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Laser-Generated Structures Create Water-Repellent Metals

Scientists at the Institute of Optics have used lasers to transform metals into extremely water-repellent, or superhydrophobic, materials without the need for temporary coatings. “The material is so strongly water-repellent, the water actually gets bounced off,” says Chunlei Guo, professor of optics. “Then it lands on the surface again, gets bounced off again, and then it will just roll off from the surface.” See news coverage from USA Today, BBC News, Huffington Post UK, Newsweek, The Daily Mail, Discovery News.

Professor Named to Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’ in Science

Elika Bergelson, a research assistant professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, was selected for the 2015 list of “30 Under 30” in Science in the Jan. 19 issue of Forbes. Read more...

Diversity Conference Call for Proposals

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to submit proposals for workshops and posters at the University’s 2015 diversity conference, which will take place April 17. This year's conference, “From Bystander to Ally,” focuses on intersecting identities, social justice, and unconscious bias. Workshop proposal submissions can showcase best practices, research, outreach strategies, training methods, and other topics related to the theme. Read more about the theme and proposal process.

Get Inspired, Try Something New

The University Events Calendar has highlighted a selection of events in January and February with a motivational and inspirational theme. Kick off the new semester with events that include upcoming speakers, cultural events, as well as educational and health information sessions.

Ebooks Help Guide Available

Do you need help with an ebook from the River Campus Libraries? Check out the new Ebooks Help Guide for troubleshooting tips,  security recommendations, ways to find library ebooks, and more.

Shuttle Route Changes Start Monday

Beginning Monday, Jan. 26, the Blue Line Monday through Friday evening route will be adding a stop inside College Town beginning with the 6:15 p.m. run departing Whipple Park. Trips that end at Rush Rhees Library will pick up on Celebration Drive and trips that terminate at Whipple Park will pick up at the transit shelter on Mount Hope. It will not affect the weekend schedule. Also beginning Monday, Jan. 26, the early evening portion of the Orange Line will change its schedule—specifically between 4:30 and 7:10 p.m.—in order to provide better on-time performance. The Orange Line weekend route and schedule will also change so that the direction and stops of the route will mirror the same route that occurs Monday through Friday. The updated spring 2015 shuttle schedules are online. Contact Parking and Transportation Services at (585) 275-5953 with any questions or concerns.

February Events at University Bookstore

The Barnes & Noble store at College Town has planned the following events in February.
Saturday, Feb. 7: Learn about letterpress printing and create your own coaster or Valentine’s Day card from 2 to 4 p.m. with the Printing and Book Arts Center of the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education.
Tuesday, Feb. 10: Romance authors  Charlotte Symonds and S. Carman Knight will be at the store from 7 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28: Author Kristin Skarie will discuss her book, A Year of Nothing New: Tools for Living Lean and Green, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Also, Thursdays at noon, Frank Tallarico, store manager, will lead children's story time.

This Week


Online Discussion: Careers in Technology for Humanities and Social Science PhDs

Versatile PhD's next free panel discussion, from Jan. 26–30, covers “Careers in Technology for Humanities and Social Science PhDs.” Panelists are PhDs or ABDs in humanities or social science fields employed in technology-centered roles in a wide variety of organizations.

Webinar Focuses on Writing Development for STEM Undergrads

This week's CIRTLCast webinar, led by Northwestern University's Bob Linsmeier and Penny Hirsch, will include an interactive discussion on developing scientific writing skills in undergraduate students. The webinar starts at noon Tuesday, Jan. 27. Click here to join the session. Contact Jenny Hadingham with any questions.

Webinars Cover Resumes, Career Advancement

Internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and career expert Donald Asher will discuss the latest resume trends, provide strategies in the use of social media, and reveal the ins and outs of both applicant-tracking systems and anonymized resumes. The free webinar will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27. Register here.
A Wednesday, Jan. 28, webinar will feature Lawrence Schwimmer, author of Winning Your Next Promotion in One Year (Or Less!). Click here for more information and to register for the session, which starts at 8 p.m.

Bike-Share System Feasibility Presentation

Learn more about the results of the Rochester Area Bike Share Feasibility Study at a meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the Rochester Public Library's Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Ave. The report recommends a four-phase, 1,000 bike system for Rochester in an area including the University. Read more...

Workshop: What is GIS?

Researchers in a variety of fields are integrating Geographic Information Systems (GIS) into their projects. Learn about GIS concepts, its history and applications, and how you can access GIS software and support during a one-hour workshop at noon Thursday, Jan. 29, in Carlson Library, Room 310. Feel free to bring your lunch. Questions? Contact Blair Tinker at

Register for First Mark Ain Business Model Workshop

The 2015 Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Series kicks off with “Developing a Business Plan for Life—An Integrated Approach,” a presentation by University entrepreneur-in-residence Michael Wohl '89, managing partner of ClimateHedge Investments and Greenspace Capital. The workshop will be held from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in Schlegel Hall 407. Workshops are free and open to all. The competition (submissions are due in April) is open to currently enrolled University students at any level of study. Pizza will be provided. Attendees must register online or call (585) 276-3500.

Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

The following PhD thesis defenses are scheduled:
• Yuexin Xu, microbiology and immunology, "Optogenetically Engineered Chemokine Receptors in T cell Migration and Cancer Immunotherapy," Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1 p.m., Whipple Auditorium (2-6424), Medical Center. Advisor: Minsoo Kim.
• Inna Vaisband, electrical engineering, "Power Delivery and Management in Nanoscale Ics," Monday, Feb. 2, 4 p.m. Computer Studies Building 426. Advisor: Eby Friedman
• Dehua Zhou, chemical engineering, "In Search of High Energy Density Negative Electrode Materials for Sodium Ion Batteries," Wednesday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m., Gavett Hall 208. Advisor: Jacob Jorne
• Steven Ivancic, mechanical engineering, "Channeling Experiments on OMEGA EP," Thursday, Feb. 5, 1:30 p.m., Hopeman Hall 224. Advisor: David Meyerhofer.

Rochester In The News


Is a Climate Disaster Inevitable?

New York Times (Jan. 17)
"We are one form of life, on one planet, in a universe of countless planets. Through hard-won scientific gains, we’ve begun discovering the patterns and laws governing planets together with the life they host," writes Adam Frank, professor of physics and astronomy, in a New York Times op-ed.
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