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March 19, 2014

In Brief

Fringe Festival seeks performers

The 2014 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival is accepting submissions for performers through April 16. The festival, which features performing and visual arts at venues around Rochester, is planned for Sept. 18–27. The annual festival is cosponsored by the University. Apply at Free Fringe 101 info sessions are planned from 11 a.m. to noon March 22 and from 7 to 8 p.m. March 26 at Writers & Books, 740 University Ave. Email at least 24 hours prior to the class to RSVP.

An evening of diversity with Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sheryl Lee Ralph, an award-winning actress, activist, and author, will deliver a keynote address during An Evening of Diversity & Empowerment, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, at the Alumni and Advancement Center. The program, which follows the annual diversity conference, will include a question-and-answer session with Ralph as well as a proclamation from Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren. Tickets, which are $10 for University students, $25 for faculty and staff, and $35 for the general public, can be purchased at the Common Market in Wilson Commons or at Rochester-area Wegmans stores. Learn more at

Grants available for ‘innovative ensemble’ initiatives

Grant proposals are due Sept. 1 for the first cycle of grants under the newly established Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research at the Eastman School. Anyone can apply for the grants, which are intended to support new initiatives, events, and research surrounding the topic of “innovative music ensembles.” Grants will range from $500 to $2,000, and a total of $15,000 to $25,000 will be awarded this year. Visit for more information and proposal instructions.

University brochures available for purchase

University Communications has produced two publications that are available for purchase. An Overview of the University of Rochester provides basic facts and an introduction to the University. The new campus map has also been reprinted. Contact Steve Dow,, to place an order. Each piece costs 50¢. The minimum order is 100.

Call for nominations: academic mentoring awards

Nominations are due March 25 for the School of Medicine and Dentistry’s 2014 academic mentoring awards. There are three awards: one for mentoring junior faculty; one for mentoring predoctoral trainees and postdoctoral trainees or fellows in basic science research; and one for mentoring residents, fellows, or other clinical trainees in clinical care or clinical research. The awards will be presented at the school’s convocation in the fall. Details nomination requirements are available at

Artists wanted for 2014 M&T Bank Clothesline Festival

Artists are invited to apply for spaces at the 2014 M&T Bank Clothesline Festival, a juried fine art and crafts festival held on the grounds of the Memorial Art Gallery. The long-running event, which showcases more than 400 artists from across the state, will be held Sept. 6 and 7. The application deadline is Friday, March 21. Learn more at

Deadlines approach for Summer@Eastman sessions

Applications are due April 1 for the American Saxophone Academy and Eastman Summer Saxophone Institute and April 15 for Music Horizons and Eastman@Keuka. Course and application information for all the summer offerings, including the Summer Jazz Studies program which has rolling acceptance, can be found at

Mentoring workshop for mid-career faculty

Kathy Kram, the Shipley Professor in Management at the Boston University School of Management, will discuss academic career development during a workshop on April 25. The event, “Building Effective Mentoring and Developmental Networks,” will focus on her approach to mentoring for mid-career faculty. More information and registration is available at

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).


Institute for Innovative Education accepting proposals

The Institute for Innovative Education is awarding up to four grants of up to $5,000 each to support interprofessional research projects that examine how electronic health records can be used to improve access to information and foster and improve humanistic patient interactions. The grants can be used for any of the services available through the URMC Center for Experiential Learning or the e-Learning Team at the Miner Library. In addition, the institute will provide mentorship to help connect the educational initiatives across programs and resources. Proposals are due by May 1. Complete details are available at

Longlist announced for Best Translated Book Awards

Three Percent has released its 25-title fiction longlist for the 2014 Best Translated Book Award. Chosen books are written by authors from 20 different countries, in 16 different languages. Finalists will be selected April 15. See the full list at

Diversity seminar features inclusion expert

Joe Gerstandt, an expert on diversity and inclusion, will present “Move Your Organization’s Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Forward” as part of a seminar on Tuesday, April 1. The event is cosponsored by the Office of Human Resources–Organizational Development and Staff Diversity. Learn more at

Golf league forming

Golf with your friends or coworkers at Genesee Valley Park on Monday evenings. The 18-week golf league, hosted by the URMC Fitness and Wellness Center, costs $265 and starts April 28. Substitutes are needed. Details are available on the center’s website, www.urmc.

$5 Fridays extended at Danforth Dining Center

The $5 all-you-can-eat lunch special at Danforth Dining Center has been extended throughout March. Faculty, staff, students, and guests have access to more than nine stations of fare from soup and salad to grilled items to freshly baked items from the brick oven.

Faculty invited to discuss sexual violence disclosure

What would you do if students in your classes disclosed that they were victims of sexual assault or intimate partner violence? In honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Week, faculty members are invited to join Morgan Levy, the University’s Title IX coordinator, and Brigid Cahill, associate director of the University Counseling Center, from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 31, in the Gamble Room, Rush Rhees Library, for a dialogue about best practices for supporting students who disclose to faculty members that they have been the victim of sexual harassment. RSVP to by March 26 to reserve your spot.

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