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University of Rochester News (April 26, 2017)

04.26.17: fetal alcohol spectrum disorder; Eastman grant programs; Best Translated Book Awards; Communal Principles Day; budgeting seminar

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'Innovation Imperative' Continues Push for Federal Support

In 2015, the University joined more than 500 American business, industry, higher education, science, and engineering organizations in a call to action for stronger federal policies and investment to drive domestic research and development. Each organization signed “Innovation: An American Imperative,” a document urging Congress to enact policies and make investments to ensure that the U.S. remains the global innovation leader. At the two-year mark, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences has released the “Innovation Imperative Progress Report” detailing the status for the group’s seven key science, research, and innovation policy priorities.

Intervention for Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Has Biggest Impact on Parents

A pilot study conducted by the University’s Mt. Hope Family Center finds that children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and their families benefit from a multicomponent intervention. Read more…

Grant Programs Expand Opportunities for Eastman Students, Alumni

The Institute for Music Leadership Grant and Mentorship Program and the Eastman/ArtistShare Partnership are expanding the depth of services the Eastman School of Music offers students and alumni. Read more…

A Message from United Way Campaign Director Colleen McCarthy

“There are just a couple of weeks remaining in the University’s 2017 United Way Campaign. With your help, we will raise the $225,000 we need to reach our $1.5 goal. The United Way of Greater Rochester relies on the University, as the region’s Rochester’s largest employer, and year after year our faculty, staff, and retirees have stepped up to provide generous support. If you have not yet made your pledge, I invite you to support this effort and make your donation today. Directly or indirectly, we all benefit from the critical human service programs throughout our community that rely on United Way support. For more information and to make your pledge, visit the University’s United Way website. If you have already made your pledge, thank you for helping to make a difference!”

Open Letter Books Announces Best Translated Book Award Finalists

Ten works of fiction and five poetry collections remain in the running for this year’s Best Translated Book Awards.

University IT Releases the Next Episode of Restricted Intelligence

Episode three of the critically acclaimed web series Restricted Intelligence is now available, along with previous episodes you may have missed, on the University IT website. The comedy series, which portrays an “Office-like” episodic adventure in cybersecurity education and awareness, comes out at the end of every month.

Volunteers Needed for Vaccine Study

Consider taking part in an HIV vaccine research study at the Medical Center. You may be eligible if you are HIV-negative, healthy, and between the ages of 18 and 55. It is impossible to get HIV from study vaccines. Being in a study is like donating blood on a regular basis. Volunteers will be paid an average of $750. To learn if you might qualify, call 756-2329. For more information, visit rochestervictoryalliance.org/getinfo.

Rochester in the News

SUNY Is Set to Make Kristina Johnson, an Engineer, Its Chancellor

The New York Times, April 24

Rob Clark, provost and senior vice president for research at the University, who served as Kristina Johnson’s senior associate dean at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University and then succeeded her as dean, described her as an inspirational leader. “We had many more faculty engaged in start-up activity,” Clark said. “That grew greatly when she was there and continues at the institution since her departure.”


Farmers Market Today

Take a break today between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. to stop by the University Farmers Market, held in Flaum Atrium, Medical Center. Over 20 vendors will offer a variety of local products at low prices. Learn more about the farmers market and sign up for the weekly market newsletter.

Event Marks Communal Principles Day

The annual Communal Principles Day event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons. University President and CEO Joel Seligman will speak at the event, which celebrates the College’s sixth communal principle, freedom. The Communal Principles Project was created in 2011 by the Office of the Dean of Students, establishing six fundamental, interrelated principles to encourage the participation, engagement, and involvement of all members of the College.

Compassion Fatigue and Stress Management for Nurses 

Jason Knupp, a licensed clinical social worker, will provide an overview of the knowledge and skills necessary to cope with nursing-related stressors and prevent compassion fatigue from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 1, in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. The event is cohosted by the school and the Epsilon Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing. Tickets are $20 or $10 for students and two contact hours are available. Click here to register and for more information.

Financial Health Bite Seminar: Budgeting

The Benefits Office hosts an informational seminar about how to establish a budget and identify realistic spending habits. Conducted by a representative from Genesee Regional Bank, the seminar will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 in College Town, 44 Celebration Drive, Room 2007AB (second floor). Guests and lunches are welcome. Registration is required.

Medical School Welcomes AAMC Northeast Group on Educational Affairs

The School of Medicine and Dentistry will host more than 300 medical and health professions educators from across the Northeast at a conference that will expose them to cutting-edge educational research and innovation from Thursday, May 4, to Saturday, May 6. The conference will feature plenary sessions, workshops, small group discussions, short communications, posters, special interest groups, AAMC sessions, exhibitors, and special pre-conference programming. Visit the conference website to access the program schedule, and to register.

Informational Session for Assistant Professors

The AS&E Dean’s Office presents an overview of early career funding opportunities from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 5, in Douglass Commons, Room 401. The session will include resources and tips for successful proposal development and submission to the multiple funding sources, including NIH and NSF’s most prestigious programs for junior faculty. The session will feature a panel of faculty who were awarded foundational and federal young investigator/early career awards, and also those who review for the NSF CAREER program. Space is limited—RSVP by May 2 by emailing paula.losey@rochester.edu. Direct questions to cindy.gary@rochester.edu or debra.haring@rochester.edu.

Epigenetics Cluster Presents Workshop on Chromatin Conformation

The UCIS Epigenetics and Genome Stability Cluster will host a workshop on Chromosome Conformation Capture (3C) and related technologies, including 4C and 5C/Hi-C, Monday, May 15, in Adolph Auditorium (1-7619), Medical Center. Jane Skok, a professor of pathology at New York University and an expert in nuclear organization, will present a series of seminars outlining the assays and practical considerations in implementing them, including bioinformatics. Additional details will be provided later; those interested in attending should contact Michael Bulger.

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