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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (April 13, 2014)
State of the University, business plan contest winners, upcoming PhD defenses, CIRTL events, public speaking for musicians, science of fundraising
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sunday, april 13, 2014
News and Announcements

President Seligman Delivers State of the University Report

In an address to the Faculty Senate Tuesday, President Joel Seligman reviewed the "strongest year in history in Advancement," citing gifts that support research and scholarship among faculty and students, and highlighted recent achievements of Rochester's faculty, students, and alumni. Seligman also provided updates on senior leadership transitions, diversity efforts, implementation of the 2013–18 strategic plans, and next year's priorities. "In its 164-year history, the University of Rochester has weathered challenges, capitalized on opportunities and always emerged triumphant," he said. "We are strong, growing, and an increasingly complex institution that is inexorably faithful to our motto ... Meliora ... ever better. " Read the speech and view the presentation.

Rochester Teams Advance in Business Plan Competition

The University hosted the second annual 2014 Finger Lakes Region NY Business Plan Contest last Wednesday. Three Rochester teams—Ovitz (senior Felix Kim, junior Pedro Vallejo-Ramirez, TEAM MS student Samuel Steven ’13 (BS), and PhD candidate Len Zheleznyak); Mobilysis (sophomore Christopher Wong, TEAM MS students Li Deng and Bowei Zhang, and PhD candidates Steven Gillmer, Kenny Goodfellow, and Aizhong Zhang); and Bright Imaging (TEAM MS students Barca Donmez and Alex Magill and MBA students Elleny Alvarado Nazar and Michael Moore)—were named finalists. Eleven finalist teams advanced to the statewide intercollegiate New York Business Plan Competition in Albany on April 25, where they will vie for $500,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.

Video: Security Awareness

See what some students have to say about information security at the University. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, send them to

Enter Your Business Plan by April 16

Submit your business plans to the eighth annual Mark Ain Business Model Competition. First place will win $10,000; second place will receive $2,500; and third place will get $1,000. A team of up to five students may submit one plan and students may submit a business plan that was written for a current or past course. Submissions must be submitted electronically to Susanna Virgilio  at the Center for Entrepreneurship by 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 16. Ten semi-finalist teams will be selected to present their business plans on May 1. From the semi-finalist presentations, the pool will be whittled down to five finalist teams who will have a chance to win the cash prizes during the competition on May 13. See the submission guidelines.

iPad Clearance Sale

University IT Computer Sales is offering discounts of up to $330 off its clearance iPad stock. In addition, all in-store second-, third-, and fourth-generation iPad cases—including clearance—are 10 percent off through April 30. View the clearance iPads on the University IT Computer Sales website or stop by a retail location in the Medical Center (G-7220B) or Rush Rhees Library for details.

Gospel Performance Workshop

Explore gospel music and the aural tradition of learning music in Gospel Performance Workshop. Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Lattimore 201. Students may register for or audit MUR163 to participate. No singing or gospel experience is needed. Instrumentalists are also needed. See the group perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the Interfaith Chapel. For more information, contact Cathy Christian.

Vote for River Campus Libraries

Do you love Rush Rhees, Carlson, and the POA Libraries? Nominate the River Campus Libraries for the Rochester Regional Library Council's 2014 Library of the Year. Voting starts Sunday, April 13, and closes at midnight on Saturday, April 19.

This Week

Upcoming PhD Defenses, Lectures

The following PhD thesis defenses and lectures are scheduled:
Irina Statnikova, neuroscience, "GPi is Involved at Multiple Levels in Selection and Inhibition of Competing Motor Behaviors," Monday, April 14, 9 a.m., Auditorium K-307 (3-6408), Medical Center. Advisor: Jonathan Mink.
Marzieh Bazrafshan, computer science, "Semantic Features for Statistical Machine Translation," Monday, April 14, 11 a.m., Computer Science Building 601. Advisor: Daniel Gildea.
Amalia Dache-Gerbino, Warner School, "The Labyrinth in the Metropole: A Postcolonial Mixed-Method Study of College Access and Choice," Monday, April 14, 1 p.m., LeChase Hall 215. Advisor: Judy Marquez Kiyama.
Joseph Henderson, Warner School, "Not for Everyone, but Kind of Amazing:  Institutional Friction and the Nature of Sustainability Education," Monday, April 14, 4 p.m., LeChase Hall 215. Advisor: David Hursh.
Emily Martinez-Vogt, Warner School, "Navigating the Transition to Community College:  Understanding the Perceptions and Strategies Related to Latina Experiences," Tuesday, April 15, 11 a.m., LeChase Hall 215. Advisor: Judy Marquez Kiyama.
Joseph Vogel, English, "The Rising Tide of Color: Race, Masculinity and Contested Histories in the American Imaginary," Tuesday, April 15. Advisor: Jeffrey Tucker.
Zhuang Hou, mathematics, "Blow-up Properties of Stochastic Delay Differential Equations," Tuesday, April 15, 3 p.m., Hylan Hall 1106A. Advisor: Carl Mueller.
Sadie Gorman, toxicology, "Mice Lacking the Organic Solute Transporter Osta-Ostb Have Altered Lipid and Glucose Homeostasis," Wednesday, April 16, 10 a.m., Auditorim K-307 (3-6408), Medical Center. Advisor: Patricia Hinkle.
Jennifer George, Warner School, "The Influence of Gender Role Attitudes on the Romantic Relationships and Future Aspirations of Rural Youth," Wednesday, April 16, 1 p.m., LeChase Hall 481. Advisor: Dena Phillips Swanson.
Alex Kuczynski, music theory, "From Diminution to Autonomous Themes in Schenkerian Theory," Friday, April 18, noon, Room 710, Eastman School Annex. Advisor: Jonathan Dunsby.

CIRTL Events This Week

• Monday, April 14: 5 to 6 p.m., "Career Development for Postdocs: Networking." The online panel discussion will help attendees think about what networking might look like for them. Click here to sign up (on the day of the event).
• Thursday, April 17: 2 to 3:30 p.m., "Using Primary Literature and a Writing Intensive Formula to Increase Student Engagement and Learning." Click here to sign up (on the day of the event).
Direct questions to Jenny Hadingham.

Healthy Monday Hosts 'Meatless Monday'

Join the UHS Health Promotion Office and celebrate Meatless Monday at Douglas Dining Center from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 14. Breakfast will be served for dinner. Check the Dining Services website for information about menu items.

'Move It' with the Badminton Team

Ever wanted to play badminton but weren't sure how? The Healthy Monday team has teamed up with the University's badminton team to help teach you. On Monday, April 14, from 6 to 7 p.m., stop by the Zornow Courts in Goergen Athletic Center.

Public Speaking for Musicians Is Webinar Topic presents a free webinar, "Public Speaking for Musicians," from 8 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 14. A live Q&A session will follow the webcast. Read more and register here.

'The Science of Fundraising'

Kim Ritchie, senior scientist and program manager of marine microbiology at the Department of Marine Biology and Conservation, will present "The Science of Fundraising: Perspectives from a Marine Biologist" at the next Graduate Women in Science meeting. The talk starts at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Case Method Room (1-9576), Medical Center.

Rochester in the News

It's Not the Video Games That Are Making You Angry, You're Just Bad at Them

Huffington Post (April 8)
"People think just watching violent games and imagery is the basis for post-game aggression," says Richard Ryan, professor of psychology. "But as we studied it, there are other dynamics: the competitiveness in games, the frustration you can have about [failing to] master it. Those are the things that seem to be most associated with post-game aggression." (Also reported by, Irish Examiner, Men's Health, and more.)

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