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News for University of Rochester Alumni and Friends, April 2014
$17 million gift, test for Alzheimer's, app for singing vowels, Perkins professor, MEL Talks and YouTube; regional events
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Wegman Foundation Gives $17 Million for Major Projects

Two landmark projects at the University received milestone support this week when Wegman Family Charitable Foundation President and Board Chair Danny Wegman (above) announced a $10 million lead gift for the Institute for Data Science and another $7 million for the new Golisano Children’s Hospital. In recognition of the support for data science, the institute’s new building will be named for the Wegmans. Read more . . .

A Test for Alzheimer’s?

A study involving Medical Center researchers has resulted in the first accurate blood test that may predict who is at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, a discovery that may unlock a new treatments to head off the disease. Read more . . .

Students Develop App for Singers

Voice students who want to perfect how they sing their vowels could get help from a simple, free application devised by students who developed the app as part of a computer science class. Read more . . .


First Perkins Professor Named

A professorship endowed by lead gifts from Robert Kirkwood ’56 (PhD) and Francis R. Grebe ’54 along with support from other alumni in honor of noted Rochester history professor Dexter Perkins (above) will be held by Joan Shelley Rubin, a professor of history and a highly regarded scholar of American cultural history. Read more . . .

It’s one of several recent appointments to named positions, including the installation of neurologist Jonathan Mink to the Frederick A. Horner, M.D. Endowed Professorship in Pediatric Neurology and the installation of noted library leader Jim Kuhn as the Joseph N. Lambert and Harold B. Schleifer Director of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation.

See MEL Talks 2013 on YouTube

The inaugural season of MEL Talks—short, lively presentations by alumni and faculty experts—is available on the University’s YouTube channel. The debut slate of 12 talks includes American Sign Language interpreter Dana Mittelman ’05 (above), who shared her experience of interpreting for President Barack Obama, Professor Todd Krauss on nanotechnology, and Emily Wozniak ’09,’14E (MM) on ways to re-imagine traditional classical music concert experiences. Read more . . .

Your Rochester Connections Regional Events

Join alumni and friends at regional events in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Rochester, Boston, Philadelphia, and other cities. Read more . . .

International Events

Join alumni and friends for a reception with outgoing Simon Business School Dean Mark Zupan in Hong Kong (April 8) and for a “night out” with Ron Hansen, senior associate dean at Simon in Shanghai (April 10)

Travel & Learn Program

This spring’s faculty-led programs include trips to Turkey (May 29 to June 14) and to the Baltic Sea (June 20 to June 29) Read more . . .

Alumni Webinars

Life science industry expert Brad Hartman ’03 leads two online sessions: one on career options in the biotech pharmaceutical industry (April 10) and one on networking, interview, and resume skills in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry (May 1).

Also in the News

‘Shark Tank’–Funded Alumnus Talks Business

Tim Talley ’88, founder of U-Lace—a company that produces customized sneaker laces that recently received an investment from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban during Talley’s appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank—will give a campus talk on entrepreneurship on Wednesday, April 23. Read more . . .

Summer Course Registration Opens

Alumni interested in taking courses this summer are invited to visit the website of the Office of Summer Programs and Part-Time Studies. The office offers four summer sessions and over 70 courses. Online registration opens April 14. Tuition discounts are offered. Read more . . .

Lotte Lenya Finals

Two Eastman School graduates, Natalie Ballenger ’11E and Diana Rose Becker ’07E, are among the 14 singer-actors in the April 12 finals of the 2014 Lotte Lenya Competition April 12 at Kilbourn Hall. Read more . . .

Second Set of Peace Officers Graduates

A second class of 27 peace officers have been sworn in, completing the group of staff members who planned to serve in a new role in the Department of Public Safety. Read more . . .

Strong Earns ‘Senior Friendly’ Status

Strong Memorial Hospital has achieved "senior friendly" status for implementing a nurse-driven program, a goal accomplished with the support of the School of Nursing. Read more . . .

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