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Generating broadband terahertz radiation from a microplasma in air

Researchers in the Institute of Optics have shown that a microplasma created by focusing intense laser pulses in air emits not only visible light, but also electromagnetic pulses at terahertz frequencies that can be used to detect complex molecules, such as explosives and drugs.

April 24, 2015

In the Headlines

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Lower air pollution, higher birth weight

Exposure to high levels of pollution can have a significant impact on fetal growth and development. “The results of this study demonstrate a clear association between changes in air pollutant concentrations and birth weight,” said associate professor David Q. Rich, an epidemiologist with the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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May 5, 2015
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UR team gets $3.8 million National Eye Institute grant

A team of researchers at the University of Rochester has received $3.8 million from the National Eye Institute to fund a project with the objective of leading to the next generation of cures for blindness, university officials said. The Rochester team and its partners are designing an optical system to image responses to light of large numbers of individual cells in the retina.

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May 1, 2015
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Regional council faces contest on steroids

Four years of work under its belt, the job of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council is about to get a lot tougher. “This is the contest on steroids,” University of Rochester President/council co-Chairman Joel Seligman said Thursday as the council started its latest round of work in earnest.

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April 30, 2015

Science & Technology

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Beijing Olympics study links pollution to lower birth weight

Exposure to high levels of pollution can have a significant impact on fetal growth and development. Late pregnancy is a particularly important period of fetal growth, and the study suggests pollution may interfere with this period of development.

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April 28, 2015
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25 years later: Fixing the Hubble Space Telescope

Twenty-five years ago today, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched. The images it has been sending back to Earth for all these years have become iconic, and yet it came very close to being a billion dollar failure. One of the heroes who rescued Hubble from ruin and made it a great science success story is Rochester optics professor Duncan Moore.

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April 24, 2015
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Energy and Water bill includes $68 million for Laboratory for Laser Energetics

The FY 2016 House Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee this week includes $68 million for the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, the same level as FY15, but $7.5 million above President Barack Obama’s request.

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April 23, 2015

Society & Culture

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Warner School participates in national Horizons Giving Day to support low-income children in K-12

On May 20, 2015, Horizons programs across the country will attempt to raise $1 million to expand existing programs and bring Horizons to more communities and families.

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May 4, 2015
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Study finds online ads drive sales

According to new research from Simon Business School, the more a consumer sees an online ad and the closer a consumer lives to the location of a store, the larger the sales lift for the retailer.

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April 23, 2015
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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)

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April 20, 2015

Photo of the Week

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Learning from the judge

April 22, 2015

River Campus music major Ethan Lipkind ’15 performs a song for Kara DioGuardi. The successful songwriter, American Idol judge, and music executive conducted a songwriting workshop at the Eastman School of Music.

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Student Life

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Four University of Rochester students earn NSF Research Fellowships

The fellowship, which is part of a federally sponsored program, provides up to three years of graduate study support for students pursing doctoral or research-based master’s degrees.

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May 1, 2015
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Something for everyone in College Town

Euakarn (Som) Liengtiraphan ’17, a student employee from University Communications visited College Town with seniors Joseph Bailey and Christopher Marsh, and offers a sample of what College Town has to offer Rochester students.

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April 22, 2015
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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

The Arts

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Students perform musical theater favorites in end of semester showcase

Students from the Musical Theater Workshop at the University of Rochester will perform stage favorites in a show titled “A New World!” The revue is a culmination of a semester-long course in a two level workshop series through the University’s college music department in acting and singing for 14 undergraduate and graduate students.

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April 28, 2015
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From Kristin Chenoweth to ukulele virtuosos, ‘Eastman Presents’ 2015 series has something for all

Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and premier banjo performer Béla Fleck as guest soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble under conductor Mark Davis Scatterday, are among the headliners for the second season of ‘Eastman Presents.’

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April 21, 2015
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Ying Quartet welcomes Robin Scott as first violinist

As the quartet’s newest member, award-winning violinist Robin Scott is joining siblings and founding members David, cello; Janet, violin; and Phillip, viola. Scott also will receive an appointment to the faculty of the Eastman School, where the ensemble is the string-quartet-in residence.

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April 15, 2015

University News

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Public Safety investigator Lorraine Strem honored by Rochester Press-Radio Club

Strem, who recently joined Public Safety from the Rochester Police Department, received the Hometown Heroes award for her efforts to bring greater awareness to the issue of domestic violence and greater support to victims and families.

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May 4, 2015
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Xerox employee honored by Public Safety for selfless action

On the evening of April 13, at the intersection of McLean Street and Wilson Boulevard on River Campus, Ocieka Bakou, a local Xerox employee, selflessly intervened to prevent a violent crime from progressing into a possible tragedy.

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May 1, 2015

Three companies approved for START-UP NY

The START-UP NY initiative provides participating companies with tax exemptions for 10 years when they locate in designated areas associated with colleges and universities and align with a school’s core academic mission.

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April 27, 2015
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