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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (July 12, 2015)
Tibetan Challenge, CIRTL registration, health insurance, Ying Quartet, blog post on inequality, recycling survey, dissertation defenses, career webinars



Simon School Team Places Third in Tibetan Innovation Challenge

Pictured from left: Duncan Moore, vice provost for entrepreneurship; Joel Seligman, president and CEO; Michael Wohl, associate director of social entrepreneurship; Mikayla Hart '16S (MBA); Cesar Quijano Serrano '15S (MBA); Robert Kauffman '16S (MBA), and the Dalai Lama.

A Simon Business School team including Mikayla Hart '16S (MBA), Cesar Quijano Serrano '15S (MBA), and Robert Kauffman '16S (MBA) placed third in the Tibetan Innovation Challenge, a new intercollegiate social entrepreneurship business plan competition that aims to develop self-sustaining and replicable business ideas to alleviate the economic difficulties Tibetan refugees are facing. The team's plan is to unlock the entrepreneurial potential of Tibetans living in India by bringing them basic financial training and access to capital.

CIRTL Course Registration Opens Next Week

On July 20, CIRTL opens registration for graduate students and post-docs to courses designed to prepare for roles as future faculty. Courses offered include "Teaching with Technology," "Service-Learning in STEM Classrooms," "Developing a Teaching Portfolio," "Diversity in the College Classroom," and "Creating Assessments and Evaluation Plans."

Reminder: Health Insurance for 2015-16

If you will be a continuing full-time student in the fall and have not completed the Online Insurance Process, now is a good time to take care of the requirement. Enroll in the University-sponsored Aetna Student Health insurance plan or waive the plan if your insurance plan meets the University insurance criteria. UHS strongly recommends completing the Online Insurance Process in the summer to assure continuity of care and coverage. The final deadline is Sept. 15. Read more…

Student Curates Largest North American Film Festival Devoted to Japanese Film

Joel Neville Anderson, a doctoral student in visual and cultural studies, has helped reshape Japan Cuts—the largest North American festival of new experimental, documentary and popular films from Japan. This is the second year he has served as curator of the festival, which runs through July 19 at Japan Society in Manhattan. Read more...

Video: Behind the Scenes with the Ying Quartet

The string quartet in residence at the Eastman School talks about what it's like to play music with their siblings, dealing with changes in the group, and their approach to playing some of the most celebrated classical compositions ever written.

Nancy Ares Writes about Dealing with Inequality

In consideration of the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Nancy Ares, associate professor at the Warner School, offers suggestions for educators to be active allies and participants in combating racism, white supremacy, and white privilege, and the ongoing inequity and violence taking place in schools and society. Read more...

River Campus Recycling Survey Under Way

University Facilities and Services is conducting a survey to gather more information on the effectiveness of campus recycling programs to make improvements based on University community feedback. Take the survey here. For technical assistance with the survey, email Amy Kadrie.

UR Ventures Offers Monthly Newsletter

UR Ventures Technology Review is a new monthly newsletter examining innovation and technology commercialization at the University. Sign up to receive the publication.

Grappa Restaurant Opens at College Town

Grappa, a modern take on the classic Italian restaurant, opened June 30 in the new Hilton Garden Inn in College Town.

Upcoming Events

Soak Up the Summer at July Events

The University Events Calendar has highlighted a selection of events that will keep you busy this month.

Dissertation Defenses Set

The following PhD thesis defenses and public lectures are scheduled in the coming weeks
  • Supriya Ravichandran, biomedical engineering, "Discovery and Characterization of Antibodies that Bind Nanoparticles," Tuesday, July 14, 10 a.m., Auditorum K307 (3-6408), Medical Center. Advisor: Lisa DeLouise
  • Dhara Trivedi, physics, "Dynamics of Photoexcited State of Semiconductor Quantum Dots," Friday, July 17, 1:30 p.m., Bausch and Lomb Hall, Room 372. Advisor: Oleg Prezhdo
  • Dayton Walsh, clinical psychology, "Eating Disorder Symptomatolody in Pre-Adolescent Girls: The Role of Maltreatement and Borderline Personality Features," Wednesday, July 22. Advisor: Laura Wray-Lake

Career Webinars Offered

The Office of Alumni Relations offers a variety of career webinars for professional development. This month, the office is launching CareerCamp, a new webinar series designed for the newly (or nearly) graduated. Register for any of the webinars below by clicking the title. All are open to Rochester graduate students.

College Town Hosts Weekly Concerts, Movies

Stop by College Town throughout the summer for free music and movies. The Wednesday Music Lunch series runs weekly from noon to 2 p.m. through Aug. 26 at the Celebration Commons Stage. The eight-week Friday Concerts series is held from 6 to 8 p.m. until Aug. 28. Bring a blanket or chairs every Saturday evening in July and August for the Summer Outdoor Movie Series. See a full schedule of performers and films at

Join the University at the Pride Parade

The Susan B. Anthony Center and Pride Alliance invite the University community to walk in the Rochester Pride Parade on Saturday, July 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. Line-up will take place at noon on Buckingham and Argyle Streets, off Park Avenue. T-shirts are available for all participants who RSVP.

Rochester In The News


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Earlier this year, the White House hired its first-ever U.S. Chief Data Scientist. Shortly thereafter, the University assembled a team of top tech leaders to advise the University’s new Goergen Institute for Data Science.
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