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September 01, 2015


Robert Ready, assistant professor of finance, has received a first-place Insight Award from AQR Capital Management for his paper “Commodity Trade and the Carry Trade: A Tale of Two Countries,” which describes a general equilibrium model of international trade and currency pricing that can be used to understand profitable carry trade strategies. The award honors exceptional unpublished papers that provide original, intelligent approaches to important issues in the investment world and stand up to rigorous review.

The University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group (URMFG) has tapped international financial expert Daniel Cavallo as its senior financial director. This is a newly created position for URMFG, which is made up of 1,200 physicians dedicated to clinical care, research, teaching, and community service.

Edward (Eddie) Novara, an assistant coach at Binghamton University, joins the University staff as the men’s and women’s cross country and distance coach. Novara comes to Rochester after two years as an assistant coach with both cross country and track plus one year as a volunteer assistant coach at SUNY Geneseo.

Lydia Rotondo has been named interim associate dean for education and student affairs at the School of Nursing. She also continues as director of the doctor of nursing practice program. Rotondo succeeds Pam Herendeen, who accepted a full-time position in the neonatal intensive care unit at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Four articles by

Ronald Epstein, professor of family medicine, of psychiatry, and of oncology, are ranked as landmarks in medical education, according to a study by the Association of American Medical Colleges and its journal. “Defining and Assessing Professional Competence,” an article led by Epstein and published in 2002, is among the top five most widely cited medical education articles in the last century. Three other manuscripts authored or coauthored by Epstein are ranked in the top 50.

The Acoustical Society of America has chosen Laurel Carney, professor of biomedical engineering, to receive the Hartmann Prize in Auditory Neuroscience. Carney is working to better understand how the brain translates sounds into patterns of electrical impulses.

Jonathan Mink, the Frederick A. Horner M.D. Endowed Professor in Pediatric Neurology, received the first Dr. Oliver Sacks Award for Excellence in Tourette syndrome from the Tourette Association of America. Mink is a national leader in the field of pediatric movement disorders. He led the development of the first guidelines for use of deep brain stimulation in treating adults with Tourette syndrome that is resistant to other treatment and developed a model for how brain circuits malfunction in patients with the disease.

Katie Papas ’96 (MA), library assistant at Rush Rhees Library, was selected as the 2015 recipient of the River Campus Libraries’ Outstanding Service Award. Papas was recognized for providing exceptional service to library patrons and for her contributions to library initiatives.

Well-U, on behalf of the University, was awarded the 2015 Wealth of Health Award, presented by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Rochester Region, and the Rochester Business Journal. The award, in its ninth year, recognizes efforts to encourage and support employee wellness.

Marie Turner has been appointed director of the Rossell Hope Robbins Library and the Koller-Collins Center for English Studies at the River Campus Libraries, effective September 15. Currently a research associate at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania, Turner succeeds Alan Lupack, who retired in February after nearly 27 years of service. Lupack has been named director emeritus.

Antonia Kolokythas has been appointed chair of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Eastman Institute for Oral Health. She joins the institute from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Dentistry.

Diana Fernandez, associate professor of public health sciences and pediatrics, is now leading the Medical Center’s Healthy Weight Initiative. She will be visiting departments at the Medical Center and on the River Campus to facilitate collaboration among researchers from various disciplines.

Jennifer Grotz, professor of English and the director of the University’s translation studies program, has been awarded a literary translation fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. Her fellowship will support the English translation of several poems by the Polish writer Jerzy Ficowski as part of a collaboration with poet and translator Piotr Sommer

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