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In Today’s Issue

  • Statement from Professor Steven Landsburg on Blog Post
  • Charles and Dale Phelps Endow Professorship
  • University Mourns the Loss of Betty Wofford
  • Simon School Hosts Breakfast for Prospective Students
  • Research Collaborations from Industry’s Point of View
  • Rochester Teams Advance in Business Plan Contest
  • This Week Is National Retirement Week
  • Security Tip Highlights
  • Make a Sandwich, Make a Difference
  • Free Jazzercize Class

News and Announcements

Statement from Professor Steven Landsburg on Blog Post
Steven Landsburg, professor of economics, has issued a statement about comments he made in a recent blog post. See news coverage from the Democrat and Chronicle.

Charles and Dale Phelps Endow Professorship
Charles (Chuck) Phelps, provost emeritus, and his wife, Dale Phelps, professor and former chief of the Medical Center’s neonatology division in the Department of Pediatrics, have established a $1.5 million endowment for a professorship in health care policy and public health. Theodore (Ted) Brown, professor of history, public health sciences, and medical humanities at the University, is the first to hold the honor. Brown will be installed in the new position during a public ceremony at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. Read more...

University Mourns the Loss of Betty Wofford
The University mourns the loss of longtime employee Betty Wofford, an Environmental Services staff member at Strong Memorial Hospital. Wofford, who lived in Rochester, died March 29. She joined the Medical Center in April 1989. Her obituary appeared in the Democrat and Chronicle. University flags will be lowered April 11 in her honor.

Simon School Hosts Breakfast for Prospective Students
The Executive Programs Office at the Simon School will be hosting a breakfast information session for University employees from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, in the Schlegel Hall Rotunda. Prospective students interested in learning more about the MBA and MS programs at Simon are welcome to attend. Register online

Research Collaborations from Industry’s Point of View
The FIRE (For Inventors, Researchers, and Entrepreneurs) Lecture Series returns Tuesday, April 9, for a discussion on industry-academia collaborations from an industry standpoint. Charles Philip, manager for university and government relations at Corning, will give a presentation entitled “Corning and University Technology Collaborations” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425) at the Medical Center.

Rochester Teams Advance in Business Plan Contest
Six University teams have advanced to the New York Business Plan Competition finals in Albany on April 26, where they will vie for $225,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. Rochester finalists include undergraduate team TrakOR (W. Spencer Klubben, Ankit Medhekar, Michael Nolan, Sonja Page, Matt Plakosh, Erin Schnellinger) and graduate team Health Care Originals (Prinson Dsouza, Ran Gao, ChenChen Qu, Sharon Samjitsingh) in the biotech/healthcare category; graduate team MedThru ICT (Sarah Catheline, Nirish Kafle, Nick Lewandowski, Alvin Lomibao) in the information technology/software category; graduate team SMP MicroStamps (Megan DeWitt, Andrew Durney, Will Finnie, Kwaku Owusu) and undergraduate team Formation 3D (Alex Feiszli, Eric Frank, Steven Trambert) in the nanotechnology/advanced technology category; and Sound ExChange (Emily Wozniak, Eastman School graduate student) in the social entrepreneurship/non-profit category.

This Week Is National Retirement Week
National Retirement Planning Week begins today. The Benefits Office encourages employees of all ages to consider their long-term financial goals and develop a plan to save for retirement. Information regarding the latest tools and resources available to help plan a financially secure retirement is scheduled to be mailed to all University retirement program participants this week. You can also explore the program at Contact the Benefits Office at 275-2084 with any additional questions.

Security Tip Highlights
University IT highlights some of its messages from the past academic year that will help keep you and your information safe. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? Send them to

Make a Sandwich, Make a Difference
Stop by Hirst Lounge in Wilson Commons between noon and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, and make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for those in the community needing a meal. The goal is make 2,000 sandwiches. The event is sponsored by Hillel, the Interfaith Chapel, Catholic Newman Community, Protestant Chapel Community, Muslim Students’ Association, Cru, University of Rochester Christian Fellowship, Chabad, Wegmans, Jewish Penicillin, and Foodlink.

Free Jazzercize Class
The URMC Fitness and Wellness Center is offering a free Jazzercise class this month to new participants. Jazzercise is a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, kickboxing, and cardio moves—set to today’s music hits. Read more...

April 8, 2013
Today’s Forecast:
PM Showers, High 62°
PM Showers, High 63°

The Week Ahead
Monday, April 8
Musica Nova, 8 p.m., Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School

Tuesday, April 9
Healthbites: Austism Spectrum Disorders, noon, 3-6408 (K-307), Medical Center

Wednesday, April 10
Black Male College Access and Achievement, 2 p.m., Genrich-Rusling Room, LeChase Hall

Thursday, April 11
Max at the Gallery Tapas Night, 5 p.m., Memorial Art Gallery

Friday, April 12
Relay for Life, 7 p.m., Goergen Athletic Center

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Rochester in the News
WHEC-TV (April 5)
U of R YellowJackets Back on Stage for a Good Cause
The Yellowjackets’ spring concert was dedicated to a special cause. The group was raising money for Friedrich's Ataxia Research.

Washington Post (April 5)
Tumors on Ice as Budget Impasse Freezes Medical Research
Benjamin Hayden, assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences, is starting his lab at the University. His first two federal grant applications as a faculty member were for the study of decision- making and what goes wrong in the brain during drug addiction. He received scores on grant applications to both the NIH and National Science Foundation that he was told would normally merit funding, he said in an interview. Now, “it’s not clear” what funding he’ll receive or when he might expect to see it, he said.

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