Weekly Memo

June 3, 2013

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

     For as long as there's been a Department of Biomedical Engineering, Dottie Welch has been the "go-to" person for BME undergraduate students who needed a form signed, who needed an update on their academic status -- or who needed a word of encouragement or support to get  through a stressful time. Dottie is stepping down as BME undergraduate coordinator as of July 1, but we're going to make sure her long years of dedicated service are not forgotten. Starting next school year, we will present an annual Dottie Welch Student Enrichment Award to a Hajim School faculty or staff member "whose performance and dedication enriches the student experience in the tradition exemplified by Dottie Welch during her 25-plus years of service to the students at the University of Rochester." Please join me in thanking Dottie, and wishing her all the best.

      Congratulations to Rohit Nayak, an Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD student in Asst. Prof. Marvin Doyley's lab, who has received a SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship.
      Xi-Cheng Zhang shares a thank-you note that three of his Institute of Optics staff members received. They recently hosted a tour by home-schooled and McQuaid high school students. The visit was “inspiring, enlightening and downright enjoyable,” the note says, adding “the older students certainly were able to expand their frame of reference and the younger ones are starting to think this math and science stuff isn’t so bad—'you can get really cool jobs.' ” Thanks to Per Adamson, director and coordinator of the teaching labs; Brian McIntyre, lecturer; and Assoc. Prof. Jim Zavislan, our incoming associate dean, for giving these students a great tour and, hopefully, inspiring some of them to become future students at The Institute!

    Hajim School students looking for a summer job that continues into the fall can apply for a program assistant opening at the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center. The job includes web research on employers, employer's contacts and job/internship opportunities; writing weekly job/internship posting summaries for a career blog, and other duties. You must have Federal Work Study and should apply ASAP. Click here and go to job posting 16085 for details.

     I heartily encourage Hajim School alumni, parents and friends in the New York City area to join me on June 12 for a special program on our new Center for Medical Technology and Innovation, starting with a networking reception at 6 p.m. on the 50th floor of the McGraw-Hill Building, 1221 Avenue of the Americas. Greg Gdowski, CMTI's executive director, and Mark Taubman, dean of our School of Medicine and Dentistry, will join me in presenting an overview of this innovative approach, which puts aspiring engineering students directly into clinical settings to get a better understanding of how to design biomedical devices. We'll have hors d'oeuvres and an open beer and wine reception. It will be a great chance to share good company and hear about an exciting initiative. Click here for more information and to register.

      Closer to home, you can help out a great cause by visiting the lemonade stand that will be set up by BME Asst. Prof. Danielle Benoit and her lab group at the Rochester Public Market this Saturday and at the Brighton Farmer's Market on Sunday on behalf of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. The foundation, named after a young cancer victim, raises money to fight childhood cancer. Last year, Danielle's group raised more than $2,000, and hopes to top that this year. For more details, or to donate, click here.

     As always, keep me updated and have a great week.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean