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College Town is dedicated

On Friday, Oct. 17, University officials celebrated with Mt. Hope community members; city, county, state, and federal government leaders; and project partners the dedication of College Town, the $100 million shopping, dining, business and residential district in the city of Rochester near River Campus and the Medical Center.

October 17, 2014

In the Headlines

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Broken hearts on the mend

As part of CBS News’ “On The Road” series, Steve Hartman meets a Rochester, N.Y. couple who demonstrate the healing power of love.

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October 17, 2014
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New book chronicles transformation of UR

The University of Rochester has grown from a small undergraduate institution in the 19th century to one of the region’s largest eceonomic drivers. That growth is being chronicled in a book published by the university.

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October 17, 2014
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College Town marks new era for neighborhood

More than a decade ago, Wegmans closed its smallest and oldest store in the city, leaving a void and an expansive parking lot on Mt. Hope Avenue. There were other signs of decline. More people began traveling through rather than to the neighborhood. Now everything has changed.

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October 17, 2014

Science & Technology

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Are male brains wired to ignore food for sex?

Medical Center researchers have shown that male brains – at least in microscopic roundworms – will suppress the ability to locate food in order to instead focus on finding a mate.

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October 16, 2014
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2014 Lewis Henry Morgan Lecture focuses on wave science

Wave science is the study of periodic, oscillating, and undulating phenomena–in different fields, from cosmology, to biology, oceanography, sport, and social science. Noted anthropologist Stefan Helmreich will provide insights on how scientists are studying waves in nature to understand phenomena as diverse as the social sciences and climate change.

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October 16, 2014
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Diverse team of doctors, engineers receives $4M grant to combat sepsis

Sepsis, an over-the-top immune system response to an infection, is a common and costly cause of death and the most expensive condition treated in U.S. hospitals. The NIH grant will support research collaborations that may pave the way for new treatment targets.

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October 9, 2014

Society & Culture

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New books paints portrait of Spanish scientist as artist

Many in the scientific world today recognize Spanish Nobel prizewinner named Santiago Ramón y Cajal as a pioneer in cell biology and neuroscience. Now in a new book by professor Claudia Schaefer, he is being more fully recognized as an empirical observer and dedicated photographer.

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October 17, 2014
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Children in crisis focus of annual Anthony/Stanton Conversations

Sheree Toth, the executive director of the Mt. Hope Family Center and professor of clinical psychology, will deliver this year’s keynote speech at this year’s annual Stanton/Anthony Conversations, which will focus on the mental wellness of children.

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October 14, 2014
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Author, activist Ru Freeman to receive Kafka Prize for fiction

Freeman will receive the award and $7,500 prize on Thursday, Oct. 23. As part of the award ceremony, Freeman will give a reading from the novel and she will sign copies of her book during a reception after the event.

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October 8, 2014

Photo of the Week

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Andre Previn at 85

October 9, 2014

Composer, conductor, and pianist Andre Previn speaks during a discussion in the Eastman School of Music’s Hatch Hall. A new work by Previn, Music for Wind Orchestra (No Strings Attached) will receive its world premiere in a concert by the Eastman Wind Ensemble on Friday, Oct. 10, as part of an all-Previn program.

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Student Life

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Ten honored as Garnish scholar-athletes

Ten student-athletes representing the highest achievement in academic performance and athletic skill were presented with the University’s Garnish Scholar Awards at halftime of the September 20 football game against Gallaudet University.

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September 25, 2014
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UR fall concert series features Vic Mensa and Asher Roth

Chicago native Vic Mensa is an independent rap artist who recently began a solo career after the breakup of his rap-rock band Kids These Days. Asher Roth is best known for his hit single “I Love College”, which reached number 12 on the US Billboard Music Charts.

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September 15, 2014
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Yellowjacket weekend brings Michael Ian Black to Rochester

Comedians Ron Funches, Nick Vatterott, and Michael Ian Black will perform this weekend for students and the Rochester community as part of Yellowjacket Weekend, which celebrates the start of the academic year.

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September 4, 2014

The Arts

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International Theatre Program starts 25th anniversary season with What the Butler Saw

Sex, authority, and psychoanalysis take center stage on Thursday, Oct. 16, in Todd Theatre as the International Theatre Program begins its 25th season with the provocative farce, What the Butler Saw.

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October 3, 2014
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Eastman lutist receives album honors

Paul O’Dette, professor of lute and one of the most influential figures in the study and performance of early music, is receiving international recognition for the albums My Favorite Dowland and Charpentier: La Descente d’Orphee aux enfers; La Couronne de Fleurs.

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October 2, 2014
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National Opera director to lecture on pop culture versus art

Francesca Zambello, artistic director of the Washington National Opera and artistic and general director of the Glimmerglass Opera, will give the Eastman School of Music’s 2014 Glenn Watkins Lecture on Friday, Oct. 3, at 3 p.m. in the school’s Hatch Recital Hall.

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September 25, 2014

University News

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University’s past to come alive in ‘Icons and Images: The University’s History in 12 Artifacts’

On Saturday, Oct. 18, two popular experts on University of Rochester history—Paul Burgett, vice president and senior advisor to the president and Melissa Mead, University archivist—will highlight some its most significant milestones and retell some of its best stories.

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October 14, 2014
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Kathy Metz receives 2014 Messinger Award for leadership in patron services

As head of patron services in Rush Rhees Library, Kathy Metz has helped redefine how students and faculty access library services and resources. Her ingenuity and leadership have earned her the 2014 Messinger Libraries Recognition Award.

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October 13, 2014
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Robert L. Sproull, president emeritus, dies

Robert Lamb Sproull, internationally known physicist, professor and the seventh president of the University of Rochester, died Oct. 9 at the age of 96. Sproull joined the University as provost in 1968 and was president from 1970 to 1984.

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October 10, 2014
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