In Today’s Issue
- From President Seligman: Remembering Eastman School’s Tatiana Tchekina
- Save the Date: MLK Commemorative Address Is Jan. 24
- Nelson Mandela: ‘Inspiration to the World’
- Health Insurance Alert for Graduate Students
- Eastman School Dean Search Begins
- University, Eastman House to Offer New Master’s Degree
- Registration Open for CIRTL Spring 2014 Courses
- Eastman Students Win $100K to Launch Project
- Graduate Women in Science Group to Meet
- Grads@Rochester Returns in January
- Community Conversation: ‘On Belonging at the U of R’
- Last UCIS Leadership in Education Meeting for 2013
- Eastman Concert Bids Farewell to Iconic Organ
- Upcoming PhD Thesis Defenses
- ‘Move It’ with Healthy Monday @ UR
- ‘Paws’ for Stress Relief
- 3 v. 3 Reading Week Basketball Tournament
- Rochester in the News: Students Compete for MBA Scholarships in the Simon Games
News and Announcements
From President Seligman: Remembering Eastman School’s Tatiana Tchekina
“Early Saturday morning Tatiana Tchekina, assistant professor of
accompanying in the Eastman School of Music, was killed in an automobile
accident. Her husband, Oleh Krysa, professor of violin, was injured.
News reports indicate that their vehicle was struck by another going the
wrong way on I-490.
I am deeply saddened to learn of this
tragedy. This is a great loss for the Eastman community and for the
entire University. Gifted musicians, performers and teachers, Tatiana
and Oleh had performed together throughout the world since 1967, with
her accompanying him on the piano. They also recorded 20 CDs together.
Tatiana studied at the Moscow and
Kiev Conservatories. She taught chamber music at Kiev Conservatory and
accompanying at Gnesin Musical and Pedagogical Conservatory in Moscow
before joining the faculty of the Eastman School. She appeared at major
musical festivals on three continents and regularly taught master
classes in Japan.
In his message to the Eastman community, Dean Jamal Rossi wrote, ‘Professor Tchekina was a valued member of our faculty who influenced
the countless students with whom she collaborated on performances and
competitions. As a world-class musician, she had an international career
both as a solo pianist and in collaboration with Professor Krysa. Our
thoughts are with Oleh and their family and friends at this very
The Eastman School will host a vigil to remember Tatiana at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in Sproull
Atrium of the Miller Center at the Eastman School.”
Save the Date: MLK Commemorative Address Is Jan. 24
Benjamin Todd Jealous, past president
and CEO of the NAACP, will deliver the University’s annual Martin Luther
King Jr. Commemorative Address at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in Strong
Auditorium. The annual address, which kicks off the University’s Black
History Month celebration by recognizing the legacy and influence of
King’s life, is free and open to the public. Details will follow.
Nelson Mandela: ‘Inspiration to the World’
“A few persons in each generation
fundamentally improve their societies. Nelson Mandela was such an
individual,” says President Joel Seligman in a message to the University community.
“His example of courage, devotion to human dignity, and peace inspired
the world. He showed that success in a political struggle could be
crowned by a determination to reach out to an entire nation—not revenge.
He showed that principle could prevail over power. He showed that human
decency, integrity, and fairness can prevail if one perseveres. He was a
great leader whose example will inspire generations to come. All of us
at the University of Rochester mourn his death.” Flags at the University
will remain lowered in Mandela’s honor through sundown Monday, Dec. 9.
Health Insurance Alert for Graduate Students
University Health Service reminds students completing their degrees soon to consider their health insurance status and plan for after graduation. For students who will not be registered full time for the spring term, University-sponsored coverage ends Dec. 31. Students currently on the University-sponsored Aetna Student Health Plan are eligible for a single, three-month “continuation plan,” for Jan. 1 to March 31, 2014. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org to apply. The deadline for application and payment is Jan. 31. New this year, students who have United States social security numbers and have ever paid income taxes are eligible for coverage through their state’s Affordable Care Act Exchange. Go to www.healthcare.gov for more information. Applications must be entered by Dec. 23 for coverage beginning Jan. 1.
Eastman School Dean Search Begins
President Joel Seligman announced
Tuesday that the search for a new dean of the Eastman School has begun.
In his memo to the Eastman School, Seligman said: “We all seek the best
possible successor to Doug Lowry. Eastman is a great school and
deserves a great dean. There will be no limits on who may be
considered.” Read more...
University, Eastman House to Offer New Master’s Degree
The University and George Eastman House
will jointly offer a new master’s degree in photographic preservation
and collections management beginning in the fall of 2014. The program
will be the only one in the United States dedicated to the study of the
photograph as an object (the care and handling of photographs) as well
as the related academic study of images (theoretical and historical
context). Enrollment begins this month, with the first students
beginning their courses in fall 2014. Read more...
Registration Open for CIRTL Spring 2014 Courses
Registration closes Dec. 8 for the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning’s (CIRTL) spring online courses. Registration occurs on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Wendi Heinzelman or Jenny Hadingham with questions about the courses or about CIRTL. Anyone interested in STEM education is encouraged to sign up. Click here to register.
Eastman Students Win $100K to Launch Project
Sound ExChange, an ensemble of Eastman musicians, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation to partner with a team from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Microsoft Studios, and the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra to produce Sound ExChange: Interactive Classical Visions Project, a project that will utilize digital technology to promote audience participation by creating ways for performers and audiences to interact and connect with live music. Read more...
Graduate Women in Science Group to Meet
Grads@Rochester Returns in January
The Graduate Women in Science group welcomes Hazel Holden, professor of biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, in the Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576). She will present “My Circuitous Route from New Providence, NJ, to Madison, Wi.” Refreshments will be provided.
