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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (April 20, 2014)
Rochester Startup Weekend, WiSTEE regional event, River Campus Libraries forum, upcoming PhD defenses, WordPress workshop
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SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2014
News and Announcements

Video: Searching for Flight 370

Duncan Moore, the Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Professor in Optical Engineering Science, explains why sound travels under the ocean in surprisingly complex ways—making it difficult to locate the black box from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Watch the video.

Registration Open for Rochester Startup Weekend

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups (typically mobile apps). The Center for Entrepreneurship is sponsoring the second biennial Rochester Startup Weekend, April 25-27, at Brand Networks. Online registration is now open. Students can use the promo code "STUDENT" to receive half off the registration fee. Additionally, Rochester students who register are eligible to be reimbursed an additional $25 through the CFE. Email for more information on the reimbursement process.

Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition

Full-time undergraduate engineering or applied sciences students can apply to and compete in the Charles and Janet Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition by submitting a plan for a technical business. Cash prizes will be awarded to top teams. Send business plans electronically to by 4 p.m. Monday, April 21. For more information, email the Center for Entrepreneurship or call 276-3500.

WiSTEE Connect to Host Regional Event

WiSTEE Connect—an organization connecting women in science, technology, engineering, and entrepreneurship—will host its first regional event, “Lean In Together with WiSTEE Connect” from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 28, at the Vignelli Center, Rochester Institute of Technology. The event, which will include a roundtable discussion and a networking session, aims to connect women across universities and businesses in the Rochester region. RSVP by April 23. Direct questions to Jie Qiao, WiSTEE Connect chairperson and associate professor at RIT's Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, at or 475-6221.

Keep Your Info Safe on Summer Vacation

University IT's information security awareness team offers five quick tips for keeping your information safe while traveling this summer. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, send them to

This Week

River Campus Libraries Student Forum

Do you have ideas for how to improve the libraries? Share them with the dean of the River Campus Libraries from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 21, in the Gamble Room, Rush Rhees Library. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Student Incubator Panel

Learn what it’s like to be in the University's Student Incubator at High Tech Rochester on Tuesday, April 22, from 4:40 to 5:40 p.m. in Gleason 118. Panelists include Simon MBA candidate Margaret Feldman of Feldman College Advising; senior Felix Kim of Ovitz; and Simon MBA candidate Stacey Lampell of CityWhisk. The event will be moderated by Bob Kot, Director of New Ventures at HTR. Attendees must register online.

Upcoming PhD Defenses, Lectures

The following PhD thesis defenses and lectures are scheduled:
Battal Dogan, economics, "Essays on Mechanism Design and Implementation," Tuesday, April 22. Advisor: William Thomas.
Xiao Zhang, statistics, "Hypothesis Testing Problems Involving Order Restricted Parameters," Thursday, April 24, Hylan 1106A. Advisors: Michael McDermott and Govind Mudholkar.

Entrepreneurship Talk: Tim Talley '88, U-Lace Founder

Tim Talley ’88, founder of U-Lace, which recently received an investment from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on ABC’s Shark Tank, will give a talk on his entrepreneurial journey at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at in Schlegel 407. A reception and meet-and-greet with the speaker will follow in the Eisenberg Rotunda. Attendees must register in advance online or call 276-3500.

Music at Rush Rhees Library

Enjoy live chamber music in the Friedlander Lobby of Rush Rhees Library on Wednesday, April 23, from 6 to 7 p.m. Quartet 408, an ensemble of graduate students at the Eastman School, will present an interactive program featuring music of both classical and popular genres.

Medieval Society Talk

The next Medieval Society talk will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Robbins Library in Rush Rhees Library. Michael Alan Anderson, assistant professor of musicology at the Eastman School, will present “Medieval Sights and Sounds.”

WordPress Workshop

Are you interested in creating basic webpages for your classes and research? River Campus Libraries is hosting a beginner WordPress workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Rush Rhees Training Room (214). By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a website that’s ready for launch. To sign up, email Mari Tsuchiya or call 275-5506. Space is limited.

Session Focuses on Addressing Racism in Group Settings

As part of the YWCA's Stand Against Racism Day, the Gandhi Institute will host a facilitator skill share workshop with a special focus on addressing racism and racial dynamics in group settings. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Gandhi Institute, 929 Plymouth Ave. S. Bring your own lunch. Donations will be accepted. Register by Wednesday, April 23, to or 354-1018.

Rochester in the News

Overhaul the Curriculum: the First Step We Must Take Toward Fixing Our Education System

Pacific Standard (April 16)
"For far too long education reform has been tinkering in the margins and offering band-aid solutions that keep the patient alive, but little else. Lawmakers have chased fads and bad policies that haven’t helped children thrive. One can only do so much to keep the patient comfortable before calling the priest. Our education system is on life support and it’s time for the last rites," writes Joanne Larson, the Michael W. Scandling Professor of Education at the Warner School.

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