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Governor Cuomo announces support for University-led data science consortium

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced $20 million in state support for the creation of a Rochester Data Science Consortium at the University of Rochester. With Harris Corporation as the consortium’s first partner, the University-led project will create up to 184 new direct jobs and is expected to leverage more than $285 million in federal research funds and private investment. The project also includes Wegmans Hall, the new 60,000-square-foot River Campus building that will house the new consortium, which is part the Goergen Institute for Data Science.

September 14, 2017

Science & Technology

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Designing a world of immersive sound

Using a new approach to flat-panel design, Mark Bocko and his team are creating inexpensive prototypes of speakers that double as wall hangings and overhead lights.

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September 8, 2017
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Rochester leads new multi-institutional effort to study “extreme matter”

Institutions including Cornell, Michigan, Princeton, and Stanford will join Rochester in developing an instrument to produce and study matter that exists under pressures far higher than either on or inside Earth.

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September 7, 2017
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Climate change for aliens

For more than 50 years, the Kardashev scale has been the gold standard for classifying hypothetical “exo-civilizations” by their ability to harness energy. A team of researchers led by Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank have devised a new system that takes into account the impacts of that energy use.

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September 7, 2017

Society & Culture

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What’s vinyl got to do with it?

As new technologies take form, they often change habits and practices in ways few could have predicted at the time. At this week’s Light and Sound Interactive conference, Darren Mueller will examine vinyl’s impact on creating and consuming music.

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September 11, 2017
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75 years ago, courts upheld detention of Japanese Americans


“Greater awareness of the Japanese-American internment can help the nation avoid repeating the conditions that led to violating the rights of so many innocent people,” says Joanne Bernardi, a University expert on Japanese culture.

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August 31, 2017
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Is it reasonable to ‘agree to disagree’?

When people disagree, and all involved in the discussion believe that theirs is the reasonable position, what’s to be done? That’s a question that underlies a lecture series in September by philosopher Richard Feldman.

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August 31, 2017

The Arts

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Remembering John Ashbery

John Ashbery was memorialized as one of America’s premiere poets upon his passing earlier this month. English professor James Longenbach reflects on a long friendship with Ashbery and his impact on poetry and literature.

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September 13, 2017
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Carillon bells restored after 40 years of service

The familiar sound of the bells in tower of Rush Rhees Library will be silenced for the next few weeks, while parts of the Hopeman Memorial Carillon are under restoration.

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September 8, 2017
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Eastman School of Music announces new master’s degree in music leadership

Eastman alumni lead many of the country’s most prestigious traditional and non-traditional musical arts organization. A new master’s program is designed to enable the next generation of music leaders.

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September 6, 2017

In Photos

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Fanfare for the Common Student

August 30, 2017

Rachel Waddell, director of orchestral activities, conducts a brass and percussion ensemble composed of Department of Music students as they perform Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man to mark the beginning of classes. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

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Team Meliora looks to future after Hult Prize experience

While they may not have been selected for the Hult Prize finals, Team Meliora is continuing their efforts to build homes for refugees, using Lego-style bricks made from recycled plastic.

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September 14, 2017
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National Suicide Prevention Week raises awareness of campus mental health resources

One-third of college students have seriously considered suicide. The University offers support for students or friends of students facing depression or suicidal thoughts.

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September 11, 2017
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Pursuing their passions: Meet the Class of 2021

More than 1,400 first-year University students began their college journey when classes started Wednesday on River Campus. They come from 105 nations and 42 states, and they all have a story. Here are six of them.

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August 30, 2017

Voices & Opinion

Three female Simon Business School graduates

How business schools can help women attain leadership roles

Women’s Equality Day annually marks the adoption of the 19th Amendment. But nearly one hundred years later, “women are far from equally represented in corporate leadership ranks,” writes Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid at the Simon Business School.

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August 26, 2017
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Making Rochester an epicenter of light and sound innovation

Rochester has the unique potential to become an international hub for light and sound innovation, according to Joel Seligman and David Munson, presidents of the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology, respectively.

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August 22, 2017
Sgt Pepper album cover

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

University News

Sign reads BIG R ATRIUM, with the blue R for Rochester and with athletic fields visible out the window

Alumni gift strengthens athletics and data science

In recognition of a gift from University trustee Stephen Biggar ’92 and his wife, Elisabeth Asaro-Biggar ’92—both former varsity soccer players— the entryway to Genesee Hall and the Boehning Varsity House will be named the Big “R” Atrium.

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September 19, 2017
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Never forget: Remembering September 11

Among the nearly 3,000 people who died during the attacks on 9/11 were six Rochester alumni—three who had just settled in to their offices in the World Trade Center; two who were flying aboard United Flight 93 when it crashed in rural Pennsylvania; and one who rushed to help survivors escaping the crumbling towers.

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September 8, 2017
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Promising young faculty recognized in Arts, Sciences & Engineering

Four faculty members have been chosen as this year’s Wilmot Assistant Professors. The two-year awards recognize “some of the most promising young men and women in the early stages of their academic careers.”

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September 5, 2017