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October 29, 2014

In Brief

Eastman School Names Hall in Honor of Late Dean

The Eastman School dedicated the Main Hall Oct. 2 as Lowry Hall, in honor of Douglas Lowry, the school’s late dean. The event included remarks by President Joel Seligman and Jamal Rossi, the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music, as well as the display of a new portrait of Lowry, and performances of two of his musical works by Eastman faculty members and students.

Diversity Awards Nominations Being Accepted

Nominations are being accepted for this year’s Presidential Diversity Awards. The awards recognize faculty, staff, students, alumni, units, departments, or teams that 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. Nominations may be submitted at The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14.

$1.8M Goes Toward Making PhDs More Employable

The School of Medicine and Dentistry will house a new program aimed at preparing graduate students and postdoctoral trainees for jobs outside of academia. A $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will support the effort. The award to Stephen Dewhurst, vice dean for research at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, comes at a time, he says, when fewer opportunities for tenure-track faculty positions exist, and yet graduate students in biomedical sciences don’t always have the awareness, robust training, connections, or transferable skills needed to identify and succeed in a range of other careers. The new NIH program—called Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training—begins immediately. It will include instruction in leadership and professionalism, provide internship opportunities and training pathways in industry, manufacturing and entrepreneurship; regulatory affairs, compliance and review; and science and technology policy. The broader intent of the program is to transform the foundation of biomedical research training by infusing it with new exposures to diverse career options through coursework and mentoring.

President Seligman Applauds Cuomo’s Stance Against Sexual Violence on College Campuses

University President Joel Seligman lent his support earlier this month to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to create a consistent system for handling allegations of sexual assault on all 64 State University of New York campuses. Seligman commented, “We all need to do everything we can to prevent sexual assaults, to encourage reporting and support victims when assaults occur, to see that our processes are prompt and fair, and to protect our campus communities from assailants. I especially welcome the statewide public awareness campaign. We will do our best to amplify it within the University community.”

Pilot Program Hopes to Match Mentors and Proteges

Applications are being accepted for UR Mentors, whose goal is to build a community of dedicated, expert faculty mentors who are effective at enhancing the careers of their protégés. Cosponsored by the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity, UR Mentors will function as faculty resource persons within their respective departments, be able to coach less experienced mentors, and advise department chairs or training program directors who wish to develop mentoring programs. Details about the program and eligibility are available at

Women’s Award Nominations Due Nov. 21

Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award, given annually by the Susan B. Anthony Center to “honor and celebrate women whose lives have been enriched by their years at the University and who have, in turn, inspired other women to advance and lead.” Nominees may be faculty, staff, trustees, or alumnae who have achieved significant professional stature and influence; have a commendable body of work; and who have used their experience and skills to help other women advance as leaders. Nominees should have a strong affiliation with the University and a “lifetime” of significant achievements. Nominations are due by Friday, Nov. 21. More information and a nomination form may be found at

UR Medicine Named a Leader in LGBT Health Care

Strong Memorial and F.F. Thompson hospitals are the only hospitals in western New York that have been named 2014 Leaders in Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The foundation is the nation’s largest organization devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights issues. Chad Griffin, president of naming organization the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, says, “It’s not easy to earn this designation. These facilities have demonstrated a strong commitment to LGBT patient-centered care.”

Donors Enjoyed Peek Inside New Golisano Children’s Hospital

An event Oct. 8 honored about 150 donors who helped fund the new Golisano Children’s Hospital, allowing them a first look inside the building still under construction. When completed next summer, the new hospital will be eight floors, approximately 245,000 square feet, and will cost about $145 million. The hospital has been built around the needs of children and their families, who participated in the design process and influenced decisions along the way. The building features 52 private medical/surgical rooms and 44 private Neonatal Intensive Care Unit rooms—with at least 16 more beds in the NICU’s current space, which will be renovated. It will also include dedicated Pediatric Imaging with a PET-MRI— one of only a few nationwide— a two-story Playdeck, comfortable family lounges, a dedicated pediatric lobby, Ronald McDonald House hospitality lounge, drop-in child care for siblings, patient-family library, and two healing gardens.

University Asking for Updated Demographics, Per Law

Recent changes to federal labor laws related to the University’s Affirmative Action obligations require the University to ask all faculty, staff, and other employees to update their demographic information about ethnicity, race, disability, and veteran status. Employees with a University email address will receive a notice via email with instructions for how to update this information. Employees without a University email address will receive a paper version of these forms sent to their home addresses. While participation in the process is voluntary, employees’ participation allows the University access to data that helps in its efforts to diversify its work force. Call ASK-URHR (275-8747) with questions.

MAG Offers Chance to Find Your Inner Artist

The fall brochure of classes at Memorial Art Gallery’s Creative Workshop is now available. Hands-on and art-appreciation classes for both children and adults are taught by artist-teachers and often inspired by art on view in the gallery. Details can be found at

Whipple Park Home to New ‘Little’ Library

University Facilities and Services have created a “little free library” at Whipple Park, a complex of University-owned townhouses and apartments for graduate students and young families. A “little free library” is a small box resembling a birdhouse on a stand that holds a curated book collection for sharing. Learn more at

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