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Meet Rocky

Rocky

Fresh from a mascot makeover, the new Yellowjacket made its debut at the basketball doubleheader on Feb. 1. “Rocky,” the wasp’s new name, was selected by the  University community, replacing the cherubic URBee who had been the public face of the Yellowjackets for the past two decades.



Maverick Ruth Lawrence wins Athena Award

Ruth Lawrence, professor of pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology, was named the winner of the 22nd annual Athena Award at a special luncheon at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center in January.

Andrew Niles awarded Churchill Scholarship

Andrew Niles, a senior honors mathematics major, has been named a 2008 Churchill Scholar and will advance his studies at the University of Cambridge this fall.

What will the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering be like in 2018?

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Green pest control honored

If orange soda is the safest and fastest way to collect live yellowjackets, Senior Sanitarian Peter Castronovo will use it.

African dance moves students

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Anthropologists work to tame thesis research

Graduate students lose precious hours needlessly sifting through their digital archives looking for notes, the most recent versions of their dissertations, and other misplaced odds and ends, University researchers are finding.

Engineers design a cell retriever and reprogrammer

A tiny, implantable device has pulled adult stem cells out of a living rat with a far greater purity than any present technique.

Anthony legacy dinner honors women leaders

It was an epic battle, and Susan B. Anthony was on fire to win it.

Medical Center unveils new identity

The Medical Center has unveiled a new comprehensive branding strategy to establish a more cohesive identity for the institution and its affiliates, and to celebrate its rich legacy as one of the nation’s first academic medical centers.

John Tarduno explores traveling

In the January issue of Scientific American, Tarduno writes of his voyages to the Hawaiian Islands and the nearby Emperor seamounts to solve a mystery of the islands’ creation. Conventional theories say the chain of islands formed as the Pacific tectonic plate moved across a fixed “hotspot”—a point where super-heated magma from deep in the Earth rises close to the crust and generates intensified volcanic activity. Most theories assume these hotspots are fixed in place, but some geophysicists felt this picture was incomplete.

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering plans for a signature future

As a professor of electrical and computer engineering and an amateur musician, Mark Bocko has long seen the potential for building stronger partnerships between the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering and the Eastman School.

In Brief

A roundup of news and announcements.