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Rochester represents at Nobel Prize ceremony

Three scholars with ties to the University of Rochester received the Nobel Prize in their fields at the 2018 ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to both Donna Strickland ’89 (PhD) and her graduate advisor and former senior scientist Gérard Mourou, for work that paved the way for more compact and precise high-intensity laser systems. In addition, Paul Romer, a former assistant professor in the Department of Economics, has been awarded a shared Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his work in endogenous growth theory.

December 6, 2018

Science & Technology

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It takes a team of neurons to grab your cup of coffee

A new Medical Center study rethinks how the brain completes the complex task of reaching and grasping for objects, with implications for the development of prosthetics.

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December 11, 2018
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Will smartphone apps predict if you are telling the truth?

Imagine if lie-detection apps became widely available on everyone’s phones or computers. Computer scientist Ehsan Hoque will use a new $1 million grant to explore the benefits and ethical risks of this type of tech.

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November 30, 2018
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Two Rochester scientists named AAAS fellows

Kara Bren of the Department of Chemistry and Robert Boyd of the Institute of Optics are being recognized for their “efforts toward advancing scientific applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.”

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November 27, 2018

Society & Culture

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‘Brave, kind, and modest’: Senior speechwriter remembers George H. W. Bush

Curt Smith, senior lecturer in the Department of English and speechwriter for George H. W. Bush from 1989 to 1993, remembers the former president as a man who “embodied the way the world has historically seen America.”

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December 1, 2018
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Show us your town, San Francisco

The 3,500 alumni who live there will tell you: the Bay Area offers opportunities to explore everything from culture and technology to outdoor adventures. Six alumni tour guides share their insider tips for the city they call home.

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November 28, 2018
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What should schools teach about American Indians?

Working with native communities, MaryBeth Yerdon ’13W (MS) of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is helping to lead that conversation through a national initiative called Native Knowledge 360°.

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November 19, 2018

The Arts

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Digital scholars rescue lost Japanese film

A 1929 Japanese silent film inspired by a classic O. Henry short story was long thought lost until Rochester researchers collaborated to bring it back to the big screen.

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November 29, 2018
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Conversation with visiting director Christina Roussos

Christina Roussos, visiting Rochester from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, talks about directing students from diverse backgrounds in the play “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again,” which opens November 29 for a two-weekend run.

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November 26, 2018
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‘Learning to look’

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Docent Program at the Memorial Art Gallery is “the voice of the collection” with docents giving tours to more than 11,000 students and adults every year.

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November 21, 2018

In Photos

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In the lab where it happened: Nobel science in pictures

December 8, 2018

Today’s Rochester researchers are taking science developed at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics to develop the next generation high-power lasers and to better understand the fundamentals of high-energy-density physics. 

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Student Life

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Winter Stay: Everything you need to know

Nearly 600 students stayed on River Campus during winter break last year, and school officials expect that number to increase. Here’s what students need to know to stay active and engaged through January.

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December 7, 2018
Henry Carpender and Beatriz Gil

Meet the Students’ Association presidents at the College and Eastman

Henry Carpender ’20, left, and Beatriz Gil ’19 were elected last spring as Students’ Association presidents for the College and the Eastman School of Music.

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December 5, 2018
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Celebrating our own as Phi Beta Kappa turns 242

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society for liberal arts and sciences. On it’s birthday, we recognize the 13 students named to the Rochester chapter this year.

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December 4, 2018

Voices & Opinion

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Time to acknowledge Soviet Union’s ‘immense losses’ in World War II

Marking the December anniversary of the 1941 Soviet offensive at the Battle of Moscow, associate professor of history Matthew Lenoe writes in the Washington Post about Russian sacrifice and loss during World War II.

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December 12, 2018
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Stock market ups and downs: A long view is in order

How concerned should the investing public be about recent downturns in the stock market? While daily fluctuations make for interesting news stories, Simon Business School professor Bill Schwert advises investors to “take a long view.”

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November 13, 2018
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How might we detect possible intelligent life beyond Earth?

“There’s so much to look at, and we’ve done so little of it so far,” Rochester professor of astrophysics Adam Frank told NPR’s All Things Considered.

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September 28, 2018

University News

Jim Zavislan stands in front of a optics grinder in Rettner Hall.

Jim Zavislan named fellow of National Academy of Inventors

The associate professor of optics holds 63 U.S. and 151 foreign patents and his inventions have helped protect the integrity of the ballot box, preserve great works of art, and assess the damage mobile screens do to our eyes.

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December 12, 2018
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Remembering political scientist William Bluhm

Colleagues and friends are remembering William (Ted) Bluhm, a political theorist who served on the University faculty for nearly 40 years and whose work on political philosophy and ethics endures.

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December 10, 2018
Symone Sanders

Symone Sanders to deliver MLK Commemorative Address

Sanders is a political commentator for CNN and served national press secretary for Senator Bernie Sanders during his 2016 presidential run, the youngest press secretary for a presidential candidate.

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December 7, 2018