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In Today’s Issue

  • Social Media May be Giving You Away
  • Video: Kwame Anthony Appiah on ‘Islam and the West’
  • Rap Video Introduces Prospective Students to Rochester
  • Bookstore Hours Reduced for Spring Break
  • Upcoming PhD Thesis Defense
  • New Book Aims to Improve Math Achievement
  • Volunteers Needed for Business Experience Simulation
  • Rochester in the News: UR, IBM Team on Center Here; An Amateur Snapshot of Kodak’s Early Days

News and Announcements

Social Media May be Giving You Away
Computer scientists at the University have shown that a great deal can be learned about individuals from their interactions in online social media, even when those individuals hide their Twitter messages (tweets) and other posts. The paper, “Finding Your Friends and Following Them to Where You Are,” by professors Henry Kautz and Jeffrey Bigham, and graduate student Adam Sadilek, won the Best Paper Award at the Fifth Association for Computing Machinery  International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining, held in Seattle. (See news coverage from UPI, Yahoo! News India, and Science Codex.)
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Video: Kwame Anthony Appiah on ‘Islam and the West’
Kwame Anthony Appiah, noted author and Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, delivered his talk “Islam and the West” as part of the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Humanist Series. In his talk and during discussions with students, Appiah reflected on the misconceptions about Islamic culture, the notion of a monocultural society and what can be done to overcome these barriers to effective discourse. Watch the video...

Rap Video Introduces Prospective Students to Rochester
The latest video created by the University’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid gives prospective students facts and figures about the University with a hip hop twist.
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Bookstore Hours Reduced for Spring Break
The River Campus Bookstore schedule for spring break is as follows: Closed March 11;  open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 12–15; open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 16; closed March 17–18. The store will resume its regular hours on Monday, March 19. The Eastman School Bookstore will follow its regular schedule during break and there will be no changes to the Medical Center Bookstore’s hours.

Upcoming PhD Thesis Defense
The following PhD thesis defense is scheduled this week:
• Anita Peoples, Biochemistry and Biophysics, “Advances in the Mechanistic Understanding of Damage Formation in Single-Stranded and Duplex DNA due to the Direct Effects of Ionizing Radiation,” Tuesday, March 13, at 9:30 a.m., Neuman Room (1-6823), Medical Center. Advisor: William Bernhard.

New Book Aims to Improve Math Achievement
A new book, coedited and coauthored by Jeffrey Choppin, associate professor of mathematics education at the Warner School, explores the connection between the language used in mathematics classrooms and the opportunities to learn math.
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Volunteers Needed for Business Experience Simulation
The Center for Entrepreneurship is seeking teams of 3 to 5 undergrad or grad students to compete in a simulated business experience designed by BizKid$, a program that teaches entrepreneurship to students ages 10 to 18. Volunteers will play a business simulator game while middle and high school students judge their ability to make a profit in the game’s “market economy.” The event will be held on Saturday, March 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Gleason Hall. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Compete against business students from SUNY Geneseo, RIT, and Roberts Wesleyan while supporting Rochester’s young entrepreneurs. Interested teams should contact Maureen Konopka or call 276-3500 to request a registration form.

Rochester in the News

UR, IBM Team on Center Here
Rochester Business Journal (Feb. 10)
With a $5 million commitment from New York, the University is moving ahead with plans to create a Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation that will use an IBM Corp. supercomputer to open new frontiers in health research. Officials envision the center as a major nationwide hub of health-related research, one that will bring millions of dollars in sponsored research and create hundreds of jobs locally.

An Amateur Snapshot of Kodak’s Early Days
The New York Times (March 2)
Winning entries from Eastman Kodak Company’s first-ever nationwide picture contest are part of “Kodak Historical Collection #003,” nestled within the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation of Rush Rhees Library.

March 11, 2012

Deadlines & Reminders

Arts, Sciences and Engineering
March 12: Last day to submit PhD dissertation and paperwork to Graduate Studies Office for the spring semester.

March 16: Board of Trustees Meeting—degrees conferred.

More from the Arts, Sciences and Engineering graduate calendar.


School of Medicine and Dentistry
March 12–16: No classes. This is not considered a semester break for PhD students. PhD students are expected to be in residence (either lab or office) during this time period.

March 14: Deadline to register a PhD dissertation during the spring 2012 semester.

March 16: University Board of Trustees meets to approve March 2012 degrees.

More from the School of Medicine and Dentistry graduate calendar.


Eastman School
No upcoming deadlines or reminders.

More from Eastman's graduate calendar.


Simon School
March 13: Last day of classes.

March 14–18: Final examinations.

March 19: Spring recess begins.

More from the Simon School calendar.


Warner School
March 12–16: Warner holds classes as usual during University spring break.

More from the Warner School calendar.


School of Nursing
March 10–18: Spring break.

More from the School of Nursing calendar.


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