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March 20, 2012

In Brief

Registration open for third annual diversity conference

On Friday, April 20, representatives from all of Rochester’s constituencies will gather to discuss diversity and inclusion at the 2012 Diversity Conference: “Change the Conversation.” The keynote speaker will be Claude Steele, an eminent social psychologist and dean of the School of Education at Stanford University. Visit the conference website,, to learn more about the keynote and the 15 workshops planned for the day. The conference is free and open to the public.

Technology Development Fund application due April 1

The University’s Technology Development Fund is accepting pre-proposal applications through April 1 for its fifth round of award funding. The fund promotes the transfer and translation of University research into commercial applications through monetary awards ranging from $40,000 to $100,000. New for 2012, the application has been streamlined, and therapeutics/vaccines proposals will be evaluated using updated criteria, bettering the chances for an award in that area. Learn more at

Course offers introduction to medical terminology

The Center for Lifelong Learning is offering an online course, Introduction to Anatomy and Application of Medical Terminology, through April 30. The noncredit course, created by the School of Nursing, is intended to help current staff and those wishing to enter health care as a secretary, ambulatory patient rep, biller, or procedure room scheduler. If you have any questions or wish to register, visit, call 275-0446, or email

Earn $125 for completing personal health assessment by March 31

Faculty and staff, their spouses or domestic partners, and non–Medicare eligible retirees who are enrolled in University health care plans will be eligible for a $125 incentive for completing the 2012 online personal health assessment at the Well-U website, Before you fill out the assessment, you’ll need to know your numbers. Sign up for a free biometric screening at Nurses from the School of Nursing will provide brief, individualized counseling on how to achieve healthy numbers for blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol, and more. After March 31, the incentive will be $100.

Artist deadline approaching for Fine Craft Show

Ceramics, glass, jewelry, metal, leather, wood, wearable art, and more will be on display at the 12th annual Fine Craft Show at the Memorial Art Gallery. The show and sale, Nov. 2–4, will feature one-of-a-kind and limited-edition work by 40 master craft artists. Artists may apply online at by March 30.

Summer registration for the College starts April 9

The summer schedule of College courses is ready for review online at Summer classes can help students get ahead, catch up, repeat a course, or just try something different. Learn about the tuition benefits plan for University employees and get the updated Employee Tuition Waiver and Tuition Reimbursement applications at For more information, visit

University IT announces new online self-help features

In an effort to improve University-wide computing support, the University IT Help Desk has unveiled new online self-help services. The new features provide options such as the Knowledge Base (featuring tips and FAQs), online chat support, as well as online self-service and IT Service Request Forms. Visit the Help Desk website,, to explore the features

Cardiac dysrhythmia conference set for March 30

Attendees of the 2012 Cardiac Dysrhythmia Conference on March 30 at the Hyatt Regency Rochester will receive updates on the assessment, diagnosis, and management of patients with cardiac dysrhythmias. For more information or to register, visit and click on the conference title in the right column. Sponsored by the Office of Continuing Professional Education.

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

Pickleball league planned

Pickleball, which is like a full-scale version of ping pong, is gaining popularity. The Fitness and Wellness Center at the Medical Center will be starting a league in April on Tuesday evenings. You don’t need a team or anyone else to join the league. The league will have an introductory rate of $13 for non members for eight weeks. Learn more at

Registration open for Kids’ Night Out

The women’s basketball team will be hosting Kids’ Night Out on Saturday, March 31, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. for children ages 5 through 13 at the Goergen Athletic Center on the River Campus. The cost is $15 per child ($10 for each additional sibling), and events will include arts and crafts, sports, games, and movies. Dinner and snacks will be provided at an additional cost of $5 per child. To register, or if you have questions regarding the event, contact Melissa Kraft at or 275-9541

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