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News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (September 18, 2016)
09.18.16: additional town hall; better batteries; arts bus; security tip; grant-writing workshop; coffee for postdocs


Additional Town Hall Meeting Scheduled for Monday

President and CEO Joel Seligman has announced the addition of a fourth Town Hall meeting, to take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, September 19, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend to share ideas, concerns, and suggestions. At each Town Hall, a portion of the open discussion has been on the recently released Security Commission Report. University community members may also provide input on the report by emailing through September 23.

Building a Better Battery, Large and Small

A Rochester researcher is helping develop next-generation batteries that will be small enough to fit into clothing—and others that will be large enough to power an electric vehicle. If Wyatt Tenhaeff, assistant professor of chemical engineering, and his colleagues, including graduate student Yifan Gao (pictured above), succeed, miniature batteries would expand the use of personal fitness trackers, implantable medical devices, active RFID tags to track pets and objects, and other small devices connected to the Internet. Read more...

Perform or Make Art for Arts Bus at the Fringe Festival

Campus artists and performers are invited to sign up for an unusual opportunity to showcase their talents for the area community at the Rochester Fringe Festival. From noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, September 24, organizers of the University's partnership with the festival will host the annual UR Arts Bus, which will present a daylong program of dance, music, theatrical, visual, and fine visual arts, spoken word, and other performances. The bus will be parked on Gibbs Street, where it will serve as a setting to highlight the arts at the University. For more information and to sign up as a performer, contact Rose Beauchamp at

Security Tip: Download Files Legally

University IT advises the University community not to use University networks to download or share illegally obtained copyrighted materials. There are many legal alternatives to download and share files and data. Click here for more information concerning copyright and file sharing and to explore links for legal music and movies.

Coming Up

F-Series and Grant Writing Workshop

Sponsored by the Center for Professional Development as part of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, a F-Series and Grant Writing Workshop will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 20, in Room 2-7536 at the Medical Center. The workshop for graduate students and postdocs will review the working parts of F31/32 grants, including the research and training plans. Attendees are encouraged (although not required) to bring laptops and working drafts of their grants, and time will be blocked off for a Q&A session. 

Informational Seminar on the University Counseling Center

An informational seminar will cover the ins and outs of the University Counseling Center at 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, in Dewey 2-162. UCC representatives will provide an overview of their services and answer questions. Pizza and refreshments will be served. RSVP by Monday, September 19. Include any questions when you RSVP. If you have questions about the event, contact GSA student advocacy officer Peter Murphy

Coffee for Postdocs

In celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, the Office of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs invites all Rochester postdocs for coffee from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, September 27. Meet your fellow postdocs and GEPA's staff. The office (G-9556) is located near the School of Medicine and Dentistry entrance off of Flaum Atrium.   

UHS Flu Vaccine Clinic Is October 13

University Health Service will hold a campus-wide flu vaccine clinic for all students, staff, and faculty from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, October 13, in the field house in the Goergen Athletic Center. No appointment is needed. Bring your insurance card. The cost for the flu shot will be billed to the individual’s insurance plan. If not covered by insurance, the cost will be billed to the student’s tuition billing statement. Students with high risk health conditions and those who will not be on campus on October 13 can receive flu shots at UHS by appointment. 

Rochester in the News

Why Are Babies So Dumb if Humans Are So Smart?

The New Yorker, September 7
Humans become so intelligent because human infants are so incredibly helpless—the one necessitates the other, argue Celeste Kidd and Steven Piantadosi, assistant professors of brain and cognitive sciences, in a recent paper.
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