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New ‘needle pulse’ beam pattern packs a punch

An “analytically beautiful mathematical solution” could bring unprecedented sharpness to ultrasound and radar images, burn precise holes in manufactured materials at a nano scale—even etch new properties onto their surfaces. “All the energy fits together in time and space so it comes together—BAM!—like a crescendo,” says engineering professor Kevin Parker, explosively clapping his hands for emphasis.

January 24, 2017

Science & Technology

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Aluie awarded hours on supercomputer at Argonne

Most academic grants come with money, but Hussein Aluie has received a research boost that money can’t buy. The assistant professor of mechanical engineering has been awarded access to the supercomputer Mira, which will allow his team to do in four days what it would take a desktop computer more than 2,000 years to complete.

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January 23, 2017
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Statement from High Tech Rochester on $10 Million Photonics Venture Challenge

Start-up companies from across the globe will compete for 10 to 15 slots. At the end of each session, three of the most promising companies in the program will compete for ‘best in class’ investments ranging from $500,000 to $1 million.

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January 10, 2017
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Brain protein predicts recovery time following concussion

A new study from researchers at the UR Medicine Sports Concussion Clinic suggests that elevated levels of the brain protein tau may serve as a marker to help physicians determine an athlete’s readiness to return to the game.

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January 9, 2017

Society & Culture

Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony Center joins area organizations in celebrating suffrage centennial

2017: Celebrating 100 Years of New York State Women’s Right to Vote is a year-long celebration of women’s suffrage in the state.

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January 16, 2017
Joy DeGruy

Events celebrate legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Events across the University mark Monday’s MLK celebrations, and renowned author, educator, and activist Joy DeGruy will deliver the University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address on Friday, January 27.

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January 13, 2017
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What’s your resolution and how will you keep it?

Lose weight. Get in shape. Do better in school. We asked University experts for tips on how to make some of the most popular resolutions a reality in 2017.

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December 22, 2016

The Arts

‘5,000 years of writing prompts’

In a partnership between the University’s Memorial Art Gallery and the College’s Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program, art objects become teaching tools to help students think and communicate critically.

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January 23, 2017

A passion turned scholarly pursuit

Seymour Schwartz, the University’s Distinguished Alumni Professor of Surgery, is also a renowned map historian whose collection has become one of the most acclaimed collections of rare maps in North America.

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January 12, 2017
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Eastman hosts conference for music school leaders

Administrators from the most prominent music schools in the country will meet in Rochester in June for the Eastman Leadership Conference to discuss the unique 21st century challenges these schools face.

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January 11, 2017

Photo of the Week

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Eastman alumni of ‘The President’s Own’ to perform at inauguration

January 19, 2017

Eleven alumni of the Eastman School of Music will perform in the 58th Inauguration of the President of the United States on Jan. 20, 2017, as members of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. This marks the Marine Band’s 55th inaugural appearance.

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Student Life

Webster Kehoe

LLE research lands local teens in semifinals for national science competition

Two local teens have earned recognition in the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search (formerly the Intel Science Talent Search) for research projects they carried out last summer at the University’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

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January 23, 2017
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Engineering project poses iconic puzzle for students

Associate professor Chris Muir devised a unusual way to teach his mechanical engineering class how to use the many tools available at the Fabrication Laboratory in Rettner Hall, with a surprising final result.

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December 20, 2016
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On Phi Beta Kappa’s birthday, we honor our own

Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious honor society in the nation for the liberal arts and sciences, turns 240 years old this month. In celebration, the University honors the 13 members of the Class of 2017 who were elected as juniors last May.

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December 20, 2016

Voices & Opinion

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Much more than a teen idol: George Michael the musician

John Covach, rock historian and director of the University’s Institute for Popular Music, summarized Michael’s impact on and influence in an essay for CNN.

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December 26, 2016
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NASA’s historic, crucial role in earth science

In an op-ed for the New York Times, Professor Adam Frank makes the case for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s role in earth-centric science. “Without NASA, climate research worldwide would be hobbled,” he writes.

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December 2, 2016
Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson’s HIV bombshell, 25 years later

LaRon Nelson, assistant professor of nursing and associate director of international research at the University’s Center for AIDS Research, discusses how Johnson’s announcement changed public perceptions and how far have we come since then in addressing the HIV/AIDS public health crisis.

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November 30, 2016

University News

Public Safety begins implementation of armed status

At the second meeting of the Public Safety Review Board, members reviewed and approved the University policies and procedures with regard to the issuance of firearms to Department of Public Safety officers.

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January 20, 2017
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Students, civil rights leader to be honored at Susan B. Anthony Legacy brunch

Save the date for this year’s ceremony, Saturday, February 4. Eight undergraduates will be saluted for their contributions to the University and local community, and this year’s Frederick Douglass Medal will also be presented to community leader Connie Mitchell.

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January 18, 2017
Julia Maddox

Julia Maddox appointed director of Barbara J. Burger iZone

Maddox will play a pivotal role in the design of the collaborative, technology-rich space within Rush Rhees Library.

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January 18, 2017