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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester

In Today’s Issue

  • Graduate Student Poster Session Planned for April 20
  • Workshop Covers ‘Alternative Academic Careers’
  • Seminar: Networking 101
  • Eastman Hosts Master Class by Acclaimed Pianist
  • Video: Race in the Age of Obama
  • ‘LinkedIn—The New Resume’
  • Women in Engineering Monthly Meeting
  • Global Issues in Sustainability
  • Upcoming PhD Thesis Defenses
  • GYT (Get Yourself Tested)
  • Entrepreneurship Lecture Features Nick Lantuh
  • KEY Capstone Presentations Set for Tuesday
  • Enter Your Business Plan by April 18
  • Registration Open for Rochester Startup Weekend
  • Paws for Stress Relief
  • Rochester in the News: Homophobia May Reveal Denial of Own Same-Sex Attraction, Study Suggests

News and Announcements

Graduate Student Poster Session Planned for April 20
The Graduate Student Society will host the annual Graduate Student Poster session from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the Flaum Atrium. More than 50 posters will be presented by students from all graduate programs at the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Workshop Covers ‘Alternative Academic Careers’
The next Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning event will be an online workshop at 2 p.m. Tuesday April 17, on “Alternative Academic Careers: Using Your Teaching and Research Skills Outside the Classroom.” There are two ways to participate: CIRTL will host a gathering of those interested in participating in the online workshop in Lattimore Hall or you can access the workshop from your own computer. All Rochester graduate students and post-docs are welcome to attend. 

Seminar: Networking 101
Graduate students and postdoctoral trainees are welcome to attend Networking 101, a seminar on the basics of networking, from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in Meliora Hall 302. Registration is required. Email Kerrie Merz to sign up. Presented by the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center.

Eastman Hosts Master Class by Acclaimed Pianist
Renowned pianist Joseph Kalichstein, who won acclaim throughout the United States and Europe as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, will hold a master class at the Eastman School from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, April 20, in Hatch Recital Hall. Read more...

Video: Race in the Age of Obama
Stephanie Li, assistant professor of English and author of Signifying without Specifying: Racial Discourse in the Age of Obama, explores the language being used to discuss race in an era that has seen the election of the first African-American president in the United States. Watch the video...

‘LinkedIn—The New Resume’
John Hill, former director of alumni career services and internship development at Michigan State University, will share best practices and strategies on how you can utilize LinkedIn to brand and market yourself online, network with alumni and professionals in your field, and leverage your brand and network in the job and internship search. All members of the University community are welcome to the session, which runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 17, in Bausch and Lomb 109. Contact Stacy Mohr at with any questions.

Women in Engineering Monthly Meeting
A brown bag lunch with the Women in Engineering group will take place at noon Monday, April 16, in Goergen 109. The guest speaker is Candace Curran, an associate at Harter Secrest & Emery. She will be discussing “Legalities and Practicalities of Employment Interviews.” All faculty and students are welcome. For more information, contact Cristina Canavesi at or visit

Global Issues in Sustainability
Karen Masters and Guillermo Vargas Leiton from the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserves and Monteverde Life Project in Costa Rica will discuss the opportunities for engineers in the CIEE Study Abroad Program in Monteverde, Costa Rica from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 20,  in Meliora Hall 203. The program integrates lectures, field experience, student group work, lab exercises, an internship, and interactions with community members. On Saturday, April 21, Masters and Leiton will discuss the sustainability of corporate organic farming, cooperatives, and farmers’ rights. The talk begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Interfaith Chapel sanctuary.

Upcoming PhD Thesis Defenses
The following PhD thesis defenses are scheduled this week:
• Yu-Hui Huang, Microbiology and Immunology, “Regulatory T Cell Control of CD4 T Cell Signaling,” Monday, April 16, 1 p.m., K-307 Auditorium (3-6408), Medical Center. Advisor: Deborah Fowell.
• Elizabeth Brownell, Community and Preventive Medicine, “The Effect of Immediate Postpartum Depo-Provera on Early Breastfeeding Cessation,” Monday, April 16, 3 p.m., Helen Wood Hall 1W509, Medical Center. Advisor: I. Diana Fernandez.
• Xi Li, Microbiology and Immunology, “Kinetics of T Cell Cytokine Production, Chemokine Production and Activation after Influenza Vaccination,” Tuesday, April 17, 11 a.m., Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576), Medical Center. Advisor: Tim Mosmann.
• Yi Ho Lee, Electrical and Computer Engineering, “Silicon-on-Insulator Based Nanophotonic Devices for Optical Signal Processing and Nanoparticle Sensing,” Wednesday, April 18, 3 p.m., Computer Studies Building room 426, River Campus. Advisor: Philippe Fauchet.

