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Rochester’s cross-disciplinary approach to teaching, learning, and research

The independent nature of the Rochester Curriculum allows students to create their own interdisciplinary majors and focus on the subjects they love, while University faculty cross the boundaries of traditional disciplines to create new perspectives and approaches to the problems they work to understand.

February 19, 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
photo of a spoon bearing the image of Frederick Douglass

Remembering Frederick Douglass on his 200th birthday

Like most African Americans born into slavery, Frederick Douglass was never told the date and year of his birth. He chose February 14 as the day on which to celebrate it, and in 2018 we celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth. At the University of Rochester, one of the most extensive collections of Douglass artifacts in the country can be found in Rush Rhees Library.

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February 13, 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

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
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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

students and professor holding up a scanner next to the marble bust of Frederick Douglass

Digitizing Douglass

February 9, 2018

Victor Garza ’19, left, and associate professor of English Gregory Heyworth prepare to scan the marble bust of Frederick Douglass in the Frederick Douglass Building . The students in Heyworth’s Digital Imaging class are using a structured light scanner to create a digital rendering of the marble bust. Their goal is to create a file that can be accessed and the bust reproduced anywhere with a 3D printer. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

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Students from Puerto Rican colleges enjoying guest semester in Rochester

Hurricane Maria crippled Puerto Rico last September, leaving hundreds dead and more than a million homes without power. Providing a guest semester to first- and second-year undergraduates unable to attend their damaged home colleges is a way for the University to help them keep their academic programs on track.

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February 19, 2018
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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
Bill Green and William Slattery

The Rochester Curriculum: ‘How come nobody else is doing this?’

Twenty-five years ago, the chairs of the religion and physics departments united in a common goal: To rid the undergraduate curriculum of mandatory courses students didn’t want to take, and give students the freedom to delve more deeply into the subjects they loved.

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February 15, 2018

Voices & Opinion

The lighted National Debt Clock sign reads $14 trillion

Concerns build about growing national debt

In the wake of the Trump administration’s $4.4 trillion federal budget proposal last week, Rochester political scientist and author David Primo says he’s worried about the long-term effects of the growing national debt.

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February 19, 2018
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

University News

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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.

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February 16, 2018
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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