Welcome to the University’s official podcast.
Quadcast is the official podcast of the University of Rochester. Its content is conceived and created by members of the faculty, staff, and student body. The opinions and ideas expressed in the Quadcast, while likely entertaining and brilliant, do not necessarily reflect the opinions and ideas of the University.
The Quadcast team sits down with Donald Hall, the new dean of the faculty for Arts, Sciences & Engineering, to discuss his approach to building academic communities, to growing an increasingly diverse and inclusive faculty, and to fostering the internationalization of higher education.
On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass spoke to the Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society in Rochester, New York and delivered what has become his iconic speech posing the question, “What, to the American Slave, is your Fourth of July?” Widely regarded as one of the most persuasive and informed arguments against the institution of slavery, Douglass’ speech asks us to think critically about the continuing importance of liberty, freedom, and equality both in America and abroad. Hear notable passages of the speech read by faculty, students, and staff in celebration of the University of Rochester’s connection to Frederick Douglass and the city he called home from 1847–1872.
About 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States suffer from eating disorders, which range from the more commonly known anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa to the lesser known binge-eating and avoidant-restrictive-food-intake disorders. Among psychiatric disorders, eating disorders have the highest fatality rate. Teenagers are especially at risk and early intervention is key. But do you know what signs to look for? We talk with eating disorder specialists Mary Tantillo, a professor of clinical nursing, and Taylor Starr, director of the Eating Disorder Program at Golisano Children’s Hospital.
The World Bank’s goal is to end poverty. The Bank is independent and provides loans to countries solely based on need and merit of the project. But that’s theory, say political scientists. In reality, some powerful multinational corporations seem to be pulling the strings. Quadcast host Sandra Knispel talks with Randy Stone, a University of Rochester professor of political science, about his findings that indicate undue corporate influence at the World Bank.
What’s your dream job? What do you want to be? Every five-year-old has a quick answer or two to this question. But once you are at university it becomes more pressing. The question becomes—how do you land a real job straight out of college? Offices of career services have been a mainstay of American college campuses for decades. And they’ve had a consistent goal: to help undergraduates land the kind of satisfying jobs after graduation that make use of their educations and skills. But within that stable framework, there’s been a sea change in the way that college career guidance takes place.
Grades. Clubs. Scores. Essays. Interviews. We’ve culled the advice of seasoned admissions professionals from the University of Rochester for a roadmap of what to do—and what to avoid.
If you’ve ever taken a college history course, chances are good that you prepared a research paper. For many sound reasons research papers have long been a favored capstone. But, according to Thomas Fleischman, an assistant professor of history at the University of Rochester, took a different approach last semester in his course on the environmental history of the Erie Canal. In lieu of having his students write a final research paper, the professor and the class teamed up to create a podcast series. The series, Under the Low Bridge, which borrows Thomas S. Allen’s popular Erie Canal folk song “Low Bridge” as its theme music—is part of the history department’s new podcast program Hear UR.
Students say the atmosphere at Rochester's East High School two years ago was "a hot mess" and disrespect was rampant. That's when the University of Rochester entered into an educational partnership with East High and began working to change the culture in the struggling school threatened by closure. Host Sandra Knispel speaks with members of the East High community to find out how far the school, the students, and the partnership have come since then.
Like many institutes of higher learning, the University of Rochester simultaneously shapes its local economy while it creates knowledge, inspires learning, and explores research. In this episode, we look at the many ways this top-tier university influences its community through health care, education, sciences, and the arts.
Former Federal Reserve leader Narayana Kocherlakota offers his insights on monetary policy and the need for diversity in economic models. Kocherlakota, now the Lionel W. McKenzie Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester, spoke with Quadcast Host Peter Iglinski about his personal background, his work, and his return to academia.
Now in its 20th year, the Polish Film Festival is a fixture in Rochester, and for most of the last two decades, the job of choosing which films to feature has belonged to Bozenna Sobolewska, the administrative assistant of the Skalny Center for Polish and European Studies.
Joanne Larson takes academic-scientific knowledge of best practices directly to East High’s classrooms, support staff, administrators, and teachers. She says the school feels “180 degrees different.”
