Film and Media Through a Feminist Lens is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Sage Art Center. View submissions from faculty, students, staff, and community members. The show is juried by faculty from the Department of Art and Art History and the Film and Media Studies Program, with a $100 prize for the best submission. Art will be displayed at Sage Art Center until Feb. 13. Snacks will be served. Direct questions to

MAG Centennial Celebrated with Interpretive Show and Sale 
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 beginning Sunday through March 17 at the Memorial Art Gallery. The Gallery Council invited more than 40 artists to create works that reinterpret objects in the gallery’s collection for the fundraiser, which celebrates the gallery’s 100th anniversary.

Presentation: The Benefits of Eating Organic
A representative from the Abundance Co-op will be on hand with chocolate samples to celebrate Valentine’s Day while discussing the benefits of organic foods. Sponsored by Well-U. Enroll online and direct questions to

Emerging Genomics Technology Minisymposium
The University’s Genomic Research Center will present a minisymposium on Emerging Genomics Technology from 12:45 to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425) at the Medical Center. The symposium will focus on the genomics research landscape, its expansion, new technologies, and impact on the life science research community. Students, fellows, and investigators are encouraged to attend the meeting to learn how the center’s genomics resources can enhance and innovate their research program. Call Anne Reed at 273-1359 for more information.

New Fetal Monitoring Textbook Released
Peri-FACTS Academy, the Medical Center’s online multimedia continuing education program for OB/GYN health care providers, announces the release of its new fetal monitoring textbook, Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring: Pathophysiology and Practice. Learn more on the Peri-FACTS website.

Discount Tickets Available for Knighthawks Game
The University cheerleading team is selling discounted tickets to the Rochester Knighthawks lacrosse game on Saturday, Feb. 16. The Knighthawks face the Buffalo Bandits at 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Cross Arena. The University’s cheerleaders will perform during a TV timeout. Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for the University community. To purchase tickets, contact email or visit the cheerleading team’s Facebook page.

Feb. 8, 2013
Today’s Forecast:
Heavy Snow, High 30°
Snow Showers, High 19°

Today’s Event Highlight
Sustainability Seminar: Oceanic Secrets Revealed
2 p.m., Dewey Hall 2-110D.

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Rochester in the News
National Geographic (Feb. 6)
Couch Potatoes Have Less Sperm
Researchers asked 189 young men, mostly college students from the University of Rochester, to fill out questionnaires on their physical activity, diet, stress, and other lifestyle factors. Each man then provided a semen sample in a medical clinic. The results showed that the men who reported exercising more than 15 hours a week had 73 percent higher sperm counts than men who exercised fewer than 5 hours a week. And men who watched more than 20 hours of TV had 44 percent lower sperm counts than men who watched little to no TV.

Popular Science (Feb. 6)
Science Confirms the Obvious: Men and Women Aren’t That Different
“Sex is not nearly as confining a category as stereotypes and even some academic studies would have us believe,” according to lead author Bobbi Carothers. The study, coauthored by Harry Reis, professor of psychology at Rochester, was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

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