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University of Rochester News (February 19, 2018)

02.19.18: Rochester Curriculum; draft of revised intimate relationships policy; Arthur Moss remembered; Three-Minute Thesis; Ricardo Wiesse conference

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The Rochester Curriculum: Freedom, with Intentionality

The Rochester Curriculum is premised, first and foremost, on the idea that “students should have the autonomy to decide for themselves what subjects they will pursue.” The independent nature of the Rochester Curriculum also allows students to create their own interdisciplinary majors, in topics such as urban studies, neuroeconomics and international relations, and digital communications.

Read more stories that showcase the University’s crossdisciplinary approach to teaching, learning, and research.

Feedback Wanted on Draft of Revised Intimate Relationships Policy

A committee including representatives of the Faculty Senate, the Graduate Student Association, and the Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia has developed a draft for a revised policy on Intimate Relationships in academic situations at the University. The policy would update a current part of the Faculty Handbook, and will later be referenced in similar policies under development for relevant student handbooks. The committee invites feedback and comments before formal consideration of the proposed revisions at the next Faculty Senate meeting on Tuesday, February 27. In order to be fully considered at the meeting, input must be received by Saturday, February 24.

New High-Tech Hub for Entrepreneurship Debuts in Sibley Square

Now in its new space on the sixth floor of historic Sibley Square, NextCorps (formerly High Tech Rochester) will serve as one of the cornerstones of the revitalization of downtown Rochester. NextCorps is an affiliate of the University and the region’s only state- and federally-designated business incubator.

Renowned Cardiologist Arthur Moss Remembered

Cardiologist Arthur Moss, whose research saved hundreds of thousands of lives and improved the standard of care for legions of people with heart disease, died on February 14. University flags will be lowered Thursday, February 22, in his memory.

Three-Minute Thesis Competition Kicks Off Next Month

Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition that challenges doctoral students and postdoctoral appointees to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. 3MT celebrates the discoveries made by research trainees and encourages them to communicate the importance of their research to the broader community. Registration, which is open March 12 to 16—is limited to 80 participants across all University graduate schools.

Rochester in the News

Flu Shot Fail: Why Doesn't the Vaccine Always Work?

NBC News, February 15

John Treanor, professor of medicine, talks about why it’s difficult to study whether people who routinely get flu vaccinations have less protection than people who don’t get regularly vaccinated.


Eastman’s Jazz Lab Band Brings Guest Artist Bobby Floyd

Jazz pianist Bobby Floyd is a visiting guest artist at Eastman School of Music this month. He will perform alongside the Eastman Jazz Lab Band on their concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 20, in Kilbourn Hall, under the direction of Rich Thompson, associate professor of jazz studies and contemporary media.

Exhibition, Conference Focuses on Ricardo Wiesse

The Humanties Center hosts an international conference (February 22) and exhibition (February 24 to April 1) on Peruvian artist Ricardo Wiesse, whose visual and literary works draw on archaeology and indigenous cultures in Peru.

The Mysteries of Mood

Your mood and immune system are connected in unexpected ways. Join Well-U and Life-Work Connections/EAP on Friday, February 23, from noon to 12:45p.m. in the Natapow Room (1-9545), Medical Center, for a presentation on how you can improve both your mood and immunity using stress-reduction techniques and nutritional modifications. Register online.

Workshop: Designing an Online Course or Educational Experience

Designing an Online Course or Educational Experience, part of the spring 2018 Online Learning Faculty Workshop series, will provide an introduction to lesson design for instructors. Sessions will be held at the Eastman School of Music (February 27), at the Medical Center (February 28), and on the River Campus (March 1). Sessions run from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Dyson Day Is March 7

The 18th annual Anne E. Dyson Memorial Grand Rounds and Child Advocacy Forum starts at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 7. Neonatologist Nirupama Laroia, a professor of pediatrics, will present “Helping Babies Breathe: A Global Health Initiative for Decreasing Infant Mortality.”

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