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@Rochester — Jan. 19, 2007

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In Today's Issue

  • Inventor of Next-Generation Display Technology Joins Faculty
  • International Program for Engineering Students
  • Opening of Anxious Objects
  • Professor Wins Supercomputer Hours
  • Events: Eastman’s Faculty Artist Series
  • In the Headlines: Research by Howell, Ryan on Video Games, Profile of O’Dette

News and Announcements

Inventor of Next-Generation Display Technology Joins Faculty
Ching W. Tang, professor of chemical engineering and chemistry, and father of the multi-billion-dollar organic light-emitting diode (OLED) industry, has been named the Doris Johns Cherry Professor at the University.

New Engineering Program Gives Students International Exposure
Rochester and the University of Miami have joined forces to give engineering students more international experience as part of their education in a program called “Engineering for the Americas.”

Party, Lecture, Free Day Mark Exhibition Opening
Two special events mark the opening of Anxious Objects: Willie Cole’s Favorite Brands at the Memorial Art Gallery, including a preview party on Saturday, January 20, and a free admission day and free lecture by Willie Cole on opening day, Sunday, January 21.

Professor Wins 2 Million Supercomputer Hours
Chuang Ren, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and physics, has won a U. S. Department of Energy award—and with it a chance to conduct his fusion research on a supercomputer.

Events

January 21
Faculty Artist Series: Zvi Zeitlin, violin. Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School, 3 p.m.

See www.rochester.edu/calendar for more events.

Rochester in the News

The Washington Post (January 19)
Putting the Brakes on Light Speed
John Howell, associate professor of physics, talks about research he led that demonstrates for the first time that light can be slowed down enough so that information can be stored on and retrieved from individual light photons, the smallest possible quantity of light. “We only have to turn a knob and it slows,” says Howell, who also describes the team’s work in the January 22 online issue of the journal Physical Review Letters. As part of the research, Howell and his team demonstrated their work by putting the letters “UR” on a photon, a high-tech message that was later detectable by a camera.

Bowling Green News, Ohio (January 18)
Parents Responsible for Controlling Violent Content at Home
Research by Richard Ryan, professor of psychology, is cited in an opinion piece about the role that video games play in children’s development. Ryan recently reported results of new research that indicate video games are not just fun, but “also can be experienced as enhancing psychological wellness, at least short-term,” the column notes.

Democrat and Chronicle (January 18)
Renowned Lutenist Plays at Nazareth
Paul O’Dette, professor of lute and of conducting and ensembles at the Eastman School, is profiled. O’Dette will give a solo performance on the lute at Nazareth College on Sunday, January 21.

In Higher Education

The New York Times (January 18)
The Route from Research to Start-Up
“Many universities now have offices of technology transfer looking to turn research into commercial ventures at the same time that advances in information and biological science and the growth of Internet commerce has led to an explosion of entrepreneurial companies.”

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