Weekly Memo

February 3, 2014

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

    Congratulations to Jong-Hoon Nam, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. His lab's research, titled "Computational analysis of micro-fluidic mechanotransduction in the mammalian cochlea" will be supported by the  Office of the Provost and the School of Medicine and Dentistry Dean's Office via an HSCCI (Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation) Pilot Grant. The HSCCI supports health sciences research using high performance computational resources. Jong-Hoon's lab investigates how inner ear sensory systems work -- how the inner ear selects and amplifies external stimuli. This could have important applications, for example, in designing prosthetics.

    Congratulations also to a Mechanical Engineering student Jong-Hoon has worked with -- John Cormack '14. John's abstract submission, "Multi-Degree-of-Freedom Parameter Study of the Mammalian Cochlea," has been accepted for presentation at the NCUR (National Council on Undergraduate Research) 2014 conference this April at the University of Kentucky. Professor Sheryl Gracewski has also advised John on his research. Congratulations John!

    Here’s good news from Robert Boyd, Professor of Optics and of Physics, and his lab team. Boyd has been elected a Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, for his achievements in nonlinear optics. His research team made news recently by demonstrating a new method to measure a 27-dimensional quantum state. The work is of interest because fast, accurate and efficient methods for characterizing high-dimensional states like this could be central in developing high security quantum communications systems, as well as to probe our fundamental understanding of quantum mechanics. You can read more about that here.

    I hope Hajim students who dropped by last week’s Global Fair are excited about studying abroad. If so, here are a couple of important deadlines coming up. Nonbinding proposals from students who want to study abroad next semester are due February 15. Also, U.S. citizens on Pell Grants can apply for a Gilman Scholarship to supplement their cash while abroad. The deadline to apply for a Gilman Scholarship is March 4. Visit the Office of Study Abroad website  for more information. You can also go to the Gilman Scholarship Program website.

    Deadlines are also approaching for a host of summer research internship opportunities, including  DAAD-RISE (Jan. 31), Amgen Scholars Program (Feb. 3–14 depending on the site), and Cultural Vistas Program (Feb. 7). Learn more on the Fellowships Office website. Interested students may visit or contact the Fellowships Office for advisement at Dewey 4-209B, (585) 276-5869 or fellowships@rochester.edu.

     Also, mark your calendars: the annual Spring Career and Internship Day will be 1-4 p.m. February 12 in Wilson Commons May Room and Bridge Lounge. Details to come.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean