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April 20, 2011

In Brief

Piece of ‘ pi’

students holding signs with numbersThe University’s celebration of Pi Day on March 14, organized by the Society of Mathematics Students (SUMS), featured lectures, a math problem-solving contest, and a miniresearch conference. It also included a presentation of the first 60 digits of pi. And no Pi Day would be complete without the traditional pie-related events—consisting of eating, judging, and throwing.

What’s your Meliora Moment?

The “Meliora Moments” project invites the University community to join together to express pride and gratitude through evocative stories and images to help tell the story of the University. Share your story at

Race to raise funds for Jeffrey Bordeaux Jr. Memorial

The University community is invited to participate in the Jeffrey Bordeaux Jr. Memorial 5K Run/Walk on Thursday, April 21, at 6 p.m. on the River Campus. All donations from the event will benefit the Campus Beautification Fund that will be used to create a memorial in Bordeaux’s name. Visit for more information.

Fun Fitness Camp offered this summer

The Medical Center’s Fitness and Wellness Center will offer a Fun Fitness Camp for children ages 7 to 12 this summer. The camp runs from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. for most of the summer and will include swimming, sports, games, crafts, and a weekly field trip. Prices have been reduced, and you can pick single days or full weeks as needed. More information is available at

Calling for Creative Excellence Award submissions

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to enter the 2011 Creative Excellence Award Contest. Entries may be in any medium and should deal with issues of human values in health care. The submission deadline is Monday, April 25, at 5 p.m. Read more at

Call for posters: Genetics Day 2011

Poster registration forms are being accepted until Thursday, April 28, for the 23rd annual Genetics Day on Friday, May 6. Genetics Day is sponsored by the University Committee for Interdisciplinary Studies and organized by the Departments of Biology and Biomedical Genetics. Learn more at

University team forms for Chase Corporate Challenge

Join other University employees at the 2011 JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge on Tuesday, May 24. You can walk or run 3.5 miles with the University’s team and participants from other local companies. The event starts at 7 p.m. at RIT. The $30 registration fee includes two T-shirts and a postrace meal at the University tent. Register online at with a credit card under the “University for Rochester” team. Call Heather Van Orden at 275-2706 with any questions.

Collection benefits Homeless Shelter

Miner Library in the Medical Center is collecting items until Friday, May 6, for the House of Mercy. Items needed include toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap, non-perishable foods, and gently used towels and washcloths. Donations may be dropped off inside the Miner Library entrance.

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 meeting brings 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.