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News for University of Rochester Alumni and Friends, October 2014
Cloaking research; leadership at the Medical Center; new novels; student entrepreneurs; new professorship
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Project Brings New Visibility to Invisibility

A “cloaking device” developed by John Howell, professor of physics, and graduate student Joseph Choi is bringing new attention to a field that’s long captured the imagination of physicists and futurists. The two have demonstrated a way to hide objects from view using a combination of four standard lenses. Read more . . .

National Visibility: The “Rochester Cloak” is earning attention from several national outlets, including NBC News, the Los Angeles Times, and Time Magazine and others.





Medical Center Leaders Announce Transition

Medical Center CEO Bradford Berk ’81M (MD/PhD) (above) has announced that he plans to transition from that role to launch a new University institute devoted to developing new devices and therapies to help patients with neurological deficits live fuller lives. President Joel Seligman named School of Medicine and Dentistry Dean Mark Taubman as the next senior vice president for health sciences and Medical Center CEO. Read more . . .





Faculty Novels Probe Family Dynamics

New novels from English professors Stephen Schottenfeld and Joanna Scott explore the dynamics and histories of two fictional families. In his debut novel, Bluff City Pawn, Schottenfeld, the James P. Wilmot Assistant Professor of English, follows a Memphis, Tennessee, pawnbroker in a story of class, race, ownership, and loyalty. And Joanna Scott, the Roswell Smith Burrows Professor of English, mixes fiction with real-life family lore in De Potter’s Grand Tour, a novel inspired by her late great-grandfather.





Get Social at Meliora Weekend

Join the conversation and share your snapshots of Meliora Weekend, Oct. 16–19, by using the hashtags #MW14 and #UReunion14 when posting to social media networks. And follow online for news and live coverage of the weekend. You can find Alumni Relations on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also grab a flat Rocky at walk-in registration and take him on your adventures over the weekend. Post your Rocky photos to Instagram with the hashtag #WheresRocky and you’ll be entered in a drawing for free swag.





Student Entrepreneurs Vie for Business Prize

The members of the student-run start-up Ovitz—Pedro Vallejo-Ramirez ’16, Joung Yoon (Felix) Kim ’14, Samuel Steven ’13, graduate student Aizhong Zhang, Len Zheleznyak ’05, ’06 (MS), and Nicolas Brown ’16—are among a handful of University-connected teams competing for up to $5 million in prize money in a business competition this month. Read more . . .





Introducing the Hazel Fyfe Professor

Economist and longtime Rochester faculty member Mark Bils (center) has been named the inaugural Hazel Fyfe Professor in Economics. The position was created through an anonymous donor’s bequest honoring Hazel Fyfe Gallaher ’46 and her family. President Joel Seligman (above, left) and Gloria Culver ’94M (PhD), interim dean of the School of Arts & Sciences (right), introduced Bils during a ceremony last month as part of The Meliora Challenge: The Campaign for the University of Rochester. Read more . . .





Regional News

Join alumni and friends for activities in New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Rochester. Read more . . .

Online Programs Upcoming webinars and online sessions (all times EST) include presentations on networking and job-hunting skills. (Registration is required.)

Nov. 5, 8 p.m.: Webinar: Let Linkedin Market Your Skills & Experience

Dec. 3, 8 p.m.: Webinar: Master the Art & Science of Interviewing

New York City: Explore Health Care in New Series

The Simon School is hosting a six-part seminar series exploring the challenges facing the business of health care. The series, presented by Simon faculty and Medical Center experts, begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 1601 Broadway at 48th St. Register here.





Got Instagram? See a Student View of Life

Attention, Instagram users. A new student-run account lets you see the University through the eyes of a different student each week. Using Instagram, follow @WeAreUofR as Rochester students show you life on campus. See more . . .





More News

Multimillion Dollar Grants Target Cancer, Schizophrenia, Hearing Loss

The Wilmot Cancer Institute will have a leadership role in a nationwide clinical research network as part of an $18.6 million, five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute, one of the largest awards received by Medical Center researchers in the past 10 years. The grant is one of several recent multimillion awards, including a $6 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to support research on how doctors understand and treat schizophrenia and a $4.35 million award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote health among people who use American Sign Language and among those who have acquired hearing loss.

Foundation Creates Graduate Fellowship Program

Andrew Barowsky ’72, president of the Andrew P. Barowsky Foundation, is helping create a path for students at Dominican University to attend graduate school at Rochester. Read more . . .

Students Honored for Success in Courses and Sports

Ten student-athletes received the University's Garnish Scholar Award, named for longtime coach Lysle (Spike) Garnish and presented in recognition of achievement in both academics and athletics. Read more . . .

Sign Up for the Simon Games

Participants in the Simon School’s fifth annual online scholarship competition have the chance to earn a full- or partial-tuition scholarship to the school’s part-time MBA and executive MBA programs. Read more. . .

Twenty-Five Years, 600 books, and Counting

The University of Rochester Press is marking its silver anniversary with a series of events and exhibits. Read more . . .

In Memoriam

Colleagues remember Philip Rubin, professor and chair emeritus of radiation oncology, J. Daniel Subtelny, a longtime chair and faculty member at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health; and Chloe Alexson, a longtime pediatric cardiologist.





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