Bullet Green The Seven Hills Symphony presents its Fifth Anniversary Concert on Friday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Blais Pavilion of the LRB. The free concert will feature musical selections from Wagner, Beethoven, Henry Mancini and the Broadway musical “Wicked.” There will be a bake sale at intermission. For more information about the Seven Hills Symphony, visit

Bullet Green Fotografia: An Eclectic Collection, the newest installment of the Lamar Soutter Library’s Artist in Residence Series, features the photography of Alberto Mercado, an outreach phlebotomist at UMass Memorial. His From Ashes to Dreams: My Life, My Story will also be presented. The exhibit runs Monday, Nov. 30 through Friday, Jan. 15, with an opening reception in the library on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m.

Bullet Green The University of Massachusetts Rosalie Wolf Interdisciplinary Geriatric Healthcare Research Center presents Chronic Pain and Falls in the Older Population: New Insights from the MOBILIZE Boston Study, on Monday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 2 p.m. at UMass Boston (Wheatley 3-125). Suzanne Leveille, PhD, BSN, RN, UMass Boston professor of nursing and health sciences, will be the presenter. For more information, visit the Rosalie Wolf Interdisciplinary Geriatric Health Care Research Center Web site. (

Bullet Green The UMass Medical School–UMass Memorial Medical Center Holiday Reception, hosted by Michael F. Collins, MD, chancellor of UMMS and John G. O’Brien, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care, will be held on Friday, Dec. 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 10 to 11 p.m. in the Faculty Conference Room on the University Campus.

Bullet Green The registration deadline for Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care is Friday, Dec. 18. The free seminar is open to all members of the UMMHC and UMMS community—physicians, nurses, allied health providers, community outreach workers, administrative and support staff, trustees, and medical, graduate nursing and GSBS students—and will meet one evening a month from January through June 2010. See the Information section of this issue of Focus for details and registration information.

Bullet Green The Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine is recruiting for a weight loss research study. Groups include diet monitoring, setting weight loss goals, developing a physical activity program and learning about barriers to weight loss. Each participant will also receive either behavioral counseling OR health education. Recruitment is centering on women ages 21 to 65 with depression. Compensation is provided. For more information, call ext. 6-6557, send an e-mail to or visit (IRB docket#: H-12315).

Bullet Green The Department of Family Medicine & Community Health is co-hosting the Northeast Regional Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) meeting from 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 through Saturday, Dec. 5, at 4 p.m. in the Faculty Conference Room at the Medical School. The day-and-a-half conference, Teaching Clinical Expertise in Primary Care: A Faculty Development Workshop, is geared toward family medicine faculty who teach students and residents, but the content may also benefit all faculty at the Medical School. Workshop topics include reflective thinking, clinical bias, medical errors, self assessment, clinical decision making, and team teaching and learning in the clinic. For additional information contact Dianna Azbill at or 800-274-7928, x5415. To register, visit