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In Today’s Issue

  • One of World's ‘Most Powerful Thinkers’ to Visit Rochester
  • Lecture Explores Racial Language in American Politics
  • Talk to Cover Deepwater Horizon Disaster
  • A Focus on Education in the Developing World
  • Upcoming PhD Thesis Defenses
  • Second Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Is Feb. 23
  • University Night with the Rochester Amerks
  • Rochester in the News: The Misunderstood Power of Michael Jackson’s Music; Does Online Dating Make It Harder to Find ‘The One’?

News and Announcements

One of World's ‘Most Powerful Thinkers’ to Visit Rochester
Named by Forbes magazine in 2009 as one of the world’s seven most powerful thinkers, Kwame Anthony Appiah, will visit the University Feb. 21 to 24 to lecture and participate in workshops and group discussions with the campus community. Appiah, who is scheduled to receive a National Humanities Medal Monday from President Barack Obama, will give a public talk Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room in Rush Rhees Library at 4 p.m. titled “Islam and the West.” The talk is free and open to the public.
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Lecture Explores Racial Language in American Politics
Stephanie Li, assistant professor of English, will discuss her research on racial discourse in the age of President Barack Obama, during a free lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library. The lecture, which is cosponsored by the Office of Minority Student Affairs, the College Diversity Roundtable, and Shadowing the History and Diverse Environments of Students (SHADES), is part of the University’s Black History Month celebration.
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Talk to Cover Deepwater Horizon Disaster
Donald Winter ’69, chair of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council Committee on the Analysis of the Causes of the Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Fire, and Oil Spill, will present “The Deepwater Horizon Disaster—An Inside Perspective.” The talk starts at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in Sloan Auditorium, Goergen Hall. A networking reception will follow at 5 p.m. in Munnerlyn Atrium. Sponsored by the Hajim School.

A Focus on Education in the Developing World
David Hursh, associate professor in teaching and curriculum at the Warner School, directs the education sector of the Millennium Villages Project, an initiative organized by the Earth Institute and the United Nations Development Program. The project works in 14 sites in 10 sub-Saharan countries to lift rural African communities out of extreme poverty while improving education, health, gender equality, and environmental sustainability.
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Upcoming PhD Thesis Defenses
The following PhD thesis defenses are scheduled this week:
• Vincent Fong, Microbiology and Immunology, “Novel Targeting Strategies for Adenovirus Vectors: Investigating the Rad51 Promoter and Inducible Elements,” Monday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m., Case Method Room (1-9576), Medical Center. Advisor: Stephen Dewhurst.
• Emily Desmet, Microbiology and Immunology, “Insight into Influenza Manipulation of its Target Cell and the Countermeasures Taken by the Host to Limit Infection,” Thursday, Feb. 16, 2 p.m., Upper Auditorium (3-7619), Medical Center. Advisor: Toru Takimoto.

Second Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Is Feb. 23
Interested in entrepreneurship? The 2012 Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Series, free and open to the University community and general public, is designed to teach you how to write an effective business model plan in three sessions. The second workshop, “Idea Generation and Idea Filtering,” on Thursday, Feb. 23, is hosted by Dennis Kessler, Edward J. and Agnes V. Ackley Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Simon School and coowner of Friendly’s and Burger King restaurants; and Mark Wilson, lecturer at the Simon School and founder of Initiatives Consulting. The workshop runs from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. in Gleason 318/418. Food and refreshments will be provided. Register online or call 276-3500.

University Night with the Rochester Amerks
Join Rochester alumni, students, friends, and families as the Yellowjackets swarm the Blue Cross Arena on Friday, Feb. 17, at 7:35 p.m. for the Rochester Amerks hockey game against the Lake Erie Monsters. University of Rochester night also includes the Univesity’s Midnight Ramblers singing the National Anthem, NROTC Color Guard presenting flags, and the University Pep Band entertaining from the stands. Share in the Rochester spirit and wear your blue and yellow. Admission is $6 per person. Tickets are available at the Common Market in Wilson Commons with a University ID. Limited tickets will be available on the day of the game.

Rochester in the News

The Misunderstood Power of Michael Jackson’s Music
The Atlantic (Feb. 8)
Joseph Vogel, author of Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson and a doctoral candidate and instructor in the Department of English, writes that Jackson’s art—like that of many black artists—still doesn’t get the full respect it deserves.


Does Online Dating Make It Harder to Find ‘The One’?
Time (Feb. 7)
A new study published in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest sought to answer some critical questions about online dating, an increasingly popular trend that may now account for 1 out of every 5 new relationships formed.
“There is no reason to believe that online dating improves romantic outcomes,” says Harry Reis, professor of psychology and one of the study’s coauthors. “It may yet, and someday some service might provide good data to show it can, but there is certainly no evidence to that right now.” (Also reported by CNN, Huffington Post UK, The Globe and Mail, CBC, The Guardian, and more.)

Feb. 12, 2012

Deadlines & Reminders

Arts, Sciences and Engineering

Feb. 13: Non-terminal Plan A students must submit two final corrected thesis copies in Dean’s Office to remain on the March 2012 conferral list. 

Feb. 13: All documents (exam reports, grade changes, etc.) must be submitted by this date to remain on March conferral list.

More from the Arts, Sciences and Engineering graduate calendar.


School of Medicine and Dentistry
Feb. 24: Deadline to submit results of qualifying exams to the dean to receive March 2012 Master’s degree.

More from the School of Medicine and Dentistry graduate calendar.


Eastman School
Feb. 17: Deadline for submission of fair copies of DMA dissertations to be distributed to reading committees for candidates anticipating May 2012 degree-conferral.

Feb. 24: Deadline for submission of one final copy of PhD dissertations to Graduate Studies Office, by candidates anticipating May 2012 degree-conferral. This copy must be bound in some manner.

More from Eastman's graduate calendar.


Simon School
No upcoming deadlines or reminders.

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Warner School
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School of Nursing
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