Milky Way galaxy

Are we alone? Setting some limits to our uniqueness

Are humans unique and alone in the vast universe? This question– summed up in the famous Drake equation–has for a half-century been one of the most intractable and uncertain in science. But a new paper shows that the recent discoveries of exoplanets combined with a broader approach to the question makes it possible to assign a new empirically valid probability to whether any other advanced technological civilizations have ever existed.

April 27, 2016

Science & Technology

hand holding piece of clear indium tin oxide

Researchers demonstrate record optical nonlinearity

A team led by Robert Boyd has demonstrated that the transparent, electrical conductor indium tin oxide can result in up to 100 times greater nonlinearity than other known materials, a potential ‘game changer’ for photonics applications.

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April 28, 2016
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Immune cells contribute to bone breakdown in rheumatoid arthritis

Medical Center researchers have uncovered a new mechanism of bone erosion and a possible biomarker for rheumatoid arthritis. The group is the first to demonstrate that immune cells, called B cells, contribute directly to the breakdown of bone.

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April 14, 2016
Electron microscope image of animal cells (colored blue) cultured on an array of carbon nanotubes.

‘Honeycomb’ of nanotubes could boost genetic engineering

Medical Center researchers have developed a new and highly efficient method for gene transfer that could successfully deliver DNA into tens of thousands of cells simultaneously.

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April 6, 2016

Society & Culture

Josh Dubler

Joshua Dubler awarded Carnegie Fellowship to explore prison abolition

Joshua Dubler, assistant professor of religion, will spend the next two years pursuing the question of whether the prison itself is a necessary component of modern society.

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April 20, 2016
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Do you know your Rochester Pulitzer Prize winners?

A total of 13 members of the University community have won the Pulitzer Prize since the awards were established in 1917. Take this quiz to see if you can match the winners and the works for which they won?

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April 18, 2016
Joseph Cunningham and Joel Seligman shaking hands at commencement

Humanities programs to benefit from $2 million commitment from alumnus

Joseph F. Cunningham ’67 and his wife, Andrea, have created an endowed fund to support research, lectures, and public forums within the humanities.

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April 18, 2016

The Arts

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119 years of Shakespeare at Rochester

As the world marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, we look back at how the works of the Bard have been very much alive in the University’s theater productions, dating back to the first-known Shakespeare production in 1897.

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April 22, 2016
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2016 Best Translated Book Award finalists announced

Ten works of fiction and six poetry collections remain in the running for this year’s Best Translated Book Awards following the announcement of the two shortlists yesterday by Three Percent, the University’s translation-centric literary website.

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April 20, 2016
Hyam Plutzik

Thoughts on Hyam Plutzik, Letter from a Young Poet

In the posthumously published memoir Letter from a Young Poet, University poet Hyam Plutzik, describes early aspects of his efforts to become a poet.

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April 20, 2016

Photo of the Week

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Dandelion Day 2016

April 15, 2016

Aisha Mohamed ’19 takes a ride on the carnival swings at the annual Dandelion Day celebrations marking the start of SpringFest Weekend. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

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Fulbright scholars pursue opportunities abroad

Several University students will pursue advanced studies, conduct research, and teach English language and U.S. culture abroad after being named 2016-17 finalists for the highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Grant program.

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April 28, 2016
Roland Williams

Super Bowl star Roland Williams keynotes Minority Male Student Leadership symposium

Workshops focusing on minority male achievement in Rochester will be held at the Simon Business School on Saturday, April 30. The theme this year is, “A Tale of 2 Cities: Being Who I Want To Be.”

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April 27, 2016
students working in a lab with a large round solar reflecto

Engineering seniors show off design solutions

From solar energy concentrators to portable braille readers, seniors at the Hajim School will showcase more than 70 projects during today’s annual Design Day. Senior design projects give Hajim students an opportunity to truly be engineers—working in teams to translate the knowledge and skills they’ve gained through classwork and lab exercises into functional prototypes that address specific challenges.

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April 27, 2016

Voices & Opinion

Yates Conwell

Recognizing suicide risk in older adults

Yeates Conwell, co-director of Rochester’s Center for Study and Prevention of Suicide talks about the “four D’s” that contribute to suicide risk in older adults. / Washington Post

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April 23, 2016
Prince performing

Prince ‘one of most significant artists in American popular music history’

As people around the world begin to mourn the legendary musician and performer, rock historian John Covach remembers him as one of the “most important artists in American popular music during the last two decades of the twentieth century.”

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April 21, 2016
Daniel Reichman

Is Brazil the Albany of South America?

Why has the American media has reacted with shock and concern regarding the political corruption in Brazil, while largely ignoring the political scandals that have embroiled New York. / New York Daily News

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April 20, 2016

University News

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A day to celebrate our trees

In commemoration of Arbor Day, David Nelson, manager of University Horticulture & Grounds, highlights some of the notable trees in the University’s arboretum—trees you likely pass by every day.

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April 28, 2016
outside Goergen Hall

Green milestones of note mark 2015-16 year

Every day the University has an eye toward making tomorrow even better through sustainable contributions in recycling and waste reduction, ecology, energy, hazardous materials, construction, power plant operations, and purchasing, as well as groundbreaking research to improve the global environment.

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April 22, 2016
Joel Seligman

President and CEO Joel Seligman Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Seligman is one of this spring’s 213 new members in one of the country’s oldest and most highly regarded honorary learned societies.

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April 20, 2016
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