Bob Dylan

6 stops on Bob Dylan’s rise to the top

His first album was a flop. He was loved in the United Kingdom before the United States. As people around the world start to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday, rock historian John Covach, director of Rochester’s Institute for Popular Culture, identifies six stops along the artist’s turbulent rise to the top in the 1960s.

May 20, 2016

Science & Technology

David Dean

Pediatrics professor receives $3M grant to research gene therapy, ARDS

David Dean has received an NIH grant explore a novel method of gene therapy delivery that could greatly benefit patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome, a condition that affects about 150,000 people each year.

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May 23, 2016
two football players butting helmets, helmets showing signs of wear

After concussion, student athletes struggle in return to classroom

Student-athletes who get a concussion often return to school within a week but still have significant problems in the classroom and cannot perform at a normal academic level, according to a new Medical Center study.

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May 20, 2016
Solomon Abiola

Falling Walls winner heads to Berlin

Solomon Abiola believes it is well within our reach to predict the spread of infectious diseases like Zika and Ebola with the same accuracy we predict hurricanes. And this fall, he will have a chance to make his case on an international stage.

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May 19, 2016

Society & Culture

baby sleeping

Did human-like intelligence evolve to care for helpless babies?

Because humans have relatively big brains, their infants must be born early in development while their heads are small enough to ensure a safe delivery. Early birth, though, means human infants are helpless for much longer than other primates, and such vulnerable infants require intelligent parents.

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May 23, 2016
detail from book cover shows religious painting of saint

Laura Ackerman Smoller wins La Corónica International Book Award

The professor of history was honored by the largest gathering of medievalist scholars in North America for her book The Saint and the Chopped-Up Baby: The Cult of Vincent Ferrer in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.

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May 23, 2016
students and teacher in a prison classroom

Rochester’s prison education program aims to transform lives of inmates, undergraduates

Rochester will join forces with the Cornell Prison Education Program next year, as assistant professor of religion Joshua Dubler and his students bring the value of a higher education to an often invisible population while addressing the epidemic of mass incarceration.

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May 10, 2016

The Arts

orchestra comprised of largely African American musicians performs on stage

New partnership to enhance diversity in classical music

The Eastman School of Music and the Gateways Music Festival, which have partnered since 1995, have announced a new alliance that strengthens the organizations’ efforts to promote and increase diversity in the field of classical music.

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May 13, 2016
cellist and violinist perform outdoors

Eastman performers, composers bring music to national parks

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the University a $20,000 grant to support the Music in the American Wild project. Over the summer, seven Eastman musicians will perform the music of 11 Eastman composers in seven national parks.

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May 10, 2016
Dariusz Terefenko

Eastman School launches its first Coursera course

“The Blues: Understanding an American Art Form,” a free course on the online learning platform Coursera, is taught by Dariusz Terefenko, pianist and associate professor of jazz studies.

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April 29, 2016

Photo of the Week

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Making a statement

May 12, 2016

Members of the Class of 2016 decorate their mortarboards for this weekend’s commencement ceremonies. (University photo / Brandon Vick)

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Student Life

Jennifer Judge talking in front of Meliora background

Toxicology student sweeps awards at Three Minute Thesis competition

“When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters,” Jennifer Judge said at the end her presentation, which won over both the panel and audience at the University’s first “Three Minute Thesis” competition.

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May 17, 2016
four smiling students standing behind four seated teachers

Singer Family Prizes recognize inspirational high school teachers

Each year, seniors in the College are invited to nominate a high school teacher or staff member for consideration for the Singer Family Prize. The four award winners receive a plaque and $3,000, as well as $2,500 for their school.

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May 16, 2016
cap reads FOREVER BETTER

Congratulations, Class of 2016!

More than 3,000 students received bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and ceremonies across the University over the weekend. See photos, videos, and social media coverage of the weekend’s event celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2016.

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May 15, 2016

Voices & Opinion

AAron Hughes

Sykes-Picot and the making of the modern Middle East

As the accord turns 100 years old, Aaron Hughes, professor of Jewish studies, weighs in on the impact the secret accord that established political control of territories in the Middle East among Great Britain, France, and Russia after World War I. / The Conversation

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May 12, 2016
Gretchen Helmke

Why Rousseff’s impeachment battle is bad for Brazil – but could be good for democracy

Associate professor and chair of political science Gretchen Helmke asks whether ousting Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff will end the country’s vicious cycle of political corruption. / Reuters

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May 9, 2016
Narayana Kocherlakota

World needs more U.S. government debt

In this time of global economic uncertainty, economics professor Narayana Kocherlakota argues that the U.S. government should be issuing more debt in order to strengthen the domestic economy. / Bloomberg View

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April 27, 2016

University News

Danny Wegman

Danny Wegman becomes board chair, two new trustees named

Wegman, who served as chairman-elect for the past year, will serve a five-year term as Board chairman and succeeds Edmund A. Hajim ’58, who has transitioned to chairman emeritus.

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May 13, 2016
student in cap and gown gets picture taken on top of Rush RHees Library tower

Commencement weekend is here

In ceremonies starting today, the University will recognize the achievements of more than 3,000 graduates who have earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees across all schools. Share your commencement memories and congratulatory messages for the Class of 2016 at #ur2016.

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May 13, 2016
The University bestowed an honorary doctor of laws degree upon British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1941.

Commencement history: Winston Churchill addresses Class of 1941 by radio

The University has a proud past of commencement speakers and honorees but the 91st commencement ceremony on June 16, 1941, was particularly noteworthy.

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May 11, 2016
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