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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (Aug. 10, 2014)
research funding campaign, school reform, sustainable sounds, autism research, disability-studies symposium, PhD defenses
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Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
News and Announcements

University Continues Campaign for More Research Funding

University President Joel Seligman joined other prominent leaders from higher education, science, and business in reiterating their call to close the "innovation gap," or the difference between actual and needed federal funding for research. The campaign began a year ago with a full-page ad in Politico featuring an open letter to the President and Congress signed by Seligman and other university presidents and chancellors from the Association of American Universities and the Science Coalition, both organizations of the country's leading research universities. Read more...

Professor Shares the Shortcomings of School Reforms

David Hursh, professor of teaching and curriculum at the Warner School, spoke in New Zealand about the American educational system, and how state policies have impacted teachers and children. Read more...

New Mouse Model May Open Autism Treatment Research Avenues

Nina Schor, the William H. Eilinger Chair of Pediatrics, followed a hunch about a brain receptor, resulting in a new mouse model that may give researchers a new avenue for testing drugs for autism. Read more...

Eastman Students to Perform at 'Sustainable Sounds'

Chamber Music Campania, in collaboration with Porter Farms, presents a concert of wind quintet music at an organic farm on Sunday, Aug. 17. Members of international ensemble Fiati 5 and graduate students from the Eastman School will play a pastoral-themed concert, curated to complement the outdoor farm-space. Following the concert, listeners can take a tour of the facilities, speak with the farmers about sustainable food systems, and sample organic vegetables and other treats. A chartered bus, sponsored by the Rochester Community Foundation, will take listeners from the School Without Walls in downtown Rochester to Porter Farms. The bus leaves at 1 p.m. and the concert begins at 2 p.m. Buy tickets online.

Submissions Being Accepted for Disability-Studies Symposium

Proposals for the University's Nov. 14 symposium, "Complicating Normalcy: Disability, Technology, and Society in the Twenty-First Century," must be submitted by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3.

Upcoming PhD Defenses

The following PhD thesis defenses are scheduled in the coming weeks:
• Julianne Noel Smith, pathology and laboratory medicine, "Osteoblastic VEGF Coordinates Remodeling of the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Niche," Monday, Aug. 11, 1  p.m., Auditorium K307 (3-6408), Medical Center. Advisor: Laura Calvi.
Lin Liu, economics, "Essays in Macroeconomics," Tuesday, Aug. 12 (no public lecture). Advisor: Mark Bils.
• Elisabeth Karuza, brain and cognitive sciences, "Learning across Space, Time and Input Modality: Towards an Integrative, Domain-General Account of the Neural Substrates Underlying Visual and Auditory Statistical Learning," Tuesday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m., Meliora Hall 269. Advisors: Richard Aslin and Elissa Newport.
• Hye Sung Kim, political science, "Ethnicity, Distributive Politics, and Voting in Uganda," Tuesday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m., Harkness Hall 329. Advisor: G. Bingham Powell Jr.
• Stanislav Bellaousov, chemistry, "Improving and Applying RNA Secondary Structure Prediction," Tuesday, Aug. 12, 1 p.m., Neuman Room (1-6823), Medical Center. Advisor: David Mathews.
• Brenton Kenkel, political science, "Essays on Conflict and Diplomacy," Wednesday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m., Harkness Hall 112. Advisor: Mark Fey.
• Gregory Howland, physics and astronomy, "Compressive Sensing for Quantum Imaging," Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2 p.m., Bausch and Lomb 372. Advisor: John Howell.
• Kristina Wilson, chemistry, "An Attempt at Direct Observation of Anharmonic Vibrational Coupling Constants with Two-Dimensional Femtosecond Stimulated Raman Spectroscopy," Thursday, Aug. 14, 1:30 p.m., Goergen 109. Advisor: David McCamant.
• Bethany Winans, environmental medicine, "Early Life Activation of the Ary! Hydrocarbon Receptor and Persistent Alterations in CD8+ T Cell Responses to Viral Infection," Friday, Aug. 15, 9 a.m., Auditorium K207 (2-6408), Medical Center. Advisor: B. Paige Lawrence.
Brenda Cadiz-Rivera, biochemistry and biophysics, "Hyperacetylated Domain Formation and cis-acting Regulatory DNA Sequences within the Murine ??-globin Locus," Monday, Aug. 18, 1 p.m., Neuman Room (1-6823), Medical Center. Advisor: Michael Bulger.
Amanda Neukirch, physics and astronomy, "Excited State Dynamics in Nanoscale Systems," Monday, Aug. 18, 1:30 p.m. Bausch and Lomb 372. Advisor: Oleg Prezhdo.
• Daniel Scantlebury, biology, "Patterns of Adaptive Radiation in Insular Reptiles and Amphibians," Wednesday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m., Hutchison Hall 473. Advisor: Richard Glor.
• Shule Li, physics and astronomy, "Heterogeneous Flow in Interstellar Medium and Star Formation," Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2:30 p.m., Bausch and Lomb 372. Advisor: Adam Frank.
• Robert Emerson, brain and cognitive sciences, "The Cognitive Neuroscience of Mathematics: Tuning Up the Number System," Thursday, Aug. 21, 1 p.m. Meliora Hall 269. Advisor: Jessica Cantlon.

Rochester in the News

Why Cold-Blooded Critters Don't Need Fur

(Livescience.com July 29)
Michael Welte, associate professor of biology, may have just discovered how cold-blooded animals survive changes in temperature.

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