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February 16, 2011

In Brief

Provost Emeritus Phelps returns for guest lecture

Charles Phelps, provost emeritus, will return to campus Monday, Feb. 21, to deliver the address “Our Own Worst Enemies: How We and Our Government Helped to Create, Exacerbate, and Extend the Health Care Mess.” The talk will be held in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library, at 4 p.m., and will be immediately followed by a reception in the Welles-Brown Room. President Joel Seligman and Provost Ralph Kuncl invite the University community to join them for the special event.

Nominations open until Feb. 18 for Astronaut Scholarship Award

Faculty members are invited to nominate students for the 2011–12 Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Award. Nominated students could win a $10,000 scholarship. Nominees must be sophomores or juniors at the time of nomination in the fields of science or engineering. Students considering a career in medicine are not eligible.  Full eligibility requirements are available at The nomination deadline is Feb. 18. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at 276-5306 or for details.

Pilot project funds available

The Center for Medical Countermeasures against Radiation at the University announces the availability of funds to support a limited number of pilot projects. The objective of a proposed project should be relevant to researching the mitigation and treatment of the effects of a nuclear or radiological event. Initial applications are due March 1. Full details are available at

Web tool available for financial, payroll reporting

A new, web-based tool that provides more features for financial reporting and analysis is available. Current users of Impromptu 6 and 7 are encouraged to enroll in Cognos 8 for financial reporting by Monday, Feb. 28. For more information, visit the Data Warehouse web site,

Session covers new medical informatics degree

An informational session on the new master’s degree program in medical informatics, offered jointly by Rochester Institute of Technology and the School of Medicine and Dentistry, is planned for Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Whipple Auditorium (2-6424) at the Medical Center. For more information and to register, visit

Artists wanted for M&T Clothesline Festival

Applications are now being accepted for the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival. The festival will be held Sept. 10 and 11 on the grounds of the Memorial Art Gallery. Application deadline is Friday, March 25, and space assignments will be mailed June 10. For more information, call 276-8950 or e-mail

Support for research in women’s environmental health

The Women’s Health and the Environment over the Entire Lifespan (WHEEL) program at the Medical Center has openings for junior faculty interested in research in women’s environmental health. Supported by the National Institutes of Health, the program provides salary and research support for four junior faculty members for three years, with possible renewal for up to two additional years. See the eligibility requirements and read more about the program at

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