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March 18, 2011

In Brief

Deadline approaches for Technology Development Fund

The University’s Technology Development Fund will be accepting pre-proposal applications on April 8 for the second round of award funding. The fund promotes the transfer and translation of research into commercial applications through monetary awards. Awards ranging from $40,000 to $100,000 will support projects of approximately one year in duration. For questions about the program or the application process, contact Michael Rusnak at 784-8850. Learn more at

Oral biology conference planned for June

The Center for Oral Biology will host the “Rochester Conference on Oral Biology: Post-Genomics for the Oral Microbiome” from June 16 to 18 at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. The purpose of the meeting is to bring together oral microbiologists and immunologists with scientists working on multiorganism problems outside of the oral environment. The objective is to broaden the scope of research and to develop new approaches for understanding the nature of oral polymicrobial diseases and human responses.

Excluded? Debarred? Know someone who is?

Federal law limits the kinds of work that may be done by people who have been excluded, suspended, or debarred from federal or state contracts, grants, or programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. If you or someone you work with has been excluded, suspended, or debarred, has defaulted on student loans, or has lost a professional license, contact the Compliance Office at 275-1609, Office of Counsel at 758-7600, or the Integrity Hotline at 756-8888 (anonymous reports accepted). Read more at

Community Health Awards to be presented

The second annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards will be presented Monday, March 21, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium at the Medical Center. Cynthia “Cee” Barnes-Boyd, a clinical associate professor at the University of Illinois–Chicago School of Public Health and College of Nursing, will present “Keeping It Real: Creating and Sustaining Authentic University/ Community Partnerships” at 5:45 p.m., prior to the awards presentation. A reception will follow. Email or call 224-3053 for more information.

Blog celebrates achievements of women

The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies has launched a blog dedicated to the achievements of women. View the blog at

Artists sought for two Memorial Art Gallery events

The Memorial Art Gallery is accepting artist applications for the 2011 Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition (July 24–Sept. 25) and the 2011 M&T Bank Clothesline Festival (Sept. 11 and 12). Applications are due March 25 for the Clothesline Festival and March 31 for the Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition. Learn more at

Rochester River Run/ Walk 5K set for April 10

Individuals and teams are invited to participate in the 10th annual Friends of Strong Rochester River Run/Walk 5K, Sunday, April 10, at the Riverbend Shelter at Genesee Valley Park. The race will begin at 10 a.m. Details are available at

Vignettes highlight moments in women’s history

Written in collaboration with the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies, a series of vignettes highlighting remarkable women in American history are airing this month on WXXI’s radio stations, including WRUR-FM 88.5. “Noteworthy Moments in Women’s History” is presented by Kitty Van Bortel, president of Van Bortel Automotive Group. The vignettes will air at various times throughout March for Women’s History Month.

Simon School, Memorial Art Gallery websites honored

The Simon School website and the Memorial Art Gallery website were honored as part of the Rochester Business Journal’s annual Best of the Web competition. The Simon School site was named the winner in the education category and the gallery’s site was the winner in the nonprofit (cultural) category.

‘Celebration of Life’ blood drives

Rochester and RIT are teaming up for the “Celebration of Life” blood drive throughout April. The Red Cross hopes to collect 1,045 units of blood from faculty, staff, and students— potentially saving 3,135 lives. The University will host two blood drives. The first is slated for Wednesday, April 6, and Thursday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the May Room of Wilson Commons. The second is a student drive that will take place Thursday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Goergen Athletic Center. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are preferred. Call 1-800-Red Cross to make an appointment.

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