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@Rochester: March 23, 2009

@Rochester: March 23, 2009

Today's Forecast: Partly Cloudy, High 40°

Tomorrow: Partly Cloudy, High 49°

In Today's Issue

  • University Rolls Out New ID Badges for All Faculty, Staff
  • No Change in Parking Rates, Health Insurance
  • Abnormal EKG Can Predict Death in Stroke Patients
  • Security Tip of the Week: Anti-Virus Protection
  • Warner School Offers New Educational Policy Master's Program
  • Women's Music Festival Kicks Off Today
  • Fun Fitness Camp for Kids
  • Medical Center Seeks Participants for Upcoming Heart Walk
  • Relaxation Workshop for Graduate Students
  • Event Highlight: Catholic Newman Community Speaker—Thomas E. Woods
  • Rochester in the News: Jeffrey Bazarian on Head Injuries
  • In Higher Education: A Campus Connection with Iraq

News and Announcements

University Rolls Out New ID Badges for All Faculty, Staff

badgeStarting March 30, all University faculty, staff and volunteers will be required to get new ID badges (see sample). This University-wide replacement project is designed to protect personal information, update photos, and enhance security by verifying access privileges to facilities and labs. A new Web site has been set up so that you can learn more about the project and how to replace your ID badge. The site includes answers to commonly asked questions surrounding the effort, and the schedule of mobile badge replacement teams lets you know when a team is coming to your area. All faculty and staff should log on to HRMS to preview their new badge and to verify that their name is displayed properly. Read more...

No Change in Parking Rates, Health Insurance

Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance Ron Paprocki announced
there will be no increase in parking rates for the fiscal year
beginning July 1. He also said there would be no change in health
insurance benefits or health insurance premiums during this benefit year,
which ends December 31. 

Abnormal EKG Can Predict Death in Stroke Patients

People who suffer an ischemic stroke and also have an abnormality in the heart's electrical cycle are at a higher risk of death within 90 days than people who do not have abnormal electrical activity at the time of emergency treatment, according to new research authored by Latha Stead, professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and professor of neurosurgery. Read more...

Warner School Offers New Educational Policy Master's Program

The Warner School of Education is offering a new Master of Science degree in educational policy. The interdisciplinary program will prepare individuals for careers as policy analysts, educational researchers, educational policymakers, and more. Read more...

Women's Music Festival Kicks Off Today

The fifth annual Women's Music Festival at the Eastman School starts today and features events both on campus and in the community. Read more...

Security Tip of the Week: Anti-Virus Protection

The University coordinated a high-volume anti-virus software purchase in 2006 to encourage widespread use of comprehensive anti-virus programs on the University's network. This software, from Sophos, offers a broad range of protection for desktops, file servers, e-mail servers, and gateways. If you do not have Sophos Anti-Virus currently installed, join the effort to keep the University network virus-free. Do you have ideas that should be shared as a security tip of the week? If so, please send it to 

Fun Fitness Camp for Kids

Children are invited to stay active and happy at the Medical Center Fitness and Wellness Center's Fun Fitness Camp, open from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. this summer. the camp offers a variety of activities such as kickball, capture the flag, and swimming, as well as a weekly field trip. Children 7 to 12 years of age can make new friends and have a great summer. Register for single days or multiple weeks between June 29 and Sept. 1. For more information, visit or call 275-2437. 

Medical Center Seeks Participants for Upcoming Heart Walk

More than one million walkers nationwide are expected to participate in the American Heart Association's "Start! Heart Walk" to raise funds to save lives from America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers—heart disease and stroke. To learn more about the Heart Walk in Rochester on April 4 and to register with the Medical Center group visit URMC Start! Heart Walk 2009. The Medical Center is providing free T-shirts to all employees who sign up, and Well-U will provide free pedometers. 

Relaxation Workshop for Graduate Students

Feeling stressed? Unwind at the graduate student relaxation workshop. Enjoy a 10-minute massage, participate in relaxation and meditation exercises, and sip a cup of tea. The relaxation workshop will be held Thursday, April 2, from 5 to 6:30 in the second floor classroom of the new UHS building and is sponsored by the GOG. The number of massages available are limited; RSVP is encouraged. 


Tuesday, March 24

Catholic Newman Community Speaker: Thomas E. Woods: Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. 8 p.m.

For more events:

Rochester in the News

New York Daily News (March 20)

"Natasha Richardson's Death Raises Questions of When to Worry about Head Injuries"

"The brain is squishy, like Jello, but it doesn't have that much space to move around in the skull," says Jeffrey Bazarian, associate professor of emergency medicine and neurology. "And this is why people don't feel bad right away after a brain injury. It can take from half an hour to up to two or three hours before the effects are felt." Read more...

In Higher Education

Business Lexington (March 20)

"A Campus Connection with Iraq"

Representatives from 20 colleges and universities gathered at a two-day forum in Baghdad to discuss an Iraqi government initiative aimed at educating Iraqi students in English-speaking countries. Read more...

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