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September 20, 2013

In Brief

Fall 2013 bus schedule changes

There have been significant changes to the Orange Line and Blue Line schedules. For more information, including the fall semester bus schedules and the link to track buses live, check the

PepsiCo is University’s new exclusive beverage partner

With a new multiyear partnership, the University will offer a range of beverages and food lines from PepsiCo in its facilities. “In addition to the new product offerings, the University gains considerable savings in selecting Pepsi as its new partner—savings that will go directly back into the student dining program to help minimize costs to students and families,” says Cam Schauf, director of Campus Dining Services and Auxiliary Operations.

Resource helps users identify phishing emails

A website called The Phish Tank ( provides examples of actual phishing emails that have been received at University email addresses. If you receive a suspicious email, first check The Phish Tank to verify whether it’s a reported phishing attempt. If it’s listed there, delete the email immediately. If it’s not listed, forward the email as an attachment to or contact the University IT Help Desk (275-2000) or ISD Help Desk (275-3200) with questions.

New bus route designed with Medical Center in mind

Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority worked with University officials to create “Route 52: Park Ave. to URMC,” a new bus route that originates at the East Avenue Wegmans— traveling along Park Avenue, Goodman Street, and Elmwood Avenue—and ends at the Strong Memorial Hospital entrance. The 30-minute trip costs riders $1.

Staff who are leery about letting go of their assigned parking permit may enroll in the free Occasional Parker Program, which allows drivers to receive individual hand tags to display on days when they need to bring a personal vehicle on campus. The program allows 26 opportunities to park on campus each year. Learn more at If you change your mind about using public transportation, you can be reinstated to your previous permit and location.

Program supports new faculty

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute welcomes applications for the KL2 Mentored Career Development Program, for slots that begin July 1, 2014.

The program supports new faculty who wish to pursue research careers in multidisciplinary clinical and translational science. The goal is for trainees to emerge as independently funded investigators at the completion of the award.

Letters of intent are due Sept. 27. Learn more at

Big Data Forum returns to River Campus

The second University of Rochester Big Data Forum will be held on the River Campus on Friday, Oct. 18. The forum brings together top scientists from across the nation and University faculty, researchers, and students for a day of talks and discussions. Topics include health analytics, network science, and data analytics in the physical, social, and life sciences.

The forum culminates with a dinner reception. Registration is open at There is a $75 registration fee to help cover the cost of the included lunch and dinner. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of University- partner organizations are welcome.

‘Recruiting and Preparing a Diverse Group of Students for Academic Careers’

A Sept. 24 conference, sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, will focus on “Recruiting and Preparing a Diverse Group of Students for Academic Careers.”

Margarita Dubocovich, chair of pharmacology and toxicology and senior associate dean for inclusion and cultural enhancement at the University at Buffalo, will share best practices from her NIHfunded programs on collaborative learning and integrated mentoring in the biosciences. She will also discuss regional program opportunities with faculty, staff, and students.

Find out more at

Request for applications: Incubator Program

The Medical Center’s Scientific Advisory Council and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute are soliciting applications for the Incubator Program. Incubator projects are two-year “super-pilots,” intended to accelerate innovative scientific discovery in the life sciences and public health, leading to new independently funded research programs.

Two awards are anticipated: one funded institutionally through the Scientific Advisory Council, and the other funded principally through the institute’s NIH grant. Each award will be funded at a maximum level of $125,000 per year for each of two years. Faculty members from all University schools are eligible to apply. Initial applications are due Oct. 15.

Learn more at

Guidelines for using fire extinguishers

Environmental Health and Safety has posted guidelines for proper use of fire extinguishers. The office reminds the University community that the only time a fire extinguisher should be used to fight a fire is when the fire department has been notified, you have been trained on how to use the fire extinguisher within the last year, you know and understand the acronym PASS, there is a clear exit behind you when you use the extinguisher, and the fire is small, self-contained, and not spreading rapidly.

To schedule extinguisher training, call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 275-3243.

Applications being accepted for Technology Development Fund

The deadline for submitting pre-proposal applications for consideration for funding from the Technology Development Fund is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1.

The fund supports University researchers who wish to further the process of translating their scientific and engineering research into commercial opportunities. Awards can range from $40,000 to $100,000 to support projects of approximately one year in duration. Faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and employees of the University who have submitted (or who intend to submit) an invention disclosure to the Office of Technology Transfer are encouraged to apply.

Visit for more information or contact fund manager Michael Rusnak at

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