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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (March 22, 2015)
tuition rates, med school rankings, town hall with president, community health improvement awards, Global Experience Matters, career webinar



University Sets Tuition Rates for 2015–16

The University Board of Trustees approved the tuition rates for all schools at its March meeting. Read more...

Medical School Ranks 12th in New Evaluation Model

The School of Medicine and Dentistry ranks 12th nationally in a new ranking designed to evaluate medical schools and academic physicians. Read more...

Warner Professor, Alumnus Serve as Guest Editors

David Hursh, professor of teaching and curriculum, and Joseph Henderson ’14W (PhD), together with David Greenwood, Canada research chair in environmental education at Lakehead University, have served as guest editors of the current issue of Environmental Education Research. They focused the special issue on environmental education in a neoliberal climate. Read more...

Town Hall Meeting with President Seligman

Undergraduate and graduate students from the College are invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting with President Joel Seligman from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons.  Students are encouraged to attend and bring questions and feedback for President Seligman. Refreshments will be served.

University Named 'Tree Campus' for Fifth Straight Year

The University achieved Tree Campus USA status again by meeting the program’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures toward trees, an Arbor Day observance, and student service-learning projects. Read more...

Registration Open for Community Health Improvement Awards

Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Poussaint-Satcher-Cosby Chair in Mental Health at Morehouse School of Medicine, will present "The Role of Leadership in the Relay Race for Health Equity" at noon Thursday, April 30, in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W304), Medical Center. The sixth annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards will be presented at the event. Register here.

Participants Sought for Study on HIV Oral Vaccine

The Rochester Victory Alliance is looking for HIV-negative men and women, ages 18 to 50, to volunteer in a research study looking at a new kind of oral vaccine (in pill form). Participation requires a 12-day overnight stay and additional clinic visits. Volunteers are paid up to $2,800 (varies per schedule) for their time and effort. Interested? Contact (585) 756-2329 or for more information.

Webinar: Using Your Strengths to Create a Rewarding Career

Tom Rath, author of Eat, Move, Sleep, will share techniques to create a rewarding career during a webinar at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 1. Sponsored by the the Office of Alumni Relations. Register here.

Best Practices for Email Composition

As phishing attacks become increasingly complex, it's more difficult to decipher between what is real and what is an attack. University IT offers some suggestions on how to write “clean” emails that are less likely to be mistaken as phishing attempts. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, please send them to

This Week


Sexual Violence Prevention Week

The University is hosting its third annual sexual violence prevention initiative. New this year will be a week-long series of events to discuss the issue.
• Monday, March 23: Film screening and panel discussion: Miss Representation, 7:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, March 24: Discussion: Know Your Rights, 6 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 25: Community Conversation with Dean Matt Burns and Dawn Bruner, 5:30 p.m.
• Thursday, March 26: Page.Stage.Engage with Guante, 7 p.m.
• Friday, March 27: UR Teal Talk: Understanding the Complexities of Sexual Violence, 3 p.m.

Palestine Awareness Month

Students for a Democratic Society and Student Association for the Development of Arab Cultural Awareness are hosting events throughout March to raise awareness about current social and political issues in Palestine. On Monday, March 23, there will be a pinkwashing panel discussion from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Morey Hall, Room 321. A guest speaker from the Osprey Foundation will give a talk on water rights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in Morey 321, and a Taste of Palestine Food Fair will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons.  Read more...

Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

The following PhD thesis defenses and public lectures are scheduled this week:
• Chi-Sheng Chang, materials science, "Plasmonics for Improved Thin-Film Photovoltaic Cells and Enhance Light Extraction from Organic Light Emitting Diodes," 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, Hopeman 224. Advisor: Lewis Rothberg
• Prabha Nagarajan, biology, "Double Strand Break Repair and Genetic Analyses of Rad27p in Mitochondria of Sachharomyces cerevisiae," 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 25, Dewey Hall 2162. Advisor: Elaine Sia
• Kathryn Phillips, philosophy, "Towards an Empirically Adequate Virtue Ethics," 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, Goergen Hall 109. Advisor: William FitzPatrick.
• Gregory Savich, optics, "Analysis and Suppression of Dark Currents in Mid-Wave Infrared Photodetectors,” 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, Goergen Hall, Room 101. Advisor: Gary Wicks
• Demeke Gesesse Yeheayhu, Warner School, "Mapping Science in Discourse-Based Inquiry Classrooms," 10 a.m., Thursday, March 26, LeChase Hall, Room 215. Advisor: Jeffrey Choppin
• Nathan Burggraff, music theory, "Music and Religion in a Postmodern Culture:  Selected Analyses from Music by Glass and Reich," 10 a.m., Friday, March 27, Eastman School Room 320. Advisor: Elizabeth Marvin
• Elena Nilosek, chemistry, "Quantum and Classical Molecular Dynamics of Energy Harvesting," 1 p.m., Friday, March 27, Hutchison Hall, Room 473. Advisor: Oleg Prezhdo

Volunteers Sought for Virtual Networking Event on Studying Abroad

Did your study abroad experience make a difference in your educational or career path? Alumni Relations is looking for 30 graduate students and alumni to advise undergrads during a virtual networking event, Global Experience Matters, on Wednesday, March 25, from  noon to 1 p.m. Spend an hour sharing your wisdom with at least eight students during brief one-on-one speed networking sessions. Learn more and register to participate. Contact Anne Shields or Carla Gottschalk with any questions.

Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Series Continues

The second session in the 2015 Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Series, “Sharks and Angels Read Between The Lines: How to Deliver a Winning Marketing and Sales Story,” a presentation by Sarah Plasky-Sachdev, CEO of Aquavation, will be held from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in Schlegel Hall 107. The series concludes with “What Venture Capitalists Want vs. What VCs Get: What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About VCs,” a presentation by Theresa Mazzullo, CEO at Excell Partners Inc., from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in Schlegel Hall 107. Workshops are free and open to all. The competition (submissions are due April 15) is open to currently enrolled University students at any level of study. Food and refreshments will be provided at each workshop. Attendees must register online or call (585) 276-3500.

Rochester In The News

NY Med Schools Seek More Investment to Retain Top Biomedical Researchers

Innovation Trail (March 17)
Stephen Dewhurst, vice dean for research at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, is concerned that, without an investment from the legislature, New York medical schools won't be able to compete with programs offered in other states. "The fact is that other states are ahead of us in this enterprise," says Dewhurst, Dean's Professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. "So, Texas, for example, has been picking off faculty from the state of New York and recruiting them to the state of Texas. And we'd like to be able to do the same thing in turn. We'd like to be able to recruit the best and the brightest right here to New York state, and to this community."

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