An expert in human-computer interaction and a pioneer in developing apps that help people hone their speaking and social skills, Hoque continues to apply lessons of resiliency he learned as an undergraduate.
The University of Rochester’s first all-female Students’ Association leadership team sits down with host Peter Iglinski to talk about their plans for the 2017-17 academic year. Jordan Smith and Rebecca Mooney discuss their passions, their futures, and “shattering a glass ceiling.”
Maybe you’ve recently suffered a stroke and are now starting therapy, trying to regain speech, motor functions, and possibly improve memory. But your vision is damaged, too, and there’s no therapy available.
Krystel Huxlin, director of research and the James V. Aquavella Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Flaum Eye Institute, has been working in her lab over the last ten years to change that. Here’s how she sums up her latest results, published earlier this year in the journal Neurology:
“If people do exactly what we tell them and they don’t cheat, the success rate has been in our hands a 100 percent.”
There isn’t much Judith Smetana doesn’t know about parenting teenagers. Not just because she has first-hand experience of a sudden eyebrow-pierced offspring, or a teenage son’s bedroom door sealed off with a not so-subtle message “police line—do not cross”—but rather because she’s made it her life’s work to study kids’ moral development and adolescent-parent relationships.
A professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, Smetana has become a regular go-to for national media such as the New York Times, Reuters, Time, and New York magazine. As a mentor and advisor to dozens of Rochester graduate students over an almost 40-year career, she has co-authored most recently a study with Wendy Rote, her former PhD student and now an assistant professor of psychology at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. The study, published in the journal Developmental Psychology, looks at the effect of using guilt as a parenting tool.
First-year students have plenty of questions about college life. Thankfully, the University of Rochester has answers. In this episode of the Quadcast, host Caitlin Davie ’19 asks University staff, recent graduates, and current students for their tips on making a smooth and successful transition to college life. One of the best takeaways? “You’re in the same boat as everybody else.”
When President Richard Nixon ended the draft in 1973, he did so with the help of a roster of Rochester faculty and administrators. 100 years after the Selective Service Act established conscription, we look back on the University faculty and administrators who helped end it, and establish today’s all-volunteer military.
Russian emigre and Catholic convert Sofia Svechina operated one of the most popular salons in early 19th century Paris. In her book Mother of the Church Tatyana Bakhmetyeva, a lecturer with the Susan B. Anthony Institute, describes how Svechina rose in influence as an adviser to numerous political, social, and religious leaders of her day.
A university can acquire (and abandon) a lot of traditions over 150-plus years. “Tradition guru” University archivist Melissa Mead takes us on a little tour of some of our quirky graduation traditions—then and now.
The Take Five Scholars Program is a University of Rochester original, offering an additional semester or year of study, tuition-free. As scholars Madison Carter ’18, Seneca Hutson ’18, and Tanveer Karim ’17 describe, the program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore personal, academic, and professional passions outside their majors. Take Five advisor Juliet Sullivan is also a guest, and talks with host Jim Ver Steeg about some of the details of the program and how interested students can apply.
Friday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will welcome one of the most musically diverse class ever. John Covach, director of the University’s Institute of Popular Music, walks us through this year’s inductees and—with the help of his guitar—the Yes hit Roundabout.
One hundred years ago, on April 6, 1917, Congress voted to declare war on Germany, joining the bloody battle—then optimistically called the “Great War.” Rochester political scientist Hein Goemans explains why Germany was willing to risk American entry into the war.
Forgotten for over a century, a recently discovered trove of more than a hundred letters fills in the political details of how the suffrage movement was run and the women activists who ran it.
With awards presented in 84 different categories, what does it mean today to produce award-worthy audio? Student host Nick Bruno ’17 checks in with Grammy Award-winner sound engineer Stephen Roessner, a lecturer in the University’s audio and music engineering program.
Nora Rubel, director of the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, discusses the upcoming symposium on Transparent which the institute — now in its 30th year — is hosting.
John Covach talks with Nick Bruno in the studio about the Monkees, their influence on pop culture, and how their music ended up taking on a life of its own, in the premiere episode of UR Quad-Cast.