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Sanjay Gupta to deliver Meliora Weekend address

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Noted neurosurgeon and medical journalist Sanjay Gupta will be the keynote speaker at Meliora Weekend 2010 in October. Gupta, senior correspondent for health and medicine at CNN, follows in the tradition of recent keynote speakers, including U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu ’70, ’98 (Honorary), CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper, former U.S. Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, and current U.S. Secretary of State and former U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton. More information about Meliora Weekend 2010 will be available this summer.

President Seligman issues diversity report

In his fourth annual diversity report, President Seligman says that although the University numbers “last year remained relatively static during an economic recession, if I’ve learned one thing about diversity more than anything else, it is that numbers are at most a starting point. What matters is the story behind the numbers, the dynamic, the integrity of the effort, the commitment to progress, and in that sense we’re starting to move in the right direction.” Read the full report at www.rochester.edu/president/memos/2010/diversity2010report.pdf.

Diversity conference materials available

Video, audio, and transcripts from the first University-wide diversity conference are available online at www.rochester.edu/diversity/annualconference. The site includes presentations from the April 5 morning sessions, a video of the panel discussion, and President Seligman’s opening and closing remarks. Those who attended the conference can also still fill out the evaluation survey, if they haven’t done so already.

Donate items for Art and Treasures Sale

The Memorial Art Gallery Council is looking for donations of gently used collectibles and fine art (no clothing) for its Art and Treasures Sale in June. Donation drop off days are June 22–24. To arrange for an earlier pick-up, e-mail Frankie Hall Greene at fhall@attglobal.net.

River Run for Youth Harmony

Registration is open for the second annual River Run for Youth Harmony slated for Friday, June 4, at 7 p.m. The 5K run, which begins at Staybridge Suites Hotel (at the corner of Brooks Avenue and Genesee Street), is organized by the 19th Ward Community Association and the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. Learn more at www.RiverRun5K.com.

JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge

The 2010 JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at Rochester Institute of Technology. Walk or run the 3.5-mile course with the University’s team and participants from other local companies. Registration is $30 and includes two T-shirts and a post-race meal at the University tent. Register online with the University team at www.jpmorganchasecc.com/registration.php?city_id=3. Call Heather Van Orden, 275-2706, for more information.

Diastolic heart failure patients sought for clinical trial

The HOPE4HF study (John Bisognano, primary investigator) is now enrolling patients to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Rheos Device to treat people with diastolic heart failure. The device is being evaluated to determine whether it can reduce heart failure symptoms, improve heart function, help patients live longer, improve quality of life, and reduce the number of hospitalizations from heart failure. Call 341-7764 for more information.

Weight Watchers open house

A Weight Watchers open house will be held from 11:50 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Thursday, May 13, in room 220 in the University Health Service building on the River Campus. A new session begins May 20 and will run for 17 weeks.

University part of national teen outreach initiative

For the past four months, more than 80 area youth have been making the fifth installment of Raising 100,000 Voices, a national outreach initiative of videos highlighting the complex issues teens face while emerging as young adults. The project is a collaboration involving the Medical Center’s Office of Mental Health Promotion, WXXI, and The Roadwork For Success In Young Adulthood.