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Finding roots of globalization in Ottoman Empire’s railway

In his new book, assistant professor of art history Peter Christensen focuses on infrastructure–railway stations specifically–and their place in architectural history not just as technology, but also as art. Using 3-D scanning, Christensen maps precisely where the Ottoman railway stations differed from their German designs, zeroing in on the contributions of the on-the-ground laborers who typically figure little in architectural history.

December 13, 2017

Science & Technology

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Goergen Institute Distinguished Speaker urges ‘data for good’

Many people think of data science in terms of analysis of datasets. But as Columbia University’s Jeannette Wing stressed to an audience at the Goergen Institute for Data Science recently, data science entails a lot more than that.

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December 14, 2017
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Newest data links inflammation to chemo-brain

Chemo-brain, or cancer-related cognitive impairment, is estimated to impact 80 percent of people in treatment. A new Medical Center study shows that inflammation in the blood plays a key role.

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December 14, 2017
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Electrical stimulation in brain bypasses senses, instructs movement

New research is helping scientists figure out how to harness the brain’s plasticity to rewire connections lost due to injury or stroke, an advance that could accelerate the development of neuro-prosthetics.

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December 7, 2017

Society & Culture

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Posters present a visual history of AIDS epidemic

For decades, Edward Atwater ’50, a professor emeritus of medicine at the Medical Center, has collected medical history artifacts. In 2007, he began turning his collection of more than 8,000 AIDS education posters over to the University and it is now the world’s largest single collection of visual resources related to AIDS and HIV.

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November 30, 2017
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One hundred years of solitude? Try 15 minutes instead

In a series of experiments, Rochester psychologists found that people who sat alone without devices for 15 minutes and chose what to think about experienced the positive effects of solitude: feeling calmer and less anxious, without feeling lonely or sad.

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November 21, 2017
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All in at East

In 2014, a Rochester high school was on the brink of closure. Since then, a partnership with the University has helped East High School to forge a new culture and commitment to revival.

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November 16, 2017

The Arts

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Poet James Longenbach unites spare and spooky in Earthling

This fifth collection of poetry from the Joseph H. Gilmore Professor of English had its roots in a poem he wrote called “Pastoral,” which would set the collection’s tone of “feeling or spiritual development.”

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November 29, 2017
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Four questions for director Ken Rus Schmoll

The two-time Obie Award-winner is in Rochester to direct Octavia, a play ripped from the headlines in the year AD 62.

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November 29, 2017
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Octavia opens at Todd Theater

The International Theatre Program closes its fall semester with the production of the rarely staged play Octavia, directed by Obie Award-winning guest director Ken Rus Schmoll.

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November 22, 2017

In Photos

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Sounds of the season

December 8, 2017

A student string quartet performs in Lowry Hall at the Eastman School of Music’s traditional Holiday Sings event. The performance takes place on the last day of classes every year. (University photo / Michelle Martorell)

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Student Life

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NPR host Maria Hinojosa to deliver MLK Commemorative Address

The four-time Emmy winner and host of National Public Radio’s Latino USA and PBS’s America By The Numbers will deliver the University’s 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address on Friday, January 19.

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November 30, 2017
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University welcoming students from Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Rochester will be welcoming students affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria so they may continue their studies while their home colleges are temporarily shut down.

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November 7, 2017
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Alumni share career advice with humanities majors

“I think my studies at Rochester in theater and sociology and in the humanities—I took a lot of English, history, and philosophy—really were the best kind of preparation for work in communication and journalism,” says Charles Kravetz ’74.

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November 2, 2017

Voices & Opinion

Political scientist Primo says Americans should worry about government control of social media

Congress is currently considering legislation that would regulate political advertising on social media.

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November 10, 2017

Nobelist Ishiguro: Novelist of ‘quiet riskiness’

Adam Parkes ’93 (PhD) explores the writing of Kazuo Ishiguro, recipient of this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, noting his fearless literary experimentation meshed with a simple austerity.

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October 7, 2017
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Doug Phillips on the role of universities in their cities

During a recent Bloomberg Markets podcast, Doug Phillips, the University’s chief investment officer, discussed his thoughts on the role urban universities play in their communities.

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October 4, 2017

University News

New York State Paid Family Leave Act goes into effect Jan. 1

Many University employees—about two-thirds of the employee base—will automatically receive Paid Family Leave (PFL) as a benefit starting in the new year. Human Resources has developed a full FAQ about how PFL will work at the University.

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December 12, 2017
Wayne Knox wearing goggles in his optics lab

Knox elected fellow of National Academy of Inventors

As a teenager, Wayne Knox ’79, ’84 (PhD) “sometimes filled the house with smoke” while building short wave radios and other electronic gadgets from scratch. Now the optics professor is among this year’s NAI fellows.

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December 12, 2017
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Jeffrey Runner formally installed as dean of the College

During Monday’s ceremony, Runner discussed his path from college dropout to dean, and his desire to make the University a place of inclusiveness for all.

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December 11, 2017