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Beyond Rochester’s ’64 riots

July 24 marks the 50th anniversary of the race riots that rocked the city of Rochester in the summer of 1964. Rochester’s riots were classified as “most severe” and preceded many others throughout the United States during the Sixties summers. A new exhibit in Rush Rhees Library, “Beyond Rochester’s ’64 Riots: 50 Years Seeking to Make One City Out of Two,” showcases a balance of the past and the present-day, in search of a fresh perspective on ways to move our community forward.

July 24, 2014

In the Headlines

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People who feel they have a purpose in life live longer

Hill and his colleague Nicholas Turiano of the University of Rochester Medical Center looked to see how more than 6,000 people answered questions like “Some people wander aimlessly through life, but I am not one of them,” and other questions that gauged positive and negative emotions. They found that 14 years after those questions were asked, people who had reported a greater sense of purpose and direction in life were more likely to outlive their peers.

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July 28, 2014
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There’s no question who’s No. 1: UR

With 25,773 people on its payroll in the six-county area, the University of Rochester is the region’s largest non-profit employerand the No. 1 private-sector employer by a wide margin. UR also added more employees over the last year than any other company on the 2014 RBJ 75.

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July 24, 2014
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Scientists discover why the Appalachian mountain chain bends

Scientists had known that volcanic rock ran under the chain, but “what we didn’t understand was the size of the structure or its implications for mountain-building processes,” a University of Rochester researcher explains.

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July 23, 2014

Science & Technology

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NIH awards $9 million for study of immune system in action

The five-year grant funds work to adapt and develop cutting-edge imaging techniques. Researchers will make use of the University’s Multiphoton Core Facility, which contains state-of-the-art systems enabling in vivo (Latin for “in the living”) imaging and analysis.

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July 17, 2014
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Women feel threatened by ‘the lady in red’

In a new study, psychology graduate student Adam Pazda found that women believe that other women who wear red are more sexually promiscuous and were less likely to introduce their husband or boyfriend to a woman wearing red.

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July 14, 2014
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Robert Clark stresses need for federal research support at National Press Club

Universities can help drive regional economic development and strengthen American competitiveness — but only if the federal government continues to partner with institutions and commits to provide the sustained research funding that is required to, first, discover a good idea, then “translate” it into products and services that benefit society.

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July 10, 2014

Society & Culture

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Three things you didn’t know about the American Revolution

America typically celebrates the 4th of July as a unifying victory for the country, but the road to independence was more divisive and violent than most people realize, according to historian Thomas Slaughter.

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July 1, 2014
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Celebrating 59 Days of Independence

In their 59 Days of Independence project, artist and senior lecturer Heather Layton and Brian Bailey ‘09W (PhD) invite people around the world to celebrate the independence of countries other than their own. “By recognizing someone else’s independence, you’re showing that you care about his or her well-being in the same way you care about your own,” says Layton.

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June 23, 2014
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When it comes to learning numbers, culture counts

The findings of a new study suggest that number learning is a fundamental process that follows a universal pathway. However, the timing of the process depends on a child’s environment.

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June 20, 2014

Photo of the Week

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Like summer camp … for subatomic particles

July 8, 2014

Optical engineering major Sarah Bjornland ’19 (left) uses a telescope to study resolution versus pupil size with local high school students Justin Shetty, Tyler Acton, and Dan Duguay. During Photon Camp, a week-long effort by the Institute of Optics to introduce more students to the growing field of optics, high school upperclassmen work with University undergrads to learn about the relevance of optics to everyday life.

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Student Life

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Effecting change, one Urban Fellow at a time

Mayor Lovely Warren will recognize the Urban Fellows for their work in a variety of service projects, from marketing health programs and planning events for youth to fostering community and connecting businesses with vacant storefronts.

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July 25, 2014

Rochester students recognized for civic engagement

A closing ceremony for five Rochester Youth Year Fellows and 17 Rochester Urban Fellows is scheduled for Wednesday, July 30, in City Hall. The Fellows—22 undergraduates and recent college graduates from Rochester-area colleges—have spent from 10 weeks up to a year engaging in service projects and learning about urban issues in and around Rochester.

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July 23, 2014
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Rochester grad recipient of Rotary Global Grant Scholarship

The second Rochester graduate to earn this scholarship, Jordan Shapiro ’14 will use the grant to pursue a master’s degree at Aberystwyth University in Wales.

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July 23, 2014

The Arts

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University of Rochester is on the Fringe

The University of Rochester is a sponsor and major participant in the 2014 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, taking place Sept. 18–27 in Rochester’s East End. Student-sponsored shows this year will range from a laptop orchestra featuring local elementary school students, to After Hours A Cappella, and Diversity of Dance, which showcases performers from seven of the University’s dance clubs and students from the Program of Dance and Movement.

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July 16, 2014
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Jonathan Binstock named Memorial Art Gallery director

Binstock has worked as a curator at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He comes to Rochester from New York City, where he was a senior vice president and senior advisor in modern and contemporary art for Citi Private Bank’s Art Advisory & Finance group.

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July 7, 2014
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Young artists in concert: a celebration of winners

Several Eastman Community Music School (ECMS) students will be among six talented Young Artist Auditions award winners who will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 6, in Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Hall.

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July 2, 2014

University News

Teen Health and Success Conference focuses on self-esteem, professional networking

More than 80 Rochester high school students will attend the two-day Teen Health and Success Conference on River Campus to focus on developing strategies for successful employment and crafting a statement about career aspirations and future goals.

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July 18, 2014
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Beth Olivares appointed dean for diversity initiatives in Arts, Sciences & Engineering

As dean, Olivares will serve as the senior strategist on student and faculty diversity, responsible for providing a vision and a strategy to help AS&E administration proactively create an inclusive environment.

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July 14, 2014
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‘The end of the beginning’: A plan to save East High School

At the request of the Rochester City School Board, the University has submitted a plan intended to administer East High School, the largest high school in Rochester which is on the verge of being closed by the State because of inadequate performance.

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June 30, 2014