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News for University of Rochester Alumni and Friends, February 2016


President Issues Response to Commission on Race and Diversity Interim Report

President and CEO Joel Seligman has issued his response to the Presidential Commission on Race and Diversity's interim report, which was submitted January 31. Seligman established the commission in November in response to a petition from several student groups, as well as events involving students, faculty, and staff on campus and beyond. In Seligman's response, he outlines several of the initial recommendations of the commission that he has accepted, noting that the first steps focus on students. Further recommendations with respect to students and to faculty and staff will be made in a final report after faculty, staff, and student surveys are completed. More information is available on the commission's website.

Study: Teens Are More Caring When They Feel Support from Others

Caring for others dips during adolescence, but when young people feel supported by their social circles, their concern for others rebounds, according to new research from University psychologists.

Research Details Source of Mental Problems with MS

Researchers at the School of Medicine and Dentistry studied how damage in the brain caused by multiple sclerosis may explain the slow and continuous cognitive decline that many patients experience.

Scientists Map Bed Bug Genome

With an eye toward eradicating the common bed bug, an international research team—including a researcher from Rochester—has successfully mapped the genome of Cimex lectularius to get a better understanding of its genetic makeup.

National Urban League President to Present MLK Commemorative Address

Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League and a former mayor of New Orleans, will deliver the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address at 6 p.m. EST Monday, February 29. The talk will be streamed live at

Simon Games Scholarship Competition Kicks Off This Month

The sixth annual Simon Games, Simon Business School’s online scholarship competition, begins February 15. Participants compete in an online business simulation that makes them the CEO of their own firm. The seven-week competition offers a range of awards for the part-time professional MBA and executive MBA programs, including one full-tuition grand prize scholarship for each program, valued at over $90,000, and three additional partial-tuition scholarships. 

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Introducing UR Mobile Meetups

Join the Office of Alumni Relations for its first UR Mobile Meetup on Tuesday, February 9, at noon EST. The virtual networking events, held on the second Tuesday of every month, allow you to connect with fellow Rochester alumni all over the world from your desk, office, or couch. Register for the free virtual event here. Questions? Contact AnneMarie Cucci, assistant director of alumni relations, at

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