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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (September 27, 2015)
Warner dean, Think Safe report, high school course, Kristin Chenoweth tickets, disruptive tech, banned books event, data science careers



Raffaella Borasi's Deanship Extended

Raffaella Borasi, who has served as dean of the Warner School of Education for 15 years, will continue to lead the school for the next two years, President and CEO Joel Seligman has announced. "The Warner School is now engaged in some critically important initiatives, most notably the one involving the renewal of East High School, and I am grateful that Dean Borasi has accepted my invitation to serve an additional two years as dean until June 2018," Seligman says. Read more...

Shuttle Riders Need to Swipe IDs

Starting Monday, September 28, riders boarding a University shuttle will be required to swipe their University ID badges for the fall semester. Collecting ridership information allows Transportation and Parking Management to ensure passenger safety and future funding of the shuttle services. Direct questions to or call (585) 275-5953.

Think Safe Fire and Safety Report Now Online

The University’s annual security and fire safety compliance document,Think Safe, is available on the Department of Public Safety website. The website and Think Safe contain information regarding campus security and personal safety. It also contains crime statistics for the three previous calendar years for reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible, from the campus. Read more...

Create and Teach a Course for High School Students

Faculty, staff, graduate students, and alumni are invited to submit proposals through October 7 for Pre-College Programs’ 2016 summer sessions. Faculty in the program have the opportunity to engage in youth outreach, share knowledge with a receptive and eager audience, and participate in a rewarding teaching experience. Complete the course proposal form, or e-mail for details.

Register for Meliora Weekend and Win Tickets to 'An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth'

Online registration for Meliora Weekend closes at noon Friday, October 2. Didn’t get tickets to the sold-out Kristin Chenoweth performance? The Office of Alumni Relations is giving away two pairs of tickets to see Chenoweth at Meliora Weekend: enter into the random drawing by reposting anything Meliora Weekend-related from any University Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram account or post a Meliora Weekend photo of your own. Make sure to use the hashtag, #URMW15. Enter up to three times by posting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, September 30.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October marks the 12th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. This year's theme is "Our Shared Responsibility." Read tips to help keep yourself safe online. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, please send them to

Alumnus Eric Meyer to Discuss Disruptive Tech

Eric Meyer ’12 will deliver a talk, “Disruptive Tech: How Backwards Policy Stifles the Sharing Economy,” on Thursday, October 15, at 7 p.m. in Schlegel Hall, Room 207. A reception will follow the talk. Meyer is founder and CEO of Haystack, a controversial company legislated out of existence in major cities last year. He is a national contributor to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and CNN, and has been named Maryland Innovator of the Year. The event is cosponsored by SPARK Entrepreneurship, the Computer Science Undergraduate Group, the Finance and Economic Council, AKPsi, and the Center for Entrepreneurship. Register online or join the Facebook event page.

This Week

Paws for Stress Relief

The UHS Health Promotion Office, Active Minds, and URSHAC are bringing back one of their favorite programs, "Paws for Stress Relief." Visit therapy dogs on Monday, September 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Goergen Athletic Center.

Upcoming PhD Thesis Defenses

The following PhD Defenses are scheduled this week:
  • Ravi Patel, electrical engineering, "Memristive Circuits for On-Chip Memories," Thursday, October 1, 12:30 p.m., 426 Computer Studies Building. Advisor: Eby Friedman
  • Yang Zhao, chemistry, "Nickel-Catalyzed Reductive Coupling of Epoxides and Aziridines," Friday October 2, 12:30 p.m., 473 Hutchinson Hall. Advisor: Daniel Weix

Eastman New Venture Challenge Workshop

The recommended workshop series for the Eastman New Venture Challenge—a contest to encourage new thinking and innovative ideas in music—kicks off with a discussion on idea generation at noon on Tuesday, September 29, in the Institute for Music Leadership Office, on the first floor of the Miller Center. All students are welcome, regardless of major, school, or participation in the contest. Read more...

Banned Books Read Out

In observation of National Banned Books Week, the River Campus Libraries will host a Banned Books Read Out on Thursday, October 1, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Q&i area of Rush Rhees Library. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to read short passages in any language from their favorite banned or challenged books.

Lecture Covers Data Science Careers

Henry Kautz, the Robin and Tim Wentworth Director of the Goergen Institute of Data Science, will present “How to Build a Career in Research in Data Science” in Carlson Library on Friday, October 2, at noon. The talk is the first in a series of presentations at the Carlson Student Research Space on the library’s first floor. Registration is preferred.

Rochester In The News


Study to Look at Early Stages of East High School Partnership

Rochester Business Journal (September 21)
“Our research will tell the story of this unique partnership—from beginning to end—with a focus on the critical first year of the transformation process,” says Joanne Larson, the Michael W. Scandling Professor of Education at the Warner School, who was awarded a $50,000 grant to study the University–East partnership.
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