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March 18, 2015

In Brief

Researchers invited to compete for spot at Berlin conference

The University invites young researchers, scholars, and entrepreneurs to summarize their groundbreaking ideas in three minutes for a chance to qualify for a spot at the Falling Walls conference in Berlin in November.

The annual conference, which commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall, highlights the latest research, innovations, and scientific findings from around the world. Master’s students, PhD candidates, postdoctoral students, scientists, entrepreneurs, and early career faculty members born on or after Nov. 8, 1980, are encouraged to apply by April 26 for a preliminary Falling Walls Lab competition to be held May 19 in Sloan Auditorium, Goergen Hall. The winner, picked by a nine-member jury that includes business leaders, University leaders, and faculty members, will qualify for the Nov. 8 Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin, with costs of travel and accommodations covered. Contact with any questions. Learn more about the conference at

New MS program in data science

The Institute for Data Science now offers an accredited master of science degree program in data science with an optional concentration in computational and statistical methods, health and biomedical sciences, or business and social science. The program can be completed in one year of full-time study. Scholarships are available. For more information and to learn about other degree programs, visit

River Run/Walk to Support Transplant Patients

To raise awareness and funds for organ transplant patients and families at Strong Memorial Hospital, the transplant units and the Friends of Strong invite individuals and teams to participate in the 14th annual Rochester River Run/Walk 5K, Sunday, April 12, at the Roundhouse Shelter at Genesee Valley Park. The race will begin at 10 a.m. Register for $30 by March 23 to receive a free long-sleeve tech shirt for race day. Preregistration ends at noon April 12. Register at the event for $35. To register, visit

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Benefits materials available electronically

benefit materials—such as open enrollment materials, summary plan descriptions, and summary annual reports—through email. Visit HRMS ( to enroll and read the disclosure statement before electing eDelivery. No action is required for those who would like to continue receiving documents by mail. Those who elect the option of eDelivery can unsubscribe at any time by logging into HRMS and unchecking the “I Consent” box. Direct questions to

Eyeglasses recycling collection in March

In conjunction with RecycleMania and National Eye Donor Month, University Facilities and Services is collecting eyeglasses to be recycled. Mail glasses to PO Box 270001 through the end of March. Prescription and reading glasses, sunglasses, and plastic and metal frames are acceptable and will be recycled through the Lions Club to be given to those in need.

Upcoming events at the University Bookstore

The Barnes & Noble Bookstore at College Town has several events planned in March. On Saturday, March 21, authors Jennifer Lang Boehl and Steven Taylor will showcase their latest respective titles, Holly Bristol Spirit Hunter and The Lockbox, at 2 p.m. The annual Grad Fair will be held for seniors from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 27, and the University Chess Club will demonstrate chess and share strategies for the game at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28. Children’s story time is held every Thursday at noon. On March 30 at 10 a.m., Mama Goose on the Loose will make an appearance to entertain kids up to age 4.

Registration open for 2015 Heart Walk

Join the University’s teams for the Rochester Heart Walk Saturday, April 25, and help the University become the largest fundraising team by reaching the goal of raising $50,000 to help fight heart disease in Rochester. The 3.5-mile walk begins at 10 a.m. at the Blue Cross Arena. Faculty and staff, along with families and friends, are invited to join the University in support of people who have heart disease or have suffered a stroke. Participants who raise $40 will receive a University Heart Walk T-shirt at the event. Register or donate at You can join an existing team or create a new team.

Consultation service offered for health databases

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute offers a free consultation service for researchers who are looking to use publicly available data collections offered by the National Center for Health Statistics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more at

Photon Camp introduces students to optics

The University will host its annual Photon Camp for rising high school juniors and seniors with a strong background in math and physics. Held the week of July 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the camp will introduce students to the wide applicability of optics in modern technology, engineering, and basic scientific research. Institute of Optics faculty and staff will lead lectures in the mornings, and students will spend afternoons in labs. Camp will include a field trip to an area industry site and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. The application deadline is May 15. There is no charge to attend. Contact Daniel Smith at for details or to start an application.

Deadlines approaching for Summer@Eastman sessions

April 1 is the deadline for applying to the Eastman School’s American Saxophone Academy and the Eastman Summer Saxophone Institute. In addition, April 15 is the deadline to qualify for reduced early-application fees for all the middle and high school residential programs, including Music Horizons, Summer Jazz Studies, and Eastman@Keuka. More information on the programs is available on the Summer@Eastman website,

Classes cover Blackboard basics

Miner Library in the Medical Center will offer classes on “Blackboard Basics for Academic Courses, Clerkships, and Residencies” on April 7, May 5, and June 9. The course, intended for course, clerkship, residency, and fellowship coordinators and directors, will offer guided, hands-on instruction on basic tasks in Blackboard. Register online at

Medical Center to host blood drives

The following blood drives are scheduled at the Medical Center during Red Cross Month in March. The drives will be held in the north end of Café 601 on Thursday, March 19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday, March 20, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A blood drive will also be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 27, in the Strong donor room (enter through 1.1350 outpatient lab). All donors will receive a voucher for the Little Theatre, Delta Sonic, or Regal Cinema. Make an appointment at using sponsor code “urmed” or call 1-800-REDCROSS.

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