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December 01, 2015

In Brief

President Hosts Town Hall Meetings for Staff

President and CEO Joel Seligman will host two Town Hall meetings for staff this week. The first will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, December 3, in the Interfaith Chapel on the River Campus. The second meeting will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, December 4, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425) at the Medical Center. Each meeting will open with remarks from Seligman, after which everyone will be invited to ask questions, make comments, or share suggestions. No RSVP is needed, and managers are asked to support and accommodate staff members who wish to attend one of the two sessions.

Staff awards nomination period open

Recognize your outstanding colleagues through the University’s annual staff awards program. Nominations are open through February 12 for the Meliora Award, the Witmer Award for Distinguished Service, and the Staff Community Service Award.

The Meliora Award recognizes staff members whose work performance over the preceding few years exemplifies the University’s motto, Meliora, through contributions and attributes in specific areas such as service enhancement, process improvement, or cost reduction.

The Witmer Award is intended as a “lifetime achievement” award, recognizing staff members for their accomplishments, leadership, and dedication to the University over the course of their career. The Staff Community Service Award recognizes a single outstanding event or continuous contributions of nonmanagement staff to the University community or to the Greater Rochester community. Full- and part-time active staff from any division are eligible. Complete details and nomination materials are available at

Jones Memorial, Noyes Health join UR Medicine

After nearly a year of planning, Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville and Noyes Health in Dansville have joined UR Medicine. The affiliations expand UR Medicine’s network to five hospitals, including Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, and Thompson Health. UR Medicine also has been working with the leadership of St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell to preserve its inpatient services and to obtain state funding to establish a new facility that would emphasize outpatient services but would also provide 15 inpatient beds for patients with more complex needs.

The regional effort involving Jones, Noyes, and St. James Mercy hospitals, working collaboratively with each other and in partnership with UR Medicine, is aimed at strengthening health care services for patients across the southern tier.

State renews CEIS as Center for Advanced Technology

The Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences at the University has been renewed by New York State as one of its Centers for Advanced Technology and will receive $9.2 million in funding over the next 10 years.

In the past 10 years, CEIS has provided more than $4 million in funding to magnify the impact of more than 200 corporate-sponsored research projects at the University of Rochester, RIT, Cornell, Columbia, and other partner universities. The funding has generated $740 million in direct economic impact and created or retained at least 440 jobs. CEIS is one of 15 CATs, designed to spur technology-based research and economic development in New York; promote national and international research collaboration and innovation; and better leverage the state’s research expertise and funding with investments from the federal government, foundations, businesses, venture capital firms, and other entities.

Rochester ranked among top schools for entrepreneurship

The University and Simon Business School are ranked No. 22 among graduate schools for entrepreneurial studies according to an annual survey in The Princeton Review. It’s the first time Rochester has appeared in the ranking.

Golisano Children’s Hospital debuts integrated PET-MRI

Golisano Children’s Hospital recently became the first children’s hospital in the country to administer an integrated PET-MRI scan to a patient. The integrated PET-MRI scanner (positron emission tomography–magnetic resonance imaging), combines two common imaging procedures into one, reducing radiation exposure to a minimum and allowing for a dual measurement of structure and metabolism.

Faculty invited to review microform collection

In preparation for the construction of the new Humanities Center on the second floor of Rush Rhees Library, library staff members are undertaking a thorough review of the microform collection housed in the space. Faculty and researchers are invited to participate in evaluating the materials and determining next steps. Reviewing the collection provides an opportunity to reconsider the role of local library collections in supporting University research. The first round of decisions about portions of the collection will begin by January. Learn more at

Rochester earns Bicycle Friendly University award

The University has been recognized with a 2015 “Bicycle Friendly University Bronze Award,” presented by the League of American Bicyclists.

The Bicycle Friendly University program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff, and visitors. It evaluates the applicant’s efforts to promote bicycling in five areas: engineering, encouragement, education, enforcement, and evaluation/planning.

The University became one of 49 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities this year—there are now 127 universities with the designation in 42 states.

‘Tis the Season for the River Campus Holiday Social

The River Campus Holiday Social will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 16, in the May Room of Wilson Commons. Hors d’ouevres and other light refreshments will be served. A shuttle bus will provide continuous service to and from Library Road beginning at 2 p.m., with a final drop-off at 5 p.m. Service will be available at five locations, in the following order: the Larry and Cindy Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center (in the middle of the main parking lot), Laboratory for Laser Energetics (front of the main lot), the Facilities building (by the loading dock and rear entrance), College Town (in front of building three on Celebration Drive), and at Brooks Landing (back entrance). The shuttle will read “River Campus Holiday Social.” Contact Melissa Ritzenthaler at 275-9151 or with questions.

Website offers resources for expectant, new parents

The Strong Employee Assistance Program offers resources for new and expectant parents at

Have breakfast with Santa

The University’s annual Breakfast with Santa—featuring a child-sized buffet line, pancakes, live music, and seasonal crafts—is planned from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, December 12, in the Meliora Ballroom in the Frederick Douglass Building. Guests are invited to bring an unwrapped toy for a child up to age 14 for the Toys for Tots program. Tickets are $13.25 for adults, $9.75 for children ages 3–12, and free for children under 3. Call Dining Services at 275-7687 or email to register. Free parking is available in the Library and Intercampus lots.

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