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‘This is your day of triumph, your day of joy’

At seven commencement ceremonies across three days, members of the University of Rochester’s Class of 2017 were celebrated by their family and friends, their professors and by special guests. “The great secret in life is that we can always begin again,” said Arts, Sciences & Engineering commencement speaker Judge Jimmie Reyna ’75. “We can always start over, again, again and again. And if we stop, start again and again and again.”

May 21, 2017

Science & Technology

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Hoque an inaugural member of Future of Computing Academy

Hoque, who applies a computational lens to understand and model the ambiguity in human communication, would like to raise awareness for accessibility and promote the role of computing to solve important societal problems.

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May 17, 2017
choir performing on stage, with screen above showing lyrics SHINE ON OUR HOME, HOLY AND KIND in English and Chinese

New system displays song lyrics in real time, multiple languages

Zhiyao Duan, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering who also sings in the Chinese Choral Society of Rochester, lent his engineering skills to an innovation that provides the audience with live lyrics and translations.

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May 16, 2017
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Scientists light the way for immune system to attack cancer

The science behind harnessing the immune system to fight cancer is complicated, but a Medical Center laboratory discovered a simple, practical way to use light and optics to steer killer immune cells toward tumors.

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May 15, 2017

Society & Culture

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Seniors in social sciences take on big policy questions

In their senior capstone projects, students take on original research on topics as varied as housing policy in South Africa and campaign spending in the United States.

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May 18, 2017
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Website to help social scientists with field research

When conducting field research around the world, young social scientists can often feel as if they are starting from scratch. A new website envisioned by political scientist Gretchen Helmke will help scholars share resources with other social scientists on the ground.

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May 17, 2017
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Intervention for children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders has biggest impact on parents

A new pilot study finds that children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and their families benefit from a multi-component intervention, with the biggest change seen on the parents’ abilities to respond to their children’s needs.

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April 25, 2017

The Arts

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If you build it, they will learn

How do you learn to play an instrument comprised of 50 bells that lives at the top of a library tower? Practice, practice, practice. A student team has finished building a new digital carillon that will allow students to learn to play tough pieces while hearing real carillon sounds.

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May 5, 2017
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Meet the director: 5 questions for Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy ’17

This spring’s production of Sam Shepard’s Buried Child marks the first time that a student has directed a play for the International Theatre Program.

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May 3, 2017
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Eastman musicians win DownBeat student awards

The Eastman New Jazz Ensemble and Eastman School of Music students Theresa Chen, George Darrah, and Jon Rarick have received DownBeat honors in the magazine’s 40th annual Student Awards competition.

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May 2, 2017

Photo of the Week

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Going out with a bang

May 3, 2017

Students on River Campus celebrate the last day of classes with a performance by the chamber orchestra, conducted by David Harman, of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture on the steps of Rush Rhees Library. The performance marked the final conducting appearance by Harman, who is retiring this semester. Richard Feldman, who is also retiring this year as dean of the college, performed the cannon solo.

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Student Life

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Kearns Center scholars are studies in resiliency, success

Established in 2002, the center has the goal of increasing diversity in higher education by building an educational pipeline, from undergraduate through graduate school, for students who might not otherwise have had access to higher education.

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May 19, 2017
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Human-Computer Interaction class creates programs, apps to improve lives

Students in this class spend two months developing a technical product that could potentially be deployed in the wider world, with the goal of using computing to solve pressing problems in society.

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May 19, 2017
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Graduates honor parents, family

Members of the Class of 2017 pen messages to thank their loved ones for their support.

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May 19, 2017

Voices & Opinion

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The core of Chuck Berry’s legacy

Rock ‘n roll legend Chuck Berry died on March 18 at the age of 90. In this essasy in Macleans, rock historian John Covach remembers what made Berry iconic in a era of song stylists, covers, and lyric sanitization.

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March 20, 2017
Ajay Kuriyan

If you’re asked to pay, walk away

Ajay Kuriyan, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Medical Center, cautions against what can go wrong when stem cell procedures are not appropriately regulated.

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March 15, 2017
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Nurturing a love for reading

In an op-ed for Fox News, Carol Anne St. George, assistant professor of teaching and curriculum at the Warner School of Education, shares the “compelling reasons for reading aloud to children” as well as tips to make the read-aloud experience enjoyable.

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February 21, 2017

University News

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University Board elects seven trustees

“Each newly elected member has a deep affinity for the University and its mission,” said Board Chair Danny Wegman. “We are very fortunate to have them serve.”

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May 19, 2017

Seven University trustees move to life status

The seven trustees have served on the Board for a combined 96 years across three University presidencies, supporting the creation of numerous new facilities, scholarships, professorships, and other initiatives.

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May 19, 2017
Richard Feldman in his office

Richard Feldman looks back on a decade as dean

Richard Feldman arrived at the University as an assistant professor of philosophy in 1975 and is now stepping down from his role as Dean of the College. “All the things beyond the classroom that contribute to the students’ experience have really made an impression on me.”

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May 18, 2017