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Grads@Rochester: News for Graduate Students (October 9, 2016)
10.09.16: Meliora Weekend; new student spaces; social entrepreneurs; conversations on race; flu vaccine; CV workshop; nursing summit; e-cycle day


Meliora Moment

A group of Simon Business School students poses with the Meliora letters set up on the Eastman Quadrangle. See more photos from Meliora Weekend.

New Student Spaces Open 

The Frederick Douglass Building officially reopened in September after a complete renovation of the iconic 79,000-square-foot space. The Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center was dedicated in a ceremony at the Douglass Building. In addition, Evans Lam Square, a new state-of-the-art learning and research space in Rush Rhees Library, was dedicated on October 5.

Ain Center Grant Will Support Social Entrepreneurs

Three Simon Business School MBA candidates want to place frozen food vending machines in underprivileged urban neighborhoods where grocery stores are scarce, so residents have access to healthy meals. Their start-up, Oasis Foods, is an example of the social entrepreneurship the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship hopes to encourage with a $538,000 federal Economic Development Administration grantRead more...

Register to Vote

The Rochester Center for Community Leadership will be hosting its final voter registration drive between noon and 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 11, in Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons. Students who are eligible to vote can register—either in Rochester or at their home address—and can also change their registration, as well as request an absentee ballot. Students may also stop by the RCCL any time during regular business hours to register or request an absentee ballot. The deadline to register to vote in the November 8 election is Friday, October 14. For more information, visit

Coming Up

Gandhi Institute Hosts 'Conversations on Race'

A dialogue on race issues and racism is planned from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, October 10, in the Community Room, Douglass Building 407. The series has been running for the past few years with over 70 unique dialogues. Conversations are facilitated, but never inhibited. All perspectives are welcome.

Resume and CV Writing Workshop

Joseph Schmitthenner, life sciences career coach for the Center for Professional Development, will present a resume and CV writing workshop from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 12, in the Combined Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), Medical Center. Attendees are encouraged (although not required) to bring laptops and working drafts of their CVs.

UHS Holds Flu Vaccine Clinic

University Health Service is holding a campus-wide flu vaccine clinic from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, October 13, in the Goergen Athletic Center on the River Campus. The clinic is open to all students, staff, and faculty. No appointments are needed. Bring your insurance card to the clinic. The cost of the flu shot will be billed to your health insurance. The Aetna Student Health insurance plan covers the full cost of the flu vaccine. Direct questions to

Lecture on the Opioid Epidemic

Andrew Fields, a fellow in addiction medicine at the Medical Center, will present “The Opioid Epidemic: Where Are We, How Did We Get Here, and Where Are We Going?” as part of the Public Health Grand Rounds series from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, October 21, in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium.

National Nursing Leaders to Speak at Summit

Students considering a career in the health care field are invited to learn about the doctor of nursing practice degree at a summit hosted by the School of Nursing. National leaders in the field will discuss the movement toward the degree as the standard for advanced practice nursing and the value of DNP-prepared nurses. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, October 28, in Helen Wood Hall. Click here for more information and to register.

Go Green: Annual E-Cycle Day Approaches

E-Cycle Day is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and affiliates of the University to safely and conveniently recycle unwanted personal electronics. The event will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, November 11, in Zone 3 South (Park Lot). Read more...

Upcoming Doctoral Dissertation Defenses

  • Molly Jaynes, translational biomedical science, “Motor Sequence Performance and Pattern Awareness: Impact of Dystonia,” Monday, October 10, 9 a.m., Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W-304). Advisor: Jonathan Mink
  • Madeline Sofia, microbiology and immunology, “Coordinated Regulation of Virulence, Motility, Biofilm and Stress Response Phenotypes in Type Three Secretion System Positive Vibrio Cholerae,” Thursday, October 13, 2 p.m., Auditorium K307 (3-6408). Advisor: Michelle Dziejman 
  • Arian Shoari, electrical engineering, "Localization of a Non-Cooperative Target with Distributed Binary Observations," Friday, October 14, 9:30 a.m., Computer Studies Building Room 426. Advisor: Mark Bocko

Rochester in the News

Climate Change and the Astrobiology of the Anthropocene

NPR, October 1 
"The part of climate change we've failed to culturally metabolize is the meaning of what's happening to us and the planet," writes Adam Frank, professor of physics and astronomy.
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