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@Rochester: News for University of Rochester

In Today's Issue

  • Health Care Open Enrollment Ends Today
  • School of Medicine Wins Funds for New Cardiovascular Program
  • Go Green: Winter Energy Prescriptions
  • University Mourns Loss of Oleg Polomarov
  • Social Entrepreneurship Focus of Two Events
  • Eye Screenings To Select Candidates for Clinical Trial
  • Prices Lowered for A Christmas Story Fundraiser 

News and Announcements

Health Care Open Enrollment Ends Today
Open enrollment for health, dental, Flexible Spending Accounts, and Health Savings Accounts ends today. Online enrollments will continue until midnight through HRMS (your NetID will be needed). Telephone enrollments at 275-8747 (ASK-URHR) can be made between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Your six-digit Employee ID will be needed if enrolling by phone. Even if you are not making new elections or changes to your health or dental plans, you must re-enroll for 2010 Health Care and/or Dependent Care FSA and HSA accounts. Open enrollment information is available on the Benefits Web site. Also available on the site is the health plan cost estimator and other enrollment information.

School of Medicine Wins Funds for Cardiovascular Program
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded the School of Medicine and Dentistry $700,000 to support a new program to train graduate students for a biomedical research career in cardiovascular sciences with an emphasis on translating laboratory discoveries into treatments and diagnostics.

Go Green: Winter Energy Prescriptions

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The University's temperature guidelines are an important part of helping to reduce energy costs. Like last winter, temperatures are being set to 68°F, the nationally recognized standard for winter heating. Warm up to the indoor weather with these tips.

University Mourns Loss of Oleg Polomarov
The University flag will be flown at half-staff today to remember Oleg Polomarov, a research associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Polomarov, who lived in Rochester, died Nov. 14 at age 42. He joined the University staff in May 2008.

Social Entrepreneurship Focus of Two Events
Faculty and staff are welcome to an open forum on teaching social entrepreneurship at 2 p.m. today in the Board Room at the Alumni and Advancement Center. Nanette Levinson, associate professor of the School of International Service at American University, will facilitate. The public is invited to attend a talk by Levinson, “Co-cial Entrepreneuring: Making a Difference Locally & Globally” at 4:30 p.m. today in Gleason 318/418. Refreshments will be provided at both sessions. RSVP to or 276-3500.

Eye Screenings To Select Candidates for Clinical Trial
University employees, and their family members and friends are invited to receive a free eye screening Monday, Nov. 30. Screenings, by appointment only, will take 30 minutes and will determine eligibility to participate in a clinical trial for a device that may reduce the users need for reading glasses. A full description of the study and the number to call to schedule a screening are available online.

Prices Lowered for A Christmas Story Fundraiser
Prices have been lowered for the Friends of Strong’s 30th anniversary dessert reception and performance of A Christmas Story at Geva Theatre. The fundraiser will benefit the Rotenberg Patient Advocate Fund and spinal cord treatment in honor of Medical Center CEO Bradford Berk. For more information or to order tickets, call 275-2420.

Nov. 18, 2009
Today's Forecast:
Sunny, High 54°
PM Showers, High 58°
Today's Event Highlight
Africa Video Series: Bling, A Planet Rock
Rush Rhees Library Gleason Library. 5 p.m. Read more…

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Rochester in the News
UPI (Nov. 16)
'Phthalates Linked to Masculinity Problems'
Shanna Swan, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, says because testosterone produces the masculine brain, researchers are concerned that fetal exposure to phthalates has the potential to alter masculine brain development. Read more...

In Higher Education
Inside Higher Ed (Nov. 17)
'Wanted: Obama's Help'
The leader of a major public university system called on President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to do more to accomplish the White House’s goal of seeing the United States lead the world in post-secondary educational attainment by 2020. Read more…

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