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Cloaking research, Andre Previn visits, student-athletes given award; recycling electronics; Common Market selling RTS passes; organ concerts
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sept. 28, 2014

News and Announcements

Project Brings New Visibility to Invisibility

John Howell, professor of physics, and graduate student Joseph Choi report that  they've uncovered a new way of hiding objects from view. Their "cloaking device"—which is the subject of a story and video at—eschews highly specialized and costly materials, using only a combination of four standard lenses. Read more...

Grammy Winner Andre Previn to Visit Eastman School

The Eastman Wind Ensemble will perform the world premiere of Andre Previn's "Music for Wind Orchestra (No Strings Attached)" as part of a program dedicated to the work of the Oscar- and Grammy-winning conductor, composer, and pianist. The ensemble's conductor, Mark Davis Scatterday, will lead performances of other pieces by Previn, who is scheduled to attend the concert as well as meet with students for classes and rehearsals during a three-day residency at the school. The event begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in Kilbourn Hall. Read more...

These Students Score in Courses and Sports

Ten student-athletes have received the University's Garnish Scholar Award. The award, named for longtime coach Lysle (Spike) Garnish, recognizes achievement in both academics and athletics. Read about the honorees.

Researcher Named Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate

Thomson Reuters has named Ching Tang, professor of chemical engineering, one of this year’s 26 Citation Laureates for his role in inventing the organic light-emitting diode, an innovation that has enhanced readability and image quality for mobile devices and televisions. Read more...

Bid an Earth-Friendly Farewell to Old Electronics

Facilities and Services welcomes students to recycle personal electronics from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in Park Lot, River Campus. Items that will be accepted during the seventh annual E-Cycle Day include computer monitors and equipment, printers, scanners, televisions, cellphone chargers, video equipment, electronic cords, tablets, and other small items. Appliances containing Freon, such as refrigerators and air conditioners, as well as broken cathode ray tubes, alkaline batteries, CDs, DVDs, and tapes will not be accepted. Find additional details and a more detailed list of acceptable items.

Buy RTS Bus Passes at the Common Market

The Common Market in Wilson Commons is now selling the three most popular types of RTS bus passes. A one-day pass is $3, a five-day pass is $14, and a 31-day pass is $56. The market accepts cash, flex, and credit, and its hours are 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Those Are Some Strong Pipes: Organ Concerts Begin

“Tuesday Pipes,” a new concert series by the Eastman School Organ Department, begins at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7. Performances will be held during the lunch hour every Tuesday at Christ Church in downtown Rochester. The 25-minute concerts will showcase the Craighead-Saunders and Hook & Hastings organs. The first month of concerts will feature current Eastman doctoral students. Events are free and open to the public. Find a full schedule of performances.

Kendrick Road Bridge, North-Bound Ramp Reopen

The Kendrick Road bridge and northbound ramp were reopened Tuesday morning. The project, which got under way in June 2013 and is part of a $70 million I-390 overhaul, widened the Kendrick Road bridge over I-390 to provide dedicated turn lanes and constructed a new entrance ramp from Kendrick Road to I-390 north. Read more...

Dance Party Needs DJ, Live Bands

URPerforming! The Party Edition, an International Theatre event at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1, is looking for a DJ to keep the audience dancing between the live acts. The show also needs a country/bluegrass or blues band to round out the roster of performers. Those interested should email Nigel Maister.

Center for Entrepreneurship Brings Alums Back to Talk Shop

Alumni, students, faculty, and community members are invited to a discussion, “From Yellowjackets to Tech Leaders,” at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16. Kevin Mille ’04 and Ankur Pansari ’04 will speak on the opportunities and demands in the world of high-technology innovation and development. The Institute of Optics graduates relocated to Silicon Valley after graduation and pursued work in the high-tech and start-up sectors. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees must register in advance here or by calling 276-3500. Registrants will receive a River Campus parking pass.

Twenty-Five Years, 600 books, and Counting

Now in its 25th year, the University of Rochester Press—housed on the University's Mt. Hope campus—is marking its silver anniversary with a series of events and exhibits celebrating its 600 scholarly titles, memoirs, and biographies. Read more...

Visiting Priest to Address Issues of Science and Religion

The University's Catholic Newman Community is welcoming guest speaker Rev. George Coyne, a Jesuit priest, astronomer, and former director of the Vatican Observatory. Part of the Cardinal Newman Lecture Series, "The Dance of the Fertile Universe: An Interplay of Science and Religion" will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Interfaith Chapel. Read more...

New Foods Have Hit the Shelves of the Common Market

The Common Market is offering five new bulk food items: pepitas (pumpkin seeds), wasabi mix, greek-yogurt berries, Buffalo-wing peanuts, and milk-chocolate cashews. The market is on the first floor of Wilson Commons. Find it on Facebook, or follow it on Twitter at @WilsonCommons.

Win Prizes and Bragging Rights on Rocky’s Trivia Night

Rocky’s Sub Shop and Lounge on the first floor of Wilson Commons is hosting a trivia night with prizes at 9 p.m. every Thursday through Nov. 20. Rocky’s also has billiards, video/board games, and late-night snacks like popcorn, Blimpie’s subs, and breakfast options.

Deadlines and Reminders

Reminder: Bookstores Have Closed

The River Campus and Medical Center bookstores closed Friday, in order to move to the new College Town location. There will be no physical bookstore until the new Barnes & Noble store opens at 1305 Mt. Hope Avenue on Monday, Oct. 13. The bookstore's website will be operational during the move. Email or call 275-4012 with questions.

