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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.

November 9, 2018

Science & Technology

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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
Aaron Bauer at a workbench looking at a design on his laptop

Collaborative ‘back and forth’ drives progress on freeform optics

With a second five years of funding from the National Science Foundation, the Center for Freeform Optics is a collaboration working to develop devices that are lighter, more compact, and more effective than ever before.

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October 18, 2018

Society & Culture

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‘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

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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
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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
portrait of D'jean Vasciannie standing between two tall windows in Hochstein School of Music

Internships prepare new generation of arts and humanities leaders

Traditionally, arts and cultural institutions don’t have funding for student internships, which leaves interested students having to choose between paying jobs and exploring career options. The new “Humanities for Life” program, funded by a five-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, pairs students interested in the arts and humanities to paid internships with local nonprofit organizations.

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October 24, 2018

In Photos

four students playing a game of spikeball -- hitting a yellow ball into a small round net on the ground -- with Rush Rhees Library in the background

The most popular game you’ve never heard of

October 15, 2018

From left, Amanda Cabal ’18 (T5), Suzie Ziegler ’19, Brian Schonfeld ’19 and Sam Rusoff ’19 take a break on a warm fall day to enjoy a game of spikeball on Eastman quadrangle. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)
WATCH: What is Spikeball?

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Student Life

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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
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‘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
side-by-side portraits of Jacqueline Tran and Cherish Blackman

Two graduates earn Chinese Government Scholarships

Cherish Blackman ’18, a Rochester native, and Jacqueline Tran ’18, of Brooklyn, will study Chinese language and culture after receiving full scholarships from the Chinese government.

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October 1, 2018

Voices & Opinion

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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
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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
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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

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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
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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
Samina Ali

Author Samina Ali to speak at University’s 2019 Diversity Conference

Novelist, activist, and cultural commentator Samina Ali will be the keynote speaker for the University’s 2019 Diversity Conference.

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November 5, 2018