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interior of the new NextCorp business incubator, with people sitting at desks using computers

New high-tech hub for entrepreneurship debuts in Sibley Square

Now in its new space on the sixth floor of historic Sibley Square, NextCorps (formerly High Tech Rochester) will serve as one of the cornerstones of the revitalization of downtown Rochester. NextCorps is an affiliate of the University of Rochester and the region’s only state- and federally-designated business incubator.

February 16, 2018

Science & Technology

wall of speakers

Giving virtual reality a ‘visceral’ sound

Using recital halls as their “labs,” and recording some of the best music students in the world, University researchers are creating virtual reality videos of concerts that literally immerse viewers “within” the performance onstage.

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February 13, 2018
lighted glass table covered in coffee mugs

Augmented reality lets students operate a chemical plant

Coffee mugs and popsicle sticks are transformed into chemical reactors as part of an innovative teaching experiment that allows student engineers to simulate reactions in a real-life, sprawling chemical plant.

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February 13, 2018
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App combines virtual reality with personalized psychotherapy

A multidisciplinary team of University doctors, engineers, and musicians is working together to create an immersive, customized experience that brings cognitive-behavioral therapy to a patient’s smartphone.

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February 13, 2018

Society & Culture

Richard Thaler

A conversation with Rochester’s latest Nobel Prize winner

Recognized by the Nobel committee for his contributions to behavioral economics—a field that he helped create—Thaler’s research bridges the gap between economics and psychology. At its core is the premise that people’s behavior tends to be human, rather than “rational.”

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February 14, 2018
canal boats on the Erie Canal carrying suffrage reenactors

Suffragist Votetilla volunteers win inaugural Community Champion Award

The “Votetilla,” a week-long floating theater of canal boats ferrying reenactors of key suffragists such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton along the Eric Canal, was a multi-agency creative partnership that included the Susan B. Anthony Center (SBAC).

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January 29, 2018
detail from a letter from Susan B. Anthony

Can you read my handwriting?

The teaching of formal cursive handwriting may have declined in our digital age, but to show our appreciation for scribes and their tools of the trade, we dug into our special collections to highlight a sampling of hand lettering, from ancient hieroglyphs to modern conscripts.

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January 22, 2018

The Arts

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Artist Walid Raad to discuss war, art, and memory

Conceptual artist Walid Raad ’96 (PhD), an associate professor of art at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, will be the third speaker in the Humanities Center’s annual public lecture series, devoted this year to the theme of memory and forgetting.

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January 19, 2018
man standing in front of two pieces of art work

A stitcher’s story

Randall Cook, building and project manager for River Campus Libraries, turned a hobby used to relieve the stress of his previous job as a software engineering into the art quilts featured in the Memorial Art Gallery’s “Hidden Passions” series.

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January 8, 2018
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‘You can dance if you want to:’ Five things you might not know about dance at Rochester

Did you know you can major in dance? Or take a course in dance even if you’ve never danced before? As the annual inspireDance Festival gears up later this month, learn more about how dance and Rochester go hand in hand.

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January 8, 2018

In Photos

photo showing Rush Rhees Library in the snow, reflected upside down in a glass globe

Rhee-versed

February 8, 2018

Kevin Huang ’20 submitted this inventive shot of the iconic Rush Rhees Library to the University’s weekly “Photo Friday” homepage feature and received more Facebook and Instagram “likes” than any other photo in the 10-year history of these community-submitted photos. 

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Student Life

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The Rochester Curriculum: Creating their own majors

Urban studies, neuroeconomics and international relations, and digital communications: these are just some of the interdisciplinary majors students have crafted by availing themselves to the independent nature of the Rochester Curriculum.

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February 15, 2018
group photo of Take Five students

Take Five offers students free path to pursuing passions

Since 1986, nearly 1,200 University students have pursued their academic passions through the Take Five Scholars Program, which offers a tuition-free year to complete a self-designed curriculum.

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February 12, 2018
detail from painting of Susan B. Anthony

Meet the 2018 Susan B. Anthony Legacy Awards

Seven women undergraduate students will be honored this week at the Susan B. Anthony Legacy Awards—a 61-year tradition celebrating exceptional women enrolled at the University.

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February 8, 2018

Voices & Opinion

John Cullen

John Cullen on current two-year study of domestic violence reporting

Researchers at the University of Rochester have now teamed up to study and improve technology that can show a bruising much faster on victims of domestic violence.

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February 14, 2018
clock with the minute hand set to two minutes to midnight

Scientists discuss nuclear and climate threats to humankind

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists recently moved the Doomsday Clock’s minute hand to two minutes to midnight, the closest it’s come to midnight since the Cold War. Tom Weber, professor of Earth and environmental sciences, discusses the clock and its underpinnings.

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February 8, 2018
Narayana Kocherlakota

Economist says market is experiencing ‘volatility burst’

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is undergoing some wild swings. But Narayana Kocherlakota, economics professor and former president of the Minneapolis Fed, sees no reason for immediate concern.

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February 8, 2018

University News

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In the zone at Rush Rhees Library’s iZone

iZone, a new collaborative gathering point under construction at on the first floor of Rush Rhees Library, was created in response to undergraduate students’ expressed desire for a collaborative space for innovation. It will perform triple duty as a program, a community, and a space and is slated to be open by fall 2018.

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February 16, 2018

Q&A: Jane Marie Souza on shepherding programs that span the University

As associate provost for academic administration, Souza provides academic guidance and support to all schools across the University, ensuring programs meet educational standards. One new project is a pilot program to offer students an “outcomes transcript” which would help centralize transcripts from multiple schools or departments.

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February 15, 2018
photo of Kenneth Teegarden

Former Institute of Optics director Kenneth Teegarden dies

Teegarden joined the Institute of Optics in 1954 and served as its director from 1981 until 1987. He was also the first director of the University’s Materials Science program, and led the New York State Center for Advanced Optical Technology.

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February 14, 2018