Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

I hope you all enjoyed the full spectrum of e-week activities here on campus. According to the “Are You Smarter than an Optics Major?”  trivia contest, chemical engineering is the major to beat with the most correct answers . “Team Cheryl,” Cheryl Zhou and Michael Hua, won the egg drop competition on Friday afternoon. Congratulations!

Earlier this week, optics professor Jannick Rolland presented her optical coherence microscopy research at the 2011 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. Jannick and her colleagues have developed a device to produce micron-resolution images below the skin’s surface. In clinical use, these images could change the way skin diseases are diagnosed by preventing unnecessary biopsies and MRIs. The popular tech blog Engadget is one of several places where her research was highlighted.

Senior mechanical engineering major Mike Labanowski has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America men’s basketball team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Earlier this year, Mike was also named a Lysle “Spike” Garnish Scholar, also in recognition of his academic achievement and athletic talent, and has interned at the Ginna Nuclear Power Plant. Congratulations, Mike, on these impressive achievements!

To celebrate Professor Ching Tang’s 2011 Wolf Prize in chemistry, the Hajim School and the chemistry and physics and astronomy departments are holding a congratulatory luncheon on Wednesday, March 3 in the Welles-Brown room of the Rush Rhees library at 11:30 a.m. professors Shaw Chen, Bob Boeckman, and I will each speak about Ching’s contributions to his field and to Rochester. I’m looking forward to this gathering very much!  


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean