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January 16, 2013

In Brief

Grant to support LGBTQI Awareness Month

The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Rochester Area Community Foundation’s LGBT Giving Circle. The grant will help support and expand LGBTQI Awareness Month programming at the University.

Applications sought for Provost’s Multidisciplinary Awards

A revised Request for Proposal and simplified application are available for faculty for the 2013 Provost’s Multidisciplinary Awards. Visit for details. The deadline for submission is March 4.

Certificate course teaches patient safety

The faculty of the Division of Healthcare Management in the Department of Public Health Sciences is offering a “mini” certificate course for health care professionals, trainees, and students from medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, hospital administration, and health services research. The program offers information on how to improve safety as well as the latest thinking and theories regarding patient safety.

The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 8.  Sessions begin Thursday, Feb. 14. There is no fee for the course. Course materials will be provided. Parking fees will be the responsibility of the registrant.

For information and registration materials, visit
or contact Judy Hughes at 275-7712 or

Staff awards deadline is Feb. 7

Nominations for three staff awards—the Witmer Award for Distinguished Service, the Meliora Award, and the Staff Community Service Award—are being accepted through Feb. 7. Full- and part-time active staff from any division of the University are eligible. Details and nomination materials are available at Direct questions to Human Resources at 273-4320 or 275-4642.

Mileage reimbursement rate update

The University has adjusted its mileage reimbursement rates to reflect the new IRS rates. The business mileage reimbursement rate is 56.5¢ per mile, and the moving mileage reimbursement rate is 24¢ per mile. Read more at

New office supply vendor selected

The Department of Corporate Purchasing has secured Staples Advantage as its new office supply vendor. The contract will include all University users as well as Medical Center affiliates Highland Hospital, FF Thompson Health, and Pluta Cancer Center. The transition is expected to be complete by March 1 (the date is subject to change, if needed). Updates will be available throughout the process on the purchasing department’s website, Contact Barbara Walker at 275-8379 or with questions.

Mentoring workshop is Jan. 22

On Jan. 22, the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity will host a discussion with the authors of a recent article, “Love Letters: An Anthology of Constructive Relationship Advice Shared Between Junior Mentees and Their Mentors.” The article’s authors—all of whom are faculty at the University—plan to discuss frustrations and advice on improving mentor-mentee relationships. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Saunders Research Building. A reception will follow. Registration information is available

Interested in pursuing a career in medicine?

Students interested in the field of medicine are invited to the fourth annual URMC Student National Medical Association Premedical Conference on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Neurosurgeon Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa will be the keynote speaker at the conference, which has a theme of “I Am Medicine.” Learn more at

Satcher Awards nomination deadline nears

The Center for Community Health is seeking nominations for the 2013 Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards, recognizing individual Medical Center faculty and staff for significant contributions to the health of the community. The deadline for nominations is noon Friday, Jan. 18. Learn more at

2013 employee discount cards available

The Regional Area Recreation and Employee Services Association (RARES) offers University employees a chance to save on hundreds of area and national products and services, including amusement parks, car washes, movie tickets, online shopping, car rentals and hotel discounts, and more. The 2013 cards are now available at several locations. Learn more at

Scientists want to study your flu germs

The Medical Center’s infectious disease researchers are collecting blood samples and throat swabs to learn more about seasonal flu viruses—the amount of virus that resides in the nasal cavity, how long people are contagious, and how the disease spreads throughout households. If you’re feeling feverish and have respiratory symptoms (congestion, cough, sore throat, etc.), call 273-3990 to see if you qualify for a study screening.

Send in your guess for February snowfall

Part of an ongoing effort to encourage winter walking safety, the Department of Horticulture and Grounds and the Department of Environmental Health and Safety are sponsoring the Winter Penguin Contest for 2013. Guess the total snowfall for the month of February and win a University backpack or sackpack. Email your guess to by Feb. 1. Your guess, in inches, must be in the email subject line.

Gala wine tasting fundraiser marks 22 years

Strong Memorial Hospital’s Gala Wine Tasting is scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom, 125 East Main St. Presented by Friends of Strong, the event marks its 22nd year raising money for patients and families at Strong Memorial Hospital. New this year is a curated selection of artisanal craft beers in addition to the hundreds of vintage wines.

Tickets to the Gala Wine Tasting are $50 per person or $45 per person for parties of four or more. To purchase tickets, visit or call the Friends of Strong office at 275-2420

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