Bradford C. Berk holds up a number five, given as a gift from his assistant to mark five years since suffering a spinal cord injury in a cycling accident. Today, Berk announced that he will be stepping down as senior vice president for Health Sciences and CEO of the Medical Center on Jan. 1, 2015, and will launch a new Rochester Neurorestorative Institute to conduct research and provide patient care for people who, like himself, have lost neurological function through disease or injury. “The last five years have given me the perspective, the insight, and the passion to know where I am most needed, and where I can make the biggest difference,” said Berk. He will be succeeded as CEO by Mark B. Taubman, who will also remain dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry.
The University’s dining services has been ranked 6th on the 2014 list of 75 Best Colleges for Food by the online publication The Daily Meal. In addition to the quality of the food, the rankings were determined by the “food scene of the surrounding area,” as well as nutrition, sustainability, accessibility, events, uniqueness, and “the overall quality of the dining experience.”
July 24 marks the 50th anniversary of the race riots that rocked the city of Rochester in the summer of 1964. A new exhibit in Rush Rhees Library, “Beyond Rochester’s ’64 Riots: 50 Years Seeking to Make One City Out of Two,” showcases a balance of the past and the present-day, in search of a fresh perspective on ways to move our community forward.