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Major donation boots muscular dystrophy research efforts

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Philanthropist Richard Fields (left) joins Medical Center CEO Bradford Berk (right) during the October 25 announcement of Fields’s $7.1 million gift to establish a new muscular dystrophy research center at the University. See more.

Jody Asbury steps down as dean of students

Jody Asbury, who as dean of students sought to enhance campus life by expanding initiatives aimed at fostering relations between the University and the city, stepped down October 26 to take medical leave for a planned surgery.

Gift establishes optical engineering center

The Institute of Optics announced the creation of the Robert E. Hopkins Center for Optical Design & Engineering on October 23. The new center, made possible by a $2 million gift from former Corning Tropel Corporation CEO John Bruning, celebrates the achievements of Professor Emeritus Robert Hopkins, director of the Institute from 1954 to 1965 and widely revered as the “father of optical engineering.

Grants make college a reality for local students

Rochester city high school students long on college aspirations but short on support may soon find themselves full-time undergraduates thanks to the launch of two new Upward Bound programs at the University.

The New Yellowjack

The University has a new mascot.

Biologists’ work suggests ‘X-effect’ plays powerful role in evolution

Research by Daven Presgraves, professor of biology, suggest the female X chromosome plays a special role in the process of speciation, confirming a controversial theory of evolution.

Eastman festival pays tribute to Alfred Mann

Concerts, lectures, and a tour of historic St. Michael’s Church highlight a four-day festival devoted to the life and work of Alfred Mann, the late Eastman School professor and world-renowned scholar of Baroque choral music and the history of music theory.

Awards and Honors

A roundup of news and announcements.

Found in translation: New press brings world literature to English readers

Imagine a literary landscape without Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita or Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. For Chad Post, that possibility is what drives his passion for literary translation and what has brought him to Rochester as director of Open Letter, the University’s new publishing house.

In Brief

A roundup of news and announcements.