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News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (Sept. 7, 2014)
Economic diversity, bookstores closing, postdoc week, register for arts leadership, writing series, insurance and immunization deadlines
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SEPT. 14, 2014

News and Announcements

University Ranked as 'Economically Diverse'

The University is among the "most economically diverse top colleges,” according to a list created by the New York Times that factors in graduation rates, percentage of students receiving Pell grants, and other financial measures for low- and middle-income families. The list, called the College Access Index, ranks Rochester at 28th out of the 100 institutions that made the list. Read more...

Bookstores to Close for Move to College Town

The River Campus and Medical Center bookstores will close at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in order to move to the new College Town location. Students are encouraged to make necessary purchases before the stores close because there will be no physical bookstore until the new Barnes & Noble store opens at 1305 Mt. Hope Avenue on Monday, Oct. 13. The bookstore's website will be operational during the move and will offer current term textbooks, a selection of school supplies, and University clothing and gifts. Online orders may take more than 48 hours to fulfill during the move; arrangements for "pickup at store" orders will be made on an individual basis. Email or call 275-4012 with questions.

Events Highlight Postdoc Week

The Office of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs at the Medical Center is sponsoring several events for postdoctoral and graduate students to celebrate National National Postdoc Appreciation Week:

  • Monday: The Center for Professional Development will hold a coffee hour from 11 a.m. to noon in the center's office, G-9556 in the Medical Center.
  • Tuesday: An online speed networking event from noon to 1 p.m. will match School of Medicine and Dentistry PhD students with alumni from the school to help students explore career options. Registration is required. Also on Tuesday, there will be a coffee hour from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Room 363 of the Meliora on the River Campus.
  • Wednesday: Science communication consultant Scott Morgan will lead a seminar and workshop on job interview preparation and skills for postdoctoral students. Registration is required.
  • Thursday: Postdocs are invited to participate in a poster session from 10 a.m. to noon in Flaum Atrium in the Medical Center.
Contact the Office of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs for more information.

Register for Arts Leadership Presentation

Students interested in attending the Arts Leadership Program's guest presentation by Los Angeles-based trombonist, cellist, arranger, and educator Claire Courchene on Tuesday, Sept. 23, must sign up by Tuesday, Sept. 16. Those enrolled in the program's course Excellence, Innovation & Uniqueness: Developing Your Creative Career in Music do not need to register, but those who are not enrolled in the course but want to attend must register. See the ALP website for details.

Warner Professor Looks at Psychopathology

Andre Marquis, associate professor of counseling and human development at the Warner School, examines the causes of and treatments for mental health disorders from psychological and social perspectives as coauthor of Understanding Psychopathology: An Integral Exploration. The guide was written for students training to become mental health practitioners, counselors, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists. Read more. . .

Meeting to Feature Berkeley Professor

Jamie Cate, professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley will present the talk "Science for Breakfast" at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in Room 1-9576 in the Medical Center during the semester's first Graduate Women in Science meeting. Cate will also present a seminar at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, titled “eIF3: a Bridge Between Translation and Transcription” in Room K-307.

Avoiding Plagiarism Is Writing Series Topic

"Incorporating Resources and Avoiding Plagiarism" is the topic of the next session of the Warner School's Writing Support at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in Room 141 of LeChase Hall. The workshop will cover how to draw on ideas and words from other people’s texts, including what constitutes plagiarism. See the schedule for the full series.

Health Insurance Deadline Is Monday

All incoming and returning full-time students must complete the online health insurance enrollment/waiver process by Monday, Sept. 15. If you miss the deadline, you will be enrolled in the University-sponsored health insurance for the entire year. Read more.

Complete Immunization Requirements

All incoming full-time and part-time students must meet New York state and University requirements for immunizations. A completed health history form must be submitted to UHS by by Tuesday, Sept. 30. Submit your form to the health history form office on the second floor of the UHS Building.

Student Dental Plan Is Open for Enrollment

Enrollment in the student dental plan, offered by Eastman Dental on Elmwood Avenue next to the Medical Center, is open through Oct. 31. Coverage begins on Sept. 1 and continues through Aug. 31, 2015. Find more information and enrollment form here.

Lecture, Tribute Band Kick Off Series

The University's Institute for Popular Music kicks off its 2014-15 performance and lecture series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, with a tribute to Led Zeppelin, the ’70s rock band whose first album was released 45 years ago. David Headlam, professor of music theory at the Eastman School, will present a lecture in the Gowen Room in Wilson Commons. A Led Zeppelin tribute band, Out on the Tiles, will perform along with faculty and students from the music department at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, in Strong Auditorium. The events are free. Read about other lectures in the series.

Security Alert Issued for Google Users

University IT is encouraging those with Gmail and other Google accounts to change their passwords, as news agencies are reporting that 5 million Google passwords have been compromised. If a Google password is used for any non-Google University accounts, the recommendation is to change the passwords to those, as well. University IT cautions against using University passwords for non-University accounts. Contact the appropriate help desk with questions: University IT at 275-2000 or the ISD Help Desk (Medical Center) at 275-3200.

You Can 'Love Your Librarian' a Little Longer

The nomination process for the "I Love My Librarian" award from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the New York Times has been extended to Sept. 24. Winners receive a cash prize, a plaque, and will be honored at a ceremony in New York City. University Libraries encourages faculty, staff, and students to consider nominating their favorite librarians.

TEAM Session Focuses on PhD Candidates

Learn about the master of science program in technical entrepreneurship and management (TEAM) at an information session for PhD candidates on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m. in the Center for Entrepreneurship Conference Room, 1-211 Carol Simon Hall. TEAM students take half their courses in one of nine technical concentrations and half in specialized business courses at the Simon School. The session is hosted by Andrea Galati, executive director of the program. PhD candidates can earn the TEAM MS degree along the way to their PhD. University students qualify for merit-based scholarship opportunities. RSVP to 276-3500 or via email to

Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Have Office Hours

Seeking advice from a seasoned entrepreneur? You can meet with entrepreneurs-in-residence from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Center for Entrepreneurship. The featured entrepreneurs are Michael Wohl ’89, managing partner of ClimateHedge Investments and Greenspace Capital and a serial entrepreneur; and Gregg Steinberg, managing director of Charlemagne Global Advisory and a serial entrepreneur. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, call 276-3500 or email

Healthy Monday Hosts 'Move-It Monday'

Join Healthy Monday for some physical activity from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in the Goergen Athletic Center. The team will have plenty of workouts and demonstrations on how to do them. Like the Healthy Monday team on Facebook.

University Players Take Stage for Fringe Fest

The University will play key roles in the 2014 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival that begins this week. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni will take part in more than 40 of the festival’s 380 shows in 28 venues, which include Kilbourn Hall and Sproull Atrium at the Eastman School. Find a schedule and other information.

Symposium on Race and Inequality Planned

A symposium on Rochester's 1964 race riots and recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library. Titled "Inequality, Race, and Rebellion: Rochester ’64 and Ferguson ’14," the discussion will feature Carvin Eison, associate professor of communications at SUNY Brockport, James Lawrence, editorial editor at the Democrat and Chronicle, and Verdis Robinson, professor of history and African American studies at Monroe Community College.

Rochester in the News

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Naked Mole Rat Could One Day Save Your Life

Wired (Sept. 12)

Vera Gorbunova, professor of biology, and her research on the biological properties of naked mole rats are featured in a story on the long-lived and cancer-free rodents. "Their secret, Gorbunova has found, is a starch called hyaluronan. Engineer a naked mole rat’s cells to stop producing this compound and suddenly a cancer-free critter is capable of developing tumors."

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