Weekly Memo

June 9, 2014

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

    Hajim School faculty are involved in four of the eight projects that have been named recipients of the 2014-15 University Research Awards. The awards provide seed money on a competitive basis for innovative research projects that are likely to attract external support when sufficiently developed. These total nearly one-half million in funding, half from the President's Office and the other half as a match by the participating (awarded) schools.

    Nick Vamivakas, Assistant Professor of Quantum Optics & Quantum Physics, is working with Joseph Eberly, the Andrew Carnegie Professor of Physics and Professor of Optics, on "Untangling Entanglement." Roman Sobolewski, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Gary Wicks, Professor of Optics, are working on a  "Nanostructured Terahertz Emitter and Detector for Security and Biosensing." Marvin Doyley, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is working with five School of Medicine and Dentistry researchers on "Carotid Disease, Elastography and Inflammatory Markers." And Jiebo Luo, Professor of Computer Science, is teaming up with Tristram Smith, Professor of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, on "Computerized Natural Language Processing of De-Identified Medical Records to Identify Autism Spectrum Disorder."

     I commend all of these faculty members for their outstanding projects, but also for establishing collaborations with researchers in other departments, and reaching "across Elmwood" to do so.

    Congratulations to Lauren Bailey, a rising senior in Chemical Engineering and one of the stars of the UR women's swim team, for being named to the Capital One Academic All-America At-Large Team in voting by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America. She is a Second Team Academic All-America selection after earning First Team Academic All-District honors. This is an impressive achievement. Lauren not only sets records in the pool, but maintains a 3.87 overall grade point average while majoring in chemical engineering and minoring in math. She is just the third Rochester women's swimmer to earn Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA in the past 29 years. Well done, Lauren! You can read more about her accomplishments here.

    Congratulations as well to Louisa Bauer '14 of Biomedical Engineering who won an honorable mention in the annual Rochester Review study abroad photo contest for a picture she took of the Comeragh Mountains in Ireland during a spring semester at Dublin's Trinity College. Many study abroad programs are now available that allow our engineering students to fulfill course requirements at overseas universities while enjoying an invaluable experience in another country. I strongly encourage Hajim School students to take advantage -- and come back with their own photos and experiences to share. Learn more about those opportunities here.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean