Weekly Memo

Dec. 8, 2014

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

       Rettner Hall is the place to be this Wednesday, Dec. 10, to witness some of the exciting projects Hajim School students have been working on this semester.

       Students from AME 196: Interactive Music Programming, one of the classes in our new audio and music engineering major, will put on a Sonic Showcase with students from Phy103: Physics of Music from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Students in AME 196 explore digital audio synthesis and real-time interactive technologies by studying two audio programming languages, ChucK and Pure Data. They manipulate sound with MIDI controllers, laptops, mobile devices, joysticks, mice, and Wiimotes.

       Forty-four students from 16 departments, working in nine teams, have designed some fascinating human-computer interaction projects again this semester in Asst. Prof. Ehsan Hoque's CSC 212/412 class. Be sure to drop by Rettner Hall from 3:20 to 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10,  when they turn motions into colors, control light with body movements, present a new style of tutorial interaction, and provide instant feedback on public speaking, among other demonstrations. If this class's final showcase is anything like last year's presentation, it will be well worth attending.

     Philip Guo, another assistant professor in Computer Science, offers an interesting theory on why academics often feel overworked in this online essay at Inside Higher Ed.

     Congratulations to Qiang Lin, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and of Optics, for being selected as the first recipient of the Leonard Mandel Faculty Fellow Award by the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  The Mandel award, given in honor of the long-time UR physicist and pioneer of quantum optics, provides an early-career faculty member with a two-year $25,000 stipend to support student assistants and research associates. The award notes that Qiang "has formed a large and active research team, engaging Ph.D. students in an impressive record of contributions to the fields of cavity nano-optomechanics, integrated quantum photonics, nanophotonics, and nonlinear optics. His publications include more than 50 papers in physics, optics, and photonics journals, resulting in more than 1,600 citations. The National Science Foundation has designated him as a recipient of the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award." Qiang's achievements speak for themselves. This is obviously a well deserved award. Good work, Qiang!

     Congratulations to Matt Mender, a junior in Biomedical Engineering (also minoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering), for being named to the Capital One Academic All-America Div. III Football Team (second team). He is Rochester's first Academic All-American in football since 2007. In addition to excelling on the gridiron, Matt carries a 3.66 cumulative grade point average. Read more here.

   And congratulations as well to Aku Antikainen for receiving a graduate study grant from the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters for the second year in a row. Aku, a PhD student in Optics, works with Prof. Govind Agrawal on supercontinuum generation.

    Undergraduates have an opportunity to study abroad next summer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong with an Evan Lams Scholarship of up to $5,000. The scholarship covers two courses taught in English, an experiential study tour of Beijing, tuition and housing, most meals, and post-program travel within mainland China.  The application deadline is next Monday, Dec. 15. Find out more at 275-7532, abroad@admin.rochester.edu or www.rochester.edu/abroad
    Students can learn about our master's program in technical entrepreneurship and management (TEAM) at an information session hosted by Andrea Galati, executive director of the program, at 5 p.m. Wednesday at 1-211 Carol Simon Hall. RSVP to 276-3500 or andrea.galati@rochester.edu.

    Serial entrepreneurs Gregg Steinberg, managing director of Charlemagne Global Advisory, and  Michael Wohl ’89, managing partner of ClimateHedge Investments and Greenspace Capital, will hold office hours at the Center for Entrepreneurship in Carol Simon Hall tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Thursday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Schedule an appointment at 276-3500 or cfe@rochester.edu.

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


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean