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Committed to memory

How does memory shape our sense of who we are? Discover how Rochester scientists, doctors, musicians, historians, and philosophers are studying and working with memory.

August 13, 2018

Science & Technology

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Lipid droplets play crucial roles beyond fat storage

You may not know it, but whenever you eat cheese, ice cream, or yogurt, you are also ingesting microscopic lipid droplets. Long thought of merely as formless blobs of fat, lipids are now proving crucial for understanding how embryos survive and how obesity affects the body.

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August 14, 2018
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An alumnus in space

University of Rochester alumnus Josh Cassada ’00 (PhD) has been named one of nine NASA astronauts making up the first U.S. crew in history to journey to space in American-made, commercial spacecraft. Cassada would be the third Rochester alumnus to go to space, joining Jim Pawelczyk ’82 and Ed Gibson ’59.

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August 6, 2018
Chemistry professor Ellen Matson and PhD student Brittney Petel in Matson's laboratory

Group ‘cleaves’ oxygen from surface of metal oxide, enhancing reactivity

A new method of opening solid state materials to oxygenation, using metallic oxide clusters, can eliminate guesswork from discovery of new catalysts. The ultimate goal is to more efficiently convert greenhouse gases to useful fuels.

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August 1, 2018

Society & Culture

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Show us your town, New York City

The 14,000 alumni who call New York City home know the teeming city is much more than a tourist attraction. We asked seven of them to show us their favorite off-the-beaten-path spots.

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August 16, 2018
President Franklin Roosevelt throwing out a game baseball in 1937

Pitching politics

The story of baseball in the United States is intertwined with that of the presidency, says senior English lecturer Curt Smith. In his new book he traces the points of connection from the colonial era to the present.

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August 9, 2018
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Show us your town: Washington, D.C.

More than just the seat of government, the nation’s capital is a city rich in art and culture, foodie havens, and outdoor getaways. Just ask some of the 4,600 alumni who make it their home.

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July 23, 2018

The Arts

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The world’s a stage

Three Rochester alumni with careers in business and technology describe how they’ve woven their performing arts experiences into their work lives.

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July 19, 2018
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Recovering an ‘audacious and radical’ voice in art history

The Surreal Visions of Josephine Tota, an exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery, is bringing new attention to an unconventional artist whose talent as an “outsider” went largely unnoticed during her life as a Rochester seamstress.

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July 12, 2018
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A small giant in world literature

Based at the University, Open Letter is one of only a handful of publishers to offer literature in translation exclusively. 10 years, 100 titles, and 100,000 books later, Open Letter continues to reinvent the world of literary translation.

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June 19, 2018

In Photos

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First step for future doctors

August 17, 2018

Ankit Dahal receives his white coat from professor of surgery David Kaufman as the School of Medicine & Dentistry welcome members of the Class of 2022 and the annual Dr. Robert L. & Lillian H. Brent White Coat Ceremony. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

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Look of laptops

Bringing a personal flair to a ubiquitous piece of technology, students have long decorated their laptops and other pieces of personal technology as a way to convey their personalities and perspectives.

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August 17, 2018
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Students’ Association leaders look ahead to new year

We’re excited to welcome the Class of 2022 to our community this fall! We can’t wait for you to discover and enjoy all that this University has to offer.

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August 16, 2018
Two early members of the Medallion Leadership Society, a student leadership program

Program helps students ‘level up’ their leadership skills

The Medallion Program aims to help undergraduates build leadership skills, such as confidence and resiliency, to help them manage student organizations or to enact change in the community.

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August 15, 2018

Voices & Opinion

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Talking science so the public will listen

Madeline Sofia ’16M (PhD), an assistant producer for National Public Radio, helps scientists—whom the public trusts more than the media or elected officials—to broaden their reach.

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July 12, 2018
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Equal Pay Day points to 100-year wage gap for women’s work

The Susan B. Anthony Center’s Equal Pay Day panelists will discuss issues of gender pay inequity on the date that marks how long women have to work into the new year to earn the same as men did in the previous year.

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April 10, 2018
President Trump points to a large stack of papers, standing behond a podium with three other governement officials

Federal budget process is broken

“We need to take a look at the bigger picture here, which is that this bill does nothing to deal with our long-term budget challenges,” says Rochester political scientist David Primo. “Whether you are on the left or the right, that should be a big concern.”

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March 27, 2018

University News

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Dining Services grows its local foods program through partnership with Harvest Table

Dining Services is now one of a few college and university dining programs nationwide to embrace a fresh, customized “food first” philosophy through a new partnership with Harvest Table Culinary Group.

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August 14, 2018
photo of Thomas Eickbush, John Tarduno, and James Zavislan, winners of honorary professorships for teaching excellence

Honorary professorships awarded for excellence in teaching

John Tarduno has been awarded the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professorship, and Thomas Eickbush and James Zavislan are recipients of the Mercer Brugler Distinguished Teaching Professorship.

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August 2, 2018
Ellen Matson in her lab

Ellen Matson wins fellowship supporting innovative teaching

Assistant professor of chemistry Ellen Matson is one of five inaugural recipients of the Course Hero-Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching, awarded for balancing research with a commitment to innovative teaching practices.

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July 27, 2018