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February 17, 2015

In Brief

AlertUR test set for Feb. 26

The spring semester test of AlertUR, the University’s emergency notification system, will occur on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. The purpose of the twice-a-year test is to activate the AlertUR system and check that you can be reached immediately. In the event of an emergency, alerts are sent by voice, text, or email message.  Before the test, be sure to review your contact information at; sign in with your NetID and password to verify the fastest method for reaching you.

Employees with a NetID who do not have a University email address may enter a personal email or phone number to receive emergency alerts. The Feb. 26 test will not disrupt scheduled activities.

AS&E research website redesigned

Arts, Sciences & Engineering has launched its redesigned research website at The updated layout includes simplified navigation and monthly feature stories about faculty research initiatives from across disciplines. In addition, the University recently launched an official Tumblr account,, that celebrates research, scholarship, and creative activity from Rochester and beyond. If you have a story idea for the web pages or for Tumblr, email Sofia Tokar,

Genetics Day 2015 is May 22

This year’s Genetics Day has been set for Monday, May 22. Genetics Day is an annual UCIS-sponsored one-day symposium showcasing genetics research in oral and poster presentations. The Fred Sherman Lecture will be delivered by Karl Deisseroth from Stanford University. A call for posters and a detailed program will be released at a later date. Contact Daina Bullwinkel at 273-1447 with any questions.

University recognized for waste-reduction efforts

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the University for its success in its national WasteWise program, which helps organizations and businesses apply sustainable materials management practices to reduce municipal and industrial wastes.

In the college/university category, the University received an honorable mention for 2014.

Amy Kadrie, the University’s recycling coordinator, says that as a WasteWise program participant, the University submits recycling, reuse, and waste data on an annual basis, and the EPA determines a waste diversion rate—the percentage of material that is either recycled or reused from total waste output. It includes materials that are required to be recycled, such as paper, cardboard, and electronics, as well as materials the University additionally wants to divert from landfills, including food and clothing, medical supplies and instruments, and organic materials for compost.

Visit for more information about the University’s recycling program.

Libraries offer data purchase program

River Campus Libraries invites faculty, academic professionals, and students at the University to request purchases of numeric and spatial datasets to support their teaching and research. The data will be available as part of the libraries’ collections. To make a request, contact, or visit

Fund aims to support carillon repairs

The Hopeman Carillon Fund has been established to cover the estimated $130,000 in repair costs needed for the Hopeman Memorial Carillon. A recent inspection has identified rusted bolts, cracked leather attachments, bells that rotate in place, and springs that no longer adjust as priority repairs. An anonymous alumnus and his wife are offering to match up to $50,000 of money raised by the Hopeman Carillon Fund. Learn more at

E-books help guide available

The River Campus Libraries has created a new website for users seeking support with e-book collections. The site features suggestions for finding e-books, troubleshooting tips, security recommendations, and more. Access the guide at

Call for Nominations: Academic Mentoring Awards

Nominations are due March 24 for the School of Medicine and Dentistry’s 2015 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 and nomination requirements are available online at

Institute for Data Science welcomes Eric Horvitz

Eric Horvitz
Eric Horvitz

Eric Horvitz, distinguished machine learning researcher, American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow, and managing director of Microsoft Research, will talk about how data science is being used to advance the good of society. His presentation, “Data, Predictions, and Decisions in Support of People and Society,” starts at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Eisenberg Rotunda, Schlegel Hall. The talk will also be streamed live at

A reception with lunch will follow from noon to 1 p.m. Horvitz will discuss how breakthroughs in large-scale data collection, predictive models, and decision-support systems are solving previously intractable problems in clinical medicine, public health, transportation, disaster recovery, and many other areas. Horvitz is a member of the advisory committee for the Institute for Data Science.  Learn more about the event at No RSVP is necessary.

New University brochures and map available

University Communications has produced two updated publications that are available for purchase. “An Overview of the University of Rochester” provides basic facts and an introduction to the University. A new campus map is also available. Contact Creative Services at to place an order. Each piece costs 50¢. The minimum order is 25.

Bid Slip Process Has Changed

Since the Benefits Office moved to College Town, bid slips for SEIU employees are no longer available there. Current SEIU Employees can go to the HR Administrative Services and Employment Center at 910 Genesee St.; the River Campus Human Resources office in Wallis Hall, Room 33A; or the lock box location in the Strong Memorial Hospital in the Environmental Services hallway (on the first floor across from the main entrance to Café 601) to bid on positions. Non-employees must go to the HR Administrative Services and Employment Center at 910 Genesee Street to apply.

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