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Bringing University history to life

The River Campus Libraries’ Living History Project gives voice to Rochester’s past. Visitors to the new website can hear recordings from interviews with everyday Rochester students, faculty, and alumni, and early Rochester leaders such as (clockwise from top left) John Romano, founder of the Department of Psychiatry; Dexter Perkins, chair of the Department of History; Ruth Merril, director of the Prince Street Campus’s Cutler Union and dean of women; Eleanor Garbutt Gilbert, member of the Class of 1919; and William Warfield, member of the Eastman School of Music’s Class of 1942 and world-renowned concert baritone.

April 13, 2015

In the Headlines

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Is freezing your eggs worth the cost?

The study shows that “if a woman invested in having a genetically related child at age 40, egg banking at least once at age 35 is a cost-effective approach,” said Dr. Wendy Vitek, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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April 17, 2015
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Bryant: 5 experiments kids can do at UR on Saturday

I have never made elephant toothpaste. Nor have I had the opportunity to use a robot arm, turn water into blood, or freeze anything in liquid nitrogen.
So I am hoping that they let parents participate at Family Science Day at the University of Rochester this Saturday.

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April 16, 2015
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A sneak peek into the new Golisano Children’s Hospital

Even before construction is complete, that is evident almost when you step off the elevator onto one of the hospitals eight floors. Every floor is based on a theme from the wildflowers you would see in a grassy field to skyscrapers on the higher floors. The pictures and murals aren’t high on the walls at adult eye level, but in places where a three-year-old could see.

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April 15, 2015

Science & Technology

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Climatologist speaks on ‘Ice Melt, Sea Level Rise and Superstorms’

James Hansen, adjunct professor at the Earth Institute at Columbia University and former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies will speak on Monday, April 20, in Hutchison Hall.

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April 17, 2015
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Chemist Michael Neidig awarded Sloan Fellowship

Michael Neidig, an assistant professor of chemistry, has been recognized as a “rising star” by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Neidig is one of 126 U.S. and Canadian researchers selected as recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships for 2015.

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April 14, 2015
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$2.5M funds research on preventing heart attack damage

With a grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, scientists at the School of Medicine and Dentistry will study a new way to prevent the damage caused by a heart attack. They will begin their research in a unique way: by studying how worms respond to stress.

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April 6, 2015

Society & Culture

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Susan B. Anthony Center partners with COPE for equal pay in Rochester

A significant pay gap still exists between men and women on a national scale. In order to help raise awareness of this issue, the Susan. B Anthony Center has partnered with the Coalition on Pay Equity (or COPE) to survey this inequality in the Rochester area.

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April 13, 2015
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The Poitier Effect: New book by film scholar examines ‘change without change’

Sir Sidney Poitier became a cultural icon in the 1950s as the first black actor to break racial barriers in film. But as art and art history professor Sharon Willis argues in her new book, his image on screen creates a false sense of equality that continues to appear in the popular media and remains damaging to race relations today.

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April 6, 2015
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Libraries commemorate 150th anniversary of Civil War

This journal was kept by William Carey Morey, a University of Rochester graduate who would later become a beloved professor and namesake of Morey Hall and who fought in the Battle of the Wilderness. River Campus Libraries is marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a series of events commemorating the experiences of Rochester’s soldiers and citizens.

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April 2, 2015

Photo of the Week

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House of jazz

April 16, 2015

Eastman School of Music alumnus Jeff Beal ’85 leads a small group coaching session with jazz students Eugene Bisdikian, Chase Ellison, and Billy Petito in Howard Hansen Hall. Beal, the Emmy-winning composer of the House of Cards score, is visiting Eastman to host master classes and an evening of film music.

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Student Life

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UR Equestrian trots to success

Coming out of nowhere, the University’s equestrian team is fresh out of the gates and quickly becoming a well-known competitive force. “Cornell has been, for years, untouchable, and now we’ve shown that we can catch them,” says Sarah Markowitz ’16. “We’ve come close, and even beaten them at some competitions.”

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April 3, 2015
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Eastman Saxophone Project takes Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center

The Eastman Saxophone Project, a conductorless ensemble whose student members garner top prizes in chamber music and saxophone competitions, will appear at the Kennedy Center on Thursday, April 23, as part of The Conservatory Project.

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April 2, 2015
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Spread the Word to End the Word at UR

Spread the Word to End the Word is a national movement to end the demeaning use of the words “retard” and “retarded.” On March 4, the movement’s national day of awareness, several events will occur around campus and throughout the Medical Center to support the campaign.

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March 3, 2015

The Arts

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Institute for Popular Music’s ‘In Conversation’ series to explore lives, careers of industry leaders

Kara DioGuardi, songwriter and former judge on TV’s American Idol, and Bill Flanagan, a veteran music journalist who has spent the last 15 years as an executive at both MTV and VH1, will sit down for a behind-the-scenes look at their careers on Wednesday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 29.

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April 8, 2015
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2015 Day of Arts explores ‘Silence’

University students, faculty, and staff will celebrate Day of the Arts 2015: Silence,which includes five events centered on the question “What is Silence?” This two-day series starting on Wednesday, April 8, explores movement, dance, art, and music.

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April 3, 2015
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Eastman hosts international Lotte Lenya Competition

Fourteen exceptionally talented young singer-actors will compete for the top prize in the finals of the 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition on April 18. The Lenya Competition has grown into an internationally recognized theater singing competition since its founding in 1998.

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March 26, 2015

University News

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$2 million gift will create regional cancer center serving Dansville, Wellsville, Hornell

Representatives from UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute, Noyes Health, Jones Memorial Hospital, and UR Medicine Radiation Oncology in Hornell have announced they are collaborating to develop a regional cancer center based in Dansville, Livingston County. A $2 million gift from Ann and Carl Myers of Springwater, Livingston County, will be used to help construct the new facility and fund the establishment of care programs.

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April 15, 2015
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New project asks, ‘What is the value of a Rochester education?’

How can universities like Rochester articulate their “value proposition,” as the entrepreneurs would say? Is a liberal education a financial investment that “pays off” over time? While such questions play out on a national level, Provost Peter Lennie is leading a project to survey alumni about their experience at Rochester.

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April 8, 2015
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Robert and Pamela Goergen commit $11 million to Institute for Data Science

Trustee Robert B. Goergen and Pamela M. Goergen have committed $11 million to the University’s Institute for Data Science. In recognition of the Goergens’ commitment, the institute will be named the Goergen Institute for Data Science.

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March 25, 2015
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