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January 21, 2015


Melina Esse, associate professor of musicology at the Eastman School, received the American Musicological Society’s 2014 Alfred Einstein Award, which honors “a musicological article of exceptional merit published by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career.” Esse was honored for her article “Encountering the Improvvisatrice in Italian Opera,” which appeared in the fall 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Musicological Society.

Stacey FisherStacey Fisher, assistant director for Wilson Commons Student Activities, was awarded the Joseph H. Benedict Award by the Association of College Unions International, an international organization for university union and student activities professionals. The award honors outstanding leadership, volunteer service, and activism.

Matt MenderMatt Mender ’16 of Glens Falls, N.Y., was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division III Football Team. The defensive tackle was named to the Second Team.

He is Rochester’s first Academic All-American in football since 2007, when Andrew Rape was selected. A total of 10 men have earned 16 Academic All-America honors for Rochester on the gridiron.

Qiang Lin, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of optics, has been named the first Leonard Mandel Faculty Fellow. The award, which includes a two-year, $25,000 stipend, recognizes exceptional achievement by a junior faculty member in coherence and quantum optics. It is given in honor of the late Leonard Mandel, a longtime University physicist and pioneer of quantum optics.

A paper on “First results from the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Research Facility” by the LUX collaboration is the second most cited paper in high energy physics for 2014, according to INSPIRE, a high-energy physics literature database. Rochester coauthors include Frank Wolfs, professor of physics; visiting scientist Wojtek Skulski; and graduate students Eryk Druszkiewicz and Mongkol Moongweluwan.

PhD thesis defenses

The following PhD thesis defenses were scheduled recently:

Vijaya Balakrishnan, biomedical genetics, “Regulation of Autophagy and Lysosome Integrity by Plac8 in Cancer,” Dec, 15. Advisor: Harmut Land

Hsi-Min Hsiao, pathology and laboratory medicine, “Pro-Resolving Lipid Mediators in the Resolution of Lung Inflammation,” Dec. 16. Advisor: Patricia Sime

Rajashri Sridharan, biochemistry and biophysics, “Relationship between Receptor Occupancy and Signaling Responses in Ste2p, a G Protein Coupled Receptor in Saccharomyces cerevisiae,” Dec. 16. Advisor: Mark Dumont

Fen Qiu, chemistry, “Semiconductor Nanocrystals for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production,” Dec. 16. Advisor: Todd Krauss

Jordan Aldersley, biomedical genetics, “Shared Role for Critical Mediator Genes in Ras-dependent and Ras-independent Malignant Cell Transformation,” Dec. 16. Advisor: Harmut Land

Cunming Liu, materials science, “Exciton Relaxation and Electron Transfer Dynamics of Semiconductor Quantum Dots,” Dec. 17. Advisor: Todd Krauss

Peter McCarthy, optics, “Gradient- Index Materials, Design, and Metrology for Broadband Imaging Systems,” Dec. 18. Advisor: Duncan Moore

Zexuan Dong, materials science, “Electrospinning and Characterization of Composite Membranes for Biomedical Applications,” Dec. 18. Advisor: Yiquan Wu

Konstantinos Menychtas, computer science, “Fair, Protected OS-level Scheduling for Fast Computational Accelerators,” Dec. 18. Advisor: Michael Scott

Denise Skrombolas, microbiology and immunology, “Development and Characterization of Protease Activated Cytokine Fusion Proteins,” Dec. 18. Advisor: John Frelinger

Li Lu, computer science, “Designing for the Simple Case in a Parallel Scripting Language,” Dec. 19. Advisor: Michael Scott

Seyed Hashemi Rafsanjan, physics, “Theory of Multipartite Entanglement for X-states,” Dec. 19. Advisor: Joseph Eberly

David Condon, chemistry, “Nucleic Acid Force Fields Used in Prediction of Ensemble NMR,” Jan. 5. Advisor: Douglas Turner

Peter Carlsen, chemistry, “Synthesis of Tetrapetalone A-Me Aglycon,” Jan. 20. Advisor: Alison Frontier

Michael Maniaci, social personality psychology, “For Better, For Worse: Discrepancies between Implicit and Explicit Evaluations in Newlywed Marriage,” Jan. 22. Advisor: Harry Reis

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