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March 18, 2015

Taking MAG to ‘a new level’

Jonathan Binstock

“I think the opportunities are there for a regional museum to be integral to the cultural life of a community and to be relevant to that community,” Jonathan Binstock says.

As the new Mary W. and Donald R. Clark Director of the Memorial Art Gallery, Jonathan Binstock wants to situate the gallery “at the center of the conversation for creativity in the region.” Binstock became director last July, succeeding Grant Holcomb, who led the gallery for almost 29 years.

“All is well and good at the MAG. The question is, what’s it going to be in five to 10 years? And that’s my job: to move the museum to a new level,” says Binstock.

One of his first forays into doing that is a new program, launched March 12, called “Hidden Passions: Inspiring Conversations about Hyphenated Lives.” Binstock says: “There are a lot of people who do one thing during the day and something entirely different in the evenings and on weekends. That’s what this is about.” The program brings those “hidden” creative endeavors by Rochesterians into the spotlight, with talks by people such as a private investigator who’s also a guitar maker, an industrial designer who sculpts bonsai trees, and a massage therapist who makes ice cream.

“This is an opportunity for the public to share their visions for a creative world with us and with each other,” Binstock says.

The program reflects Binstock’s determination to take his cue from the community in crafting the gallery’s direction. The staff is “reaching out to the University,

App partners Parkinson’s patients with researchers

A new iPhone mobile app allows patients with Parkinson’s disease to track their symptoms in real time and share the information with researchers.

‘From Bystander to Ally’

Eighteen workshops will cover a range of diversity topics such as immigration, disabilities, intercultural communication, and the power of film on social justice issues.

Microbiologist Barbara Iglewski named to National Women’s Hall of Fame

One of 10 inductees in 2015, Iglewski was selected for her research on how bacteria cause infections.

Making change in the Rochester community

United Way: why we invest

Juliet Sullivan, whose husband had a brain hemorrhage in 2009, shared her story—and her gratitude for all the United Way has done for her family—at the University’s United Way campaign kickoff breakfast March 5.

Aiming high

In Brief

A roundup of news.

Faculty recognized at installation ceremonies

Ruth Lawrence ’49M (MD), ’58M (Res), and Henry Kautz were recently installed as inaugural holder of the Northumberland Trust Professorship in Pediatrics and as the Robin C. and Timothy C. Wentworth Director of the Institute for Data Science, respectively.

River Campus Libraries to establish Digital Humanities Institute

The River Campus Libraries has been awarded a $100,672 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a pilot program designed to strengthen librarians’ competencies in digital scholarship. The “21st Century Skills: Digital Humanities Institute for Mid-Career Librarians” will launch this summer.

James Doser named director of Institute for Music Leadership

“The exceptional programs and initiatives developed through the Institute for Music Leadership make a significant and positive impact on Eastman students, alumni, and the evolving music world,” says Doser. 

In Research

A roundup of news.

Making Headlines

Eastman musicians honor Holocaust victims with Remembrance Day concert

Titled “A Time to Remember...” the concert features music written by those who perished or survived the camps, and music written in tribute to those who died.

Online history project gives voice to University’s past

It’s an effort to make existing oral histories, recorded beginning in the 1960s, easily accessible and to add to them with new interviews.

University hosts Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s roundtable on campus sexual assault

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand met with students and officials from area colleges and universities, as well as survivors, advocates, and law enforcement to discuss ways to combat campus sexual violence and support victims.