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Meliora Weekend 2015

Homecoming festivities, football, reunions, dinners, symposia and lectures, MEL Talks, concerts – dozens of events are packed into four days for alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends of the University of Rochester. Don your blue and yellow for this fun-filled weekend – the hard part will be deciding which events to attend.

October 8, 2015

In the Headlines

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How elephants crush cancer

So far, researchers have made little progress in solving the mystery or determining how other long-lived species beat cancer. One exception involves naked mole rats.

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October 8, 2015
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An Emmy for your thoughts: behind a big campus music gift by this alumni couple

University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music recently received a $2 million gift by alumni couple Jeff and Joan Beal to launch the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media.

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October 7, 2015
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UR names entrepreneurship center for Mark and Carolyn Ain

The Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Rochester is being named the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship, officials announced Wednesday, in recognition of the generosity of Mark Ain and his wife, Carolyn.

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October 7, 2015

Science & Technology

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Study: protecting dialysis patients from sudden cardiac death

Researches at URMC will test the effectiveness of a wearable cardioverter defibrillator that continuously monitors heart rhythms and delivers a shock to restore an orderly heartbeat. This is the largest such clinical trial ever conducted.

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October 8, 2015
Barbara Iglewski

URMC researcher to be inducted into National Women’s Hall of Fame

Barbara Iglewski, professor emeritus and past chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, paved the way for other female scientists to take on leadership positions at universities, professional societies, and in the private sector.

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October 2, 2015
Greenland ice sheet

International research team to explore whether the loss of CO2 caused earth to cool 3 million years ago

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $4.24 million to Carmala Garzione and John Tarduno, both professors of earth and environmental sciences, to launch this joint U.S.-China research project.

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September 28, 2015

Society & Culture


American Studies lecture explores religious doubt and modernity

Christopher White, associate professor of religion at Vassar College, will give the talk, “Doorways to Invisible Dimensions: Claude Bragdon’s Other-Worldly Art, the ‘Fourth Dimension’ and Modern Forms of Enchantment.”

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October 9, 2015
Allen Ginsberg and Phillip Glass

Allen Ginsberg’s beat poetry, Philip Glass’s hypnotic music create a portrait of social revolution

The seismic shifts in America’s cultural and political landscapes are reflected in words and music in Hydrogen Jukebox, a music theatre piece that will be presented by Eastman Opera Theatre November 5 through 8 in the Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Hall.

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October 8, 2015

2015 Lewis Henry Morgan lecture explores Native American water rights in the Everglades

Anthropologist Jessica Cattelino uses ethnographic research in the Everglades to examine the cultural politics of water, and the ways that Everglades residents—including Seminole Indians and non-Seminole farmers and ranchers, water managers, and environmentalists—value water.

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October 6, 2015

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‘Fall Break’

October 5, 2015

Students enjoy a fall break October 5–6. The perfect autumn Rochester weather we are seeing provides a glorious opportunity to rest and recharge, just in time for Meliora Weekend.

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Student Life

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On your marks, get set … hack

With just 36 hours to invent a new app, Thomas Pinella ’18 and Dylan Wadler ’18 took first place with Message in a Bottle at RocHack’s second annual hackathon.

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September 17, 2015
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Summer at sea puts mechanical engineering student in pilot’s seat

Wendy Snyder’s typical day this past summer might seem mundane at first glance. Rise at 7 a.m. Work eight hours. Pilot remote operating vehicle 4,000 meters below the Pacific Ocean.

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September 14, 2015
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Garnish Scholars set the pace

On Saturday, the University will honor 10 elite student-athletes – from 10 different sports – as the 2015 Garnish Scholars are introduced at halftime of the football team’s home opener against Alfred State.

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September 14, 2015

The Arts

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Festival celebrates 10th anniversary of historic instrument

It was the project that almost wasn’t: a rare 18th-century Italian Baroque organ sitting in an antique store in Italy about to be sold off for parts. This October, a four-day celebration will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the organ’s installation in the Memorial Art Gallery’s Fountain Court.

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September 24, 2015
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Rochester on the Fringe: Your guide to University performers at this year’s Fringe Festival

From September 17-26, students, faculty, staff, and alumni from across the University — including the After Hours student a capella ensemble above — will participate in the 2015 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival in downtown Rochester.

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September 15, 2015
Renee Fleming

Renée Fleming named Distinguished Visiting Artist at Eastman School

Soprano Renee Fleming ’83E (MM) has been appointed Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Eastman School. She will offer master classes, coaching sessions, lessons, and open talks and presentations for students on a recurring basis beginning this academic year.

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September 11, 2015

University News

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Melissa Mead receives 2015 Messinger Award for outstanding service as University archivist

The photographs, texts, recordings, and additional items that fill the University Archives paint a full picture of the University of Rochester’s 165-year history. Few know this history better—or are more familiar with these materials—than Melissa Mead.

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October 3, 2015
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Think Safe annual security and fire safety report now online

The DPS website and Think Safe contain information regarding campus security and personal safety, including crime prevention, fire safety, University police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, and disciplinary procedures.

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September 25, 2015
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Apple gets 200th career win as coach

The men’s soccer team posted a strong performance in a 3-0 victory over St. John Fisher College on Tuesday night. With the win, the Yellowjackets head coach Chris Apple earns his 200th career coaching victory.

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September 22, 2015
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