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Commencement 2018

More than 3,000 members of the Class of 2018 received their degrees from the University of Rochester at ceremonies held this weekend. Presiding over his first commencement season as president, Richard Feldman told the Class of 2018, “This University has provided some of the finest scholarship, finest teaching, greatest health care centers, and the most outstanding science the world has ever known. And you are now prepared to be part of the next chapter.”

May 18, 2018

Science & Technology

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Hands-on AR/VR lab slated for Carlson Library

A new hands-on learning and research lab envisioned for the Carlson Science and Engineering Library will give students and faculty a place to explore augmented and virtual reality—regardless of their level of expertise.

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May 9, 2018
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Making diabetes screening portable for the people of Micronesia

For their senior design project, a team of biomedical engineering students are working to bring screening and treatment to a remote region suffering from endemic diabetes.

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May 9, 2018
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Simple post-surgery step reduces bladder cancer recurrence

Flushing the bladder with a common chemotherapy drug immediately after surgery significantly reduces the chances of bladder cancer returning, according to a major study led by the Medical Center.

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May 8, 2018

Society & Culture

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The ethics of autonomous vehicles

As a computer science major minoring in philosophy, Josh Pachter was ideally suited for developing concepts for programming self-driving cars that behave ethically. His idea: create ethical machines through a process similar to how we raise children.

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May 16, 2018
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A musical celebration of Polish independence

Pianist Kazarzyna Musial will perform music by Polish composers, including including Ignacy Jan Paderewski—Poland’s first prime minister—in a celebration of 100 years of Polish independence.

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May 10, 2018

Seminal gathering devoted to influence of Charles Plosser

The work of Charles Plosser, former dean of Rochester’s Simon Business School and past president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, was the focus of the Carnegie-Rochester-NYU Conference on Public Policy, which convened in Rochester this past April.

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May 10, 2018

The Arts

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Seniors show beauty of urban art with augmented reality

Four Rochester students saw the beauty of graffiti art in abandoned city subway tunnels. Banding together as the ExSpace Artist Collective, they designed an augmented reality project to share that beauty with others.

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May 11, 2018

An art exhibition of their own

Rochester’s studio arts majors cap off their senior year with an art thesis exhibition that serves as the culmination of each student’s hard work and dedication as artists.

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May 11, 2018
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Understanding the biology of grief through dance

Erin Dong ’18 didn’t start dancing until she came to college. Now as she graduates with a double major in biology and dance, she is combining her two fields to explore how the body experiences both the emotional and physical aspects of grieving.

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May 8, 2018

In Photos

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Dandelion Day

April 27, 2018

Students kick-off Springfest Weekend with Dandelion Day, and end-of-the-semester celebration and one of the University’s oldest traditions featuring rides on the quad, concerts, games, food, and giveaways. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

Senior ISM Nola Yang ’18 with her international student mentees in a circle on the quad

International Student Mentors Program fosters community, support

Upperclass volunteer mentors begin reaching out to new international students the summer their arrival in Rochester, and serve as a resource regarding U.S. culture and academics during their first year.

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May 17, 2018
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Rochester’s first Posse Foundation cohort set to graduate

Nine of the seniors graduating with the Class of 2018 came to Rochester from Washington, D.C., in 2014 via the Posse Foundation, which identifies high school students with extraordinary academic potential.

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May 17, 2018
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Graduates share messages to honor parents, families

Each year, the Office of Parent and Family Relations invites seniors to pen a note to honor their parents and families. We share a small sampling of messages from the Class of 2018 here.

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May 16, 2018

Voices & Opinion

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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
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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
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Thinking about ‘visual privilege’ and the 2018 Oscars

Sharon Willis, a member of Rochester’s Film and Media Studies program faculty, says this year’s nominations show that change may be afoot in Hollywood—but that how much movies will be transformed remains to be seen.

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March 1, 2018

University News

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Jane Marie Souza to lead national assessment organization

The associate provost for academic administration and chief assessment officer has been voted as president-elect of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE).

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May 24, 2018
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‘High-risk’ research receives University seed funding

University Research Awards for 2018-19 have been awarded to 15 projects ranging from an analysis of the roles of prisons in the Rochester region, to a new approach to genome editing, to new initiatives for advanced materials for powerful lasers.

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May 23, 2018
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Outstanding dissertations honored with PhD student awards

Each year Arts, Sciences & Engineering and the School of Medicine and Dentistry recognize outstanding research and dissertations by PhD students.

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May 22, 2018