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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (July 27, 2014)
sexual misconduct policy, NIH funding, dean for diversity initiatives, fringe festival, disabilities cluster symposium, human book, PhD defenses
SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014
News and Announcements

University Updates Policy on Sexual Misconduct

The Student Sexual Misconduct policy has been updated on the recommendation of a committee of faculty, staff, and students. The policy defines sexual misconduct, outlines student rights, identifies resources available to the student community, and guides the University’s response to reports of possible sexual misconduct, including sexual assault. Read more...

NIH Awards Scientists $9 Million to Study Immune System

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year, $9 million grant to scientists in the School of Medicine and Dentistry to adapt and develop cutting-edge imaging techniques, allowing them to view the immune system while it is fighting infection and disease. Read more...

Beth Olivares Appointed Dean for Diversity Initiatives

Beth Olivares has been appointed dean for diversity initiatives in Arts, Sciences & Engineering. Olivares also serves as director of the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity, and as a faculty development and diversity officer. Read more...

University Is On the Fringe

The University is a sponsor and major participant in the 2014 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, taking place Sept. 18–27 in Rochester’s East End, including several performances at the Eastman School. Student-sponsored shows this year will range from a laptop orchestra featuring local elementary school students, to After Hours a cappella, and Diversity of Dance, which showcases performers from seven of the University’s dance clubs and students from the Program of Dance and Movement. Read more...

Call for Proposals: Disabilities Cluster Symposium

Proposals are being accepted until Monday, Aug. 4, for the first disabilities studies cluster symposium, "Complicating Normalcy: Disability, Technology, and Society in the 21st Century." Details are available here.

Health Insurance Selection Site Now Open

Every year, all full-time students must complete the online health insurance enrollment/waiver process during open enrollment (June 16 to Sept. 15). The University-sponsored plan runs from Aug. 1 through July 31. Enrolling or waiving health insurance promptly ensures continuing coverage and accurate billing. Waivers approved after any month’s billing date will be reflected on the next billing cycle statement, per University guidelines. Alternate insurance plans must meet all University criteria to be approved for a waiver, and may be audited. Students who do not enroll or waive online will be enrolled on the University-sponsored plan for the year. Read more...

Volunteer to be a Human Book

River Campus Libraries is recruiting “human books” for its Human Library on Oct. 17 during Meliora Weekend. A Human Library connects community members with volunteer “books” who share their life experiences and unique interests, with the goal of breaking down stereotypes and celebrating differences. To learn more about being a human book, click here.

Upcoming PhD Defenses

The following PhD thesis defenses are scheduled in the coming weeks:
• Joshua Dewe, biochemistry and biophysics, "Characterizing the Role of Elongation Factor lA and Other Cellular Proteins in the Yeast Rapid tRNA Decay Pathway," Monday, July 28, 11 a.m., Neuman Room (1-6823), Medical Center. Advisor: Eric Phizicky.
• Kevin Klubek, chemistry, "Investigation of Blue Phosphorescent Organic Light-Emitting Diode Instability," Wednesday, July 30, 10 a.m., Schlegel Hall 5207. Advisor: Ching Tang.
• Sohl (Catherine) Lee, visual and cultural studies and art and art history, "Images of Reality / Ideals of Democracy: Contemporary Korean Art, 1980s-2000s," Wednesday, July 30 (no public lecture). Advisor: Rachel Haidu.
• Douglas Flowe, history, "Tell the Whole White World: Crime, Violence, and Black Men in Early Migration New York City, 1890-1917," Thursday, July 31, 2 p.m., Rush Rhees Library 362. Advisor: Joan Rubin.
• Lenore Kubie, chemistry, "Metallopeptides and Metallocytochromes c with Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Conjugates for Alternative Energy Applications," Monday, Aug. 4, 1 p.m., Meliora Hall 221. Advisor: Kara Bren.
• Shayne Ragbeer, clinical psychology, "A Developmental Psychopathology Perspective on Psychopathic Traits in Girls: The Role of Maltreatment, Maternal Responsiveness andEmotional Functioning," Monday, Aug. 4 (no public lecture). Advisor: Sheree Toth.
• Dustin Shipp, optics, "Holographic Angular Domain Elastic Scattering of Single Biological Cells," Thursday, Aug. 7, 10:30 a.m., Goergen Hall 101. Advisor: Andrew Berger.

Rochester in the News

The Strange Social Science of the Color Red

Time (July 13)

“I don’t think it’s the case that women who wear red are always advertising sexual interest,” says Rochester graduate student Adam Pazda, a social psychologist who led the study. “But there is evidence that people make judgments about other people in general based on clothing. You can see how color might easily fit into that.” (Also reported by the Washington Post,  England Telegraph, England Daily Mail, Elle, and others).

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