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March 02, 2016

In Brief

Warner to offer guaranteed teaching scholarships

The Byron Williams Teacher Scholarship program guarantees new students starting master’s programs leading to New York State teaching certification at the Warner School of Education a minimum 50 percent tuition scholarship, provided they commit to teach in an American school for at least two years after graduation. The scholarships will be available to all 2016 applicants preparing for New York State certification. Learn more at

Norovirus vaccine study seeks volunteers

The Vaccine Research Unit is looking for volunteers, age 18–49 or 60 and over who are in good health, to participate in a research study for a vaccine to prevent norovirus. The study requires two vaccine visits and five follow-up visits over 13 months. Volunteers in the study who make all study visits will be paid for time and travel. For more information, call 273-3990 or email

Cancer survivorship events planned

As a kickoff to the Wilmot Warrior Walk, Survivors Night at Frontier Field will take place at the Rochester Red Wings game on Friday, July 29. The Wilmot Warrior Walk is scheduled for Sunday, September 11, at Highland Park. More details will be available in the coming months. If you have questions about either event, contact Tiffany Paine-Cirrincione at 276-4715.

2016 YOURhealth program catalog available

YOURhealth Employee Wellness Programs provide a full range of offerings, tools, and resources that encourage healthy behaviors and support healthful living. Visit to view this year’s YOURHealth Program catalog. Direct questions to

New financial lender joins home ownership program

Genesee Regional Bank is the latest financial institution available to work with employees interested in the University’s home ownership incentive program. Since 2008, faculty and staff have closed on more than 350 homes in nearby city neighborhoods and qualified for financial incentives from the University, the City of Rochester, and the lending institutions. Contact the Benefits Office at 275-0476 to begin the eligibility process or visit for more information. 

April 5 is annual Genetics Day symposium

The 28th annual Genetics Day symposium will take place Tuesday, April 5, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425) and Flaum Atrium. Genetics Day is an annual UCIS-sponsored one-day symposium using oral and poster presentations to showcase genetics research. Jennifer Doudna, an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor of biochemistry, and of biophysics and structural biology at UC–Berkeley, will present this year’s Fred Sherman Lecture. Doudna is one of the coinventors of CRIPSR-Cas9 genome editing, a technology that is changing genetic research and is expected to have a major impact on many areas of biomedicine. Details and a poster registration form are available at

Submissions open this month for Fringe Festival

Submissions for the 2016 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, of which the University is a sponsor, open at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, at The deadline is midnight Saturday, April 30. It’s free to apply, and the earlier you apply, the better your chance to get the performance venue of your choice. Submissions for site-specific work are accepted; previous shows have been in parked cars, a camping tent, and a hot tub.

2015 Total Compensation Statement available

The University provides a comprehensive and competitive benefits program that includes health and wellness options, retirement program, tuition benefits, and more. See the full value of your 2015 wages and benefits together in your Total Compensation Statement, available on HRMS ( Log in with your NetID.

New IRS tax form 1095-C

When completing your 2015 federal income tax return, you will be required to self-attest that you had medical coverage for the year. The University will mail IRS Form 1095-C before March 31 to all employees who were offered University health care coverage in 2015. You can submit your 2015 tax return prior to receiving your 1095-C, as it is not required to submit your taxes. Questions? Visit the IRS website or contact the Benefits Office at 275-2084.

Memorial Art Gallery seeks artists for upcoming shows

The Memorial Art Gallery is taking applications for two upcoming shows: the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival and the 16th Annual Fine Craft Show & Sale. Artists from across New York can apply for spaces at the Clothesline Festival, a juried fine art and crafts festival held on the grounds of the MAG. Now in its 60th year, the weekend event showcasing more than 400 artists takes place September 10 and 11. Applications are also being accepted for the Fine Craft Show & Sale. The juried show, which takes place November 4 to 6, showcases more than 40 master craft artists from around the country. Details are available at

Group aims to help those with anxiety and depression

Strong Behavioral Health will offer a new evidence-based group for people with anxiety and depression. Participants will use cognitive restructuring and behavioral exposure exercise to reduce symptoms. The group will run from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. on Tuesdays from March 29 through May 31 at Strong Memorial Hospital. Contact Amanda O’Hearn at 275-2285 to learn more about the group

‘Making Teaching Part of Your Scholarly Activities’

How do you decide which aspect of a course to work on? What kind of change would improve it? How would you determine if the change makes a difference? Instructors from all parts of the University are invited to attend a seminar and panel discussion on improving teaching skills. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. Sign up at Email for more information.

Certificate of advanced study in biomedical data science offered

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Department of Public Health Sciences are accepting applications for the 2016 summer cohort of the certificate of advanced study in biomedical data science. Classes begin on Monday, June 27. The program prepares researchers for careers in data analytics, data wrangling, and clinical and health-services research using large complex datasets. Read more about the program at

Medical Orchestra seeks new members

The Rochester Medical Orchestra is a group of musicians with links to the Medical Center that gathers once or twice a year to perform a concert open to the entire community. Concerts raise funds for and publicize the work of Rochester-area nonprofits working in health-related fields. No auditions are required—all will be welcomed and encouraged. The next concert will be Sunday, May 1.

Rehearsal dates have not yet been set but in the past have been from 7 to 9 p.m. once a week for the four weeks prior to a concert. Email for more information or visit the orchestra’s website,

Athletic Center announces spring break hours

The Goergen Athletic Center has extended its spring break hours of operation. The facility will be open from noon to 6 p.m. from Monday, March 7, to Friday, March 11. The full spring-break schedule can be found at

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