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News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (Oct. 19, 2014)
Meliora and Eastman weekends; Ebola precautions; Pulitzer winner here; new history available; Future Faculty workshops; teaching webinars
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Oct. 19, 2014
News and Announcements

Celebrating Meliora and Eastman Weekends

The dedication of College Town (above) and the grand opening of the development's Barnes & Noble bookstore, keynote presentations by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, actress Laverne Cox, and performer Jason Alexander, as well as discussions on privacy and the future of higher education—this fall's annual Meliora and Eastman Weekends featured a full roster of activities, events, and celebrations. See photos from the weekends.

Update on Chemical Incident at Hutchinson Hall

Three graduate students were treated and released from Strong Memorial Hospital after a report of a small chemical explosion in the basement of Hutchison Hall on Saturday afternoon. The three were attended to on-scene for their injuries before being taken to Strong. Hutchinson Hall was evacuated immediately after the incident as fire officials evaluated the site of the chemical explosion. The entire building was reopened by Saturday evening.

UHS Monitoring Travelers to West African Countries

Faculty and students who have traveled or plan to travel to Liberia, Guinea, or Sierra Leone should contact University Health Service, according to its director, Dr. Ralph Manchester. He said that anyone who has visited those countries in the past 21 days or who plans to visit should contact UHS at (585) 275-2662. So far as UHS is aware, no students have visited those countries in that time period, and UHS wants to confirm that no faculty have, either. Manchester said that the UHS wants to monitor the campus community for potential exposure to the Ebola virus.

Pulitzer Winner to Lecture for Humanities Symposia

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stephen Greenblatt will visit the University Thursday, Oct. 30, and Friday, Oct. 31, to lecture and participate in discussions as part of this year's Ferrari Humanities Symposia "Breakthroughs, Blind Spots, and Disruptive Ideas." Greenblatt's keynote address at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library will be based on ideas introduced in his acclaimed book, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern. He will also take part in a panel discussion on the place of humanities in liberal arts institutions, and a presentation with faculty members titled "King Lear and Extreme Old Age." Find times, locations, and other information here.

University's New History Now on Sale

The University's new history book, Our Work Is But Begun: A History of the University of Rochester 1850–2005, written by Janice Bullard Pieterse and published by the University of Rochester Press, is on sale in the University’s Barnes & Noble bookstore at College Town. Read the Rochester Business Journal article about the book.

Future Faculty Workshop to Cover Teaching Strategies

The next Future Faculty workshop will explore hands-on teaching strategies for enhancing student learning:  inquiry-centered approaches; the case method; problem-based learning; collaborative learning models; and techniques for engaging the lecture-hall audience. The workshop will be held from 11:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in Evarts Lounge in the School of Nursing. Register here.

Two Teaching Webinars Available

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is offering a viewing party for two webinars. The first, "Using Your International Background to Your Advantage in the Classroom," will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21. Either sign in here 30 minutes ahead of time to watch on your own, or sign in with the center to join the viewing. The second webinar, for engineering faculty and grad students, "Engineering Self-Efficacy—What It Is, Why It Matters and How to Encourage It in Engineering Learning Environments," will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28. It can be viewed online, or with others in Lattimore 306A. RSVP to if you wish to join the viewing party.

Speakers Coming Next Week to Medical School

The School of Medicine and Dentistry has several events planned for the coming week:

  • Guest speaker Mark Bach, vice president at Janssen, the pharmaceutical arm of Johnson & Johnson, will present the seminar “Life Sciences Research and Career Opportunities in the Biopharmaceutical Industry” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Upper Auditorium (3-7619 in the Medical Center). Bach will discuss how the biopharmaceutical industry uses its resources and infrastructure to do “big science” and conduct life-sciences research. Bach will also discuss the different career opportunities in the biopharmaceutical industry for candidates with advanced degrees.
  • Philip Clifford, associate dean for research and professor of kinesiology and nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will give a career planning workshop for graduate students and postdocs at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Case Method Room (1-9576 in the Medical Center). There will be a networking opportunity following the presentation, with refreshments provided.
  • The Undergraduate Research Day Poster Session will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in the Flaum Atrium of the Medical Center. Juniors and seniors will share their research findings as they prepare to become graduate students in the future. All are welcome.

MAG Exhibit of Little Golden Books Opens Today

A nationally touring exhibition of Little Golden Books opens today at the Memorial Art Gallery. It is the most extensive public showing of original artwork for the series of children's books that launched 65 years ago. There is lecture at 2 p.m. today by Diane Muldrow, author of Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book. Read more...

Art and Advocacy Come Together for Exhibit

The University's GlobeMed chapter is sponsoring for a third year "Art Gala—Say Something" from the start of December through January. The theme for the juried exhibition of 2-D art is "advocacy." Show organizers encourage artists to express themselves with "masterpieces that speak to you, for you, and about you": "What gets you excited? What do you wish you could change? What are you proud of?" Submissions are due Friday, Nov. 7. Artists will receive commissions for work that is sold; remaining proceeds will benefit Kallpa Iquitos, a nonprofit agency that that uses community-based health and education initiatives to improve the lives of children and adolescents living in Iquitos, Peru. GlobeMed promotes the cooperation between students and their communities in work aimed at improving the health of those living in poverty around the world. For details visit the gala's Facebook page.

Share Your Ideas for How to Improve the Libraries

The River Campus Libraries want to hear from students. Join the RCL Student Forum at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Gamble Room of Rush Rhees Library. Mary Ann Mavrinac, dean of the River Campus Libraries, will highlight progress made on previous student requests, and lead a discussion on the Rush Rhees Master Plan. Refreshments will be served.

Rethink the Commute to Campus at Transportation Fair

The annual Transportation Fair this week will give students the chance to explore options for making the commute to campus. UR Connections, available through Parking and Transportation, offers ways to get and share rides, as well as tips for healthier commuting on foot or by bike. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons, and Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the south end of Strong Memorial Hospital's main cafeteria, Cafe 601. Representatives from transportation-service providers—including First Transit shuttles, Monroe County's Regional Transit Service, Zipcar, and Zimride—and other local business will be on hand to answer questions. Read more…

Library Event to Make E-books Real for Readers

Rush Rhees Library is hosting an "Intro to eBooks" workshop from 4-5 p.m Thursday, Oct. 23, at Q&i (Questions and Information by the circulation area) in the library to demonstrate how to access, download, and print content from e-books.

Take a Break and Pet a Therapy Dog

Therapy dogs will visit Rush Rhees Library from 7-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Friedlander Lobby, Rush Rhess Library.

Rochester in the News

Scientists Aim to Improve Vaccines Against 'Bird Flu'

U.S. News & World Report (Oct. 7)

Research on a vaccine for the H7N9 strain of avian flu helps lay the groundwork for the public health response required if a bird flu pandemic breaks out, said John Treanor, professor of medicine and chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at the Medical Center.

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