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February 3, 2023

Pediatric trauma team helps reduce radiation exposure in children

Computed tomography (CT) scans are important to get a precise diagnosis in specific situations, but carry extra risks and additional costs that are best avoided if other methods are possible. To prevent these risks, clinicians at the Pediatric Trauma Center at Golisano Children’s Hospital initiated one of the first large-scale hospital efforts that significantly reduced the number of unnecessary CT scans conducted on injured children, limiting exposure to harmful radiation and reducing healthcare costs with no negative effect on outcomes.

In today’s issue:

  • Rochester has been awarded a new three-year grant for biology and chemistry majors
  • The Eastman Virtuosi celebrates Professor Emeritus Samuel Adler
  • February’s “Voices of XR” sessions start Monday at Studio X

University awarded new three-year grant for biology, chemistry majors

The University has been awarded a three-year grant for the new Beckman Scholars Program, which provides undergraduates majoring in biology and chemistry the opportunity to conduct independent laboratory research under the mentorship of select Rochester faculty over a 15-month period. The program is administered by the Departments of Biology and Chemistry and will be guided by three core values: research excellence, mentorship, and inclusion. Two undergraduates will be selected each year, for three years, and each student will receive $21,000 in funding over 15 months in support of their research efforts. Students can apply by 5 p.m. EST on February 24. The Rochester faculty members who applied for and were awarded the grant are Shauna Paradine, an assistant professor of chemistry; Jennifer Brisson, a professor of biology; and Sina Ghaemmaghami, Mercer Brugler Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Biology and the George Y. and Catherine H. Wu Professor in Chemistry. Rochester is one of 14 American institutions that will receive more than $2.1 million in total funding for 84 undergraduates.

International Services Office closed today

The International Services Office will be closed for all services today, February 3. If you have an immigration emergency while the office is closed, contact the Department of Public Safety at (585) 275-3333.


Graduate student workshops on relating to your advisor

The relationships between graduate students and their advisors often can be sources of support and stress, with interactions that can involve social dynamics and power differentials. In this series of workshops for graduate students, University Counseling Center predoctoral interns will highlight interpersonal effectiveness skills which emphasize how you can get what you need from others more often while considering objective effectiveness, relationship effectiveness, and self-respect effectiveness. Attendance at Part I is required in order to attend Part II. If you attended the “Advisor Relations and Interpersonal Effectiveness” webinar in the fall, you can also attend Part II. Register below to attend.

Be a student representative for the Graduate Student Wellness Committee

Are you a graduate student passionate about wellness? Do you want to share your experience as a student with faculty and staff or cocreate programs and policy changes for all graduate students on campus? The Graduate Student Wellness Committee is looking for student representatives. The committee includes a variety of Rochester graduate school faculty, staff, and students to help understand the needs of students and create wellness events to reach all of Rochester’s graduate students in a more systematic way. To become a student representative or if you have questions, contact Rebecca Block.


Hands-only CPR

Join Well-U and the American Heart Association for this one-time virtual overview of hands-only CPR on Thursday, February 16, at noon EST. Learn valuable skills that you may use one day to save a life. Register here.

Tuition waivers: 30 days approaching

For faculty and staff attending the University for the spring 2023 semester, remember that your employee tuition waiver application must be submitted in HRMS within 30 days of the start of the course; you are nearing the end of the application window. If you haven’t submitted it for this semester, do so as soon as possible. Send questions via email.


Kick off Winterfest Weekend at Club Rochester

Students, staff, and faculty can mix and mingle, and enjoy free food, giveaways, discount drinks, and networking at Club Rochester, a campus happy hour. Enjoy the “warm and cozy” themed menu including a mashed potato bar and both chocolate and cheese dips for fondue. Hosted by the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and College Center for Advising Services together with Wilson Commons Student Activities, Dining Services, and Students’ Association Government, the event takes place today, February 3, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons. All guests will need to check in using their personal QR code found in the new UR CCC app. Event staff will be available to assist you when checking in. Follow Wilson Commons Student Activities on Instagram and Facebook for updates.

Eastman Virtuosi celebrates Samuel Adler

In celebration of his 95th birthday, the Eastman Virtuosi presents the music of Samuel Adler, a professor emeritus at the Eastman School of Music, on Saturday, February 4, at 7:30 p.m. A pre-concert talk with Adler will take place from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. EST in Kilbourn Hall and streamed live. Tickets are $10 for the general public and free to current season subscribers and University ID holders.

‘Voices of XR’ series

Mary Ann Mavrinac Studio X welcomes a new round of immersive technology scholars and professionals this month as part of its speaker series, “Voices of XR.”

  • Monday, February 6: Could holographic displays be the key to achieving realism? Get the answer with Kaan Akşit, an associate professor of computer science at University College London.
  • Monday, February 20: Join the Ferryman Collective, a new kind of virtual reality studio, dedicated to immersive storytelling and unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
  • Wednesday, February 22: Learn from someone who built an AR/VR product. Sam Hessenauer, cofounder and CTO of Nanome, Inc., will discuss how he created the real-time collaborative and spatial computing platform.
  • Monday, February 27: Attend a session with Ram Haddas, an assistant professor of orthopaedics at the Medical Center, who is developing world-class motion labs that leverage extended reality (XR) technologies for clinical service and research and development.

Take your place center stage with Judith Humphrey ’70 (MA)

Join Judith Humphrey ’70 (MA), founder of the Humphrey Group and author of Taking the Stage: How Women Can Speak Up, Stand Out and Succeed as she shares her story of how women can move forward in their careers and gain recognition in their personal lives by “taking the stage.” Learn how to take your place in the spotlight by developing a confident center-stage mindset, developing a script of empowering language and clear messages, using your voice in compelling ways, and developing strong, confident body language. The virtual event takes place Thursday, February 9, at noon EST. Learn more and register here.

New feasibility assessment can tell you what it will take to run your clinical trial

The Office of Clinical Research has rolled out a new, free feasibility assessment that University researchers can use to assess what it will take to run a proposed clinical trial. The three-step process can help investigators and departments make informed decisions about which clinical trials to invest time and effort into.

Inaugural Finger Lakes Microbiome Symposium

The Finger Lakes Microbiome Symposium, taking place Friday, April 21, in Sarah Flaum Atrium, is a student-led conference to bring together the microbiome research communities in the Finger Lakes region and surrounding area including academic institutions, medical centers, and industry. With keynote talks, career panels, presentations, and networking sessions, there will be many opportunities for attendees to present and discuss their work. Abstracts are due February 21; the deadline to register is March 21.


A screenshot of the University’s Instagram shows a photo of snow ducklings lined up on River Campus

Snowfall in Rochester led to the creation of some snow ducklings on the River Campus.

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