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University of Rochester News (September 20, 2017)

09.20.17: announcement from President Seligman; alumni gift; organ transplants; CTSI Analytic Colloquium

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News and Announcements

President Announces Update to Email Policy and Organization of New Commission

At a Faculty Senate meeting on Tuesday, President and CEO Joel Seligman underlined that he anticipates that Mary Jo White, the independent investigator appointed by the Special Committee of the Board of Trustees, will undertake a complete investigation and re-investigation of the matters raised in the EEOC complaint, including earlier investigations and all claims of retaliation. He anticipates that there will be no limits on the evidence that can be reviewed or witnesses that can be called.

Seligman also has announced an update to University policy regarding employee email communications and a new process for organizing the membership of a recently announced Commission on Women and Gender in Academia. He said:

  • Any request to search employee email on University equipment and systems must now be approved by him until an independent review of the University’s policies and procedures has been completed. Under the University’s current policies, such searches can be conducted in special circumstances and without notifying the affected faculty or staff members, a policy that is common among the University’s peers. At no point can the results of such a search be shared without his approval, Seligman said.
  • The leadership of the new Commission on Women and Gender in Academia will be selected by the members of the committee rather than appointed by Seligman, as was previously announced. Seligman said he has been meeting with faculty and student leaders to invite nominations to the committee, which may include staff. Seligman intends to appoint each nominee unless a nominee has a conflict of interest. The commission will be asked to submit a public report by April 30, 2018.

The changes follow the announcement that a special committee of the Board of Trustees will oversee a review the University’s processes and procedures related to addressing claims of sexual abuse and harassment.

Alumni Gift Strengthens Athletics and Data Science

In recognition of a gift from University trustee Stephen Biggar ’92 and his wife, Elisabeth Asaro-Biggar ’92—both former varsity soccer players— the entryway to Genesee Hall and the Boehning Varsity House will be named the Big “R” Atrium. Read more…

Compatibility Issues with iOS 11, Email Accounts

Microsoft reports that the Apple Mail app in iOS 11, which was released September 19, is not compatible with mail accounts on Office 365, Outlook.com, or Exchange Server 2016. Users are experiencing issues replying or sending mail from those accounts using the Apple Mail app on their iPhones or iPads and may be also unable to sync or login to their Office 365 mail accounts. Until the issue is resolved, University IT recommends that anyone with an Office 365, Outlook.com, or Exchange Server account hold off on the upgrade to iOS 11. If you have already upgraded, Microsoft suggests downloading the free Outlook for iOS app available in the App Store as a workaround. Read more…

Eight Transplants in 10 Days for Solid Organ Transplant

The Solid Organ Transplant team recently performed eight transplants in just 10 days, an uncommon number of procedures given the lack of donated organs available. Read more…

Go Green: Small-Scale Waste Reduction Projects

In an effort to reduce the amount of waste associated with student move-in, many University departments have worked together to responsibly recycle or donate items that would have otherwise been disposed of. Read more…

Burgett Intercultural Center and Language Center Host Book Drive

Clean off your bookshelves and donate books on identity, diversity, LGBTQ, languages, foreign language textbooks, and intercultural/international books to the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center and the Language Center throughout September in Douglass Commons, Room 305.

Feel Great with YOURhealth Programs

The 24-week weight loss program offers the tools to eat better, get moving, and stay motivated. If you have already completed a weight loss program, the 12-week Weight Loss for Life program provides continued support so you can keep the weight off for good. Participants may earn a $100 incentive per calendar year for completing a lifestyle management program. Direct questions to URWell.Lifestyle@URMC.rochester.edu, or call 530-2050.

Deadlines and Reminders

'Ever Better Mentoring' Open to All Faculty

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute in conjunction with the University’s Office of Faculty Development and Diversity announces a hybrid online and face-to-face mentoring course, Ever Better Mentoring. The course is designed to both reinforce and introduce common issues faced by mentors of research trainees and students. It includes a Blackboard component with videos and case-based scenarios, complemented by an in-person workshop to encourage the exchange of best practices and persistent challenges. Both seasoned and inexperienced mentors have found the course valuable. Register by Friday, September 22, using Blackboard. Contact Oksana Babiy with questions.

Rochester in the News

New App Picks Up Signs of Stroke Risk through Your Smart Device

Democrat and Chronicle, September 18

“I call it a useful selfie,” says Jean-Phillippe Couderc, associate professor of cardiology. “Everybody takes a selfie and shows their face…This is a new way of using this kind of behavior.”


Farmers Market Is Today

Get fresh, local food at the UR Farmers Market today from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Flaum Atrium, Medical Center. Check out Well-U’s table for samples of a healthy recipe and to enter a raffle for a Fitbit Charge 2.

Spirit Week at Children’s School

Spirit week at the Children’s School @ URMC includes Sports Day, Color Day, and Crazy Hair Day. For more details or to set up a tour, contact Angela Colt at 273-3677 or acolt@kc-education.com.

CTSI Analytic Colloquium Focuses on Machine Learning

The first CTSI Informatics Analytics Cluster Colloquium, which focuses on applications of machine learning in engineering and biomedical science, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 7, in Lower Adolph Auditorium (1-7619), Medical Center. Lunch will be provided.

Wilmot Scientific Symposium Is November 9

The Wilmot Cancer Institute’s annual Scientific Symposium will take place Thursday, November 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425) and the Flaum Atrium. The symposium aims to bring together scientists working in all areas of cancer research. Steven Artandi of Stanford University will give the keynote address at 3 p.m. There will be a poster session from 1 to 3 p.m. Details are available on Wilmot’s intranet.

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