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News for University of Rochester Alumni and Friends, June 2016
June 2016: new Hajim School dean; trustee news; digital 'Rochester Cloak'; celebrating the Class of 2016; data science students; concussion research

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Wendi Heinzelman Named Dean of the Hajim School


Wendi Heinzelman (pictured), currently dean of graduate studies for Arts, Sciences & Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering, will be the next dean of the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences. The Hajim School’s first female dean, Heinzelman has been appointed to a five-year term beginning July 1. "I am excited to work with the exceptional faculty, students and staff of the Hajim School to continue and accelerate the momentum created under Rob Clark’s leadership," Heinzelman says. "Engineering is key to solving some of our most difficult societal problems and to developing innovations that will transform society in the years to come."
 

Danny Wegman Becomes Board Chair; Two New Trustees Selected

Danny Wegman (left), CEO of Wegmans Food Markets, became chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees at the board’s May meeting. Wegman will serve a five-year term as chairman and succeeds Edmund Hajim ’58, who transitioned to chair emeritus. To honor Hajim's service, the board voted to name the Science & Engineering Quadrangle on the River Campus for Hajim. Lizette Perez-Deisboeck ’87 and Alan Zekelman ’87S (MS) were also elected to the board. Read more...

A Digital ‘Rochester Cloak’ to Fit All Sizes

Using the same mathematical framework as the Rochester Cloak, University optics researchers have been able to use flat screen displays to extend the range of angles that can be hidden from view. The method lays out how cloaks of arbitrary shapes, that work from multiple viewpoints, may be practically realized in the near future using commercially available digital devices. Read more...
 

Celebrating the Class of 2016


See photos, videos, and a social media recap from the University's 166th commencement ceremonies.
 

Eastman Project Celebrates National Park Centennial 

Music in the American Wild, a project featuring 11 composers and eight performers from the Eastman School of Music, will present newly composed works in grand natural venues across the country (such as Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky) to celebrate the National Park Service's centennial year. Read more...
 

Can't Resist Temptation? That May Not Be a Bad Thing

A study by University researchers suggests that children raised in poverty may have been mistakenly labeled as “maladapted” for what appears to be a lack of self-control. The new study indicated that what looks like selfishness may actually be beneficial behavior that’s based on a child’s environmental context—that is to say, from being raised in a resource-poor environment. Read more...
 

Rochester's First Data Science Students Delve into Big Data

Meet some of the first students–such as Tiffany Sinclair ’15, ’16 (MS)—studying at the Goergen Institute for Data Science. Read more... 
 

Neurologist Confronts Seizure Disorders in Africa

For two decades, Gretchen Birbeck, the Edward A. and Velma Vollertsen Rykenboer Professor in Neurology, has spent half her year in sub-Saharan Africa, working to improve care for people with seizure disorders. “There’s a disconnect between where disease is and where the experts are,” she says. Read more...
 

Close Encounters of a Tidal Kind Could Lead to Cracks on Icy Moons


A new model developed by Rochester researchers could offer a new explanation as to how cracks on icy moons, such as Pluto’s Charon, formed. Read more... 

After Concussion, Return-to-Learn as Important as Return-to-Play

Student-athletes who get a concussion often return to school within a week but still have significant problems in the classroom and cannot perform at a normal academic level, according to a new Medical Center study—suggesting the need for accommodations and return-to-learn guidelines following a concussion. Read more...
 

Did Human-Like Intelligence Evolve to Care for Helpless Babies?

A new study from scientists in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences suggests that human intelligence may have evolved in response to the demands of caring for infants. Read more... 
 

Prison Education Program Aims to Transform Lives of Inmates, Undergrads

Beginning in the 2016–17 academic year, the University will join forces with the Cornell Prison Education Program. In collaboration with the newly formed college-in-prison consortium, the University plans to offer four courses annually in area correctional facilities. Read more...

Your Rochester Connections


Join alumni and friends for activities throughout the country and around the world.
 

Career Webinars Especially for New Grads

The Office of Alumni Relations has 13 webinars lined up for new grads in the coming weeks. The sessions (all times EDT) can help with interviewing tips, job search advice, or trying to figure out your next steps.
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