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February 15, 2012

In Brief

Creative Excellence Award call for submissions

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to enter the 2012 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 23. Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Cluster for Human Values in Health Care and the Center for Ethics, Humanities, and Palliative Care. Learn more at

2012 Diversity Conference seeks proposals

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit proposals for workshops and poster sessions at the third annual diversity conference, “Change the Conversation,” scheduled for Friday, April 20. Submissions, which are due Friday, Feb. 24, can showcase best practices, curriculum models, research, outreach strategies, training methods, and other topics related to diversity and inclusion. Read more at

Deadline nears for Visiting Scholars Fund

The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity reminds those interested in applying for the long-term visiting scholars portion of the Special Opportunities Fund that the deadline is Feb. 17. The fund was created to assist deans and department chairs in increasing the diversity and inclusiveness of the faculty. Learn more at

Participants sought for mentoring study

Graduate students, fellows, and junior faculty and their mentors are needed to participate in a mentoring research study. The goal is to compare two different mentoring interventions that may promote academic career success. The one-year study involves completion of online questionnaires for both mentors and protégés. Some participants will also take part in workshops or self-directed learning activities with their peers. Eligible participants will be compensated for completion of surveys and receive an honorarium for their participation. More information is available at

Registration open for Spring Fitness Challenge

Registration ends Monday, Feb. 20, for the Medical Center Fitness and Wellness Center’s Spring Fitness Challenge, which runs from March 5 to April 29. This year, the challenge has been modified to allow for participants at beginner, intermediate, and advanced fitness levels to have the chance to compete for cash prizes. The challenge is a team activity in which 5 to 20 University affiliates join together to compete. Points are awarded based on choice of activity and duration or weight loss. For details, visit or call 275-2437.

Artists wanted for M&T Bank Clothesline Festival

Artists from across New York state are invited to apply for spaces at the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival, which takes place Sept. 8 and 9 at the Memorial Art Gallery. Download an application at The application deadline is Friday, March 23, with space assignments mailed Monday, June 11.

Sports leagues forming

Golf with your friends or coworkers at Genesee Valley Park right after work on Monday evenings beginning in April (substitutes are needed). Indoor soccer and volleyball leagues through the Medical Center’s Fitness and Wellness Center also start soon.

For more information, visit or call 275-1442.

Get ugly for a good cause

On Feb. 25, the ninth annual Ugly Disco will take everything bad and ugly from the ’70s and turn it into something good. All proceeds from this year’s party benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital. Read more at

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