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October 30, 2012

In Brief

Application period open for Drug Discovery Pilot Award

Site details nearby construction, roadway projects

Learn more about building projects and road construction near the University online at The site features a summary of the scope and target end dates for five major projects that might affect your commute.

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).

Nominations sought for Presidential Diversity Award

Nominations are being accepted for this year’s Presidential Diversity Awards. The awards recognize faculty, staff, students, units, departments, or teams who have demonstrated leadership in recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, research, multicultural programming, cultural competency, community outreach activities, or other initiatives that promote diversity or inclusion. Nomination materials are available at The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

River Campus Libraries offer new website

The River Campus Libraries have released a new homepage that offers a new look, a new discovery resource for articles and books, and a new face to the Voyager Catalog. Take a look at

‘Toast to Your Health’ fine wine auction

This year’s Toast to Your Health Fine Wine Auction, which benefits pediatric surgery at Golisano Children’s Hospital, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10. The evening features notable wines from around the world, gourmet cuisine, and a live auction. Consider donating a distinctive item for the auction. Gifts are tax-deductible and, as a donor, your name will be included in the auction catalog. For additional information, call 275-0806 or email

Deck the halls with safety in mind

Many staff members and students enjoy decorating their rooms, offices, and residential facilities for the holidays. Environmental Health and Safety reminds the University community that there are numerous fire-safety hazards that decorations can create. The department offers the following guidelines: Medical Center patient-care areas,; River Campus facilities and off-site housing,

Coat drive assists former refugees

Refugee Student Alliance is holding its fifth annual coat drive through Dec. 15. The group is collecting new or gently used coats, gloves, hats, scarves, boots, and sweaters. Donations will be delivered to Saint’s Place and Mary’s Place, nonprofit organizations that will distribute items to former refugees in Rochester. For a list of drop-off locations at the River Campus, email For locations at the Medical Center and affiliated sites, email

Conference: Creating an inclusive research climate

On Nov. 13, the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity will host the first campus-wide diversity-related research conference, “Creating an Inclusive Research Climate,” from noon to 4 p.m. The keynote speaker is Roger Worthington, professor of psychology at the University of Missouri and editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Following the keynote will be a panel, roundtable discussion, and a poster session all on the themes of the legitimacy of diversity-related scholarship, gaining inclusion into the “canon,” minority research subject participation and recruitment, and publishing. More information and registration is available at

Medical Center debuts new ‘Systems Status’ tool

Ever experience a computing snag, and wonder if it’s just your machine or a systemwide problem? On the new URMC Systems Status website you can access timely updates on the top technology systems used at the Medical Center, ranging from email to eRecord. You can access the site by clicking on “Systems Status” under the “Useful Tools” section of both the Medical Center’s and Highland Hospital’s intranets. At the site, you’ll see the current status summary of the top 11 technology systems.

Computer Sales—‘Halo 4’ midnight launch

University IT Computer Sales will open its Rush Rhees Library store from 12:01 to 1 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, for a midnight launch of “Halo 4.” Preorders are now being accepted and are strongly encouraged. For additional information or to reserve a copy, visit the Computer Sales retail locations in the Medical Center (G-7220B) or Rush Rhees Library (G114), or call 275-8353.

CTSI Weekly Update available

Weekly Update, produced by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, includes information about events and collaboration opportunities, career development, and funding opportunities. Weekly Update is delivered every Friday via email. Visit to join the CTSI-News listserv.

Postage rates expected to rise in January

The U.S. Postal Service has proposed postage rate increases that, if approved, become effective Jan. 27. The price for First Class stamps will increase by a penny to 46¢. As departments develop their budgets for the next fiscal year, Mail Services reminds you to take note of the projected price increases. Visit for details.