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News for AS&E Faculty and Staff, April 2018


In this edition of FYI: news and announcements; deadlines and reminders; events

April 18, 2018
Issue #35

See the winning images from this year’s education abroad photo contest, including this photo from Gina Bolanos ’18, a mechanical engineering major from Dallas, taken last spring in Tangier, Morocco. The photo received an honorable mention in the Global Experience category.

News and Announcements

David McCamant awarded new award for teaching, mentoring: McCamant, an associate professor of chemistry, is the inaugural recipient of the College Award for Undergraduate Teaching and Research Mentorship. The award recognizes a tenured faculty member in Arts, Sciences & Engineering who excels both as a scholar and as a teacher and mentor of undergraduate students in research.

National search under way for new Goergen Institute for Data Science director: Henry Kautz, the Robin and Tim Wentworth Director of the Goergen Institute for Data Science, announced earlier this year that he is stepping down after leading the institute since its founding in 2014. Details about the position are available on the institute’s website.

Vicki Roth stepping down: Roth, executive director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and assistant dean, will step down at the end of July this year, after more than 27 years at the University. Roth has served as the inaugural executive director of CETL and has been a trusted and competent colleague to many in the College. A search committee, led by Marcy Kraus, the Suzanne Jagel O’Brien Director of the College Center for Advising Services and assistant dean, will convene in the next few weeks to select her successor.

Make requests for space changes with new form: The AS&E Space Governance Committee reviews all requests for modifications and additions that affect space within AS&E, including reallocation or modification of physical space as well as furniture and equipment purchases that may have an impact on space requirements. Make requests here.

Greene Center’s career communities available to faculty and staff: The Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education & Connections launched its career communities and will be looking to faculty and staff in the near future to become integral members of the communities. Career communities connect students and alumni to information, resources, and people in order to explore interests. Further information will be shared from your departments’ Greene Center liaison in the coming months.

Resources available to support student career success: There is still time for students to make the most of their summer, even if they haven’t secured a summer internship. Advisors from the Greene Center are available to assist faculty and staff in developing conversation starters, resources and tools to help students be successful in searching for career opportunities. Faculty can refer a student to the Greene Center through the online form.

Recommend a student or recent graduate to the Fellowships Office: The office is always looking for students who are excellent candidates for competitive national or international fellowships. It’s easy to find out who has high grades, but faculty and staff can help the Fellowships Office identify those who have real intellectual spark, who are risk takers in the best sense, who are impassioned to grapple with big questions and be part of solutions to problems. They also want to know about students and recent graduates who have demonstrated strong leadership skills and a genuine commitment to using their talents in service to something greater than themselves. Fill out this form to recommend a student.

Fulbright U.S. Student Grant competition open for 2019–20: Fulbright Student Grants support international pursuit of advanced university study, research projects, degree-granting master’s programs, and English teaching assistantships in a variety of educational settings. The Fellowships Office asks faculty and staff to encourage current juniors, Take Five/E5, and graduate students, as well as graduating seniors to seek endorsement by the University for this fall’s Fulbright application cycle. Information on campus requirements and deadlines can be found on the fellowships website.

Opportunities for Instructors

Grants available for community-engaged courses, activities: The Rochester Center for Community Leadership offers grants of up to $10,000 to support the development of new AS&E courses taught in partnership with non-academic community organizations. To qualify, the course you’re developing must be taught in close collaboration with a non-academic partner, expose students to issues of inequity and unmet needs in communities beyond campus, and involve coursework by students that contributes to the needs of the community partner’s organization or the populations that organization serves.

RCCL also provides mini-grants of up to $5,000 to support the costs of operating community-engaged courses—such as transportation for students and materials for community projects.


Citation in Community-Engaged Scholarship Capstone Symposium
Friday, April 20, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Phillis Wheatley Community Library, 33 Dr. Samuel Mccree Way

Join the Rochester Center for Community Leadership in celebrating the first class of students completing their capstone in Community-Engaged Scholarship. Capstone students will be presenting posters of their community-engaged work that was done with the sponsorship of faculty and community partners. The event will also highlight other community-engaged work happening through the Rochester Center for Community Leadership. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to all students, faculty, and staff.

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