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a hand holds open a book of sheet music with an image of Frederick Douglass on the cover and the title FAREWELL SONG FOR FREDERICK DOUGLASS BY MISS JULIA GRIFFITHS

Rediscovered song honoring Frederick Douglass to be performed for the first time in a century

In 1847, as Frederick Douglass was preparing to leave England where had lived to avoid being recaptured after his escape from slavery, his close companion and fellow abolitionist Julia Griffiths wrote a commemorative song. Only two copies of “Farewell Song of Frederick Douglass” are known to exist—and one of them was acquired earlier this year by River Campus Libraries.

November 14, 2018

Science & Technology

Ahmed Ghazi on stage in front of a giant computer screen, holding a replica of a human organ

Surgery simulation program garners international recognition

Ahmed Ghazi, an assistant professor of urology, has been awarded first place at the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin for his presentation describing an innovative approach to building patient-specific replicas of human organs.

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November 14, 2018
rendering of new building annex to Hutchison Hall

CEE receives $1 million grant for campus solar project

The solar and energy storage system, to be built on the roof of the Goergen Athletic Center, will offset energy needs of a new office building south of Hutchison Hall.

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October 23, 2018
business and science colleagues around a table with the Rochester Data Science Consortium at the Incubator at Sibley Square

Data Science Consortium gives member companies a data edge

Since its inception in 2017, the consortium has expanded the number of member companies and created a pool of skilled data science students to assist companies on short notice.

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October 19, 2018

Society & Culture

historic image of soldiers lined up to drill

‘I’ve got to do something for Uncle Sam’

More than 800 alumni, students, and faculty served during World War I. To mark the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, here are a few of their stories.

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November 8, 2018
Doris Gray and Monica Sharma

International Education Week Speakers Series: ‘Conversations with Women Who Lead’

Doris Gray, of the Hillary Clinton Center for Women’s Empowerment at Al Akhawayn University, and author Monica Sharma, an authority on transformational leadership, will speak on global issues of equity and access to health and education.

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November 6, 2018
Peter Kramer

Psychiatrist Peter Kramer looks back—and always, around

Sigmund Freud could write about a broad range of subjects, from religion to politics. In this age of specialization, why has that changed? Kramer, a clinical professor emeritus at Brown University, tackles this topic in the Humanities Center Public Lecture Series.

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November 2, 2018

The Arts

sample of needlework showing a domestic scene

Needlework artist evokes detail of tragic history

The intricate needlework and fabric panels Esther Nisenthal Krinitz created for her two daughters, simply to record her memories, are the subject of a Memorial Art Gallery exhibit evoking both beauty and tragedy in rich detail.

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November 14, 2018
an oil painting of Vincent van Gogh

Drama and history mark the 2018 Polish Film Festival

Now in its 21st year, the Polish Film Festival features nine films that tackle universal themes of human struggle, triumph, and love.

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November 1, 2018
Eastman Theatre at dusk

Historic commitments to Eastman School of Music affirm the power of music

Two members of the Board of Trustees—Cathy Minehan ’68 and Danny Wegman—this week announced gifts totaling $10 million to support faculty and students at the Eastman School.

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October 24, 2018

In Photos

Lee Koonce speaking from a podium on stage at Strong Auditorium

University community remembers Paul Burgett

November 13, 2018

Lee Koonce ’96E (MM), president and artistic director of the Gateways Music Festival, delivers remarks at a memorial service for University Vice President Emeritus and University Dean Emeritus Paul Burgett ’68E, ’76E (PhD) yesterday afternoon. Burgett championed the festival, a multiday series of concerts, performances, and other events designed to provide classical musicians of African descent a performance showcase of their own. (University photo by J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

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Wells Award winners excel in engineering and humanities

They major in optical engineering and minor in Italian. Or work toward dual degrees in music and computer science. Or pursue two minors while majoring in audio and music engineering. Meet the graduating seniors from the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences honored for pursuing dual degrees or minors in the humanities.

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November 9, 2018
collage of six portraits of student veterans

Making the move from the military to the University

Rochester is currently ranked 13th by US News and World Report in its list of best colleges for veterans. As Veterans Day approaches, six University students from each of the branches of the armed services share their stories of moving from the military to the classroom.

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November 7, 2018
historical image of WRUR radion studio, with an old-fashioned microphone and a single red blinking light

‘WRUR is on the air…’: 70 years of college radio at Rochester

The radio station that began in the basement of Burton Hall is now 70 years old. What might be said about radio in general could also be said about WRUR: it has shown remarkable persistence.

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October 4, 2018

Voices & Opinion

floor of the New York Stock Exchange showing screens with line graphs the show steep declines in stock prices

Stock market ups and downs: A long view is in order

How concerned should the investing public be about recent downturns in the stock market? While daily fluctuations make for interesting news stories, Simon Business School professor Bill Schwert advises investors to “take a long view.”

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November 13, 2018
artist illutration of a compact soloar system with five planets around a central bright star

How might we detect possible intelligent life beyond Earth?

“There’s so much to look at, and we’ve done so little of it so far,” Rochester professor of astrophysics Adam Frank told NPR’s All Things Considered.

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September 28, 2018
historical image of fascists marching in Italy

Authoritarian rhetoric about left-wing violence ‘distorted,’ ‘dangerous’

In a Washington Post essay, associate professor of history Matthew Lenoe draws parallels between recent unfounded warnings from the Trump administration about left-wing violence and the fascist movements of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.

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September 28, 2018

University News

professor in front of students in a lecture hall in the Simon Business School. One wears a t-shirt that reads THINK DIFFERENT printed upside down

Simon School launches first fully STEM-designated MBA

This summer, Rochester graduate school of business became the first in the country to offer students a science, technology, engineering, and math designation to their MBA degree.

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November 12, 2018
DPS officers with other local law enforcement teams stand with purple boxes and donated gifts for the Willow Domestic Violence Centeromestic Violence Center

Public Safety’s Purple Box holiday program to benefit children, families at Willow Center

The Department of Public Safety is leading its fourth Holiday Purple Box campaign to help families displaced because of domestic violence. Donations of new items are being accepted through December 3.

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November 8, 2018
students walking around campus on a sunny fall day

National search launched for University’s first vice president for equity and inclusion

The University has launched a national search for its first vice president for equity and inclusion. The vice president will be the University’s chief diversity officer and will establish and lead the new Office of Equity and Inclusion.

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November 6, 2018