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Berk steps down as Medical Center CEO

Bradford C. Berk holds up a number five, given as a gift from his assistant to mark five years since suffering a spinal cord injury in a cycling accident. Today, Berk announced that he will be stepping down as senior vice president for Health Sciences and CEO of the Medical Center on Jan. 1, 2015, and will launch a new Rochester Neurorestorative Institute to conduct research and provide patient care for people who, like himself, have lost neurological function through disease or injury. “The last five years have given me the perspective, the insight, and the passion to know where I am most needed, and where I can make the biggest difference,” said Berk. He will be succeeded as CEO by Mark B. Taubman, who will also remain dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

September 17, 2014

In the Headlines

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Artists with class

Since 2005, University of Rochester professors and new media artists Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint have created numerous collaborative projects under the title EcoArtTech. The duo deals in the kind of interdisciplinary art-making which is less about tangible aesthetics than about creating what they call “interventions” interrupting pre-conceived ideas regarding our definitions of nature, the uses of technology, and our navigation of both.

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September 17, 2014
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Facts, lies and artifacts

For Armand de Potter in Joanna Scott’s new novel, “De Potter’s Grand Tour,” the compulsion to collect has a simple explanation: He wants people to admire him. His initial fascination with the objects he dredges from New York Harbor — a woman’s shoe, an old pair of handcuffs — stems from an interest in “the forgotten history of the world.” And when he first digs antiquities out of the desert sand in Africa, he feels that “the past had been given permanent shape in relics.”

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September 12, 2014
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Absurd Creature of the Week: The naked mole rat could one day save your life

Biologist Vera Gorbunova studies these creatures at the University of Rochester. She says naked mole rat societies, which can reach 300 individuals, are more like dictatorships than monarchies because anyone with the gumption can ascend the throne, even if she doesn’t have a fancy III or IV after her name.

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September 12, 2014

Science & Technology

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Communities considering fracking face long list of questions

A new report has examined the host of potential health-related issues that communities in areas of the country suitable for natural gas extraction may face. Katrina Korfmacher, director of the Environmental Health Sciences Center’s Community Outreach and Engagement Core and lead author of the study, describes the report as a first step that will help determine how future research can best address communities’ health questions and inform their decision-making.

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September 15, 2014
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Less effective DNA repair process takes over as mice age, biologists find

As we age, our DNA accumulates mutations and becomes rearranged, which may result in a variety of age-related illnesses, including cancers. Biologists Vera Gorbunova and Andei Seluanov have now discovered one reason for the increasing DNA damage: the primary repair process begins to fail with increasing age and is replaced by one that is less accurate.

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September 9, 2014
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From Einstein’s Spook and Schrödinger’s Cat: Lecture by world-renowned physicist brings quantum mechanics to the masses

Anton Zeilinger, one of the world’s leading experts in the field of quantum optics, will present a free, public lecture Tuesday at the University of Rochester. The talk is designed to convey the exciting frontiers of quantum mechanics to a general audience.

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September 8, 2014

Society & Culture

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Comparative literature professor explores concept of ‘the sublime’

Robert Doran looks at the intense interest in the “sublime” as an aesthetic concept — distinct from and even surpassing “beauty” — in his forthcoming book The Theory of the Sublime from Longinus to Kant.

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September 12, 2014
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Warner School professor promotes understanding of psychopathology

A new book, co-authored by Andre Marquis, associate professor of counseling and human development, closely examines the causes of, and treatments for, mental health disorders from various psychological and social perspectives.

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September 12, 2014
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Institute for Popular Music celebrates Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones

Institute for Popular Music kicks off its 2014-2015 performance and lecture series with a tribute to the iconic 70s rock band, Led Zeppelin. In the spring, lectures and a concert will focus on the music of the Rolling Stones and the 50th anniversary of the group’s career-making hit “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”

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September 9, 2014

Photo of the Week

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We remember

September 11, 2014

Naval ROTC students from the University—including Katherine Baum ’17 (above, left) and Jacob Shawler ’17 (center)— along with ROTC members from local battalions—including RIT senior Josh Nysenbaum (right)—held a small vigil on the Eastman Quad to remember those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, including six alumni. The vigil was one of several student-organized events that included a Hopeman Memorial Carillon concert and the playing of the National Anthem at the Eastman School.

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Student Life

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UR fall concert series features Vic Mensa and Asher Roth

Chicago native Vic Mensa is an independent rap artist who recently began a solo career after the breakup of his rap-rock band Kids These Days. Asher Roth is best known for his hit single “I Love College”, which reached number 12 on the US Billboard Music Charts.

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September 15, 2014
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Yellowjacket weekend brings Michael Ian Black to Rochester

Comedians Ron Funches, Nick Vatterott, and Michael Ian Black will perform this weekend for students and the Rochester community as part of Yellowjacket Weekend, which celebrates the start of the academic year.

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September 4, 2014
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PHOTO GALLERY: Wilson Day 2014

The incoming Class of 2018 fanned out into the surrounding neighborhoods of Rochester during the 26th annual Wilson Day of community service.

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August 29, 2014

The Arts

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Renowned Daegum flutist gives class and recital

Korean musician Jang Hyun Won, a legendary performer on the daegum, or traditional Korean wooden flute, will be in residence at the Eastman School of Music Thursday, Sept. 18.

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September 15, 2014
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Eastman hosts music college fair

High school and college students who are interested in music will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with admissions representatives from more than 65 of the top colleges, universities, conservatories, summer programs, festivals, and other pre-college educational institutions from across the United States.

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September 10, 2014
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Organist performs a ‘Cosmopolitan Concert’ at MAG

Featuring works by Cabanilles, Frescobaldi, Phillips, Rameau, Rossi, and others, the concert by organist Nathan Laube opens this season’s Third Thursday Concerts featuring Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ at the art gallery.

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September 9, 2014

University News

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Futurity celebrates five years of ‘cool science’

Why do we eat more snacks when watching action movies? Can a plant on your desk boost productivity? Could computers be our best weapons to fight the flu? For the last five years, Futurity — hosted and edited at the University of Rocheste — has shared answers to these and other questions scientists are investigating at research universities around the world.

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September 15, 2014
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Public Safety debuts new Adopt-a-Hall program

As part of the program, assigned officers will introduce themselves to the residents and provide them with their work e-mail address. They will attend hall meetings at least two times per semester, and hall staff will be able to request safety and prevention presentations through them.

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August 29, 2014
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Political science researchers earn top awards

Lynda Powell, Gerald Gamm, G. Bingham Powell, Jr., and Hein Goemans will be recognized for their award-winning research during the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in August.

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August 22, 2014