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Laser-Generated Structures Create Water-Repellent Metals

Scientists at the Institute of Optics have used lasers to transform metals into extremely water-repellent, or superhydrophobic, materials without the need for temporary coatings. “The material is so strongly water-repellent, the water actually gets bounced off,” says Chunlei Guo, professor of optics. “Then it lands on the surface again, gets bounced off again, and then it will just roll off from the surface.” See news coverage from USA Today, BBC News, Huffington Post UK, Newsweek, The Daily Mail, Discovery News.

Professor Named to Forbes’ ‘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 in the Jan. 19 issue of Forbes. Read more...

Students Honored at Leadership Appreciation Dinner

On Jan. 15, the Leadership Appreciation Dinner honored student leaders from organizations who have advisors from Residential Life, the Rochester Center for Community Leadership, and Wilson Commons Student Activities.  The Alice DeSimone and Ana Hubbard awards were given out by Dean Matt Burns. 

Get Inspired, Try Something New

The University Events Calendar has highlighted a selection of events in January and February with a motivational and inspirational theme. Kick off the new semester with events that include speakers, cultural events, as well as educational and health information sessions.

Are You SWARM-Trained?

SWARM is a peer-led bystander alcohol education program offered by the UHS Health Promotion Office for all students on campus.  If your organization is planning to host an event with alcohol, having SWARM-trained members can help make your event safer. Training sessions are offered weekly. Visit the UHS Health Promotion Office on Facebook for dates or email to register for the next training.

Ebooks Help Guide Available

Do you need help with an ebook from the River Campus Libraries? Check out the new Ebooks Help Guide for troubleshooting tips, security recommendations, ways to find library ebooks, and more.

Summer Sustainability Internships Announced

Want to work on issues related to environmental sustainability? Students interested in working on research projects, environmental art, curriculum development, policy, and other areas are encouraged to apply for one of six summer internships sponsored by the University. The program provides a $1,000 stipend and free campus housing for June and July. The application deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Leadership Luncheon: Presenting Yourself Professionally

The Rochester Center for Community Leadership will hold its next Leadership Luncheon on "Tips for Writing Essays and Resumes: Presenting Yourself Professionally" from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in Wilson Commons 121 and 122. The discussion will be led by Kellie Hernandez, associate director of Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center; Belinda Redden, director of fellowships; and Deb Rossen-Knill, director and associate professor from the College Writing Program. RSVP by Sunday, Feb. 15, to and specify any food allergies. Space is limited to the first 30 undergraduate students. See the spring Leadership Luncheon lineup.

Web Browser Awareness

Designers of the most commonly used web browsers have announced plans to begin notifying users of websites that are in the process of updating security certificates. University IT departments are working with other University departments to update their web pages’ certificates. Read more...


'Oh So Sweet' Bake Sale

The Chi Lambda chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will hold its annual "Oh So Sweet" bake sale from Feb. 2 to 14 in Wilson Commons. It will feature homemade cookies, cupcakes, and lollipops, as well as a raffle for a Valentine's Day–inspired basket worth more than $100. Email for more information.

February Events at University Bookstore

The Barnes & Noble store at College Town has planned the following events in February.
Saturday, Feb. 7: Learn about letterpress printing and create your own coaster or Valentine’s Day card from 2 to 4 p.m. with the Printing and Book Arts Center of the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education.
Tuesday, Feb. 10: Romance authors  Charlotte Symonds and S. Carman Knight will be at the store from 7 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28: Author Kristin Skarie will discuss her book, A Year of Nothing New: Tools for Living Lean and Green, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Also, Thursdays at noon, Frank Tallarico, store manager, will lead children's story time.

Deadlines and Reminders


Shuttle Route Changes Start Monday

Beginning Monday, Jan. 26, the Blue Line Monday through Friday evening route will be adding a stop inside College Town beginning with the 6:15 p.m. run departing Whipple Park. Trips that end at Rush Rhees Library will pick up on Celebration Drive and trips that terminate at Whipple Park will pick up at the transit shelter on Mount Hope. It will not affect the weekend schedule. Also beginning Monday, Jan. 26, the early evening portion of the Orange Line will change its schedule—specifically between 4:30 and 7:10 p.m.—in order to provide better on-time performance. The Orange Line weekend route and schedule will also change so that the direction and stops of the route will mirror the same route that occurs Monday through Friday. The updated spring 2015 shuttle schedules are online. Contact Parking and Transportation Services at (585) 275-5953 with any questions or concerns.

Diversity Conference Call for Proposals

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to submit proposals for workshops and posters at the University’s 2015 diversity conference, which will take place April 17. This year's conference, “From Bystander to Ally,” focuses on intersecting identities, social justice, and unconscious bias. Workshop proposal submissions can showcase best practices, research, outreach strategies, training methods, and other topics related to the theme. Read more about the theme and proposal process.

Student Life Awards Nominations Open

Nominations for this year’s University Student Life Awards are open until noon Wednesday, Jan. 28. Undergraduates in the College and at the Eastman School are eligible. The awards recognize students who, through service to others, investment of talent and time, and pursuit of excellence, have significantly and positively affected the University or surrounding community. The awards are divided into two categories: Individual Leadership Awards and Student Organization and Programming Awards. Award descriptions and nomination forms can be found online. Contact Alicia Ponczkowski at 276-6860 with any questions.

TEAM Master's Degree Application Deadline Is Feb. 1

The online application deadline for the Technical Entrepreneurship and Management (TEAM) MS program for students who wish to start in fall 2015 is Sunday, Feb. 1. Merit-based scholarships are available for the University community. If you have questions about the application process or the TEAM program, contact Andrea Galati, executive director.

The Mural Project Call for Submissions

The Mural Project is an initiative of the Students' Association and Hartnett Gallery to encourage creativity on campus. A student or group of students will be selected to paint a mural in Wilson Commons, and, upon its completion, become eligible for a scholarship designed to encourage continued pursuit of art. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Feb. 2. For more information, visit

Order Eastman Yearbooks by Feb. 4

The Score, Eastman School's yearbook, will include events, programs, activities, clubs and organizations, senior portraits, studios, ensembles, and more. Reserve a copy by Wednesday, Feb. 4. Visit and enter ID code 7685515 or or visit the Office of Student Life and pay for your yearbook with cash or URos.

This Week


'A Fireside Chat with Dean Burgett'

The Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center presents "A Fireside Chat with Dean Burgett" from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, in the Welles-Brown Room in Rush Rhees Library. Stop by to learn more about Paul Burgett, vice president, senior advisor to the president, and University dean, who is featured in Rochester Review for his 50 years at the University.

Join the Rush Rhees Book Group

Looking for a good excuse to read some fun books? Join the Rush Rhees Reads Undergraduate Book Group for its first meeting of the year at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, in the Gandhi Room (131) of Rush Rhees Library. Attendees will decide which books the group will read this semester, as well as brainstorm events and outings. Refreshments will be provided. Beginning in February, meetings will be held on the third Monday of each month. To join the listserv, contact Eileen Daly-Boas or check out the Facebook group.

Input Sought for Multicultural Student-Alumni Networking Event

The Office of Alumni Relations needs help from students in planning the third annual Multicultural Student Alumni Networking Night. An interest meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, in Wilson Commons 503. Learn about current plans, offer your own ideas, and help Alumni Relations make the event ever better. Pizza will be served. Email Cristin Monahan at to join in or for more information.

Healthy Monday Kickoff

Join the UHS Health Promotion Office and kick off Healthy Monday for the semester on Monday, Jan. 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Goergen Athletic Center. The event will include the “PAWS for Stress Relief” program as well as a showcase of upcoming Healthy Monday events. Enter to win prizes like water bottles and Healthy Monday T-shirts! For more information, visit Healthy Monday on Facebook.

Plutzik Reading Series welcomes Katherine Larson

The Plutzik Reading Series welcomes poet Katherine Larson on Tuesday, Jan. 27. The reading will be held in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library, at 5 p.m. Read more...

Bike-Share System Feasibility Presentation

Learn more about the results of the Rochester Area Bike Share Feasibility Study at a meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the Rochester Public Library's Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Ave. The report recommends a four-phase, 1,000 bike system for Rochester in an area including the University. Read more...

Workshop: What is GIS?

Researchers in a variety of fields are integrating Geographic Information Systems (GIS) into their projects. Learn about GIS concepts, its history and applications, and how you can access GIS software and support during a one-hour workshop at noon Thursday, Jan. 29, in Carlson Library, Room 310. Feel free to bring your lunch. Questions? Contact Blair Tinker at

KEY Program Info Session

Learn about the Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year (KEY) Scholars program at an information session Thursday, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m. in Lattimore 306A. The program offers select students a fifth, tuition-free year of college to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors. The program is supported by the College and the Center for Entrepreneurship. The application deadline is Thursday, March 19. Seniors are not permitted to apply during the spring semester. Contact for further information.

Register for First Mark Ain Business Model Workshop

The 2015 Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Series kicks off with “Developing a Business Plan for Life—An Integrated Approach,” a presentation by University entrepreneur-in-residence Michael Wohl '89, managing partner of ClimateHedge Investments and Greenspace Capital. The workshop will be held from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in Schlegel Hall 407. Workshops are free and open to all. The competition (submissions are due in April) is open to currently enrolled University students at any level of study. Pizza will be provided. Attendees must register online or call (585) 276-3500.

College Conversation: Spirituality, Faith, and Religion

Join Dean Matt Burns and Denise Yarbrough, director of religious and spiritual life, for an informal conversation about "Spirituality, Faith, and Religion." The open discussion will explore questions such as: How do the faith communities interact on campus? Are there aspects of spirituality, faith, and religion that you believe cannot be discussed on campus? Does faith play a role in your everyday life? Contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (585) 275-4085 if you need special accommodations.

RecycleMania Begins

Preseason of the RecycleMania competition is officially under way. Recycle and help bring up the University's scores as Rochester competes against other colleges across the nation from now until the end of March. You may get “caught green-handed” for recycling or acting green in other ways and be rewarded with a prize by an EcoRep. Each week there will be activities and giveaways. Check out the full calendar of events on UR Sustainable. The first promotional event, sponsored by GreenSpace, will be the Recycle the Runway fashion show held Friday, Jan 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Interfaith Chapel. Starting next week, check Weekly Buzz for a weekly trivia contest.

Winterfest Weekend Celebrates Community

Winterfest Weekend, Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, is a weekend for the College campus to celebrate the beginning of the semester. Scheduled activities include
· Friday, Jan. 30: Study Abroad Global Fair, UR’s Got Talent, Friday Night Coffeehouse with Yang Yang and Reid Zuckerman
• Saturday, Jan. 31: Winter Wonderland, Taste of Rochester, A Q&A with Bill Hader (tickets available here), and a late night movie in Rocky’s Sub Shop & Lounge
• Sunday, Feb. 1: Spirit Week Kickoff—Superbowl Party
See the full schedule here. Check out the event page for further updates. Sponsored by Campus Activities Board and Wilson Commons Student Activities.

One-Act Play Festival Auditions

Auditions for the International Theatre Program's One-Act Play Festival will be held Friday, Jan. 30, and Saturday, Feb. 1, in Todd Theater. No prior theatrical experience is necessary and there's no need to prepare anything for the audition—just show up. Visit for details.
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