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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (August 30, 2015)
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Welcome Back from President Seligman

"We are looking ahead to an exceptionally exciting year, building on the increasing momentum of the last few years. There is much to celebrate," writes University President and CEO Joel Seligman. Read his full message.

Center Brings Susan B. Anthony into 21st Century

The Susan B. Anthony Center launched a Twitter campaign aimed at connecting social media users with her opinions on an array of social issues under the hashtag #SueBSays. The campaign coincides with the 95th anniversary of the signing of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Read more...

East Irondequoit Schools, Warner Announce Partnership

In partnership with the East Irondequoit School District, the Warner School is engaging in research and course design to address the principles and implications of digital conversation and online learning. Read more...

Eastman School Announces Faculty Artist Series

The Eastman School's Faculty Artist Series kicks off the 2015–16 season with five straight days of recitals beginning Tuesday, September 1, at Hatch Recital Hall. University IDs permit free admission and tickets for the general public are $10. See the full performance calendar here.

Register by September 1 for Fellowships Workshops

Two upcoming Arts, Sciences & Engineering workshops, open to all graduate students, can help you hone your grant-writing skills. The Fellowships Workshop on Friday, September 4, from 10 a.m. to noon, will provide an overview of grant and fellowship preparation and institutional resources available to graduate students for assistance. Register for the Fellowships Workshop by September 1. A National Science Foundation Fellowship Workshop will be held Thursday, September 10, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The workshop is designed for undergraduate seniors and first-year graduate students in all disciplines that the NSF supports. Register by Tuesday, September 1.

Meliora Weekend Registration Open

Review the complete schedule of events for over 170 Meliora Weekend programs, October 8–11. To register, create or sign into your account to the Meliora Weekend website and begin adding events to your cart. Interested in purchasing tickets for An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth? Follow the steps here. Contact the Office of Alumni Relations with questions at, (585) 273-5888, or toll-free at 877-MELIORA (877-635-4672).

Recycling Updates for 2015–16

As a new academic year begins, there are some changes regarding recycling on campus. Over the summer, some improvements were made as a result of a research project, survey feedback, and changes in Monroe County’s recycling program. Read more...

Wegmans Hall Pile Driving Starts September 4

On Friday, September 4, installation of the Wegmans Hall foundation system will begin, which requires using a hammer-like device to drive steel beams 40 feet into the ground. Depending on soil conditions, this process will create intermittent noise and may create occasional vibrations. Significant efforts have been made to make the installation period as brief as possible, with the duration of this process expected to be about two weeks. The University will be monitoring the impacts to campus throughout the process. Work began on Wegmans Hall, which will be a 58,000 square-foot, four-story home to the Goergen Institute for Data Science, over the summer. As part of the overall construction plan, Hutchison Road is no longer a thoroughfare and will be permanently reduced to provide access only into the Wallis Hall parking lot and Dewey Parking Lot. Pedestrians should follow posted detours in the area. Contact Greg Meyer, project manager, Campus Planning, Design, and Construction Management, at (585) 275-8068 or (585) 313-3992.

Changes to Campus Printing

The campus printing system was upgraded over the summer. If you used wireless printing prior to July 2015, you will need to remove the old print drivers and install the new drivers before you will be able to print wirelessly to the new system. Tutorials and driver downloads are available on the printing website. You can continue printing from computer labs or kiosks around campus as usual. For more information about other printing changes, visit the IT news website.

MAG '(Re)Installation Opens

The Memorial Art Gallery's curatorial team "return the view" of the last 70 years of art history with a new installation of over 60 works from the contemporary and modern art collection. Read more...

September Calendar Highlights

The University Events Calendar has highlighted a selection of events happening around the University in September, including the annual M&T Bank Clothesline Festival at the Memorial Art Gallery.

Registration Open for October 5 Guyer Lecture

The fifth annual Dr. Bernard Guyer Lectureship in Public Health on Monday, October 5, will feature Anthony Iton, senior vice president of healthy communities at the California Endowment. He will present "When It Comes to Your Health, Does Your Zip Code Matter More Than Your Genetic Code?" The lecture starts at noon in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), Medical Center. A lunch reception will follow in Flaum Atrium. Register here.

Fringe Festival Seeks Volunteers

The Rochester Fringe Festival is looking for outgoing, dependable, and friendly candidates to usher, ticket, and help with production and pre-production activities. Volunteer for eight hours or more and receive a T-shirt and tickets to select Fringe shows. Fill out the online application using the volunteer information form. You will be contacted by a volunteer coordinator.

Free Antivirus Software Available

Did you know that the University offers a comprehensive antivirus program that is free for all faculty, staff, and students? The Sophos software provides a broad range of protection for desktops, file servers, email servers, and gateways. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, send them to

Rochester In The News

Health Insurer Mergers Signify Shift in Health Care Marketplace

U.S. News and World Report (August 21)
Pressure to offer low-priced health insurance plans motivate providers to find cost efficiencies, says Gerard Wedig, associate professor of business administration at the Simon Business School. "They go out and build these skinny provider networks that don't have all the hospitals and the doctors—they find the doctors that they can pay the least."

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