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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (May 17, 2016)
05.17.16: celebrating commencement; new Hajim School dean; dean Kathy Rideout reappointed; security commission meeting; Falling Walls competition


Congratulations, Class of 2016!

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

Wendi Heinzelman Named Dean of the Hajim School 

Wendi Heinzelman, 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. Heinzelman will be the Hajim School’s first female dean and 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."   Read more...

Nursing Dean Kathy Rideout Reappointed to Five-Year Term

Medical Center CEO Mark Taubman announced Tuesday that Kathy Rideout has been reappointed to a five-year term as dean of the School of Nursing. Rideout, Medical Center vice president and a professor of clinical nursing and pediatrics, has been a member of the nursing faculty for the past 30 years. She was named dean in 2012 after a one-year stint as interim dean and seven years as associate dean for academic affairs. The Board of Trustees approved her reappointment last week. Read more...

Security Commission to Discuss Arming Officers

President and CEO Joel Seligman recently convened a commission to perform a five-year review of recommendations made in the 2011 Security Commission Report on the Department of Public Safety. The commission reviewed the status of all the recommendations made in the 2011 report and has the additional task of making recommendations for future improvements. As part of its work, the commission has benchmarked the University's public safety department against peer institutions, specifically with respect to whether or not they have sworn officers and whether they arm their sworn officers. The commission has also reviewed local and national crime trends as they relate to both collegiate and medical settings. Graduate students are invited to attend a discusson on the issues at 6 p.m. today, Tuesday, May 17, in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons.

Danny Wegman Becomes Board Chair; Two New Trustees Named

Danny Wegman, CEO of Wegmans Food Markets, became chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees at the board’s May 13 meeting. Wegman will serve a five-year term as board chairman and succeeds Edmund Hajim ’58, who transitioned to chairman emeritus. To honor Hajim's service, the board voted to name the Science & Engineering Quad on the River Campus for Hajim. Lizette Perez-Deisboeck ’87 and Alan Zekelman ’87S (MS) were also elected to the board. Read more...

Young Researchers Present Ideas to 'Break Down Walls'

On Wednesday, May 18, young scientists, inventors, and entrepreneurs from all fields of study will present ideas that have the potential to make a significant positive impact on the world. A jury of University professors and community leaders will select the winning idea after a series of rapid-fire, three-minute presentations. The winner will qualify to participate in the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin. The competition, which starts at 2 p.m. in Sloan Auditorium, Goergen Hall, will be streamed live at Follow along on social media using #URFallingWalls16.

Toxicology Student Wins 'Three Minute Thesis' Competition

Jennifer Judge, a toxicology PhD student took the $1,000 first-place prize and the $500 People’s Choice award at the Three Minute Thesis competition on May 4. Read more...

Partnership Aims to Enhance Diversity in Classical Music

The Eastman School of Music and the Gateways Music Festival, which have partnered since 1995, have announced a new alliance that seeks to strengthen the organizations’ efforts to promote and increase diversity in the field of classical music. Read more...

Simon Students Use Frozen Food for Social Entrepreneurship

Michael Wohl, a lecturer at Simon Business School, asked one of the student teams in his course on urban impact and social entrepreneurship whether frozen food could be used to alleviate "food deserts" caused by a lack of affordable healthy meals in Rochester. MBA students Kat Cook, Fahria Omar, and Sarah Spoto developed a plan to supply affordable nutritious frozen meals via strategically placed vending machines throughout the city. Working with Foodlink, the team explored the issue and a potential partnership on frozen meal production. "We're motivated to do more than just make profits with this business," Spoto said. "We really want to make a difference here in the Rochester community." Read more...

Online Course Covers Evidence-Based STEM Teaching

CIRTL's massive open online course Advancing Learning through Evidence-Based STEM Teaching begins June 1. Faculty from across the CIRTL Network will teach students how to develop their own evidence-based approaches to STEM teaching and learning during the 8-week course. Review the course syllabus or register here. A local learning community at the University will meet in person to discuss topics from the course; email Ingrain Singh to join.

Upcoming Dissertation Defense

  • Brianna Sleezer, neuroscience, “Contributions of Striatum and Orbitofrontal Cortex to Flexible Rule-Based Decision Making,” Friday, May 20, 10 a.m. Auditorium K-207 (2-6408), Medical Center. Advisor: Benjamin Hayden. 

Postdoctoral Research Position Available at Vanderbilt University

Applicants to Vanderbilt University's postdoctoral research position should have interests in K–12 outreach, teaching at the elementary, middle, or high school level, and curriculum development and implementation in STEM fields. Read more...

Food Trucks Return for Tasty Tuesdays

The Office of Summer Programs and Part-time Studies will bring two local food trucks on campus for faculty, staff, and students to purchase lunch each Tuesday this summer between 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The trucks will be located in Wilson Quadrangle on the River Campus. Seating is available in LeChase Plaza, or bring a blanket and picnic in the quad. See the schedule.

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