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New look, new vibe as Move-In Day approaches

When more than 1,300 students from the Class of 2020 move in this week, they’ll see a River Campus that’s undergoing a transformation in more ways than one, with major renovations underway to student spaces.

August 19, 2016

Science & Technology

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Searching for more insights on Earth’s magnetic field

Geophysicist John Tarduno has taken a group of University students to southern Africa and Australia this summer to follow up on a pair of groundbreaking findings that he had published last year on the strength and direction of Earth’s magnetic field. The students are live-tweeting from their research sites, sending photos from the field.

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August 17, 2016
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This is your brain on sentences

What does the meaning of a word look like? Researchers have, for the first time, decoded and predicted the brain activity patterns of word meanings within sentences, and successfully predicted what the brain patterns would be for new sentences.

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August 12, 2016
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‘Optical spring’ enables detection of single molecules

Using the spring force produced by light circulating in a miniaturized resonator, a team of engineering researchers from the University of Rochester and the University of Victoria has discovered a new approach to detecting single particles.

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August 11, 2016

Society & Culture

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Providers face cultural challenges when evaluating refugee children

Thirty percent of the refugees the U.S. takes in every year are children. A new Medical Center study shows that the developmental screenings recommended by pediatricians don’t always translate to other cultures.

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August 15, 2016
Two women and a man stand with their bicycles in the year 1897

19th-century cyclist captures views of Rochester

Bike culture in Victorian Rochester has been beautifully captured in the May Bragdon Diaries Project, an online resource curated and hosted by River Campus Libraries.

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August 1, 2016

New book brings shadow into the light

A new book, edited by Kenneth Gross and compiled from lectures by the late John Hollander, traces shadow’s literary history from ancient to modern times.

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July 22, 2016

The Arts

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Festival highlights historic organs located across Rochester

Leading organists and musicologists from around the world will come to the Eastman School of Music this fall for the annual Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative Festival, focusing this year on “The Organ and the Human Voice.”

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August 9, 2016
Flutist Bonita Boyd

Faculty Artist Series brings renowned artists to local stages

The new season of Eastman School of Music recitals give local music lovers the chance to hear talented artists perform on their home turf.

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August 9, 2016
painting of a family in the mid-19th century around a dinner table

In Goethe’s novel families, love is all that matters

Susan Gustafson’s recently published book examines Johann Goethe’s depiction of family in his literary works, which were cutting-edge compared to the actual state of marriage and family in early 19th-century Germany.

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July 22, 2016

Photo of the Week

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International arrivals

August 22, 2016

New international students register in Rettner Hall as they begin their academic journey. For the incoming Class of 2020, 27% come from countries outside the United States and represent 90 different counties. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

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Top 10 campus pokéstops every new student should know

Pokémon Go players returning to Rochester this fall are in for a treat. The University’s River Campus is home to no less than 40 pokéstops and four gyms.

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August 17, 2016
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Election season a busy one for student leaders

College Republicans, College Democrats, and the students of the Committee for Political Engagement (CPE) expect to have an active fall semester in preparation for the 2016 United States elections.

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August 16, 2016
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Upward Bound students showcase work at closing ceremony

“With this program, everything came together. Now, I feel like a real scientist.” Derek McNeil joined a record 140 high school students from Rochester City schools took part in the six-week summer program.

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August 5, 2016

Voices & Opinion

Adam Frank

Short answers to big questions: Exploring atoms in space

University of Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank helps NPR listeners answer: If there are points in space with only three atoms per cubic meter, what fills in the rest? / All Things Considered

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August 11, 2016
Randall Stone

‘NATO is not a golf club’

Recent statements and revelations about Donald Trump, NATO, Russia, and the Ukraine have left political science professor Randall Stone wondering, “whether this a novel written by Tom Clancy or whether this is an episode of House of Cards.” /

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August 2, 2016
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May we recommend. . .

Looking for a little summer reading . . . or viewing, or listening? A few members of the faculty share their recommendations for books, music, and videos not to be missed.

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July 29, 2016

University News

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River Campus construction update

This summer has been one of the most active construction periods of all time on River Campus. Multiple new facilities and improvement projects are wrapping up, while others are still in progress. With the new academic year starting this week, here is an update on many of the bigger projects on River Campus and what is soon reopening.

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August 19, 2016
President Joel Seligman in front of a large crowd at the Medical Center

$19 million grant will help speed medical advances to patients

The University’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute is one of 12 institutions in the nation to receive the award, which supports “bench-to-bedside” research programs that remove hurdles in the process of applying medical research to patient treatment.

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August 11, 2016
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The University president who was an Olympian

Before he became the University of Rochester’s youngest president, Alan Valentine played a part in one of the great upsets in Olympic Games history.

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August 4, 2016