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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (April 19, 2015)
President Seligman address, new Eastman faculty, parking management center, Falling Walls conference, One Community field day, Thank-a-Giver Day, citation clinic



President Seligman: 'We Are Ready for the Next Level'

In an address to the Faculty Senate April 14, President Joel Seligman outlined the University's historical accomplishments before turning his attention to the future. A focus on data science, the humanities, neuromedicine, and community revitalization will take the University to "the next level," beyond the 2013–18 Strategic Plan, Seligman said. "Our vision remains clear. By 2020, we envision a University of Rochester that is unequivocally one of the most outstanding research universities in the United States," he said. Read the full speech here.

Eastman Welcomes New Faculty

Grammy-winning tenor Anthony Dean Griffey ’01E (MM), whose signature roles include Peter Grimes, and lyric baritone Jonathan Retzlaff, associate professor of voice at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, have been appointed to the voice faculty of the Eastman School. Internationally lauded violinist Bin Huang will return to her alma mater as associate professor of violin at the Eastman School.

Parking Management Center Opening April 29

Parking and Transportation Services will consolidate operations and service organizations in a new Parking Management Center, which opens Wednesday, April 29. It will occupy the former Purchasing offices at 70 Goler House, East Drive (PO Box 270348). The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to all faculty, staff, and students. During evenings and weekends, the Visitor Parking Office in the hospital garage will provide service. The Medical Center Parking Office (G-6037) will close on Tuesday, April 28. The River Campus office at Fauver Stadium will temporarily close from 8 a.m. to noon on April 20 and close permanently after commencement weekend. Read more...

Vision Statement Supports Promotion of Environmental Sustainability

The University has officially adopted the Sustainability Council’s vision statement on sustainability. The University “aims to be a leader in promoting a sustainable society through our academic, education, research, patient care and health programs, in the operation of our campuses and facilities, and in our interactions with the community.” As Earth Day approaches, members of the University community are invited to review the University's commitment to sustainability. Read the full sustainability vision statement.

Ying Quartet Welcomes Robin Scott as First Violinist

Robin Scott, an award-winning musician described as one of America’s rising stars on the classical music stage, is joining the Ying Quartet as the Grammy-winning ensemble’s first violinist. Read more...

Compete for a Spot at Berlin Conference

The University invites young researchers, scholars, and entrepreneurs to summarize their groundbreaking ideas in three minutes for a chance to qualify for a spot at the Falling Walls conference in Berlin in November. The annual conference, which commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall, addresses "which walls will fall next?" by highlighting the latest research, innovations, and scientific findings from around the world. Master's students, PhD candidates, postdocs, scientists, entrepreneurs, and early career faculty members up to 35 years of age are encouraged to apply by April 26 for a preliminary Falling Walls Lab competition to be held May 19 in Sloan Auditorium, Goergen Hall. The winner, picked by a nine-member jury that includes business leaders, University leaders, and faculty members, will qualify for the Nov. 8 Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin, with costs of travel and accommodations covered. The winner will also receive a $500 cash prize. Second place will earn $300 and the third-place winner will recieve $200. Contact with any questions.

Deadline Is April 20 for I-Corps Program

Do you have a technical business idea?  Faculty, staff, students at any level of study, and alumni are invited to apply to the National Science Foundation I-Corps Site program at the University. The program provides entrepreneurial training (two required workshops) and modest funding ($1,000 to $3,000 grant awards) to enable teams to transition their technical idea into the marketplace. Cohort I will take place during the 2015 fall semester. Application materials, including an itemized financial plan on how the funds will be used, are due Monday, April 20, at noon to Learn more about the program details and eligibility and guidelines.

Get Your Commencement Regalia by April 24

The bookstore reminds this year's graduates that the last day they can guarantee cap and gown sizes, hood colors, and international stoles is Friday, April 24. Stop by the store before then to ensure that you have the appropriate regalia for commencement.

Registration Opens for CIRTL Summer Courses

CIRTL summer 2015 course registration opens Monday, April 20. See a list of upcoming courses.

URdining Mobile App Available

Xuefeng Peng ’17 and Jacob Niebloom ’18, working with Dining Services, have developed the URdining app, offering menus and nutritional information for the dining halls on River Campus. Users can rate and comment on menu items and ratings refresh daily. The beta version of URdining is available for Apple devices in the App Store.

RED Vendor Fair Planned

Rochester Every Day (RED), a discount program for students, will host its annual vendor fair from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons. Businesses will offer samples of their products at the free event. Confirmed businesses include Amaya, Pho Viet, Impact Martial Arts, Thanh Hair Salon, Thali Of India, Bow A Lanes, Vive Bistro, Yummy Garden, and Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport.

Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness Event

The Junior League of Rochester spring provisional class will host a fundraising event on Wednesday, April 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Gowen Room in Wilson Commons to benefit victims of human trafficking in Rochester. Nonprofit group Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking will show clips from an anti-human trafficking documentary and attendees will assemble care kits for victims. The event is free, but attendees are encouraged to make a donation on the Junior League's Donation eStore to help fund the purchase of the care kit items, including clothing for men and women, toiletries, school supplies, and more. Email for more information. Join the national discussion using #PeopleAreNotForSale.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence Office Hours

Seeking advice from a seasoned entrepreneur? The final dates this year of the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program will feature Michael Wohl ’89, managing partner of ClimateHedge Investments and Greenspace Capital and a serial entrepreneur, on Wednesday, April 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. and Friday, May 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. The meeting location for both dates is 3-327 Carol Simon Hall (third floor). Appointments are required and can be scheduled using the online booking system: book with Michael Wohl or call (585) 276-3500.


This Week


House of Cards Music on Concert Program

Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal ’85E headlines an evening of film and film music Sunday, April 19, at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Beal will lead the Empire Film Music Ensemble in selections from his score for the Netflix hit House of Cards; the free program also includes music accompaniment for excerpts from the silent films The General and The Phantom of the Opera, the documentary short How the Cowboy Makes His Lariat, and Beal’s music for The Dovekeepers and the battleground episode on TNT’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes.

'One Community' Field Day

Mingle with faculty, staff, students, and community members in a relaxed setting at the One Community Field Day from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday, April 20, on the Wilson Commons porch on the River Campus (rain location is Spurrier Gym). The free event will include food, music, games, and more. Organizers are looking for people to give informal performances or to join a jam session. Contact Nhan Le if you're interested in performing.

Thank a Giver Day Is April 21

On Tuesday, April 21, University Advancement will host its first “Thank A Giver” (TAG) Day to engage and educate the student body about the impact of private donations and to recognize and thank those who support the University. Throughout the River Campus you’ll notice yellow tags on buildings, classrooms, benches, trees, etc. that were made possible by the donations of alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. Join in on social media by posting a photo with a yellow tag or thanking a Rochester donor using #URTAGDay2015 and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $100 Starbucks gift card. April 21 will also be the University’s first Day of Giving—24 hours devoted to support for every school, program, and giving area. A gift of any amount can be designated to any area of the University that is meaningful to you. Support the Day of Giving online by using #URMakingADifference.

Upcoming Dissertation Defense

The following PhD thesis defense is scheduled this week:
• Randy Sabatini, chemistry, "Excited State Processes, Molecular Interactions, and Electron Transfer in Systems for the Photochemical Production of Hydrogen," 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 21, 473 Hutchison Hall. Advisor: Richard Eisenberg.

Discussion Centers on Making Classrooms Accessible

The Leadership in Education UCIS group invites faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and instructional staff to a roundtable discussion on creating accessible classrooms for students with disabilities. The discussion, which will include short presentations by experts followed by a group discussion, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the Gamble Room, Rush Rhees Library. RSVP here.

Need Help with Citations?

If you’re looking for a useful tool to help you keep track of your resources and create bibliographies or works cited pages, the River Campus Libraries can help. Drop into a Citation Clinic on Wednesday, April 22, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees. You will learn about the tools (EndNote, RefWorks, Mendeley, and Zotero) that can save you time and keep you organized.

Talk on Challenges in Translational Genomics

The Graduate Student Society is sponsoring a talk by Matt McCall, assistant professor of biostatistics and computational biology, on Thursday, April 23. McCall will present "Genomic Study Design, Batch Effects, and Resulting Disasters" from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Auditorium K-207 (2-6408), Medical Center. A networking and Q&A session will follow.

Assess Your Scholarly Impact with Google Scholar

Google Scholar offers a way to create a profile that showcases papers you have written and the citations they have received. A workshop on Friday, April 24, will help you create your own Google Scholar citation profile page in order to track your h-index citation counts. The workshop will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Rush Rhees Library Training Room (214).

Mt. Hope Celebration of College Town

Explore Mt. Hope Avenue and celebrate the grand opening of College Town on April 24 and 25. The Mt. Hope Celebration of College Town will feature live music, entertainment, children's activities, carnival games, food and beverage tastings, tours, and giveaways. Details are available on the event's Facebook page.

Rochester In The News

Get Up-to-Speed on Stem Cell Research

WXXI Connections (April 15)
Mark Noble, the Martha M. Freeman, M.D. Professor in Biomedical Genetics and director of the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Institute, and Richard Dees, associate professor of philosophy and bioethics, discuss progress in stem-cell research and the ethical issues it raises.

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