Milky Way galaxy

Are we alone? Setting some limits to our uniqueness

Are humans unique and alone in the vast universe? This question– summed up in the famous Drake equation–has for a half-century been one of the most intractable and uncertain in science. But a new paper shows that the recent discoveries of exoplanets combined with a broader approach to the question makes it possible to assign a new empirically valid probability to whether any other advanced technological civilizations have ever existed.

April 27, 2016

Science & Technology

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Subtle chemical changes in brain can alter sleep-wake cycle

A new study by Maiken Nedergaard, co-director of the University’s Center for Translational Neuromedicine, reveals that our sleep-wake state appears to be dependent upon the concentration and balance of ions in the cerebral spinal fluid.

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April 28, 2016
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Immune cells contribute to bone breakdown in rheumatoid arthritis

Medical Center researchers have uncovered a new mechanism of bone erosion and a possible biomarker for rheumatoid arthritis. The group is the first to demonstrate that immune cells, called B cells, contribute directly to the breakdown of bone.

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April 14, 2016
Electron microscope image of animal cells (colored blue) cultured on an array of carbon nanotubes.

‘Honeycomb’ of nanotubes could boost genetic engineering

Medical Center researchers have developed a new and highly efficient method for gene transfer that could successfully deliver DNA into tens of thousands of cells simultaneously.

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April 6, 2016

Society & Culture

Josh Dubler

Joshua Dubler awarded Carnegie Fellowship to explore prison abolition

Joshua Dubler, assistant professor of religion, will spend the next two years pursuing the question of whether the prison itself is a necessary component of modern society.

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April 20, 2016
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Do you know your Rochester Pulitzer Prize winners?

A total of 13 members of the University community have won the Pulitzer Prize since the awards were established in 1917. Take this quiz to see if you can match the winners and the works for which they won?

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April 18, 2016
Joseph Cunningham and Joel Seligman shaking hands at commencement

Humanities programs to benefit from $2 million commitment from alumnus

Joseph F. Cunningham ’67 and his wife, Andrea, have created an endowed fund to support research, lectures, and public forums within the humanities.

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April 18, 2016

The Arts

Dariusz Terefenko

Eastman School launches its first Coursera course

“The Blues: Understanding an American Art Form,” a free course on the online learning platform Coursera, is taught by Dariusz Terefenko, pianist and associate professor of jazz studies.

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April 29, 2016
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119 years of Shakespeare at Rochester

As the world marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, we look back at how the works of the Bard have been very much alive in the University’s theater productions, dating back to the first-known Shakespeare production in 1897.

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April 22, 2016
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2016 Best Translated Book Award finalists announced

Ten works of fiction and six poetry collections remain in the running for this year’s Best Translated Book Awards following the announcement of the two shortlists yesterday by Three Percent, the University’s translation-centric literary website.

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April 20, 2016

Photo of the Week

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Looking good at Design Day

April 27, 2016

Thomas Tavolara (T5) models Memvi, a wearable camera that automatically records what interests you. He and his team presented their design at the annual Design Day, a day for graduating seniors in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to present their capstone projects. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

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Fulbright scholars pursue opportunities abroad

Several University students will pursue advanced studies, conduct research, and teach English language and U.S. culture abroad after being named 2016-17 finalists for the highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Grant program.

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April 28, 2016
Roland Williams

Super Bowl star Roland Williams keynotes Minority Male Student Leadership symposium

Workshops focusing on minority male achievement in Rochester will be held at the Simon Business School on Saturday, April 30. The theme this year is, “A Tale of 2 Cities: Being Who I Want To Be.”

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April 27, 2016
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Engineering seniors show off design solutions

From solar energy concentrators to portable braille readers, seniors at the Hajim School will showcase more than 70 projects during today’s annual Design Day.

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April 27, 2016

Voices & Opinion

Narayana Kocherlakota

World needs more U.S. government debt

In this time of global economic uncertainty, economics professor Narayana Kocherlakota argues that the U.S. government should be issuing more debt in order to strengthen the domestic economy. / Bloomberg View

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April 27, 2016
Adam Frank

Can big data resolve the human condition?

The Kavli HUMAN Project holds great promise for putting big data to the test. But as astronomy professor Adam Frank argue, “with great promise comes great responsibility.” / NPR

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April 26, 2016
Yates Conwell

Recognizing suicide risk in older adults

Yeates Conwell, co-director of Rochester’s Center for Study and Prevention of Suicide talks about the “four D’s” that contribute to suicide risk in older adults. / Washington Post

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April 23, 2016

University News

2016 Commencement honorary degrees and award recipients announced

The University will recognize outstanding contributions of distinguished leaders, scholars and humanitarians by bestowing honorary degrees, Eastman Medals, Hutchison Medals, and awards for scholarship and teaching at this year’s commencement ceremonies.

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May 2, 2016
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SA Government names Professors of the Year

Students submitted 63 nominations, and a Student Association Government academic affairs legislature committee deliberated and selected the winners.

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May 2, 2016
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A day to celebrate our trees

In commemoration of Arbor Day, David Nelson, manager of University Horticulture & Grounds, highlights some of the notable trees in the University’s arboretum—trees you likely pass by every day.

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April 28, 2016
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