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University of Rochester News (September 26, 2017)

09.26.17: strategic plan; food allergy research network; brain development study; foreign language conversation hours; Plutzik Reading Series

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Provost Rob Clark: Our Next Strategic Plan

Building on our core values and mission statement (Learn, Discover, Heal, Create–and Make the World Ever Better) we have begun development of our 2018–2025 Strategic Plan. Our next strategic plan is intended to be a clarion call for the entire University, articulating a statement of who we are and what we wish to be, both for the University’s faculty, students, and staff and for our trustees, donors, patients, and friends. Our guiding theme throughout this strategic planning process is that we are one University that will:

  • Lead through Research;
  • Innovate in Education;
  • Build and Embrace Community; and
  • Transform Health Care; while working to
  • Ensure Financial Sustainability

A key to the success of this plan is the involvement of all University constituencies, who are invited to participate in the development or review of the plan. Learn more about the strategic plan here.

Medical Center Selected to Join National Food Allergy Research Network

The Medical Center has been selected to join the Food Allergy Research and Education Clinical Network, a national group of research institutions working to accelerate the development of new therapies for food allergies and improve the quality of care patients receive. Read more…

Medical Center Joins Landmark Brain Development Study

The Medical Center is participating in what is being described as the largest long-term study of brain development and child health. Read more…

University Builds Bridges to Community through Fringe Fest

Several faculty and alumni brought their unique takes on conversations about difficult and controversial issues out into the community as part of the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival. Read more…

Charlie Norris ’68, NBA Star Byron Scott Talk to Students about Leadership

Former NBA star Byron Scott and entrepreneur Charlie Norris ’68, coauthors of the book Slam-Dunk Success: Leading From Every Position on Life’s Court, offered leadership tips to students while visiting campus last week. Read more…

Wilson Boulevard to Be Paved

As a final piece of the RG&E electric duct bank construction project, contractors will be milling and repaving Wilson Boulevard Wednesday, September 27, through Friday, September 29, weather permitting. Flaggers and signage will direct vehicles and pedestrians around the work areas.

Language Centers Offers Conversation Hours

Interested in a chance to talk in a foreign language with other people? The Language Center offers conversation hours in the following languages in Douglass Commons, Room 305: German on Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m., Italian on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m., Arabic on Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m., Korean on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Spanish on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., French on Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m., and Portuguese on Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. More languages are in the works. The previous schedule will run through the the end of the semester.

Fall Weight Loss Challenge on the River Campus

Lose weight and develop healthy habits in a 35-day program with helpful tips, weekly weigh-ins at Goergen Athletic Center, and progress reports. The challenge starts Thursday, October 5. Learn more…

Warner Hosts Miller Analogies Test

The Warner School is now an official testing site for the Miller Analogy Test, one of the testing options acceptable under the new requirements for teaching or K–12 administrative certification for NY State. The MAT is at 9 a.m. Saturday, October 7, lasts one hour, and costs $90. Find more details about the test and register online.

Rochester in the News

New Model for Hard-to-Study Form of Blindness Paves Way for Future Research

DoveMed, September 22

“Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in older adults, but scientists have long struggled to study and replicate key elements of the disease in the lab. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is the first to demonstrate hallmarks of macular degeneration in a new human stem cell model developed by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center.”


Lecture Focuses on Monuments and Heritage

Richard Leventhal, professor of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, will deliver the second annual James Conlon Memorial Lecture, “What is Cultural Heritage and Whose Heritage is It? Ours? Theirs? Everyone’s?” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 27, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. Leventhal will consider the destruction of monuments from the Taliban’s destruction of Afghanistan’s Bamiyan Buddhas to the removal of Confederate monuments in the contemporary U.S.

Burgett Center Hosts Community Gathering

The Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center will host a One Community Gathering from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 27, in Douglass Commons Room 305 for a hurricane and earthquake discussion and support group. All are welcomed to come and go or stay for the entire time. Pizza and light refreshments will be served.

Film Screening and Discussion on Autism and Inclusion

There will be a film screening and discussion with DJ “Deej” Savarese, an Oberlin College graduate who is the subject of a new documentary about autism and inclusion, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 27, in Douglass Ballroom. For more information, visit deejmovie.com.

Plutzik Reading Series Welcomes Martha Rhodes

Poet Martha Rhodes is the next guest of the Plutzik Reading Series. Her reading begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 28, in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library. Rhodes is the author of five poetry collections and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and Warren Wilson College.

Science and Sustainability Lecture on Air Quality

Huiting Mao, associate professor of chemistry at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, will present “Impacts of Climate and Increasing Population on Air Quality” from 3:25 to 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, October 4, in Gavett Hall Room 301. See the full listing for the lecture series.

Breathe Yoga to Host Fundraiser for Wilmot Cancer Research

Breathe Yoga in College Town will host a yoga and meditation class to benefit Wilmot Cancer Institute’s Cancer Control and Survivorship Research Program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 11. Attendees will learn about the research behind yoga and cancer and will participate in a guided meditation and yoga class as well as receive a yoga bag, mat, and strap provided by Wilmot’s PEAK Lab. The cost is a $30 donation. Learn more at the Facebook event page.

Lecture on Gender in Japanese Horror Films

Raechel Dumas, assistant professor of humanities at San Diego State University, will present “The Girls That Never End: Self-Replicating Shojo in Contemporary Japanese Horror” Thursday October 19, at 5 p.m. in Humanities Center Room D.

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