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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.

November 16, 2017

Science & Technology

the HAWC observatory

In the mystery of positrons, dark matter is leading suspect

Scientists at the HAWC Gamma Ray Observatory have ruled out two pulsars as the source of an unexpectedly large presence of positrons in our corner of the galaxy. Could they come from something more complex and exotic: dark matter?

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November 16, 2017
woman's hands holding a cane

Neurologist calls Parkinson’s ‘imminent pandemic’

Writing in the journal JAMA Neurology, Medical Center neurologist Ray Dorsey and his co-author argue that the medical community must be mobilized to respond to Parkinson’s disease, the fastest growing cause of disability.

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November 13, 2017
animation of one vall being shuffled under two cups and then revealed to be two balls, one under each cup

Quantum magic makes quick work of measuring frequency

Using the strange rules of quantum mechanics, researchers were able to put a quantum bit in a superposition of two different energy states at the same time in order to speed up the accurate measurement of frequencies.

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November 8, 2017

Society & Culture

Shaun Nelms stands in front of a painted mural that reads WE HAVE IT ALL : EAST HIGH

East High: Amid change, challenges persist

In this episode of the Quadcast, host Sandra Knispel speaks with members of the East High community to find out how far the school, the students, and the University partnership have come in the last two years.

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November 15, 2017
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History under a microscope

The Future(s) of Microhistory symposium brings prominent historians to Rochester to discuss one of the most influential methodologies in their field in the last few decades.

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November 13, 2017

What makes Pulitzer Prize–winner Laurel Thatcher Ulrich curious?

In a 1976 journal article, Ulrich coined a phrase that has become ubiquitous: Well-behaved women seldom make history. The Humanities Center hosts the feminist historian, who will speak about writing and micro-histories.

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November 8, 2017

The Arts

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Welcome to art school

An innovative partnership between the Rochester City School District and the Memorial Art Gallery lets children in our community experience the educational, inspirational, and social power of art.

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November 3, 2017
Alex Pena conducting an orchestra of kids

Eastman gives back to Rochester

Through ROCmusic Collaborative and the Eastman Opera Collective, recent alumni are using their talents and entrepreneurial skills to enrich the Rochester community with music.

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October 25, 2017
portraits of Javier Téllez, Isaac Julien, and Dara Birnbaum.

‘Reflections on Place’ brings renowned media artists’ work to Rochester

The Memorial Art Gallery has commissioned international artists Javier Téllez, Isaac Julien, and Dara Birnbaum to create media art installations inspired by the city of Rochester.

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October 24, 2017

In Photos

two women in a community kitchen, talking about the recipe they are making

One language, one recipe

November 15, 2017

Aylin Tunay-Ustunkok, right, associate director in Event and Classroom Management, and Turkish lecturer Abby Comstock-Gay prepare Nasıl Yapılır, a traditional Turkish lentil soup, during the Language Center’s “One Language, One Recipe” event in the Community Kitchen in the Frederick Douglass Building.  (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

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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
photo of a microphone contains the quote, "WRITE, WRITE, WRITE."

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
The award recognizes students who excelled both academically and in leadership roles during their first year at Rochester, and was renamed for Suzanne O’Brien ’59, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and longtime director of the College Center for Advising Services. (University Archives photo)

Sixteen sophomores honored with O’Brien Book Award

The University’s Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa recognizes students who excelled both academically and in leadership roles during their first year at Rochester.

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October 30, 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
Downtown Rochester skyline

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

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Statement from the University regarding “Blacklisting” letter

The University of Rochester is deeply committed to a safe and respectful campus for everyone, free of harassment or discrimination of any kind.

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November 21, 2017
public safety officers smile and stand with a donation box

Purple Box holiday program to benefit Willow Domestic Violence Center

The Department of Public Safety is leading its third Holiday Purple Box campaign to help families displaced because of domestic violence. New items from the wish list may be dropped off at Purple Boxes located at points across campus.

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November 17, 2017
aerial view of Rochester neighborhood houses

University’s Home Ownership Incentive Program going strong after a decade

As of fall 2017, approximately 430 employees have closed on homes as the program continues to help first-time home-buyers purchase homes in Rochester’s historic neighborhoods.

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November 16, 2017