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In Our Midst

Meredith Dank ’99 has uncovered some surprising truths about the illegal sex trade—and policymakers are starting to take note. (Photo: Shannon Taggart for Rochester Review)

April 20, 2015

In the Headlines

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Nanoparticles to prevent tooth decay; looking to put dentists out of business

We’re never at a loss for toothpaste choices, but we may see the addition of “With Nanotechnology!” advertised on the tubes in the future. Researchers from the University of Rochester and University of Pennsylvania have designed drug-releasing nanoparticles to protect the teeth from bacterial damage and decay.

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April 20, 2015
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‘Scientific wonderland’ expected as spacecraft approaches Pluto (+video)

Be careful what name you pick; you’ll have to live with it, cautions Eric Mamajek, an astronomer at the University of Rochester. With help from astronomy students, he and 10 colleagues from the US, Mexico, and France shipped a proposed naming scheme to the IAU early last year and posted the proposal on line two weeks ago.

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April 18, 2015
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At a time when the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s changed the face of America, Sidney Poitier was probably the most visible black actor in the movie industry. In a new book, The Poitier Effect: The Melodrama and Fantasies of Reconciliation, University of Rochester professor Sharon Willis maintains that while Poitier’s films provide a lens for viewing the possibilities of improved race relations, this perspective doesn’t tell the whole story.

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April 18, 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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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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Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal headlines evening of film music

Jeff Beal, one of the most prolific and respected composers for film, television, and the concert hall, returns to his alma mater in April and will headline a concert of film screenings accompanied by live music performed by Eastman and University of Rochester students.

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April 1, 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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Evans and Susanna Lam commit $1 million to River Campus Libraries

Evans and Susanna Lam have committed $1 million to the River Campus Libraries to establish the Evans and Susanna Lam Library Revitalization Fund. The fund will support the modernization of the patron services area in Rush Rhees Library, which will be named Evans Lam Square.

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April 20, 2015
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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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