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Newsweek (August 21)

25 New Ivies

The demand for an excellent education has created an ever-expanding supply of big and small campuses that provide great academics and first-rate faculties. . . . The colleges on the following list—the "New Ivies"—are beneficiaries of the boom in top students. We selected them based on admissions statistics as well as interviews with administrators, faculty, students and alumni. . . . University of Rochester: Over the past decade, this small, private university has dramatically changed its curriculum. "We threw out general education," says Jonathan Burdick, dean of admissions. Students now pick all their courses. As a research institution, Rochester is particularly strong in science and engineering, but liberal arts are also popular, along with music and nursing. About 70 percent of humanities students study overseas, and about 80 percent go to grad school. Most students live on campus, which is some distance from downtown Rochester. Overlap schools: Cornell, Brown, Tufts, NYU and Northwestern. (Also reported by Yahoo! News, Syracuse Post Standard, Charlotte Observer, WCAX-TV [Vermont], WSTM-TV [NBC] [Syracuse], WSYR-TV [ABC] [Syracuse], WROC-TV [CBS], 13WHAM-TV [ABC], ,WHEC-TV [NBC], and Democrat and Chronicle.)

Publisher's Weekly (August 25)

Dalkey Moving to U of Rochester

Dalkey Archive Press, currently located in Normal, Ill., is moving to upstate New York. The indie non-profit press, known best for its literature in translation list, is moving to the campus of the University of Rochester located in Rochester, NY. (Also reported by Inside Higher Ed, Critical Mass, Rochester Business Journal, Democrat and Chronicle, and others.)

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UPI (August 17)

Scientists Design an Advanced Transistor

U.S. scientists say they have designed a better transistor that's as far removed from traditional transistors as are tubes. "Everyone has been trying to make better transistors by modifying current designs, but what we really need is the next paradigm," said Quentin Diduck, a graduate student at the University of Rochester who developed the new design called a "Ballistic Deflection Transistor." (Also reported by, Science Daily, Daily India, CCN Magazine, and others.)

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