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October 2010
Rochester Professor to Receive National Medal of Science
esther conwell
President Barack Obama has chosen Esther Conwell, a professor of chemistry, to receive a National Medal of Science. Conwell, who has a joint appointment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, helped launch the computer revolution by explaining how electrons travel through semiconductors. Her research earned her membership in both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, two of the highest honors a scientist or engineer can receive. Read more ...
Students Admitted to Arts Leadership Program
Twelve Eastman School students were recently admitted to the Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program certificate program. Read more ...
Dining Services Offers Online Account Deposits
Parents, family members, and friends can now make deposits to a student’s dining account online. Visit and click on the guest deposit tab, located in the top of the page on the left side. Guests will need the student's name and university ID number. The site accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover with a minimum deposit of $20. Send questions, comments, or concerns to or call (800) 661-1118.
Spotlight on Diversity: The Interfaith Chapel
The Interfaith Chapel marks 40 years of celebrating faith and diversity this year. See more on this poster. Learn more about diversity at the University in future installments of Spotlight on Diversity.
Seniors Can Sign Up for Senior Pictures
Prestige Portraits, the yearbook’s official senior photographer, has reserved appointment times on campus for seniors at the College on Nov. 9, 10, and 11. Students can go to for details and to schedule an appointment. Call Karen at (800) 852-0674, ext. 114, or e-mail
Student Discount Program
Rochester Every Day (RED), a student discount program launched by students in 2003, continues to be coordinated by students through the Rochester Center for Community Leadership. Students enjoy discounts at more than 60 participating businesses, ranging from restaurants to museums to movie theaters to spas and salons. Students can pick up RED stickers for their student IDs as well as handy pocket guides from the Common Connection information desk in Wilson Commons.
Sage Arts Fest Welcomes Special Guests
The first-ever Sage Fest, held Oct. 18 at Sage Arts Center on the River Campus, featured an appearance by Drive By Press, whose representatives demonstrated T-shirt creation via wood-block printmaking out of the back of their truck. Watch the video
University Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week
The University joins 10 million people from 100 countries in celebrating the third annual Global Entrepreneurship Week from Nov. 15-21. The University is hosting events for students, parents, faculty, alumni, and the greater Rochester community throughout November. Conceived by the Kauffman Foundation and Enterprise UK, Global Entrepreneurship Week is an initiative to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination, and creativity.
Presidential Diversity Award Nominations
colorful prism award
Nominations are being accepted for this year’s Presidential Diversity Awards. Awards recognize faculty, staff, students, units, departments, or teams who have demonstrated leadership in recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, research, multicultural programming, cultural competency, community outreach activities, or other initiatives that promote diversity or inclusion. Nomination materials are available online. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12.
Study Abroad Reminders
Is your son or daughter planning to study abroad this spring? If so, their program most likely offers scholarships. The scholarship deadline for the International Education of Students program is Oct. 25. The Council on International Educational Exchange program scholarship deadline is Nov. 1.
Also, students should make sure that their passport is valid and will remain valid for at least six months after the end of their intended study abroad term. The Center for Study Abroad will soon be sending out a parent information packet to the parents of students intending to study abroad this spring. In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like more information, call (585) 275-7532 or visit the center's Web site.
Adidas on Sale at Bookstore
All Adidas brand merchandise will be 25 percent off at the bookstore through Oct. 24. Shop in store or online at
Talk on Community Problem Solving
The Rochester Center for Community Leadership, Office of Residential Life and Housing Services, and UR Rotaract welcome service-learning expert Bernard Strenecky on Oct. 28. Strenecky will discuss his $100 solution program, which addresses the importance of grassroots community engagement to solve community problems. 

Key Study Strategies during Midterm Time
It's midterm time and for many students it's also a time of increased anxiety, decreased sleep, and potentially disappointing news. Marcy Kraus, director of the College Center for Academic Support, offers strategies to successfully navigate fall midterms. Read more ...

