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In Today’s Issue

  • Rob Clark Named Senior Vice President for Research, Reappointed Dean of Hajim School
  • Symposium: Energy for the 21st Century
  • NYS Wage Theft Prevention Act Notice Reminder
  • Spread the Word to End the Word
  • Doctoral Student Presents Research on HIV in Jamaica
  • Lecture, Panel Discussion Focus on Childhood Poverty
  • ‘Be In Balance’ Expo Is March 11
  • Satcher Community Health Awards Set for March 18
  • Winter Issue of The Clarion Available
  • Ugly Disco Event Supports Children’s Hospital
  • Update: Login Process for Pivot Software

News and Announcements

Rob Clark Named Senior Vice President for Research, Reappointed Dean of Hajim School
Robert Clark has been named senior vice president for research and has been appointed to a second, five-year term as dean of the Hajim School. Both five-year appointments have been approved by the Board of Trustees and are effective April 1. Read more...

Symposium: Energy for the 21st Century
The University Energy Research Initiative will hold its fourth Energy for the 21st Century Symposium on Friday, March 15, in Goergen Hall. The symposium features speakers from industry and academia, a poster session, lunch, and reception. A presentation by the National Science Foundation–sponsored Integrative Graduate Education Research and Traineeship students will highlight their experiences teaching and learning about solar energy in Ghana. The symposium is free and open to all. Registration is requested. Contact Vicki Heberling at with any questions.

NYS Wage Theft Prevention Act Notice Reminder
Human Resources reminds University employees that a response is necessary to the letter that was mailed to the homes of all employees outlining pay rate, overtime rate (if applicable), pay frequency, pay day, and other information as required by the New York State Wage Theft Prevention Act. Employees must acknowledge the notice online via the HRMS system (Self-Service>Payroll & Compensation>WTPA-Acknowledgement) or return a signed copy of the letter. For questions about the letter or navigating the HRMS system, contact ASK URHR at 275-8747.

Spread the Word to End the Word
The School of Medicine and Dentistry’s student chapter of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry and the Golisano Foundation are hosting a “Sign a Pledge to End the Word” event from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today in Cafe 601 at Strong Hospital. Sign the pledge to stop using the “R” word and enjoy performances from Gregory Street Blues Band from Arc of Monroe (9:30 to 10:30 a.m.) and DJ Fly Guy Lui (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.). You can also sign the pledge online.

Doctoral Student Presents Research on HIV in Jamaica
Orlando Harris, a doctoral student at the School of Nursing and a Fulbright fellow at Kingston-Jamaica University, will present “Identifying the Social and Cultural Determinants of HIV Risk among Young Jamaican Men who have Sex with Men” at noon Friday, March 8, in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons. Sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies. Email for more information. Read more...

Lecture, Panel Discussion Focus on Childhood Poverty
Benard Dreyer, professor of pediatrics and director of developmental-behavioral pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine, and director of pediatrics at Bellevue Hospital Center, will give the Gilbert Forbes Visiting Scholar Lecture at noon Wednesday, March 13, in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w304). He will present “To Create a Better World for Children and Families: The Case for Ending Childhood Poverty.” A panel discussion on “Childhood Poverty Thinking Locally” will follow at 1:15 p.m.

‘Be In Balance’ Expo Is March 11
Cafe 601 at Strong, the URMC Fitness and Wellness Center, and Well-U are hosting a “Be In Balance” expo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 11, in Cafe 601. The fair will feature food sampling of Be In Balance items (including Loyalty Card punches), relaxation sessions with a certified yoga instructor, strength sessions with a certified personal trainer, and discounts to the Fitness and Wellness Center. Register online. Direct questions to

Satcher Community Health Awards Set for March 18
The 2013 Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards will be presented  at 5 p.m. Monday, March 18, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425) at the Medical Center. The evening features a special grand rounds lecture delivered by Denise Rodgers, interim president of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, who will discuss “Addressing Health Disparities through Academic-Community Partnerships.”  Read more...

Winter Issue of The Clarion Available
The winter issue of The Clarion, a quarterly newsletter published by the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center, is now available. The issue features Laura Silverman, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, and her work with students; details on students’ successes at this year’s “Career and Internship Connections”; and new listings of alumni willing to host students for research, job-shadows, internships, and full-time positions.

Ugly Disco Event Supports Children’s Hospital
Celebrate the 70s at the Ugly Disco, which starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. The event features live music and proceeds benefit several Golisano Children’s Hospital programs. Tickets for the event can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at area Wegmans stores. University faculty, staff, and students can get $5 off a general admission ticket when purchasing through Ticketmaster. Use promo code URDISCO. Read more...

Update: Login Process for Pivot Software
Pivot, a software product that allows for research collaboration and funding opportunity searches, is available to all registered users at the University and can be accessed at Users must log in with their email address and the password they created at registration, not with their NetID.

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Today’s Event Highlight
Glenn Watkins Lecture: The Future of Performance and Concert Life in Historical Perspective
4:30 p.m., Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman East Wing.

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Rochester in the News
Popular Science (March 1)
A Bedazzled Drone Replica Asks Us to Ponder Deadly Strikes at Home
An 18-foot rhinestone-covered Predator drone replica was unveiled as part of a new art exhibit at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. "Home Drone" is intended to make people think about the consequences of deadly drone strikes—not in far-flung regions of the world, but at home, in places like Massachusetts. “After visiting Pakistan this topic became particularly important to us after we started to realize these drones are attacking people we now consider our friends,” says artist Heather Layton, a senior lecturer in art at the University of Rochester. (March 1)
Wall Street (and Main Street) Give Sequester a Big Yawn
Until people start feeling the effects of the sequester, it’s just theater of the absurd, says Mark Zupan, dean of the Simon School. “Its like a Kabuki dance that politicians make over these budget issues,” Zupan says. “People are getting tired of it and that’s why they don’t have much interest in it.”

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