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Gift from Eastman alumni will create Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media

A $2 million commitment from Emmy-winning House of Cards composer Jeff Beal ’85E and vocalist Joan Beal ’84E will launch the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School. The institute will provide students with instruction and experiences that prepare them for the increasing and evolving opportunities to write, produce, and perform music for film and contemporary media.

September 1, 2015

In the Headlines

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For teens in crisis, the next text could be a lifesaver

“Young people have been reluctant to use crisis services,” observes Anthony Pisani, a suicide prevention researcher at the University of Rochester.

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September 4, 2015
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In major reversal, Rochester’s Simon School cuts MBA tuition

In an unprecedented move for a highly ranked business school, Simon Business School at the University of Rochester announced on Wednesday that it is cutting the total tuition of its full-time, two-year MBA program by 13.6%.

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September 2, 2015
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Beals give $2M to Eastman for film music study

[Jeff] Beal and his wife Joan, a singer and ’84 graduate of Eastman, gave the 21st-century art of soundtracks one more big push Tuesday.

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September 2, 2015

Science & Technology

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Treatment for fatal lung disease shows promise

A treatment regimen that combines two FDA-approved drugs significantly reduced hospitalizations in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension, a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in the lungs and causes breathing problems, chest pain, heart failure, and death.

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August 31, 2015
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Vision expert David Williams receives Beckman-Argyros Award

David Williams, widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on human vision, received the $500,000 prize for his transformative breakthroughs in vision research and adaptive optics.

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August 11, 2015
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Researchers find that Earth’s magnetic shield is 500 million years older than previously thought

Since 2010, the best estimate of the age of Earth’s magnetic field has been 3.45 billion years. But now the Rochester researcher responsible for that finding has new data showing the magnetic field is far older.

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July 30, 2015

Society & Culture

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Confidence in parenting could help break cycle of abuse

Psychologists at the University’s Mt. Hope Family Center have found that mothers who experienced more types of maltreatment as children are more critical of their ability to parent successfully.

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August 28, 2015
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Center brings Susan B. Anthony into the 21st century with  #SueBSays

While much is known about the famed suffragist’s stance on social equality and slavery, Susan B. Anthony also had lots to say on a variety of issues that still resonate today.

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August 21, 2015
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Jane McGonigal, world-renowned designer of alternate reality games, to speak

The game designer and author will speak to 200 elite high school students from 20 nations staying on the River Campus as part of the International Baccalaureate World Student Conference.

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July 31, 2015

Photo of the Week

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Partnership with East begins

August 27, 2015

Seventh-grade English language arts teacher Craig McManus and ninth-grade global history teacher Rob Snyder ’12, ’13W (MS), an East High School graduate, talk with sixth-grade social studies and English language arts teacher Khieta Davis during a professional development training session at East last week. East Upper and Lower Schools —under a new partnership with the University—will welcome students back to the classroom September 8. The University is serving as the Educational Partnership Organization (EPO) for East starting this school year, with Shaun Nelms ’04W (MS) ’13W (EdD) leading the effort as EPO superintendent.

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Student Life

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First day is in the books

The River Campus was filled with lots of chatter as friendships were renewed – or forged. It was the first day of college for some, and the first day of the final year for others.

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August 31, 2015
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PHOTO GALLERY: Wilson Day and George Eastman Day of Service

This year nearly 1,500 freshmen went out into the community to bond as a class, learn about the important work being done by organizations in their new home town, and volunteer to help.

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August 28, 2015
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UR FOOT offers wilderness welcome for freshmen

As part of a pre-orientation program, incoming freshmen bond during outing treks throughout Upstate New York’s wilderness.

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August 27, 2015

The Arts

Jonathan Binstock, the Mary W. and Donald R. Clark Director of the Memorial Art Gallery, works with Monica Simpson, museum registrar, to reinstall more than 60 works—including 10 new acquisitions—from the Contemporary and Modern Art Collection. (Photo by Brandon Vick)

Restoring the view: MAG reinstalls collection of postwar and contemporary art

Acquiring and displaying world art from the last 70 years presents viewers with expanding notions of what art is and can be, comparing the classical or “traditional” with more overt sociocultural issues that can bloom in the context of modern works.

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August 13, 2015
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Eastman professor’s studio a ‘saxophone heaven’

Student saxophonists at the Eastman School are earning exceptional accolades under the guidance of Chien-Kwan Lin ’07E (DMA), associate professor of saxophone.

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August 10, 2015
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Professor Jennifer Grotz receives fellowship for literary translation studies

Grotz, director of the University’s translation studies program, has been awarded a Literary Translation Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts to support the English translation of several poems by the Polish writer Jerzy Ficowski.

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August 4, 2015

University News

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New employee team promotes workplace sustainability

Employees across the University are becoming Green Reps, volunteering their time to advocate for sustainability efforts and promote green initiatives in their respective departments.

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September 3, 2015
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Simon Business School adjusts tuition

The Simon Business School is making a significant change to its full-time MBA tuition. Total tuition for the full-time two-year MBA program will change from $106,440 to $92,000, effective for students entering in the fall of 2016.

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September 1, 2015
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UR Medicine building new site for outpatient imaging, autism care

UR Medicine leaders will today break ground on a new building that will house a state-of-the-art outpatient Imaging Center, as well as the region’s first stand-alone clinic to integrate care of autism with pediatric neuromedicine and child and adolescent psychiatry services.

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August 17, 2015
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