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February 09, 2016

In Brief

Call for proposals and posters for Diversity Conference

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to submit proposals for workshops and posters for the University’s 2016 diversity conference, which takes place on April 8. This year’s conference, “#URDiversity: What Do You Stand For?,” urges the University community to examine how each individual can further diversity and inclusion within the greater societal context. For more information, visit

New location for Behavioral Health Partners

Behavioral Health Partners is now located at 315 Science Parkway, C Entrance. The move allows Behavioral Health Partners to provide eligible individuals enrolled in a University health care plan with mental health services in an expanded, convenient setting. Free parking is available at the new location.

Native American affinity group forming

If you are interested in being a part of the development of a new Native American affinity group, contact Staff and faculty affinity groups foster cross-departmental and intercampus interaction, professional networking, cultural competencies, recruiting, mentoring, and community engagement. Learn more at

Medical School earns national accreditation

The School of Medicine and Dentistry has earned six-year accreditation with commendation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. The distinction recognizes the school for meeting national quality standards in continuing medical education and for work to advance physician learning in an environment where health care is evolving rapidly.

Deadline for staff awards nominations is February 12

Recognize your outstanding colleagues through the University’s annual staff awards program. Nominations are open through Friday, 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

Memorial service will honor Jules Cohen

The School of Medicine and Dentistry will host a memorial service honoring the life of Jules Cohen ’53, ’57M (MD), ’59M (Res) at 4 p.m. Monday, April 18, in Helen Wood Hall, with a reception immediately following.

Cohen, professor emeritus of medicine whose career as a physician, educator, researcher, and administrator spanned more than 60 years, died in October at the age of 84. Call 275-0806 or email with any questions.

Highland Family Medicine earns national recognition

The National Committee for Quality Assurance announced that Highland Family Medicine has been reaccredited as a Level 3 Certified Patient-Centered Medical Home for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships.

University’s exclusive stationery provider has changed

University stationery—including business cards, letterhead, envelopes, note cards, appointment cards, and business-reply envelopes—will now be provided through Dupli Envelopes and Graphics.

University employees who order stationery products should already have been notified about registering online and upcoming training opportunities. Once the new system is launched, placing orders for stationery won’t be possible until registration through Purchasing’s SOLO form is complete. The switch to Dupli will result in significant cost savings for stationery purchases while maintaining the same level of quality and service. Items will be shipped four to seven business days after an order is placed. Inventory that was already purchased but was being held at Brewer & Newell will be available through Dupli. Contact Mary Ellen Liss in Purchasing at or 275-8379 with any questions or concerns.

Welles-Brown, Hawkins-Carlson rooms unavailable during library work

Several areas of Rush Rhees Library—including the Hawkins-Carlson and Welles-Brown rooms—will be affected by construction projects starting in May. Both rooms will be unavailable for events during the construction. Work on Evans Lam Square on the library’s second floor and the Humanities Center on the third floor is scheduled to start soon after commencement on May 16 and conclude in August. Further details will be available this spring.

Applications for Bridging Fellowships due March 4

The Provost’s Office invites applications for Bridging Fellowships for 2016–17. The fellowship program supports faculty members in interdisciplinary study, releasing members from departmental obligations for one semester to allow them to move to another part of the University for the purpose of learning aspects of another discipline. Proposals should be sent to the Provost’s Office (c/o Marisa Wilson) by Friday, March 4. Questions on the fellowship and the application process can be directed to or Learn more at

Workshop promotes sustainability in the classroom

The Genesee Workshop, which assists faculty in incorporating sustainability language and concepts into courses, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 16. Instructional faculty and staff interested in participating should submit a one-page description of how they might modify an existing course or develop a new one to Karen Berger at or Indrani Singh at by February 5.

Kiosk aims to highlight research studies

To raise awareness of the importance of research studies, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute is hosting a volunteer registration kiosk for ResearchMatch. The kiosk is available at Café 601 in the Medical Center through mid-February. To learn about research studies at the University, visit

Student survey to examine campus climate

On February 1, undergraduate and graduate students in Arts, Sciences & Engineering and at the Eastman School of Music should have received an email containing a survey on campus climate. The survey, which is being conducted at universities nationwide, asks about students’ academic work, interaction with faculty and peers, participation in campus activities, perceptions of the climate on campus, and use of campus services. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to complete the survey, which will be open until February 15.

Faculty and administrators from the School of Arts & Sciences, the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, and the Eastman School will use the results from the survey to better understand and improve the student experience.

Deadline extended for Infection and Immunity training program

The application deadline for the Infection and Immunity: From Molecules to Populations (IIMP) training track in the Translational Biomedical Science PhD Program has been extended to Monday, February 8, and the application fee has been waived. Seniors or master’s students interested in careers that combine expertise in basic wet-lab sciences of infection, immunity, or inflammatory diseases with the larger picture of population science are invited to apply online at Send questions to

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