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he Department of Energy’s recent commitment to renew its contract with the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) could mean up to $351 million in funding over the next five years. LLE is one of the leading facilities for research into future power sources and a key player in the national quest to achieve thermonuclear ignition in the laboratory. In 2008, LLE will complete the construction of the gigantic Omega EP laser (above), which, when it begins operation, will be the most powerful laser on Earth.



Imaging center reports record impace on state economy

The University’s Center for Electronic Imaging Systems (CEIS) recently reported a record $120-million economic impact in New York during its 2006-07 fiscal year. Since 2001, CEIS has delivered nearly half a billion dollars in terms of new jobs, revenues, cost savings, capital improvements, and acquired funds, according to the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR).

Eastman senior to study in United Kingdom as Marshall Scholar

As a composer with a conscience, Eastman School senior Rachel Kincaid has impressed musicians around the world. Now her passion for melding music and social justice has won over judges of the prestigious Marshall Scholarships.

He’s fierce. He’s formidable. But what’s his name?

Earlier this fall the University bid goodbye to cute, cuddly URBee and welcomed a new wrathful wasp as Rochester’s mascot. Now, it’s time to give the yellowjacket a name.

River Campus Holiday Social

All faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the season during the annual River Campus Holiday Social on Tuesday, December 18, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the May Room of Wilson Commons.

Activist Andrew Young to deliver MLK Commemorative Address

Andrew Young, business leader and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will deliver the University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address. Young was a top aide to King during the inception of America’s civil rights movement and was with King in Memphis when he was assassinated in 1968.

University great place to work for scientists

The Scientist has announced its annual list of the Top 40 Best Places to Work for life scientists, and Rochester is the only university in New York to make the cut.

Department of Energy renews contract with LLE

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently announced it will renew its agreement with the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE).

Mos Def turns hip-hop passion into thriving business

Hip-hop legend and critically acclaimed actor Mos Def will discuss his role as an entrepreneur and how he successfully blended his flair for business and his passion for hip-hop.

Political scientist named director of Polish studies center

Randall Stone, associate professor of political science and an expert in international political economy, has been named the director of the University’s Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies.

President’s sustainability council to address ‘global challenge’

President Seligman has created a Council on Environmental Sustainability to energize environmentally conscious initiatives under way at the University and to set the groundwork for future efforts.

Medical Center employee uses injury to inspire returning war veterans

It’s hard for many veterans returning home from Iraq or Afghanistan to find someone who can relate to what they’ve been through.

In Brief

A roundup of news and announcements.



Think globally for International Education Week

With more than 1,300 international students from 90 countries, not to mention faculty and staff from around the world, the University can be a culturally and ethnically rich place to work and learn

Novelist Maryse Condé reflects on memory

Acclaimed novelist, playwright, and critic Maryse Condé will discuss erased memory or “memoiré ratureé,” a concept coined by the Martinican philosopher Edouard Glissant to express the damage wrought by colonization on the minds of the Caribbean people.

Simon announces $5.4M in major gifts

Five major gifts totaling $5.4 million will help shape the Simon School’s future, according to Simon School Dean Mark Zupan, who announced the gifts earlier this month.

Philosophy and computer science professor Henry Kyburg dies

Henry Kyburg Jr., a renowned and respected professor of philosophy and computer science, died of acute pancreatitis on October 30 at the age of 79 at Strong Memorial Hospital. He was well known for his cutting-edge studies of uncertain inference, which is the human process of reaching conclusions, and data mining, the process by which computers search for information in data or draw conclusions from it.

Competition spotlights tomorrow’s vocal stars

Local audiences will have the opportunity to hear rising vocal talents during the finals of the Friends of Eastman Opera Voice Competition at 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, in Kilbourn Hall. The annual event is free and open to the public.

Ramblers harmonize their way to the top

There was a time when the Midnight Ramblers, a male a cappella group at the University, was a warbling cry from center stage in the arena of collegiate a cappella.

Move Over, Mona Lisa

Artistically speaking, can animals take the place of a live human model? About 50 University students put that question to a squirming and challenging test during a student exhibition called the Animal Project at the Sage Art Center on November 6.

Political scientist celebrates milestone, offers his views on voting trends

Earlier this month Professor Richard Niemi, Don Alonzo Watson Professor of Political Science, celebrated his 40th anniversary at the University with a weekend-long conference in his honor.

Composer takes the helm as Eastman’s sixth dean

Music reigned supreme as the University officially celebrated the appointment of Douglas Lowry as the dean of the Eastman School during an investiture ceremony on October 27 in Eastman Theatre.

Research Roundup

A roundup of news and announcements.

In Brief

A roundup of news and announcements.