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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester

In Today’s Issue

  • Esther Conwell to Receive National Medal of Science
  • Events Mark Meliora, Eastman Weekends
  • Symposium Highlights Multidisciplinary Research
  • Du, Eisenberg Win Nobel Laureate Signature Award
  • Goergen Awards Recognize Excellence in Teaching
  • Presidential Diversity Award Nominations
  • Flu Vaccine Clinic Monday
  • Events of Interest to Music Educators
  • Annual Coat Drive for Refugees Begins
  • Healthy Monday: Flexitarian Monday
  • Rochester in the News: 'Are Volcanoes and Earthquakes Related?'
  • In Higher Education: 'Preparing Professors to Teach'

News and Announcements

Esther Conwell to Receive National Medal of Science
President Barack Obama has chosen Esther Conwell, a professor of chemistry, to receive a National Medal of Science. Conwell, who has a joint appointment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, helped launch the computer revolution by explaining how electrons travel through semiconductors.

Events Mark Meliora, Eastman Weekends

Meliora Weekend
Neurosurgeon and CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta delivered the keynote address as alumni, parents, and friends filled campus for annual celebrations on the River Campus and at the Eastman School.
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Symposium Highlights Multidisciplinary Research
Recipients of the 2009 Provost’s Multidisciplinary Awards will present their research at a symposium on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons. The recipients of the 2010 Awards will be honored following the symposium at a reception in the Hartnett Gallery at 3:30 p.m. Read more about the recipients and the awards program at

Du, Eisenberg Win Nobel Laureate Signature Award
Former Rochester doctoral student Pingwu Du and his doctoral advisor, Richard Eisenberg, have been awarded the 2011 Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry by the American Chemical Society.

Goergen Awards Recognize Excellence in Teaching
Three professors from the Arts, Sciences, and Engineering were awarded 2010 Goergen Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching: Carmala Garzione, an associate professor of earth and environmental sciences; Kenneth Gross, a professor of English; and Renato Perucchio, a professor of mechanical engineering and of biomedical engineering.

Presidential Diversity Award Nominations
Nominations are being accepted for this year’s Presidential Diversity Awards. Awards recognize faculty, staff, students, units, departments, or teams who 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 for nominations is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12.

Flu Vaccine Clinic Monday
University Health Service will hold a flu vaccine clinic  from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18, in the Bridge Lounge in Wilson Commons. Bring your University ID and insurance card. UHS will bill your insurance. The cost is $20 if not covered by insurance. Aetna Student Health covers the cost of flu shots. Additional clinic dates will be offered in November. If you prefer, you can call UHS (275-2662) to schedule an appointment for a flu shot. Flu shots are recommended for everyone every year. Questions? E-mail

Events of Interest to Music Educators
The Saakumu Dance Troupe presents an interactive workshop in Ghanaian music from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18, in ESM 305, Eastman School. The presentation is cohosted by MENC Chapter 50 (Eastman) and by Eastman's ethnomusicology program. On Thursday, Oct. 21, the chapter will host a talk by  Karen Snell, an assistant professor of music education. She will present "DJ/Turntablism: Implications for Music Educators" from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in OSL 101, Eastman School. 

Annual Coat Drive for Refugees Begins
The Refugee Student Alliance third annual coat drive will be held from Oct. 15 to Dec. 15. Gently used or new coats (especially children's sizes), gloves, hats, scarves, sweaters, and winter boots are needed. All donations are delivered to nonprofit organizations that distribute them to former refugees who have resettled in Rochester. E-mail  for a list of drop-off locations at the River Campus and for a list of drop-offs at Strong Memorial Hospital and affiliated sites.

Healthy Monday: Flexitarian Monday
The UHS Health Promotion Office, Team Green, and Dining Services invite you to make Monday, Oct. 18, a Flexitarian Monday by choosing meatless options at Danforth for dinner. By reducing your consumption of meat, you’ll conserve water and reduce carbon emissions. You’ll also reduce your risk of chronic preventable disease.

Rochester in the News

'Are Volcanoes and Earthquakes Related?'
Discovery News (Oct. 12)
“If you have a magnitude 6.0 earthquake, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake, somewhere relatively nearby, then those waves cause small strains, a little bit of deformation (in the rock surrounding the magma chambers)—a small amount—but it might be just enough to trigger an eruption,” said Cindy Ebinger, a geophysicist from the University of Rochester.

In Higher Education

'Preparing Professors to Teach'
Inside Higher Ed (Oct. 15)
Doctoral student interest and enrollments in teacher certificate programs are rising, as programs evolve (and emerge) and job market worsens.

Oct. 17, 2010

Deadlines & Reminders

Arts, Sciences and Engineering
No deadlines or reminders this week.

More from the graduate calendar.

School of Medicine and Dentistry
Nov. 1: Online registration opens for Spring 2011 semester for current graduate students.

More from the School of Medicine and Dentistry graduate calendar.

Eastman School
Oct. 19: Meeting of the Graduate Research Committee.

Oct. 20: Meeting of the Graduate Professional Committee.

More from Eastman's graduate calendar.

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