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University astronomers have discovered large quantities of water that have recently fallen into the planet-forming region around a developing star that lies in a nebula about 1,000 light years from Earth. The findings are the first-ever glimpse of material directly feeding a protoplanetary disk. Pictured above is an artist’s rendition of the protoplanetary disk around a young star (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech). Read more.


Health care plans: Open enrollment begins

Faculty and staff will be receiving their Health Care Program Decision Guide in the mail during the next few weeks. In it they’ll find details about the new health care plans, including FSAs and information about open enrollment, which kicks off September 17 and continues through October.

State grant funds Eastman expansion

"A triumph for all who love music.” That’s how President Seligman described the plans for a new performance and teaching wing at the Eastman School in an announcement on September 10. “We’re going to get a building that will make the city proud. We’re going to get wow space."

Warner grant addresses teacher shortage

The Warner School of Education has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to address locally what is becoming a growing national concern: a shortage of qualified math and science teachers, particularly in high-need school districts.

New procedures for reporting discrimination

The University has updated its policy against discrimination and harassment to provide clearer definitions and to outline new investigation procedures for formal complaints.

Laser Logo

The colors of the University’s new logo, Pantone 109-C and 541-C, are seen a little differently by Joseph Vornehm Jr., a graduate student at the Institute of Optics who created a colorized spatial Fourier transform of the logo.

University celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

A wide range of events will be happening at the University in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15.

Rochester researchers detect supersonic ‘rain’ on newborn star

University astronomers have discovered five Earth-oceans’ worth of water that has recently fallen into the planet-forming region around an extremely young, developing star.

Alumnus talks to CNN about teaching in New Orleans

This summer Alexander Pearlman ’07 had something unusual to fit between preparation for his first year as a teacher and adjusting to his new home in New Orleans: interviews with a CNN reporter.

McCrory reappointed director of Laboratory for Laser Energetics and  vice provost

Robert McCrory has been reappointed director and chief executive officer of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) and vice provost of the University for five years effective this past March 1.

Convocation in Photos

The start of new year: Arts, Sciences and Engineering kicks off 2007-08.

In Brief

A roundup of news and announcements.