Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

With another fruitful academic year newly behind us, it’s time now to look ahead – to a summer ripe with possibility.

For example, a fieldtrip next month may even foster future careers. The University’s chapter of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) announced recently that Corning Inc. has agreed to host our students July 20 at its global headquarters (about 100 miles southeast of Rochester). Students of all related disciplines will be treated to tours of Corning’s manufacturing facilities and Museum of Glass, and given time to mingle with the company’s engineers and other employees. Corning – which will fund our travel, meals, and museum-entry fees – has also invited students to participate in lunchtime poster presentations. And while the latter isn’t mandatory, it is encouraged. As Hajim School Academic Counselor Nikki Terry pointed out in an emailed invitation, “This is a great opportunity to stand out in a valuable industry setting.” Also, if space becomes a concern, presenters will be given priority over non-presenters. Nikki suggested students ask their advisors for free schedules that Friday; buses will leave campus by 8 a.m. and are expected to return around 5:30 p.m. To RSVP, write to URSPIE@gmail.com.

Next, please help me congratulate David Foster, adjunct professor of Chemical Engineering, who has been named a University Professor of the Year. This Students’ Association honor was created in 1981 to underscore the importance of undergraduate instruction. The program celebrates a faculty member for his or her achievement purely as an undergraduate professor; recipients are decided in a student vote. The award annually recognizes a professor in each academic division of the College – Engineering, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences – who “makes a positive and lasting impact on undergraduate student life at the University by developing relationships with students, creating an engaging and challenging classroom atmosphere, and inspiring the further pursuit of knowledge.”

Finally, to Jessica Snyder, I offer a hearty, “Job well done!” The postdoctoral Biomedical Engineering student – and member of my NIH research group – won the women’s Chase Corporate Challenge May 31, for the second consecutive year. Wearing the University logo on her running top, she finished the 3.5-mile course in 19 minutes and 44 seconds, beating 5,470 other women competitors – as well as her winning time last year (20:20).

Rob L. Clark
Professor and Dean