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In Today’s Issue

  • Grant Helps Providers Keep Pace as HIV Treatments Evolve
  • ‘Using Technology in the Student-Centered Classroom’
  • Women’s Caucus Presents The Vagina Monologues
  • Talk Focuses on Musicianship in a Globalized World
  • Siemens CEO to Present Lecture
  • Enrollment Opens for Microfitness, Yoga Classes
  • Health Talk: Sleepless in Rochester
  • Student Organizations Participating in 30-Hour Famine
  • Pediatrics Professor Raising Money for Children’s Hospital

News and Announcements

Grant Helps Providers Keep Pace as HIV Treatments Evolve
A new Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality award will fund a Medical Center research team aiming to better circulate evidence-based practice guidelines among community providers who care for HIV-positive patients. Read more...

‘Using Technology in the Student-Centered Classroom’
University faculty are invited to the annual Sharing of Innovations in Teaching Luncheon, “Using Technology in the Student-Centered Classroom,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. The discussion will explore how technology can improve the classroom experience for both faculty and students. University faculty will share how they have successfully employed new approaches (e.g., flipped classrooms and online bridging courses) and tools (e.g., iPads, Twitter, and YouTube). Sign up online. The event is cosponsored by the Eastman School, the Office for Faculty Development at the Medical Center, the School of Nursing, the Simon School, the UCIS Leadership in Education, and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the College.

Women’s Caucus Presents The Vagina Monologues
More than 20 female students will perform The Vagina Monologues, the Eve Ensler play that explores the emotions and experiences of being female.The performance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in Hubbell Auditorium, Hutchison Hall. Read more...

Talk Focuses on Musicianship in a Globalized World
Roberto Diaz, president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music, will discuss “Musicianship in a Globalized World” at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Ciminelli Formal Lounge at the Eastman School. Diaz will talk about his career, the role of diversity in 21st-century music institutions, and the challenges he faces helping young musicians adapt to the changing climate in the professional music world. The event, which is open to the University community, is sponsored by the Eastman Departmental Diversity Initiatives and the Institute for Music Leadership.

Siemens CEO to Present Lecture
Gregory Sorensen, president and CEO of Siemens, will lecture on “Pursuing Innovation with PET-MRI in an Era of Value-based Healthcare”  at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425) at the Medical Center. He will discuss how new payment models hinder technical innovation—and how companies are facing those challenges. Read more...

Enrollment Opens for Micro Fitness, Yoga Classes
Registration for Well-U’s micro fitness and yoga classes through Inward Office will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21. Classes include Ab Blast, Body Tone, Yoga, and Zumba. Classes are offered at a variety of times. For more information or to enroll, visit

Health Talk: Sleepless in Rochester
Matthew Cribbet from the Sleep and Neurophysiology Laboratory at the Medical Center, will present “Sleepless in Rochester” at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in Kate Gleason Auditorium at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, 115 South Ave. He will discuss why people have trouble sleeping and tips for improving sleep. The talk is part of the “Got Health?” series, sponsored by the Center for Community Health. Read more...

Student Organizations Participating in 30-Hour Famine
Protestant Chapel Community—together with the Newman Catholic Community, Hillel, Athletes in Action, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, the Hindu Students’ Association and the Interfaith Chapel—is taking part in World Vision’s 30-Hour Famine on Feb. 21 and 22. You can support the organizations’ efforts to fight hunger by making a donation at their table in Wilson Commons this week. You can also donate online.

Pediatrics Professor Raising Money for Children’s Hospital
Kate Ackerman, associate professor of pediatrics, is participating in Talon’s Challenge  in Beaver Creek, Colo., on March 2, and is seeking donations or sponsors for her Challenge Fund. She is paying all expenses to participate in the ski event, but the money she raises will benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital. Donate to the Challenge Fund.

Feb. 20, 2013
Today's Forecast:
Snow/Wind, High 25°
Snow/Wind, High 24°

Today’s Event Highlight
Achieving Equality in ‘Post-Racial’ America
4 p.m., Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library.

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Rochester in the News
Democrat and Chronicle (Feb. 19)
Local News Anchor and Her Husband Turn Personal Tragedy into Advocacy
Sixteen-month-old Grace Esposito, daughter of Vinnie Esposito and local news anchor Jennifer Johnson, was born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia—a hole in the muscle that separates the abdomen from the chest cavity. She died Saturday morning at Golisano Children’s Hospital after undergoing surgery on Friday. “Because of their public personas, the Espositos had a chance to raise awareness in a way that most of us don’t,” says Nina Schor, the William H. Eilinger Chair of Pediatrics. “The most tangible effect it has is that families that feel very isolated or feel like they are the only ones going through a tragedy like this, sometimes realize there are other families suffering as well.”

13WHAM-TV (Feb. 16)
Device Could Help Visually Impaired
The Argus II is a man-made retina with the potential to improve the vision of some visually impaired people. The device was given approval by the Food and Drug Administration Thursday for tests in the United States. “This acts in place of photo receptor cells,” says Rajeev Ramchandran, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Medical Center.

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