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Political junkies can feast on Democratic Party campaign mementos

Buttons, bumper stickers, photographs, and video footage ranging from the era of Franklin Delano Roosevelt through John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton, housed in the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, bring historical political campaigns to life.

July 22, 2016

Science & Technology

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Home team advantage: 40+ years of sports medicine

An early leader in the adoption of arthroscopy, Rochester’s sports medicine program and its graduates have helped shape the field of sports medicine while restoring countless injured athletes to health.

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July 21, 2016
OMEGA laser beams

Fusion for energy: significant progress, major challenges

In a review of the state of the research in this field, Rochester physicist Riccardo Betti concludes the goal of realizing abundant, clean energy from inertial confinement fusion remains elusive, despite recent significant progress.

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July 7, 2016
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Medical Center team revises understanding of genetic code

Scientists for years have known that the genetic code contains many layers of complexity. But new research cracks that code more deeply, clarifying why some genes are inefficiently translated into proteins.

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June 30, 2016

Society & Culture

Dewey For President campaign button

Dewey Papers bring past GOP conventions to life

Thomas Dewey was never president of the United States, despite two runs as the Republican Party’s candidate in 1944 and 1948—and a major newspaper erroneously declaring him the 1948 winner. His letters, photographs, phonograph recordings, and campaign buttons and slogans are available to the public for research in the department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation.

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July 15, 2016
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The future is calling in the South Pacific

Anthropologist Robert Foster began visiting Papua New Guinea as a doctoral student in the 1980s, when long lines at payphones were the norm. When he returned in 2010, he found a familiar place transformed.

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July 13, 2016
Patriots pouring tea down a man's throat

Three things you didn’t know about the American Revolution

America typically celebrates the 4th of July as a unifying victory for the country, but the road to independence was more divisive and violent than most people realize, according to historian Thomas Slaughter.

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July 1, 2016

The Arts

Interior photos of University of Rochester   Memorial Art Gallery September 20, 2010.  //photo:  J. Adam Fenster/University of Rochester

Faculty, staff get free admission to Memorial Art Gallery 

As of July 11, University faculty and staff can visit the Memorial Art Gallery for free. (Students already receive free admission). The museum also offers half-price individual and family memberships for University employees.

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July 8, 2016
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Music in the American Wild

A project of Eastman School of Music students and alumni is bringing newly composed works to majestic locations during the National Park Service’s centennial year celebrations.

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June 30, 2016
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Rachmaninoff meets rock ‘n roll in Sonic Cluster concert

An ensemble composed of rock musicians from the Rochester area and classically trained Eastman School of Music musicians are collaborating on a concert that crosses and combines musical styles.

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June 29, 2016

Photo of the Week

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Days of tragedy

July 14, 2016

Flags in front of the Eastman Quad and Rush Rhees Library fly at half staff after the mass shooting in Dallas, Texas. The University hosted two community dialogues on “Race in America, Race in Rochester” to seek answers to questions about violence, racism, and ways to bridge the divides in America.
Read President Joel Seligman’s statement from Wednesday’s community dialogue.

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Student Life

The 2002 World Youth Day event in Toronto drew an estimated 500,000 people. Credit: Father Brian Cool

Newman Community to attend World Youth Day event in Krakow

Student members and alumni of the Newman Community will join a crowd of two million people from 200 nations, where Pope Francis will deliver a welcome address at a prayer service.

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July 22, 2016
savings jar labeled COLLEGE with money inside

University offers rewarding path to financial aid

Rochester was one of ten “Innovation Partners” in a new micro-scholarship platform called, which allows high school students to bank money toward tuition costs when then record good grades, start a club, or volunteer in their community.

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July 1, 2016
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Four Upward Bound students honored

Four area high school students from the University’s Upward Bound program have been named “Outstanding Seniors” by the Monroe County Council of Superintendents.

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June 28, 2016

Voices & Opinion

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World Population Day: Why focus on teenage girls?

In marking this year’s them, “Investing in Teenage Girls,” Catherine Cerulli, director of the Susan B. Anthony Center, offers her insights on the human rights issues that young women face today and what can be done to address these challenges.

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July 11, 2016
images of galaxies as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope

Making the case for life on other planets

How can we calculate the likelihood of technological civilizations having existed on other planets? That’s a question Adam Frank, professor of astronomy, considers in an essay, “Yes, There Have Been Aliens,” published in the New York Times.

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June 15, 2016
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Brain tune-up from action video game play

Numerous studies have found that playing action video games such as “Call of Duty” helps cognitive functioning. Brain and cognitive sciences professor Daphne Bavelier explains how shooting zombies can enhance brain skills. / Scientific American

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June 14, 2016

University News

Young East High students

Kearns Center to expand services to Rochester middle-school students

A $1.2 million Talent Search grant from the U.S. Department of Education will enable academic services for upwards of 500 RCSD students each year via College Prep Centers at East High School and Vanguard Collegiate High School.

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July 21, 2016
George Eastman statue wearing birthday hat and holding balloons

Happy birthday, George!

The Eastman School of Music, the Eastman Quadrangle, and the Eastman Institute for Oral Health are all named for the Kodak founder, but did you know he also made a mean lemon meringue pie? In honor of what would’ve been his 162nd birthday, here are a few lesser-known facts about famed businessman and inventor George Eastman.

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July 11, 2016
students and university president pose holding letters that spell out THANK YOU.

Meliora Challenge campaign exceeds expectations with historic $1.37 billion

“This is a historic moment for everyone who cares so deeply about this University and our future,” said President and CEO Joel Seligman as the Meliora Challenge comes to a close exceeding its initial $1.2 billion goal by more than $168 million.

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July 7, 2016