Still Time to Apply to Study Abroad

The deadline to request approval to study abroad has been extended to Sept. 30. The request is non-binding, but must be submitted by the deadline to preserve the option of studying abroad during the spring 2015 semester. Apply online.

New Round of Tech-Development Funding Opens

The Technology Development Fund in 2014 will award winning applications from faculty, staff, or students with up to $100,000 to develop their technology to a commercial endpoint. A submitted invention proposal to UR Ventures is required for an application. Pre-proposals are due Wednesday, Oct. 15, and can be submitted to Omar Bakht, director of New Ventures and Technology Development. Learn more here.

This Week

From Canines to Cooking—'UR Healthy' Events Planned

The University Health Service Promotion Office's next week of programs begins Monday, Sept. 29, with "Paws for Stress Relief," a chance to spend time with therapy dogs, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Goergen Athletic Center. Other events this week include a Weight Watchers Open House, a meet-and-greet with Public Safety officers, a talk on sexuality, and a cooking demo. Visit the office's Facebook page for times, dates, and locations, and to sign up for programs that require registration in advance.

Schedule for Gold Line Shuttle to Change

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 30, the Elmwood Avenue dedicated eastbound left turn lane onto Wilson Boulevard, will be closed for two weeks due to bridge construction. The closure will cause delays on the Gold Line shuttle, its route, and the stops on this route. It will not affect the routes or stops on any of the other shuttle lines, but it will cause shuttle delays. The Gold Line will operate on an adjusted schedule and use Ford Street to enter campus until the lane reopens. The schedule can be found on the University parking website. Track the location of your bus using the University's Transloc Rider app, or on the Transloc site.

Look Forward to Coming Back, Giving Back

Alumni Relations welcomes undergraduates to learn about the annual fund at 11:30 a.m. Wednesay, Oct. 1, in Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons. Students will be encouraged to share why or what makes the University “home” to them. The first 500 attendees will receive a free T-shirt. Visit the UR Home Facebook page to learn more.

Study Among the Danes

A visiting staff member from the Danish Institute for Study Abroad will talk about programs available for study in Denmark. It will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Dewey 2-110C.

An Unexpected 'Last Supper' Served Up on Screen

The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies is sponsoring a screening of "The Last Supper," by Cuban director Tomas Gutierrez Alea. The 110-minute film features "a pious plantation owner who attempts to teach Christianity to 12 of this slaves by inviting them to participate in a reenactment of the Last Supper." It begins at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons.

KEY Program Info Session This Week

An information session about the Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year (KEY) program will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Lattimore 306A. The program offers select students a fifth, tuition-free year of college to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors. The program is supported by the College and the Center for Entrepreneurship. Seniors will only be permitted to apply during the fall semester; the application deadline is Nov. 1.

A 'Most Powerful Woman' Coming to Campus

The Simon School has invited Deb Henretta, group president of Proctor & Gamble Global Beauty, to give a talk at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Schlegel Hall 207. Henretta has been featured for seven consecutive years on Fortune magazine’s U.S. and international rankings of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business." A reception will follow. Admission is free but registration is required.

Hall Dedication to Feature Musical Tribute to Late Eastman Dean

President Joel Seligman  and Jamal Rossi, the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School, will lead the naming of Lowry Hall—formerly known as the Main Hall—in memory of late Dean Douglas Lowry. The event at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, will include the revealing of the Douglas Lowry portrait, remarks by Jonathan Baldo, professor of English, and a performance of Lowry’s work “Ocean Reef Muses” by Eastman students Hanna Hurwitz, violin; Emily Cantrell, viola; Daniel Ketter, cello; James Sullivan, double bass; and Malcolm Matthews, piano.

First-Generation Students to Give Tips, Make Connections at Reception

A panel of first-generation students will speak about their experiences and share advice during an informal pizza reception and networking event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Friel Lounge, Susan B. Anthony Hall.

Johns Hopkins Doc to Discuss Cancer Care

The University's Center for Community Health is sponsoring a presentation, "Social Network Approaches to Studying the Delivery of Cancer Care," by Craig Pollack, assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University. The noon event is planned for Friday, Oct. 3, in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W304). Read more...

Laverne Cox Show Tickets Still Available

The Campus Activities Board has reserved 400 tickets for undergraduate students to the sold-out Meliora Weekend appearance Oct. 8 by actress and LGBTQ activist Laverne Cox. They go on sale at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Common Market. There are 150 floor seats available for $10 per person, and 250 bleachers seats for $7 a person. The limit is one ticket per person with a valid student ID.

'Be the Change' in Genesee Valley Park

South Asian Americans Leading Together invites students to participate in Be the Change Day, which began in 1997 as a chance to foster civic engagement through community service. Meet at noon Oct. 4 outside ITS for a walk over to Hawthorne Shelter in Genesee Valley Park, where the event will be based.

Football Fans: Chance to Cheer on Team, Troops

The University's Veterans Alliance invites students to the “Inaugural Salute to our Military—Military Appreciation Football Game” Saturday, Oct. 4. A tailgate party with the families of the players will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Friel Lounge in Susan B. Anthony Hall. Then the Yellowjackets will take on the St. Lawrence Saints beginning at noon at Fauver Stadium. Festivities are planned for throughout the game honoring the troops. Contact the Alliance for more information.

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