GYT (Get Yourself Tested)
April is GYT month and UHS is offering testing for the most commonly spread STDs. Email or call 273-5775 to make an appointment. The cost of the testing is covered by the mandatory health fee.

Entrepreneurship Lecture Features Nick Lantuh
Nick Lantuh ’90S (MBA), founder and president of NetWitness Corp., will give a talk on “Entrepreneurship in Disruptive Technologies: Finding the Winning Formula,” Wednesday, April 18, at 4:40 p.m. in Schlegel Hall Room 103. A reception will follow in the Eisenberg Rotunda. Lantuh’s talk will focus on his role at NetWitness, the cybersecurity software firm he led from inception in 2006 to its acquisition by EMC in 2011. To register, visit, or call 276-3500 for more information.

KEY Capstone Presentations Set for Tuesday
Learn how 11 Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year (KEY) Scholars transformed ideas into enterprises that created value during their capstone presentations from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons. Projects include “T.E.E.N—Teenage Entrepreneurial Educators of Nonviolence”; “Initiative to Encourage Solar Panel Usage”; “ Providing a Centralized, Sustainable Marketplace for the University Community”; and “GLBTQ Resource Center.” Guests may stop in at any time.

Enter Your Business Plan by April 18
Submit your business plans to the sixth annual Mark Ain Business Model Competition. First place will win $10,000; second place will receive $2,500; and third place will get $1,000. A team of up to five students may submit one plan and students may submit a business plan that was written for a current or past course. Submissions must be submitted electronically to Maureen Konopka at the Center for Entrepreneurship by 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 18. New this year, 10 semi-finalist teams will be selected to present their business plans on May 3. From the semi-finalist presentations, the pool will be whittled down to five finalist teams who will have a chance to win the cash prizes during the competition on May 16. See the submission guidelines.

Registration Open for Rochester Startup Weekend
Registration is now open for the first-ever Rochester Startup Weekend April 27-29 at Eastman Business Park in Rochester. Startup Weekend is an intense 54-hour event at which teams of software developers, graphic designers, engineers, and business people form the basis of a credible business in just three days. Food, drinks, and prizes for the top-rated teams are included in the student registration fee of $49 or $99 for the general public. The University’s Center for Entrepreneurship is offering $25 toward the fee to the first 20 students to register. Students who are interested in attending should contact All students must register online using the promotional code “STUDENT.”

Paws for Stress Relief
Need a stress-relief break? Visit with the Campus Canines from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the lobby of the Goergen Athletic Center.

Rochester in the News

Homophobia May Reveal Denial of Own Same-Sex Attraction, Study Suggests
CBS News (April 10)
A new study suggests that people who repress their own sexual attraction to the same sex are more likely to express hostility towards gays. “In many cases these are people who are at war with themselves and they are turning this internal conflict outward," study coauthor Richard Ryan, professor of psychology, says. Also reported by Discovery News, Scientific American, the New Zealand Herald, Chicago Pride, and more.

April 15, 2012

Deadlines & Reminders

Arts, Sciences & Engineering
April 18: Last day to hold a PhD defense during the spring semester.

April 18: Last day for Plan A or B final examinations—oral, written, and essay for May 2012 degree.

April 19–May 29: Due to end-of-semester deadlines, commencements, and recess, PhD defenses may not be held during this time period.

More from the Arts, Sciences & Engineering graduate calendar.

School of Medicine and Dentistry
April 18: Last day to hold a PhD defense during the spring 2012 semester.

April 19–May 29: Blackout period—no master’s or PhD defenses or qualifying exams may be held during this time.

April 20: Deadline to submit final results of MPH/master’s essays, qualifying exams, and master’s defenses to the dean to receive the May 2012 degree.

April 20: Course withdrawal deadline.

More from the School of Medicine and Dentistry graduate calendar.

Eastman School
April 18: Last date for final oral examinations for PhD candidates anticipating May 2012 degree-conferral.

April 20: Deadline for submissions to the Graduate Office of one final pdf copy of DMA dissertations, doctoral essays, and doctoral research projects, along with a complete UR Research Authorization Form, for candidates anticipating May 2012 degree-conferral.

More from Eastman's graduate calendar.

Simon School
April 25–May 1: Mid-term exams.

More from the Simon School calendar.

Warner School
April 9: Summer 2012 registration opens for non-matriculated students.

More from the Warner School calendar.

School of Nursing
No upcoming deadlines or reminders.

More from the School of Nursing calendar.

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