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In Today’s Issue

  • Proposals Due for Early Stage Drug Discovery Awards
  • Concert Celebrates Polish Composer
  • Britten’s Antiwar Epic Presented on Kodak Hall Stage
  • United Way: ‘Why I Give’
  • Go Green: The Dash for Trash
  • Out and Equal Social Networking Night
  • Medical Center Enrolling Patients to Test Pandemic Flu Vaccine
  • Participants Sought for Air Pollution Research Study
  • Early Registration Open for Motivation Conference
  • Cornell Hosts ‘Flip the Switch’ Workshop for Faculty

News and Announcements

Proposals Due for Early Stage Drug Discovery Awards
The Drug Discovery Pilot Award program, jointly funded by the Medical Center and the Moulder Center for Drug Discovery Research at Temple University, is accepting proposal applications until Friday, May 3. The program will fund early exploratory studies at Rochester with grants ranging between $4,000 and $8,000. The program also provides up to $25,000 to support “lead finding studies.” Contact Michael Rusnak at 276-6610 with any questions regarding submissions.

Concert Celebrates Polish Composer
An April 14 concert featuring the Eastman School trio Strings & Hammers will honor the 80th birthday of composer Krzysztof Penderecki, one of today’s foremost contemporary composers. The free performance starts at 3 p.m. in Strong Auditorium. Read more...

Britten’s Antiwar Epic Presented on Kodak Hall Stage
Eastman School musicians will perform Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, a choral masterpiece denouncing war and honoring the fallen, at 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Read more...

United Way: ‘Why I Give
“I was taught that, regardless of how much money you have or make, giving back to your community is a must. And by giving to United Way, I am doing just that! Contributions of any size will not only help our community but will also build a stronger bond between all of us,” says Felicia Garcia-Hartstein, regional director of development with University Advancement. See testimonials from other members of the University community about their commitment to the United Way and pledge your support to the University’s campaign.

Go Green: The Dash for Trash

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The EarthFest series, celebrating Earth Day, will take place April 18–20 and will feature a variety of events hosted by student group Grassroots and its many partners. New this year is the Dash for Trash in which runners are encouraged to pick up any trash they see along their regular running routes. Read more...

Out and Equal Social Networking Night
Out and Equal and the Pride Alliance are hosting a networking night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Meliora, Salon D. There will be a cash bar and refreshments will be provided by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies.

Medical Center Enrolling Patients to Test Pandemic Flu Vaccine
This spring, infectious disease researchers at the Medical Center will recruit 20 volunteers for a 12-day isolation research study testing live-virus bird flu vaccines. Read more...

Participants Sought for Air Pollution Research Study
Healthy, active adults 55–70 years old are needed for an air pollution research study at the Medical Center. Volunteers who complete the entire study will be paid $2,100. The main purpose of the study is to find out how inhaled ozone will affect heart and blood vessel function of healthy older adults during exercise. Understanding the effects of ozone on heart function, circulation, and the airways can help set a safe air pollution standard for ozone and find ways to protect older people who may be at greatest risk. Email for details.

Early Registration Open for Motivation Conference
The International Self-Determination Theory Conference is meeting in Rochester from June 26 to 30. The gathering will feature more than 150 speakers discussing motivation research on wellness, exercise, health, relationships, sustainability, religion, nutrition, gaming, parenting, and more. Keynote speakers include self-determination theory founders Edward Deci, professor of psychology and Gowen Professor in the Social Sciences, and Richard Ryan, professor of psychology, psychiatry, and education. Pre-conference workshops on June 26 taught by University medical experts, organizational consultants, and researchers will focus on heath care practices and business applications. Reduced registration is open through April 19. To register or learn more, visit

Cornell Hosts ‘Flip the Switch’ Workshop for Faculty
Cornell University is offering a daylong workshop called “Flip the Switch: Entrepreneurship Edition” on Tuesday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are included. The workshop will cover the use of cell phones and other devices for polling and to intrigue and engage students; how online platforms can facilitate the creation of feasibility studies, marketing strategies and business plans; demonstration of Simulation software; deployment of digital video inside and outside the classroom; and more. Faculty of all disciplines from universities across state are invited to attend. The workshop fee will be waived for the first six Rochester faculty members interested in attending. Email the Center for Entrepreneurship to request a registration form and more information.

April 10, 2013
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Today’s Event Highlight
Ferrari Humanities Symposium: Diarmaid MacCullough
4 p.m., Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. Read more... The talk will also be streamed live at

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Rochester in the News
Innovation Trail (April 8)
Afraid of Public Speaking? Your Problem May Be Solved
A new study from the University has found a way to help people perform better both mentally and physically when faced with public speaking. The research shows that learning to rethink our body’s stress signals, and view a pounding heart and sweaty palms as good signs and not omens, can increase performance and ability to cope. “The problem is that we think all stress is bad,” says Jeremy Jamieson, assistant professor of psychology and lead author on the study. (April 7)
Esophageal Cancer Survivor Hopes to Raise Awareness
“Usually esophageal cancer shows itself by trouble swallowing,” says Jeffrey Peters, the Seymour I. Schwartz Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery. “By the time trouble swallowing occurs, the cat’s out of the bag. We often have a cancer that’s too big to cure, or has, as in this case, spread to the bones or other parts of the body that makes surgery or a cure less likely or impossible.”

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