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In Today’s Issue

  • College Town Groundbreaking Celebration Is May 2
  • Harry Reis in NYT: ‘The Tangle of the Sexes’
  • O’Brien Hall Earns LEED Gold Certification
  • Ted Brown to Be Installed to Endowed Professorship
  • Reading and Talk with Israeli Writer and Filmmaker
  • Free Coffee for Five Minutes of Your Time
  • Lecture Explores African-American Familial Culture
  • Scams Emerge in Wake of Boston Marathon Attack
  • 'Lecture: ‘How Primary Care Will Save Civilization’
  • Fitness Class Sign Up Begins

News and Announcements

College Town Groundbreaking Celebration Is May 2
On Thursday, May 2, Mt. Hope area residents, government leaders, project developers, and University community members and officials will gather to celebrate the groundbreaking of College Town. The mixed-use development, which includes retail and dining, hotel and conference facilities, and housing is designed to create an urban village for residents, students, employees, and visitors; provide an economic benefit to the region; and enhance University connections to nearby neighbors. The groundbreaking will take place at 1 p.m. at the corner of Elmwood and Mt. Hope avenues, with an on-site reception to follow.

Harry Reis in NYT: The Tangle of the Sexes’
“That men and women differ in certain respects is unassailable. Unfortunately, the continuing belief in “categorical differences”—men are aggressive, women are caring—reinforces traditional stereotypes by treating certain behaviors as immutable. And, it turns out, this belief is based on a scientifically indefensible model of human behavior,” write Harry Reis, professor of psychology at the University, and Bobbi Carothers, a senior data analyst at Washington University in St. Louis, in an op-ed piece in Sunday’s New York Times.

O’Brien Hall Earns LEED Gold Certification
O’Brien Hall, the University’s newest campus residence, has earned LEED Gold certification for its sustainable construction, landscaping, and operations. O’Brien Hall is the first LEED-recognized building on the River Campus and joins the Medical Center’s Saunders Research Building—also LEED Gold—in the University's official portfolio. Read more...

Ted Brown to Be Installed to Endowed Professorship
Theodore (Ted) Brown, professor of history, public health sciences, and medical humanities, will be installed as the first holder of the Charles and Dale Phelps Professorship in Public Health and Policy during a public ceremony at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. To RSVP or for more information, contact University Advancement at 275-7393 or

Reading and Talk with Israeli Writer and Filmmaker
Israeli writer and award-winning filmmaker Etgar Keret will present “Is Reality Overrated?” at 5 p.m. today in the Hawkins-Carlson Room in Rush Rhees Library. Sponsored by the Department of Religion and Classics, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the Department of English, the talk is free and open to the public. Read more...

Free Coffee for Five Minutes of Your Time
The Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry would like to know what you think about mental health services in Rochester and is inviting faculty and staff to complete a five-minute survey. Those who complete the anonymous survey on Monday, April 22, will be able to print out a coupon good for one free medium coffee at Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters (must be redeemed by May 31). Responses will help the department plan better services for University faculty, staff, and students.

Lecture Explores African-American Familial Culture
Krystal Frazier, assistant professor of history at West Virginia University, will discuss her research on African-American familial culture and Black family reunions as a part of the Charles Augustus Thompson Lecture Series, to be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library. Hosted by the Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences & Engineering, the lecture series—named in honor of the first African American to graduate from the University—features talks by scholars who are contributing to current literature on diversity. Read more...

Scams Emerge in Wake of Boston Marathon Attack
There have been reports of scams involving charitable donations in the wake of the explosions at the Boston Marathon. BBB Wise Giving Alliance, an affiliate of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, urges donors to give thoughtfully and avoid those seeking to take advantage of the generosity of others. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? Send them to

Lecture: ‘How Primary Care Will Save Civilization’
Robert McCann, chief of medicine at Highland Hospital, Betty Rabinowitz, professor of clinical medicine, and Wallace Johnson, associate chair of primary care, will present the Dr. William and Dr. Kathryn Kern Lecture in Primary Care at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), Medical Center. They will discuss “Bending the Cost Curve: How Primary Care Will Save Civilization.”

Talk: The Basics of Home-roasting Coffee
Bill Morrison, a desktop support specialist at the Medical Center, will discuss the basics of roasting coffee at home during the next High Noon and Miner Library event set for noon Wednesday, April 24, in the History of Medicine Room in Miner Library, Medical Center. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch.

Fitness Class Sign Up Begins
Well-U uses two vendors to administer its free employee fitness classes—Inward Office and the URMC Fitness and Wellness Center. Today marks the beginning of a new eight-week session of classes through Inward Office including ab blast, body tone, Zumba, and various levels of yoga. Register at Well-U also offers Zumba and yoga classes at the URMC Fitness & Wellness Center. A new session of yoga classes is currently open for enrollment on the Well-U website. Classes fill up quickly. Direct questions to

April 22, 2013
Partly Cloudy
Today’s Forecast:
Partly Cloudy, High 60°
Sunny, High 63°

The Week Ahead
Monday, April 22
Senior Art Exhibition: Lauren Fischer, 9 a.m. Gallery at the Art and Music Library, Rush Rhees Library.

Tuesday, April 23
Plutzik Reading Series: Peter Ho Davies, 5 p.m., Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library.

Wednesday, April 24

Out in Reel: Fish Out of Water, 7 p.m., Hoyt Auditorium.

Thursday, April 25
Post Retirement Benefits plus Income at Retirement, noon, Helen Wood Hall 1W501, School of Nursing.

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Rochester in the News
Women’s Health Magazine (April 18)
How to Be a Great Public Speaker
Pre-presentation butterflies be a good thing, if you think about it the right way. Reframing stress as something positive can help boost your performance, according to a new study published in Clinical Psychological Science. “Simply changing your mindset about what stress is can improve your stress response,” says lead author Jeremy Jamieson, associate professor of psychology.

WROC-TV (April 18)
Mississippi Man Arrested for Sending Poisoned Letters
Bob Boeckman, chair of the University's Department of Chemistry, says one reason we have seen a number of ricin letters is because not much is required to make the substance. "It is easy to produce. That's one of the reasons ricin is a problem. First of all the raw materials are very common and inexpensive and can be grown in any backyard pretty much without much care. The real danger is it's availability," he said.

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