Laura Keenahan '15 poses for a photo on the Meridian Marker for classmate Rachel Suresky.

Meliora Weekend 2015

Thousands of alumni, parents, and friends celebrated Meliora Weekend with a full roster of presentations—including a keynote address by author Walter Isaacson—activities, reunions, events, and celebrations. See photos and a social media archive.

October 8, 2015

In the Headlines

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The naked mole-rat’s cancer resilience makes it a thing of beauty…for researchers

As a paper published in Nature by researchers at the University of Rochester in 2013 noted, “Multiyear observations of large naked mole-rat colonies did not detect a single incidence of cancer.”

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October 11, 2015
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‘Creativity a team sport,’ says Jobs biographer

“Creativity is a team sport,” said Walter Isaacson in his keynote address for the University of Rochester’s Meliora Weekend, which is an annual alumni reunion and homecoming.

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October 11, 2015
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How elephants crush cancer

So far, researchers have made little progress in solving the mystery or determining how other long-lived species beat cancer. One exception involves naked mole rats.

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October 8, 2015

Science & Technology

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Study: protecting dialysis patients from sudden cardiac death

Researches at URMC will test the effectiveness of a wearable cardioverter defibrillator that continuously monitors heart rhythms and delivers a shock to restore an orderly heartbeat. This is the largest such clinical trial ever conducted.

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October 8, 2015
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URMC researcher to be inducted into National Women’s Hall of Fame

Barbara Iglewski, professor emeritus and past chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, paved the way for other female scientists to take on leadership positions at universities, professional societies, and in the private sector.

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October 2, 2015
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International research team to explore whether the loss of CO2 caused earth to cool 3 million years ago

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $4.24 million to Carmala Garzione and John Tarduno, both professors of earth and environmental sciences, to launch this joint U.S.-China research project.

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September 28, 2015

Society & Culture


American Studies lecture explores religious doubt and modernity

Christopher White, associate professor of religion at Vassar College, will give the talk, “Doorways to Invisible Dimensions: Claude Bragdon’s Other-Worldly Art, the ‘Fourth Dimension’ and Modern Forms of Enchantment.”

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October 9, 2015

2015 Lewis Henry Morgan lecture explores Native American water rights in the Everglades

Anthropologist Jessica Cattelino uses ethnographic research in the Everglades to examine the cultural politics of water, and the ways that Everglades residents—including Seminole Indians and non-Seminole farmers and ranchers, water managers, and environmentalists—value water.

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October 6, 2015
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Annual Stanton/Anthony conversations event to focus on domestic violence and health

“Instead of thinking about the effects of intimate partner violence in an isolated kind of way, we need to look at it across the lifespan and across the developmental stages,” says keynote speaker Dr. Tasneem Ismailji.

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October 2, 2015

Photo of the Week

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‘Fall Break’

October 5, 2015

Students enjoy a fall break October 5–6. The perfect autumn Rochester weather we are seeing provides a glorious opportunity to rest and recharge, just in time for Meliora Weekend.

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Student Life

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Sophomore shares 10 ‘life lessons’ learned during freshman year

International Relations major Jackie Powell encourages this year’s incoming class to try new things, perform random acts of kindness … and don’t let that laundry pile up.

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October 12, 2015
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On your marks, get set … hack

With just 36 hours to invent a new app, Thomas Pinella ’18 and Dylan Wadler ’18 took first place with Message in a Bottle at RocHack’s second annual hackathon.

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September 17, 2015
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Summer at sea puts mechanical engineering student in pilot’s seat

Wendy Snyder’s typical day this past summer might seem mundane at first glance. Rise at 7 a.m. Work eight hours. Pilot remote operating vehicle 4,000 meters below the Pacific Ocean.

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September 14, 2015

The Arts

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From behind the microphone and onto the stage: International Theatre Program presents Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

The International Theatre Program kicks off its 26th season on Thursday, Oct. 8 with a rare stage production of Dylan Thomas’ play, Under Milk Wood. Originally written for radio in the 1950s as a “play for voices,” Under Milk Wood was the only play Thomas ever completed.

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September 29, 2015
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Festival celebrates 10th anniversary of historic instrument

It was the project that almost wasn’t: a rare 18th-century Italian Baroque organ sitting in an antique store in Italy about to be sold off for parts. This October, a four-day celebration will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the organ’s installation in the Memorial Art Gallery’s Fountain Court.

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September 24, 2015
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Rochester on the Fringe: Your guide to University performers at this year’s Fringe Festival

From September 17-26, students, faculty, staff, and alumni from across the University — including the After Hours student a capella ensemble above — will participate in the 2015 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival in downtown Rochester.

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September 15, 2015

University News

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Melissa Mead receives 2015 Messinger Award for outstanding service as University archivist

The photographs, texts, recordings, and additional items that fill the University Archives paint a full picture of the University of Rochester’s 165-year history. Few know this history better—or are more familiar with these materials—than Melissa Mead.

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October 3, 2015
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Think Safe annual security and fire safety report now online

The DPS website and Think Safe contain information regarding campus security and personal safety, including crime prevention, fire safety, University police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, and disciplinary procedures.

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September 25, 2015
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Apple gets 200th career win as coach

The men’s soccer team posted a strong performance in a 3-0 victory over St. John Fisher College on Tuesday night. With the win, the Yellowjackets head coach Chris Apple earns his 200th career coaching victory.

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September 22, 2015
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