Grads@Rochester is taking a
brief hiatus and will return to your inbox on Jan. 12. Submissions for
the next issue will be accepted until Friday, Jan. 10, at noon.
Last UCIS Leadership in Education Meeting for 2013
Community Conversation: ‘On Belonging at the U of R’
Terry Platt, professor of biology, will lead a discussion on the challenges in shifting from a traditional lecture course model to one that adopts student understanding as its main guiding principle. He will outline the approaches he used for lectures, workshop exercises, and examinations in a freshman course of 100–150 students that was judged to be challenging but rewarding. Small group discussions will be employed to elicit additional suggestions from participants about how to engage students in course material in ways that enhance their self-motivation for learning. The meeting will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. RSVP to ensure sufficient catering can be arranged.
An in-depth community conversation on
Tuesday, Dec. 10, will explore questions about belonging, including
issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, faith, and ability.
Moderators will be Michelle
Thompson-Taylor, director of the Intercultural Center; Kit Miller,
director of the M. K. Gandhi Institute; and Vicki Sapp, assistant
director of upperclass housing for Residential Life. The conversation
runs from 6 to 8 p.m. in Friel Lounge, Susan B. Anthony Hall. Food will
Eastman Concert Bids Farewell to Iconic Organ
Rochester audiences will have one last
chance to hear the Brombaugh Opus 9 organ in concert at St. Michael’s
Roman Catholic Church before the organ is packed up and shipped to its
new home in California. Eastman School organ faculty members will join
with the St. Michael’s Chamber Choir in a holiday concert that will
feature the instrument at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Read more...
Upcoming PhD Thesis Defenses
The following PhD thesis defenses are scheduled:
• Simantini Ghosh, neurobiology and anatomy, “The Effect of Sustained Overexpression of lnterleukin-1?? on Pathology in Murine Models of Alzheimer's Disease and Tauopathy,” 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, Case Method Room (1-9576), Medical Center. Advisor: Kerry O’Banion.
• Joanne Lim, microbiology and immunology, “Role of Interferons and Immunotherapy in Enhancing Radiation Treatment of Cancer,” 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17, Auditorium K-207 (2-6408), Medical Center. Advisor: Edith Lord.
• Jing Zhu, biology, “Costs and Benefits of Sexual Selection in Drosophila,” 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18, Hutchison Hall 473. Advisor: James Fry.
• Zihuan Li, biology, “The Role of Lipid Droplets in Regulating Histone Metabolism,” 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 19, Hutchison Hall 473. Advisor: Michael Welte.
‘Move It’ with Healthy Monday @ UR
Grab a friend and learn some dance moves
with Indulgence from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in the Leibner-Cooper Room in Goergen
Athletic Center. If you can’t join them, Healthy Monday @ UR encourages you to stay active by walking, swimming, running, or dancing on your own free time.
‘Paws’ for Stress Relief
3-v-3 Reading Week Basketball Tournament
Feeling stressed? Take a “Paws” for
Stress Relief on “Mellow Out Monday,” Dec. 9. A visit with the dogs from Campus
Canines can help your stress melt away. Drop by the Goergen Athletic
Center any time between 6 and 8 p.m.
Take a break from studying at the 2013
Intramural 3-v-3 Reading Week Basketball Tournament on Dec. 13 and 14
at the Zornow Courts in Goergen Athletic Center. There are three
divisions—men, women, and co-ed—and each team is guaranteed to play
three pool play games on Dec. 13. The cost is $10 per team; proceeds go
to Toys for Tots. Pick up a registration form at the Goergen Athletic
Center front desk. Direct questions to Kyle Schauls, 276-5105, or Joe Reina, 275-6027.
Rochester in the News
Students Compete for MBA Scholarships in the Simon Games
U.S. News and World Report (Dec. 5)
Beginning Feb. 10, MBA degree seekers
will have a chance to compete in the Simon Games. The grand prize is a
full-tuition scholarship worth more than $90,000 to the Simon Business
School's full-time, part-time, or executive MBA program.
Dec. 8, 2013
Deadlines & Reminders
Arts, Sciences & Engineering
Dec. 25: The University is closed. This day cannot be counted as a working day in meeting deadlines.
Jan. 1: The University is closed. This day cannot be counted as a working day in meeting deadlines.
Jan. 14: MA/MS students receiving terminal degrees in March must be degree complete by this date. Plan A students must submit two final corrected thesis copies to the Graduate Studies Office.
More from the Arts, Sciences & Engineering graduate calendar.
School of Medicine and Dentistry
Dec. 13: Last day of classes for fall 2013.
Dec. 14–16: Reading period.
Dec. 17–22: Final examinations.
Dec. 25: The University is closed in observance of Christmas.
Jan 1: The University is closed in observance of New Year’s Day.
Jan. 3: Registration deadline for new graduate students admitted for the spring 2014 semester.
Jan. 3: Registration deadline for non-matriculated students for the spring 2014 semester.
More from the School of Medicine and Dentistry graduate calendar.
Dec. 16: Deadline for submission of fair copies of PhD dissertations to be distributed to reading committees for students anticipating May 2014 degree conferral.
Dec. 20: Latest date for final oral examinations for PhD candidates anticipating March 2014 degree conferral.
More from Eastman’s graduate calendar.
Jan. 6: Winter term first day of classes.
More from the Simon School calendar.
Dec. 13: Last day of classes.
Dec. 14–16: Reading period.
Dec. 17–22: Final exams.
More from the Warner School calendar.
School of Nursing
Dec. 13: Last day of classes.
Dec. 20: Final grades due.
More from the School of Nursing calendar.
University Health Service
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