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Rochester awarded $19M to lead national clinical and translational science program

The University of Rochester has been awarded $19 million from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health to coordinate a network of more than 50 institutions across the country. The network aims to help researchers turn scientific discoveries into health benefits faster.

July 26, 2017

Science & Technology

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Eye test could help diagnose autism

A test that measures the inability of the brain to adjust the size of eye movements could allow for earlier detection of autism spectrum disorders.

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July 24, 2017
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Can the sunshine vitamin help lymphoma patients?

A new $3 million grant to the Wilmot Cancer Institute allows oncologists to evaluate whether adding vitamin D to standard therapy will help cancer patients live longer.

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July 19, 2017
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NFL Hall of Famer Jim Kelly to keynote dSports Summit

Former Buffalo Bills Quarterback Jim Kelly will speak at UR Medicine’s day-long exploration of the latest developments in sports medicine, technology innovation, data analytics, and research.

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July 17, 2017

Society & Culture

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Philosopher Randall Curren considers why sustainability matters

In his new book Living Well Now and in the Future: Why Sustainability Matters Curren argues that the core of sustainability is the “long-term preservation of opportunities to live well.”

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July 10, 2017
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Quadcast: Mother of the Church

In her book Mother of the Church, Tatyana Bakhmetyeva, a lecturer with the Susan B. Anthony Institute, describes how Russian emigre Sofia Svechina rose in influence as an adviser to numerous political, social, and religious leaders of her day.

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July 5, 2017
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Rochester, the draft, and an all-volunteer army

100 years after the Selective Service Act established conscription, we look back on the University faculty and administrators who helped end it.

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June 28, 2017

The Arts

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A musical feast

The upcoming Gateways Music Festival, with an orchestra composed entirely of professional classical musicians of African descent, deepens its partnership with the Eastman School of Music.

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July 27, 2017

5 questions: Meet new conductor Rachel Waddel

Waddel joins the faculty of the Department of Music as the director of orchestral activities. She will teach and also conduct both the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.

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July 21, 2017
Stack of Mr. Borst’s index cards, left, used in the creation of his landmark work “Henry David Thoreau : a descriptive bibliography” Pittsburgh, PA : University of Pittsburgh Press, 1982 (at right).

Walking in Thoreau’s footsteps

Raymond Borst ’33 assembled one of the most extensive collections of Henry David Thoreau publications in the world, then gave it to the University.

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July 11, 2017

In Photos

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Happy Pride, Rochester!

July 17, 2017

Sunshine, cheery faces, and colorful attire were on full display at this weekend’s Pride Parade, with the University represented by the Susan B. Anthony Center and a contingent of students, staff, and friends. The parade was the culmination of the week-long ROC Pridefest, sponsored by Rochester’s Gay Alliance—an organization with roots going back to the creation of the Rochester Gay Liberation Front, founded by two Rochester students in 1970.

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Student Life

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Shared values: The Year of Respect

Since fall 2011, the Communal Principles Project has highlighted one of six principles each academic year: respect, responsibility, honesty, inclusion, fairness, and freedom.

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July 27, 2017
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What’s new in Dining Services? Plenty.

Here’s what students need to know for fall when it comes to eating options on River Campus and the Eastman School of Music.

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July 25, 2017
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Rochester Youth Year fellows complete service year

Looking back over the program’s 10 years, about half of its participants have remained in or returned to Rochester, and five of the seven current University fellows will stay in the city.

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July 24, 2017

Voices & Opinion

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In the summer of 1967: Sgt. Pepper altered pop music industry

In an op-ed for Newsweek, Professor John Covach marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic album, noting that only the Beatles could have released such a musically adventurous and experimental work.

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May 26, 2017
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The core of Chuck Berry’s legacy

Rock ‘n roll legend Chuck Berry died on March 18 at the age of 90. In this essasy in Macleans, rock historian John Covach remembers what made Berry iconic in a era of song stylists, covers, and lyric sanitization.

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March 20, 2017
Ajay Kuriyan

If you’re asked to pay, walk away

Ajay Kuriyan, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Medical Center, cautions against what can go wrong when stem cell procedures are not appropriately regulated.

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March 15, 2017

University News

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‘He set the course of my life’: Remembering biologist William Muchmore

Colleagues and former students remember the long-time biology professor and one of the world’s leading authorities on pseudoscorpions. Muchmore discovered and named more than 290 new species of the small arachnids in his 40-year career.

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July 20, 2017
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UR Medicine partners receive $21.8M in state health care transformation grants

Four regional hospitals—Strong Memorial, Jones Memorial, Noyes Memorial, and St. James Mercy Hospital—will receive a total of $21.8 million in state grants to improve services and facilities for patients, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced.

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July 19, 2017

Artist Elizabeth Cohen remembered for gifts of observation

Colleagues pay tribute to Elizabeth Cohen, an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History and director of the University’s Art New York program, who died in May.

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July 14, 2017