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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (October 4, 2015)
provost announcement, Carnegie Hall performance, Warner research, diversity awards, future faculty workshop, data science fellowship, event highlights



Peter Lennie Stepping Down as Provost

Peter Lennie is stepping down as provost, a position he has held since 2012. Lennie will continue to serve as the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering until June 2017. "The University of Rochester has been substantially strengthened as a result of Peter’s leadership," says President and CEO Joel Seligman. "There will be time later this academic year to celebrate Peter’s service as provost, but in the meantime please join me in recognizing Peter for his dedication to the University." Read the president's full announcement.

Pianist Wenjie Lu to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Pianist and Eastman School doctoral student Wenjie Lu will perform in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, October 21, as part of the “Eastman Presents” series sponsored by the George D. and Frieda B. Abraham Foundation. Local audiences can get a free preview of Lu’s upcoming Carnegie Hall performance at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 15, in Eastman’s Hatch Recital Hall. Read more...

Researcher Examines How Affinity Spaces Motivate Teen Writers

Jayne Lammers, assistant professor of teaching and curriculum, working with doctoral candidate Valerie Marsh, has closely monitored one high school student's writing at as an in-depth case study of one individual's use of an affinity space. The findings will appear in the next issue of the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. Read more...

Students Admitted to Arts Leadership Program at Eastman

Fifteen Eastman students were recently admitted to the Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program. The program includes courses, internships, and special grants that equip music students with the skills and experience necessary to transition into the world of the professional musician. Read more...

Mike Ford Honored with Distinguished Service Award

Mike Ford, director of leadership development in the Center for Professional Development and Education Reform at the Warner School, is the winner of this year's Distinguished Service Award, the New York State Council of School Superintendents' highest honor. Read more...

Grant Funds Climate Change-in-Reverse Project

University scientists expect to learn more about the role of carbon dioxide in climate change through a study of reverse global warming—by researching the first ice sheets formed in the Northern Hemisphere. The National Science Foundation has awarded $4.24 million to Carmala Garzione and John Tarduno, both professors of earth and environmental sciences, to launch the joint U.S.-China research project. Read more...

Diversity Awards Nominations Being Accepted

Nominations are being accepted for this year’s Presidential Diversity Awards. The awards recognize faculty, staff, students, alumni, units, departments, or teams that have demonstrated leadership in recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, research, multicultural programming, cultural competency, community outreach activities, or other initiatives that promote diversity or inclusion. Nomination materials are available online. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, November 13.

Pre-Seed Workshop Accepting Applications

Apply today for the Rochester Pre-Seed Workshop, presented by High Tech Rochester, which runs November 5, 6, and 13. The interactive workshop provides inventors, entrepreneurs, and technology professionals with resources for assessing market opportunities and identifying next steps to be taken in creating a startup business around their technology innovation. The workshop is limited to a maximum of 10 teams. To learn more, email Mike Riedlinger at HTR.

Got a Technical Business Idea?

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to apply to Cohort II of the National Science Foundation I-Corps Site program at the University. The program provides entrepreneurial training (two required workshops and biweekly meetings) and modest funding ($1,000 to $3,000 grant awards) to enable teams to transition their technical ideas into the marketplace. Cohort II will take place during the 2016 spring semester. The application, including an itemized financial plan on how the funds will be used, are due to Matthew Spielmann by noon Monday, November 16. Learn more about the program, financial details, and eligibility guidelines.

Meet with an Entrepreneur-in-Residence this Month

Seeking advice from a seasoned entrepreneur? Take advantage of the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program. Scott Catlin, associate vice president for technology ventures at UR Ventures, will hold office hours on Tuesdays, October 13 and 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. in 1.213 CTSI Director’s Suite in the Saunders Research Building. John Hawkins, vice president of Paramax Corp. and president of Benchview Management Corp., will hold office hours on Tuesday, October 13, and Wednesday, October 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Michael Wohl, managing partner of ClimateHedge Investments and Greenspace Capital and associate director of social entrepreneurship for the Simon School, will hold office hours on Thursday, October 22, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Appointments are required: book with Scott Catlin; book with John Hawkins; book with Michael Wohl. Or call (585) 276-3500.

Apply by November 9 for Building Future Faculty Workshop

Applications are due Monday, November 9, for the 2016 Building Future Faculty program, offered by North Carolina State University from March 30 to April 2, 2016. The all-expenses paid workshop is designed for diverse graduate students and postdoctoral students who are seeking careers as faculty members.

Winter Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

The Data Incubator is an intensive seven-week fellowship that that prepares masters, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for fellows and supported by sponsorships from dozens of employers across multiple industries. Fellows have the option to participate in the program either in person in New York City, Washington D.C., San Francisco, or online; there is a common application for all locations. Anyone within one year of graduating from a master's or PhD program or who has already obtained a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Apply online for the sections planned in January and February.

This Week

What's Happening in October?

The University Events Calendar highlights a selection of events happening all around University in October. Above: the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence will hold its annual open house and birthday celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 4, at the Gandhi Institute.

Plutzik Series Welcomes Denis Johnson

Denis Johnson, author of 11 works of fiction including Jesus' Son, Train Dreams, and Tree of Smoke, kicks off this year's Plutzik Reading Series at 5 p.m. Friday, October 9, in Dewey Hall, Room 1-101.

CIRTL Events: Teaching-as-Research and Effective Communication

The CIRTL Network has two online events planned this week. "What to Expect from My TAR (Teaching-as-Research) Project? Reflections on the TAR Experience from a Panel of TAR Alumni" will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, October 5. At noon on Thursday, October 8, Annie Laurie Nichols, a PhD student in communication at the University of Maryland, will present "Developing Effective Communication Skills" at noon.

Upcoming Thesis Defense

The following PhD defense is scheduled this week:
  • Jeremy Wolcott, physics, "Measurement of the Charged-Current Quasi-Elastic Cross-Section for Electron Neutrinos on a Hydrocarbon Target," Friday, October 9, 9 a.m., Meliora Hall, Room 366. Advisor: Steven Manly

Alumnus to Discuss Opportunities at Ernst & Young

PhD students in engineering, mathematics, economics and statistics: you have the opportunity to meet with Qingji Yang ’98 (PhD), a partner at EY (Ernst & Young), on Wednesday, October 7, from 9 to 10 a.m. He will speak about EY and opportunities in the company's quantitative advisory services area. Interested students should email to RSVP.

Rochester in the News

Photonics: What? Why? How?

City Newspaper (September 30)
Rob Clark, the University's senior vice president for research, and other leaders involved in the AIM Photonics initiative help give a primer on integrated photonics.

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