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December 20, 2011

In perfect harmony

YellowJackets and kids singing

The YellowJackets perform with students from the World of Inquiry School in Rochester during a special ceremony in Wilson Commons. Just weeks after the YellowJackets’ long run on the NBC competition The Sing-Off, Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards presented the ensemble with a key to the city in recognition of the a cappella group’s contributions to the city, including its recent work with students from the World of Inquiry School.


‘Rochester Method’ takes flight

"Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester” has become a bestseller in the library world.

Nerve cells key to making sense of our senses

The key is that the neurons have to apply the correct weights to each sensory cue, and the authors reveal how this is done.

Rochester researchers to give pain clinical trials a makeover

“Despite substantial attention in the pharmaceutical industry to developing novel pain therapies, the fact that so few improved treatments have become available is really surprising and is why the FDA is funding this initiative.”

Beating the competition

Tomasz Arnold ’13E was awarded First Prize in the 2011 Percussive Arts Society 50th Anniversary International Solo Competition.

In Brief

Riccardo Betti named Lawrence Award winner

Betti is being recognized for a series of theoretical discoveries in the physics of inertial confinement fusion—in which nuclear fusion reactions are caused by heating and compressing pellets made of deuterium and tritium.

Whitneys give $1 million to School of Nursing in support of campaign

The Whitneys made their gift in support of the School of Nursing as part of The Meliora Challenge.

Eastman School alumni earn Grammy nominations

The list of nominees for the 54th annual Grammy Awards features several graduates of the Eastman School.

In Research

In Memoriam

Ingersoll is remembered as a pioneer in the field of nursing research, a prolific grant writer, and a catalyst for improving the provision of high-quality, family-centered care. T. Franklin Williams was a founding father of the field of geriatric medicine in the United States and a mentor and model for dozens of geriatricians.

A Look Back

Currents presents a photo review of 2011.

New tools for the social media–savvy student

The University now offers two website innovations designed to provide high school students with more information about the University and the admissions decision-making process.

Vocal stars

Eastman School students (from left) Hsin-Mei (Tracy) Chang, Elizabeth Smith, and Matthew Grills were named the winners of this year’s Friends of Eastman Opera voice competition,

University awarded Environmental Excellence Award

The DEC honored the “Go Green! Conserve and Save” program, citing the success of the University’s diverse efforts to promote sustainability on campus.

Notables

Memorial Art Gallery commissions Wendell Castle sculpture

“As Wendell is both a longtime friend of the Memorial Art Gallery and an artist of international stature, we are delighted that his work will become a vital part of our new Centennial Sculpture Park,” says director Grant Holcomb.

University named leader in promoting a healthy workplace

The American Heart Association has honored the University as a Platinum-Level Start! Fit-Friendly Company.