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April 15, 2015

In Brief

Round of Technology Development Fund under way

The spring 2015 round of the Technology Development Fund has started. The fund awards winning applications from faculty, staff, or students up to $100,000 to develop their technology for commercial use. A submitted invention disclosure to UR Ventures is required for an application. Pre-proposals are due May 1 and can be submitted to Read more at

University Joins HathiTrust

University libraries have become a member of HathiTrust, a worldwide partnership of more than 100 major research institutions and libraries working to preserve and provide access to the cultural record in digital form. The University’s membership offers students, faculty, and staff access to nearly five million books in the public domain. Learn more at

University IT is upgrading the University’s virtual private network (VPN) to enhance security and better protect remote access to University resources. When you remotely connect to the University network after April 30, you will need to use a new VPN client and take a second action to verify your identity before you are connected. The change only applies to users outside the Medical Center; URMC VPN has already been upgraded. Follow the instructions on the VPN website ( to update your computer or mobile device by April 30.

University launches Center for Renewable Energy

The University is combining scholars, researchers, and resources from more than 15 academic departments and multiple schools to create the Center for Energy and Environment. Its purpose is to improve energy systems and to understand the impacts of energy technologies on the environment and human health. Carmala Garzione, professor and chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, is director of the center. Learn more at

Mental health services benefit offers relief, support

The University introduced Behavioral Health Partners (BHP) to help people facing the challenges of stress, anxiety, or depression while keeping up with their work and personal life. Available to full- and part-time staff and faculty enrolled in a University health care plan, BHP services are also extended to spouses and domestic partners, as well as enrolled dependents age 18 and older. Appointments are available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. by calling 276-6900—no referrals are necessary. Learn more at

Late-shift shuttle available on weekdays

Free on-campus transportation is available for Medical Center staff Monday through Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 1:10 a.m. Parking and Transportation’s Staff Shuttle runs between Whipple Circle, Strong Behavioral Health, Lot 1, Lot 11, Lot 9, Lots 2/3, and East Drive/Goler. (After 9 p.m. the shuttle stops at Jackson Drive instead of Whipple Circle.) View the staff shuttle schedule on For more information, visit the Medical Center Parking Office (G-6037) or call 275-4524.

Commencement volunteers needed

Staff and student volunteers are needed for the Arts, Sciences & Engineering commencement on Sunday, May 17, at the Eastman Quadrangle on the River Campus. Responsibilities include assisting guests during the ceremony and directing them to diploma ceremonies and receptions. Volunteers are needed from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. and are invited to attend a complimentary brunch after the ceremony. Contact Fazeelah Chappell at 275-4029 or for more information.

2015 RARES cards available

Get discounts on hundreds of local, regional, and national offerings with a RARES (Regional Area Recreation and Employee Services Association) card. Amusement parks, online shopping, movie tickets, and travel are just a few of the discounted products and services offered. Cards can be picked up at several locations across the University. Learn more at

Fringe Festival submissions accepted through April 22

The submission process is open for the fourth annual First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival. The University is a sponsor of the event, which will be held Sept. 17 to 26. Submissions will be accepted by venue only through until Wednesday, April 22, at 5 p.m. A free Fringe 101 session is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to noon at Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd. Attendees should RSVP to

Registration open for Community Health Improvement Awards

Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher ’72M (Res), director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, will present “The Role of Leadership in the Relay Race for Health Equity” at noon Thursday, April 30, in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. The sixth annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards will be presented at the event. Register at

Golf league starts April 27

The URMC Fitness and Wellness Center is hosting an 18-week golf league on Monday nights starting April 27. The league costs $265. Substitutes are also needed. Call Rick at 275-1442 or visit for more information.

Family Science Day set for April 18

STEM Initiative, a student club that engages with local middle school students to inspire them to pursue studies and careers in STEM fields, is hosting Family Science Day on Saturday, April 18. The event welcomes local families and schools to visit Rettner Hall on the River Campus between 1 and 4 p.m. to see demonstrations, engage in workshops, and participate in experiments. More than 30 student organizations will be participating in the event, which is free and open to all ages.

Fulbright Faculty Workshop Set for May 5

Peter VanDerwater, director of outreach for the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program, will lead a workshop including a panel of past Fulbright awardees from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, in the Meliora restaurant. A reception will follow at 5:30. Contact Nicoletta Pinopoulos at or 273-1820 to reserve a space. Sponsored by the Office for Global Engagement in cooperation with the AS&E Dean’s Office.

Registration Open for Chase Corporate Challenge

The 2015 JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge is Tuesday, May 26. Walk or run the 3.5-mile course with the University’s team and participants from other area companies. The event starts at 7 p.m. at Rochester Institute of Technology. The $34 registration fee includes two T-shirts (one from the University, one from Chase), plus a post-race picnic at the University tent.

Employees should register online ( with a credit card under the “University of Rochester” team by May 5. As a corporate event, the race is open only to University employees who meet the eligibility requirements (must work 25 or more hours per week). Any department with at least 10 participants will be able to pick their own T-shirt color (but must register by April 20). Call Heather at 275-2706 for details.

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