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January 21, 2015

In Brief

Open Letter Books awarded NEA grant

Open Letter Books, the University’s literary translation press, received one of last year’s largest Arts Works grants in literature from the National Endowment for the Arts. The $60,000 grant will support the publication and promotion of several books in 2015, including Rochester Knockings, a novel based on the Rochester-based religious movement of Spiritualism and the famous Fox Sisters.

UR Medicine and Jones Memorial explore affiliation

Leaders from UR Medicine and Jones Memorial Hospital are in preliminary talks about a formal affiliation. Officials from both organizations say that a closer relationship could allow them to work together in more efficient ways that would help them strengthen services to the Southern Tier.

Diversity conference call for proposals

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to submit proposals for workshops and posters at the University’s 2015 diversity conference, which will take place April 17. This year’s conference, “From Bystander to Ally,” focuses on intersecting identities, social justice, and unconscious bias. Workshop proposal submissions can showcase best practices, research, outreach strategies, training methods, and other topics related to the theme. Details are available at The deadline for proposals is Friday, Feb. 13.

New incubator to aid high-tech start-ups

High Tech Rochester (HTR) will create an incubation facility that will serve as the cornerstone of Rochester’s new Innovation Zone. The $24 million facility will be located in the Sibley Building. HTR—an affiliate of the University— is the region’s only state and federally designated incubator and provides support services, resources, and space to foster the growth of high-tech start-ups. Read more at

University renews Fringe Festival commitment

The University has renewed its commitment to the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival for this year’s festival, planned for Sept. 15–26. The University presents work by students, faculty, and staff at the annual fall festival.

College Town businesses open

In addition to Barnes & Noble, several businesses have opened their doors in College Town: The Corner Bakery Cafe, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Breathe Yoga, GNC, Insomnia Cookies, and the Creator’s Hands. Free two-hour parking is available behind Barnes & Noble, or use the College Town parking garage. Both options are accessible from Celebration Drive.

Nominations sought for community health awards

The Center for Community Health is seeking nominations for the sixth annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards, which recognize Medical Center faculty and staff for significant contributions to the health of the community through research, teaching, practice, or outreach programs. Nominations are due by noon Friday, March 6. Visit for more information and to submit a nomination.

Mileage reimbursement rate update for 2015

The University is adjusting its mileage reimbursement rates to reflect the new IRS rates. The business mileage reimbursement rate is 57.5¢ per mile, and the moving mileage reimbursement rate is 23¢ per mile.

Guidelines for using fire extinguishers

Environmental Health and Safety has posted guidelines for proper use of fire extinguishers at The department 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, the user has been trained on how to use the fire extinguisher within the last year; the user knows and understands the acronym PASS; there is a clear exit behind the person using 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.

Certificate course teaches patient safety

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 free program offers information on how to improve safety as well as the latest thinking and theories regarding patient safety. The registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 23, and sessions will run from Jan. 29 to June 25. Visit for details and registration materials or contact Judy Hughes at 275-7712 or

Fibromyalgia study seeking participants

The University’s Anesthesiology Clinical Research Center is running a study of those with fibromyalgia. For details about eligibility and other information, email or call 273-5199.

Know a staff member who goes above and beyond?

Help recognize outstanding colleagues as part of the University’s annual staff awards program.

Nominations are open through Feb. 13 for the Meliora Award, the Witmer Award for Distinguished Service, and the Staff Community Service Award. The Meliora Award recognizes staff members whose work performance over the preceding few years exemplifies the University’s motto, Meliora, through contributions and attributes in specific areas such as service enhancement, process improvement, or cost reduction. The Witmer Award is intended as a “lifetime achievement” award, recognizing staff members for their accomplishments, leadership, and dedication to the University over the course of their career. The Staff Community Service Award recognizes a single outstanding event or continuous contributions of nonmanagement staff to the University community (in a capacity other than their usual assignment) or to the greater Rochester community. Full- and part-time active staff from any division are eligible. Complete details and nomination materials are available at

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