Resources for students:
Eastman's Office of Academic Affairs
Have a Question for the Career Center?
Send it to the Career Center staff, who will respond in future issues of Parents Buzz.
Goergen Awards Recognize Excellence in Teaching
Praised by fellow faculty members, students, and alumni as "passionate," "influential," and "caring," three University professors from Arts, Sciences, and Engineering were awarded 2010 Goergen Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The recipients are Carmala Garzione, an associate professor of earth and environmental sciences; Kenneth Gross, a professor of English; and Renato Perucchio, a professor of mechanical engineering and of biomedical engineering. Read more...
Flu Vaccine Clinics Planned
University Health Service is offering flu vaccine clinics for students this fall. Dates and times will be listed on the UHS Web site and announced in the Weekly Buzz student newsletter. The Aetna Student Health insurance covers the cost of the flu shot. For students on their own insurance, UHS will bill the insurance company. If the flu shot is not covered by insurance, the cost is $20. Students who prefer to come to UHS for their flu shot should call UHS at (585) 275-2662 to schedule an appointment. Flu shots are recommended for everyone every year. Read more ...
Cold Self-Care Kit
University Health Service nurses often talk with sick students who do not have medicines and other cold care supplies in their rooms. Now is a good time to send your son or daughter a “take care of yourself” care package with some over-the-counter medications (Tylenol, Advil, Robutussin, etc.) and supplies (thermometer, tissues, hand sanitizer, cough drops, cup-a-soup, tea, etc.) to help them feel better if they get sick. The UHS Web site offers self-care suggestions for cough, fever, nasal congestion, and sore throat, the four most common cold symptoms.

'All You Need is Love (and a study to tell you whether your love will last)'
Toronto Sun (Sept. 22)
Researchers at the University of Rochester say they’ve devised a test that unlocks the secret to the mysterious question, should we stay together? Read more ...
'Microfarm at the U of R'
13WHAM-TV (Oct. 5)
Undergraduates Caitlin Smigelski and Annalise Kjolhede discuss the student-run microfarm at the University. Watch the video...

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chinese student group waving colorful scarves
Members of the Chinese Students' Association perform during Meliora Weekend. Thousands of alumni, parents, and friends attended celebrations on the River Campus and at the Eastman School that featured lectures, panel discussions, symposia, live performances, reunion dinners, and more.
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Parents: You're Always Welcome
Parents of current College and Eastman students, as members of the University community, are regularly invited to regional alumni programs. Visit the regional calendar for details and registration information.

Regional Events
Connecticut: "An Insider's Perspective: Getting into a Selective College or University," Nov. 3.
San Diego: A Night at the Museum, Oct. 25.
St. Louis: An Evening of Jazz featuring violinist Regina Carter, Nov. 3.
Washington, D.C.: "An Insider's Perspective: Getting into a Selective College or University," Oct. 26.

Rochester Events

Eastman BroadBand Tour Send-Off Concert, Oct. 31. The group also will perform Nov. 1 at the Miller Theatre in New York City.

More events listed on Eastman’s concert calendar and the University’s arts and entertainment listing.

Yellowjackets at Home
Field Hockey: Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Houghton College; Oct. 29,  4 p.m., SUNY Morrisville; Oct. 30, 2 p.m., SUNY Brockport.
Football: Nov. 6, noon, St. Lawrence University.
Men's Soccer: Nov. 6, 7 p.m., Case Western.
Women's Soccer: Oct. 23, 2 p.m., St. John Fisher; Nov. 6, 5 p.m., Case Western.
Swimming: Oct. 29-30, NYU, Case Western; Nov. 13, 1 p.m., Union (men's); Nov. 15, 1 p.m., Union (women's).

Yellowjackets Away
Women's Basketball: Nov. 15, 5 p.m., Medaille.
Cross Country: Oct. 23, 3 p.m., NYSCTC Championships at RPI; Oct. 30, 10:15 a.m., UAA Championships at NYU; Nov. 13, 11 a.m., NCAA Atlantic Regional.
Field Hockey: Oct. 23, 2 p.m., Vassar; Oct. 24, noon, RPI.
Football: Oct. 23, noon, WPI; Oct. 30, 12:30 p.m., Alfred; Nov. 13, noon, Hobart.
Women's Rowing: Oct. 23-24, Head of the Charles, Boston, Mass.; Oct. 30, Head of the Schuylkill, Philadelphia, Pa.; Nov. 7, 8 a.m., Syracuse Invitational; Nov. 13-14, Braxton-Frostbite Regattas, Philadelphia, Pa.
Men's Soccer: Oct. 24, 1 p.m., Kean; Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., Emory; Oct. 31, 1:30 p.m., Carnegie Mellon.
Women's Soccer: Oct. 29, 5 p.m., Emory; Oct. 31, 11 a.m., Carnegie Mellon.
Squash: Oct. 29-31, Price-Bullington Invitational, Richmond, Va.; Nov. 5, 6 p.m., Western Ontario at Niagara; Nov. 6-7, Canadian All-Stars, Toronto, Ont.
Women's Volleyball: Oct. 30-31, NY Regional Challenge at Nazareth College; Nov. 5-6, UAA Championships at Case Western.

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