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News for University of Rochester Alumni and Friends, February 2015
Ainslie investiture, hydrophobic metals, commencement speaker, international flavor of squash, regional events, professor among "30 under 30"


Andrew Ainslie Shares Vision for Simon Business School

The University celebrated Andrew Ainslie’s appointment as dean of the Simon Business School at an investiture ceremony Feb. 3. "We’re in this together, and we will reach our objectives by all both helping to make the right decisions, and living by the decisions that we make," Ainslie said in his inaugural address. Read his full remarks.

Water Bounces Off Laser-Transformed Metals

Scientists at the Institute of Optics have used lasers to transform metals into extremely water-repellent, or superhydrophobic, materials. “The material is so strongly water-repellent, the water actually gets bounced off,” says Chunlei Guo, professor of optics. The technique could lead to applications in solar panels, in sanitation, and as rust-free metals.

Series Shines Spotlight on Disability in Higher Ed

“The Opportunity Project,” a new microdocumentary series created by the Institute for Innovative Transition at the University and funded by the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, shares short video stories of young adults with intellectual disabilities who have benefited from a meaningful college experience. Read more...

Posse Foundation Founder to Deliver 2015 College Commencement Address

Deborah Bial, founder and president of the Posse Foundation, one of the most comprehensive and renowned college access and readiness programs for urban high school students in the United States, will deliver the 165th College commencement address on Sunday, May 17. Read more...

Ring System Larger, Heavier Than Saturn's

Rochester astronomers, along with colleagues at the Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands, have discovered that the ring system that they see eclipse the very young Sun-like star J1407 is of enormous proportions, much larger and heavier than the ring system of Saturn. Read more... 

Monitoring Mental Health through 'Selfie' Videos, Social Media

Rochester researchers have developed an innovative approach to turn any computer or smartphone with a camera into a personal mental health monitoring device. Read more...

The International Flavor of Squash

The University's squash team includes 11 players on its roster from seven different countries. The Yellowjackets' three reigning All-American selections—Neil Cordell, Mario Yanez-Tapia, and Ryosei Kobayashi—talk about how they got started in squash and why they chose to study at Rochester. Read more...

Your Rochester Connections

Join alumni and friends for activities around the world. Read more ...

Online Programs

Upcoming webinars and online sessions (all times ET) include presentations on networking and career advancement. (Registration is required.)

Feb. 11, 8 p.m., Reinventing You

Feb. 12, 1 p.m., Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Social Justice and the Black Experience in America

Feb. 18, 8 p.m., Got a Bad Boss? Work That Boss to Get What You Want at Work

Feb. 25, 8 p.m., Climbing the Corporate Ladder

Feb. 26, 4 p.m., Success in School and Life: How Can Parents Matter?

March 4, 8 p.m., Stuff Your Resume with Keywords to Highlight Your Experience

March 11, 6:30 p.m., Faculty Perspectives: Human Impacts on Earth with Adam Frank

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Professor Named to Forbes’s ‘30 Under 30’ in Science

Elika Bergelson, a research assistant professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, was selected for the 2015 list of “30 Under 30” in Science by Forbes magazine. Read more...

Fatty Acids in Fish May Shield Brain from Mercury Damage

New findings from Rochester researchers provide further evidence that the benefits of fish consumption on prenatal development may offset the risks associated with mercury exposure. Read more...

Linda Chaudron Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Linda Chaudron '92M (MD), professor of psychiatry and senior associate dean for diversity at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, is the recipient of this year’s Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award for her work as a champion of women in science and medicine. Read more...
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