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What’s at stake when languages are lost?

Linguists estimate that by the end of this century, half of the 7,000 languages currently in use around the world will have vanished. Rochester scholars join the race—and to train a new generation of scholars—to document the world’s linguistic diversity before it’s too late.

June 22, 2016

Science & Technology

Michael Neidig

Neidig recognized by Department of Energy

Assistant professor of chemistry Michael Neidig is one of 49 scientists to be recognized this year by the Department of Energy as one of the nation’s “exceptional researchers” in his or her “crucial early career years.”

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June 24, 2016
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Telemedicine program will extend Parkinson’s care across state

The Parkinson’s Disease Care New York program, launched by neurologists at UR Medicine, will serve as a national model and provide free care to as many as 500 underserved patients across New York.

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June 14, 2016
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Catching some gamma rays in central Mexico

Physicist Segev BenZvi and scientists at an ambitious observatory are using simple but groundbreaking tools understand the workings of cosmic and gamma rays in the Earth’s atmosphere while also contributing to the search for dark matter.

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June 10, 2016

Society & Culture

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Seward family papers project earns National Archives grant

The grant will be used to continue and expand the collaboration with volunteers from the Highlands at Pittsford retirement community and retired UR staff and librarians to transcribe, annotate, and tag achival documents.

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June 16, 2016
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Is Wal-Mart really winning in the grocery business?

Research from the Simon Business School suggests that, while large supermarket chains may struggle when a Wal-Mart in their market enters the grocery business, small independent grocers actually thrive.

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June 8, 2016
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New center to promote K-12 urban education success

Grounded in the University’s partnership with East High School, the Center for Urban Education Success will bring together the Warner School’s educational programs, community outreach, and research about urban schools, as well as the University’s work at East.

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June 3, 2016

The Arts

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Chorus America honors Michael Alan Anderson

The associate professor of musicology at the Eastman School of Music has received this year’s Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal. The national award is presented to emerging choral leaders and conductors.

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June 24, 2016

Hammered dulcimer musicians featured at Old Songs Festival

The Striking Strings Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble, comprised of students from the Eastman Community Music School, will perform at the 36th annual festival, one of the largest and most prestigious gatherings of traditional folk musicians in the North East.

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June 17, 2016
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Eastman BroadBand returns to Italy’s SoundSCAPE festival

The contemporary classical ensemble of Eastman School of Music students and alumni will be artists-in-residence this July at the Italian festival, now in its 11th year and directed by Eastman graduate Nathanael May MM ’01,

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June 13, 2016

Photo of the Week

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‘Human decency, respect and kindness must prevail’

June 13, 2016

The United States and the University flags were at half staff on Monday to honor those killed in the shootings at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In a written statement, President Joel Seligman said, “The horrific tragedy in Orlando yesterday touches all of us. On behalf of the University of Rochester I extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the victims of yesterday’s mass shooting in Orlando. ” (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
Read President Seligman’s statement>>

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Student Life

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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
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WeBWorK an award-winning way of learning from homework

Twenty years ago, the idea of students doing homework online and receiving immediate feedback was a game-changer. Today, more than 700 colleges and high schools and using the WeBWorK system developed by Rochester math professors Arnold Pizer and Michael Gage.

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June 10, 2016
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India Baja team gets ride of their lives in Rettner Hall ‘fab lab’

Rochester’s Baja team is serving as host ambassadors to Team Helios Racing. The students flew 19 hours, stopping at JFK International Airport in New York City, and arrived Monday.

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June 9, 2016

Voices & Opinion

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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
Adam Frank

What makes America (and civilization) great

Astronomy professor Adam Frank traces the “line from [Ellis] Chesbrough’s audacious plan to make Chicago a clean, functioning city 150 years ago and the invisible infrastructures hiding behind your cell phone” today. /

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June 7, 2016

University News

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Sodoma named University’s interim controller

Karen Sodoma ’02S (MBA), will assist with the transition of leadership in Central Finance with the retirement of Douglas Wylie, associate vice president for financial operations and University controller.

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June 27, 2016
Michael Andrews

Andrews named senior associate VP for budgets and planning

Joining the University from Xerox, Andrews will be responsible for stewardship and management of the University’s multibillion dollar operating budget.

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June 17, 2016
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University’s economic impact expands across NYS

The University, which is the region’s largest employer, is the 6th largest private sector employer in the state and the largest private employer in upstate New York.

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June 16, 2016
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