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University of Rochester News (September 25, 2017)

09.25.17: Romanian professors; new professorship in Jewish Studies; Faculty Club changes; UR Student project; 'Hair Styles and Head Wraps'

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News and Announcements

Romanian Professors Hone Entrepreneurial Skills at Ain Center

For the second year in a row, six professors from Romania are spending the fall semester on the River Campus at the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship. By the end of the three-year Romanian Faculty Scholars Program, 18 professors from the eastern European nation will have had the chance to observe all aspects of the center’s initiatives, take classes, meet business leaders, and incorporate what they’ve learned into their own programs. Read more…

Gift Establishes New Professorship in Jewish Studies

Life Trustee Alan Batkin ’66 (right) and his wife, Jane (center), recently established a professorship in Jewish studies, helping further the understanding of Jewish history, culture, language, and religion across the University and beyond. Nora Rubel (left), associate professor of religion, has been named the inaugural holder of the Jane and Alan Batkin Endowed Professorship in Jewish Studies. Read more…

Changes Implemented at the Faculty Club

Responding to customer feedback, the Faculty Club has made several changes recently. In a return to its previous format, the facility now features a buffet of hot entrees to go along with the soup and salad menu options. Private dining space is available—contact Meliora Catering at 275-7687 or melioracatering@services.rochester.edu to make a reservation. The Faculty Club is on the first floor of Douglass Commons and is open Monday through Friday for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Security Tip: Install Antivirus Software

University IT recommends Sophos Home Antivirus for Windows and Mac OS X, which is free and allows you to manage up to five devices per account. Prevent security breaches to your computer and the University network by downloading the antivirus software to your personal and work computer. To get started, visit tech.rochester.edu/services/antivirus-software/.

Volunteers Needed for Meliora Weekend

The Office of Alumni Relations is looking for River Campus faculty and staff who are interested in driving golf carts and assisting attendees who have special accessibility needs for Meliora Weekend (October 13 and 14). A brief training is available and no previous experience is necessary. To sign up, email jill.keeney@rochester.edu by Friday, September 29.

Work on New Student Information System to Begin

Over the past three years, the University has collaborated with Workday to develop an innovative, feature-rich, cloud-based student information system. On October 2, the UR Student project will launch, starting the implementation of a new system for the University’s records, registration, and student finance areas. The system is scheduled to go live in July 2019 and will affect all students, faculty, and related staff. The project implementation will continue to phase in admissions and financial aid components in 2021. Visit the UR Student website to stay informed about project activities and learn about the system. Direct questions to the UR Student Project Team.

Security and Fire Report Available Online

The University’s annual security and fire safety compliance document, Think Safe, is available online. To receive a printed copy of the report, stop by the Department of Public Safety office at 612 Wilson Blvd., or request a copy by calling 275-3437. The DPS website and Think Safe contain information regarding campus security and personal safety, including information about and statistics regarding crime prevention, fire safety, University police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, and disciplinary procedures.

Rochester in the News

Ancient Clues to Modern Methane Sources

Physics Today, September 21

Vasilii Petrenko, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, and his team examined the air trapped in ice cores dating back nearly 12,000 years.


Learn Mindfulness Techniques for Stress Management

Mindfulness trains our attention so we may better prioritize, maintain focus, and increase our resilience. Join Marla Pelletier of Inward Office as she introduces you to practical techniques such as breath awareness and body scanning from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 26, at Rochester Tech Park. Enroll online.

Humanities Center Presents 'Memory and Forgetting' Lecture Series

Douglas Crimp, the Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History, will deliver “Relying on Memory: From AIDS to Merce Cunningham,” a public lecture that launches the Humanities Center’s series “Memory and Forgetting,” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 26, in the Humanities Center, Conference Room D, with a reception at 6 p.m. in the Humanities Center Lounge.

Biomedical Ethics Lecture Features Jeffrey Kahn

The seventh annual Lecture on Biomedical Ethics, “Do New Tools Need New Ethics? The Challenge of Governance for Gene Editing in Humans,” will be given by Jeffrey Kahn of the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 27, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), Medical Center.

Discussions on Problem-Based Learning Offered

The Leadership in Education UCIS (University Committee for Interdisciplinary Studies) Cluster supports educational events across the University. The cluster’s first pair of events this year are on Friday, September 29. Harold Smith, professor of biochemistry and biophysics, will talk about the first year of using problem-based learning to teach undergraduate biochemistry at 10:30 a.m. in Bausch and Lomb Hall Room 106. At noon, Smith will be joined in Goergen Hall Room 108 by Josephine Seddon, director of educational effectiveness for Arts & Sciences, for a roundtable luncheon on problem-based learning in general and how to assess its effectiveness. To RSVP for the luncheon, or to add your name to the Leadership in Education mailing list for future events this year, click here.

'Hair Styles and Head Wraps: Uncovering Hidden Biases'

“Hair Styles and Head Wraps: Uncovering Hidden Biases” explores biases related to hair styles and head wraps that negatively impact recruitment, advancement, and retention of a more diverse workforce. The talk is Thursday, October 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Saunders Research Building, Room 1416. Registration is required; register online.
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