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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester

In Today’s Issue

  • UHS has H1N1 Flu Vaccine
  • A Year in Review
  • Graduate Student Featured on Chase Web Site
  • Eastman Graduate Students Donut Day
  • Defensive Driving Course
  • Theatre Program Auditions
  • Student Article Published
  • Recognize a Dedicated Staff Member
  • Rochester in the News: 'Vitamin D Lack, Blacks' Heart Risk Linked'
  • In Higher Education: 'Proof That Mentoring Matters'

News and Announcements

UHS has H1N1 Flu Vaccine
It is not too late to receive the H1N1 flu vaccine to protect yourself should there be a third wave of H1N1 flu this winter. Help UHS celebrate National Influenza Vaccination Week (Jan. 10 to 16) by getting the vaccine if you have not done so already. All full-time students are eligible to receive the vaccine at no charge. Check the UHS web site for details on flu vaccine clinics Jan. 13 and 14 or call UHS at 275-2662 to schedule an appointment.

A Year in Review
Take a look back at some notable moments from 2009 and check out last year's winning homepage photos from the University community. You can also submit your own photos to be considered this year for the University's homepage.

Graduate Student Featured on Chase Web Site
Biomedical graduate student Jessica Snyder was the focus of the lead story on the JP Morgan Chase and Co. Corporate Challenge Web site last week. Snyder and teammates, Luke Mortensen, Christina Devries and Chris Hine, will represent Rochester at the 2010 JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge Championship in Johannesburg, South Africa in March.

Eastman Graduate Students Donut Day
Eastman graduate students are invited to the Eastman Graduate Student Association's Donut Day, 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, in the graduate lounge at Eastman. EGSA is gearing up for a new semester full of activities, including ski trips, snow tubing, ice skating, wine tasting, paintball, wall climbing, karaoke, concert receptions, and of course donut days. To learn more, stop by one of their meetings (Thursdays at 9 p.m. in the graduate lounge, ESM 321) or e-mail

Defensive Driving Course
The New York State-approved 6-hour defensive driving course is being offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, in the Northwestern Conference Room (1-9525) at the Medical Center. Get 10 percent off your auto insurance and four points reduced off your license. Register at 905-9420 for $35. An online course is also available.

Theatre Program Auditions
Audition for the International Theatre Program's two spring comedies, Criminal Genius and Featuring Loretta by George F. Walker, at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, or 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Todd Theatre.

Student's Article Published
Cory Hussar, a graduate student in the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Neuroscience, published an article titled “Flexibility of Sensory Representations in Prefrontal Cortex Depends on Cell Type” in the December 2009 edition of Neuron.

Recognize a Dedicated Staff Member
Nominations for the Witmer Awards and Meliora Awards are being accepted through Jan. 28. Both awards were established in 2008 to recognize exceptional service by University staff. Intended as a "lifetime achievement" award, the Witmer Award honors full- and part-time staff with five years experience or more. The Meliora Award recognizes staff members whose work performance over the past year exemplifies the University's motto, Meliora, or "ever better." The Staff Community Service Award will be awarded annually to a nonmanagement staff person in recognition of outstanding contributions to the greater Rochester community. Details and nomination materials are available online.

Rochester in the News

'Vitamin D Lack, Blacks' Heart Risk Linked'
UPI (Jan. 4)
Kevin Fiscella, professor of family medicine and of community and preventive medicine at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Peter Franks of the University of California, Davis, showed the higher cardiovascular risk observed among blacks may be partly related to lower vitamin D levels.

In Higher Education

'Proof That Mentoring Matters'
Inside Higher Ed (Jan. 4)
A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association may be the first truly random sample to try to test the mentor impact—and the study may demonstrate that mentoring truly does matter.

Jan. 10, 2010

Deadlines & Reminders

Arts, Sciences and Engineering
Jan. 12: MA/MS students receiving terminal degrees in March must be degree complete by today. Plan A students must submit 2 final corrected thesis copies in Graduate Studies Office

Jan. 12: Last day to submit 2 corrected copies of PhD dissertation for March 2010 degree

Jan. 13: First day of classes, spring semester

More from the graduate calendar.

School of Medicine and Dentistry
Jan. 12: Last day to submit one corrected copy of PhD dissertation for the March 2010 degree

Jan. 12: Last day to submit final results for terminal MA/MS/MPH degrees without registering for the spring semester

Jan. 13: Spring semester begins

More from the School of Medicine and Dentistry graduate calendar.

Eastman School
Jan. 11: Deadline for requests for doctoral comprehensive and final oral examinations and MA and PhD foreign language examinations administered during the spring semester

Jan. 12: Deadline for submission of permanent copies, one corrected and unbound paper copy of PhD dissertations and one complete copy in digital/electronic format along with a completed UR Research Authorization Form

Jan. 15: Foreign language examinations for MA and PhD candidates (except Musicology students)

Jan. 15: Deadline for submission to Graduate Office of agenda items to be considered by divisional graduate committees at the February meetings

More from Eastman's graduate calendar.

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