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@Rochester: May 13, 2008

@Rochester: May 13, 2008

Today's Forecast: Sunny, High 69°

Tomorrow: P.M. Showers, High 76°

In Today's Issue

  • Witmer and Meliora Awards Honor Staff Stars
  • Wilmot Family Contributes $8 Million to Cancer Center Campaign
  • Commencement Week Commences
  • Presidential Politics and the National Health Care Agenda
  • Memorial Service for Susan Schilling
  • Event Highlight: Heath Bites, Stress Management in Work and Family
  • Rochester in the News: Cost-effectiveness of Telemedicine
  • Inside Higher Ed: Struggling Communities Turn to Colleges

News and Announcements

Witmer and Meliora Awards Honor Staff Stars

Four exceptional individuals and an outstanding Medical Center team have earned the inaugural Witmer and Meliora awards in recognition of their service and dedication to the University and the wider community. The Witmer Award for Distinguished Service will be presented to Lisa Norwood, assistant dean for undergraduate engineering studies, and Catherine Farrell, administrative assistant for the International Theatre Program. The Meliora Awards go to Kathy Metz, director of the Interlibrary Loan office, Joanne Neu, banquet houseperson at the Memorial Art Gallery, and a Medical Center team in child and adolescent psychology. Read more...

Wilmot Family Contributes $8 Million to Cancer Center Campaign

The family of James P. Wilmot has generously donated $8 million to support the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center's comprehensive campaign, carrying on the patriarch's dedication to advancing cancer research in Rochester. Read more...

Commencement Week Commences

Graduation week is officially under way with a series of activities culminating in Commencement ceremonies for the College and the Eastman School next Sunday. For schedules, directions, parking information, and more, visit the Commencement Web site

Presidential Politics and the National Health Care Agenda

Learn about the presidential candidates' proposals and what's at stake in this year's election at a lecture by Fran Weisberg, executive director of Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency. Sponsored by the School of Nursing's Leadership in Healthcare Systems and Nurse Practitioner programs, the lecture is Thursday, May 15, from 1:20 to 2:30 p.m. in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (Room 1W-304). Nurses who attend the talk are eligible for continuing nursing education contact hours. Seating is limited. RSVP to Marjorie Vandenberg at 585-275-2372 or Marjorie_Vandenberg@URMC.rochester.edu

Memorial Service for Susan Schilling

The University community is invited to a service celebrating the life of Susan Schilling, who died February 18. An educator and curator at the Memorial Art Gallery for more than 40 years, Shilling was also the widow of Professor Bernard Schilling. The service will be held Monday, May 19, at 5 p.m. at the gallery. 

Events

Tuesday, May 13

Heath Bites, Stress Management in Work and Family: Medical Center, 3-6408 (K307). Noon to 1 p.m.

For more events: www.rochester.edu/calendar.

Rochester in the News

Washington Post (May 9)

"Telemedicine a Cost-Effective Alternative to ER Visits"

Telemedicine is a cost-effective way to replace more than a quarter of all visits to the pediatric emergency department, according to a community-wide study conducted by investigators at the Medical Center. Illnesses, such as ear infections or sore throats that virtually always prove manageable by telemedicine, made up almost 28 percent of all pediatric emergency room visits in Rochester during one year.  (Also reported by Forbes, Austin American Statesman, Atlanta Journal Constitution.) Read more...

In Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 16 Issue

"Struggling Communities Turn to Colleges"

In economically stressed towns, small private colleges help generate development projects in part for their own survival: "The reality is, curb appeal matters," says Rev. Thomas O'Hara, King College's president. "If parents are worried about their son or daughter's safety, they don't even look at your biology department." Read more...

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