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Can you read my handwriting?

January 23 is National Handwriting Day, an annual celebration of penmanship, longhand, cursive, calligraphy, and other hand-written representations of language. The teaching of formal cursive handwriting may have declined in our digital age, but to show our appreciation for scribes and their tools of the trade, we dug into our special collections to highlight a sampling of hand lettering, from ancient hieroglyphs to modern conscripts.

January 22, 2018

Science & Technology

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LLE research earns local teens spots in semifinals of prestigious science competition

Two local high school seniors have been named scholars in the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search for summer research projects they worked on at the University’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

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January 18, 2018
ice and snow along the shore of Prudhoe Bay

Ocean waters prevent release of ancient methane

Environmental scientist Katy Sparrow ’17 (PhD) set out to discover whether ancient-sourced methane, released due to warming ocean waters, survives to be emitted to the atmosphere.

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January 17, 2018
pancreatic cancer cells in cancer tumor

Pancreatic tumors may require a one-two-three punch

Wilmot Cancer Institute scientists have discovered that a three-drug combination can simultaneously target the cancer cells as well as the other harmful, inflammatory cells within the tumor.

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January 15, 2018

Society & Culture

Maria Hinojosa

‘Martin Luther King Jr. was my first American hero’

Four-time Emmy Award-winner and pioneer of Latino broadcasting Maria Hinojosa says “it’s pretty surreal” to be delivering the University’s MLK Commemorative Address this week. She calls Martin Luther King Jr., her “first American hero, the first person who made me believe I had a voice in this country.”

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January 16, 2018
city skyline of New Delhi

Looking at urban history as a fight for space, power

Chicago and Delhi. Rome and Rochester. The students in the 100-level course “The City: Contested Spaces” take a virtual tour of them all, while pondering an overarching question—can people’s lives be reshaped by redesigning urban spaces?

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January 4, 2018
Colorful, stylized portraits of critical theorists Michel Foucault, Hayden White, Gayatri Spivak, and Richard Rorty.

New book explores ‘ethical turn’ of critical theory

Professor Robert Doran focuses on iconic 20th-century philosophers like Michel Foucault, Hayden White, Gayatri Spivak, and Richard Rorty, and explores critical theory’s pivot away from a narrowly focused investigation of meaning and text.

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December 20, 2017

The Arts

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Artist Walid Raad to discuss war, art, and memory

Conceptual artist Walid Raad ’96 (PhD), an associate professor of art at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, will be the third speaker in the Humanities Center’s annual public lecture series, devoted this year to the theme of memory and forgetting.

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January 19, 2018
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A stitcher’s story

Randall Cook, building and project manager for River Campus Libraries, turned a hobby used to relieve the stress of his previous job as a software engineering into the art quilts featured in the Memorial Art Gallery’s “Hidden Passions” series.

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January 8, 2018
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‘You can dance if you want to:’ Five things you might not know about dance at Rochester

Did you know you can major in dance? Or take a course in dance even if you’ve never danced before? As the annual inspireDance Festival gears up later this month, learn more about how dance and Rochester go hand in hand.

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January 8, 2018

In Photos

photo of Paul Burgett also contains the quote, "We are all members of the human race. This center celebrates that."

Celebrating five years

January 19, 2018

The Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center celebrated its fifth anniversary on Friday, January 19. Named after the longtime University dean, vice president and senior advisor to the president, the center is a joint venture of the Office of the Dean of Students and the David T. Kearns Center and is located in Douglass Commons. It promotes cultural awareness and engagement, educates on issues of identity, culture, and diversity, and provides opportunities for collaboration. Nearly 2,000 people visited the center during the 2016-17 academic year. “We are all members of the human race,” Burgett said. “This center celebrates that, and enables us to develop fluency and appreciation for one another.”

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Student Life

boy in wheelchair plays with adapted bubble blowing toy with help from his mother

Adapted toys a godsend for parents and their children with special needs

Toys that beep. Toys that light up and sing. All adapted by engineering students for children with special needs. For parents visiting the University of Rochester Medical Center, taking home a toy their child can play with themselves is “really awesome.”

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January 9, 2018
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Engineering students give special needs children the gift of play

The Toys for All Tots student organization hosts workshops to teach other students and community members how to adapt battery-powered toys so that children with limited mobility can activate them on their own.

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December 21, 2017
The award recognizes students who excelled both academically and in leadership roles during their first year at Rochester, and was renamed for Suzanne O’Brien ’59, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and longtime director of the College Center for Advising Services. (University Archives photo)

As Phi Beta Kappa turns 241, we honor our own

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society for liberal arts and sciences, celebrates its birthday this month, and we honor the 17 students who were elected last spring as juniors.

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December 21, 2017

Voices & Opinion

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Does it matter if government is dysfunctional?

David Primo, the Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor and associate professor of political science and business administration at the University of Rochester, sought to put the recent government shutdown into perspective on a guest appearance on NPR.

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January 22, 2018
Sasha Eloi

‘Inclusive habits of the mind and heart’: Diversity, justice, and higher education

In this essay, Sasha Eloi-Evans ’05, ’17 (W), the academic programming coordinator for the Office of Minority Student Affairs and a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics, reflects on diversity in higher education in the nearly 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr.’s death.

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January 10, 2018

Political scientist Primo says Americans should worry about government control of social media

Congress is currently considering legislation that would regulate political advertising on social media.

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November 10, 2017

University News

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Rochester has an opportunity to be a model of respect for all, says Richard Feldman

In a message to mark the start of the spring semester, Richard Feldman, interim president designate, says he hopes the University community can begin a period of healing and rebuilding, a process guided by “our respect for each other and our differences in a campus community that is safe and inclusive for all.”

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January 14, 2018
Richard Feldman

Richard Feldman appointed interim president

The Board of Trustees has announced that professor Richard Feldman, former dean of the College, will serve as interim president. Professor Feldman has served the University for more than 40 years. He will replace Joel Seligman, who has announced he will step down as president on February 28.

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January 12, 2018

Seligman steps down as president to establish ‘fresh perspective’

University of Rochester President and CEO Joel Seligman announced his resignation Thursday, effective February 28, bringing to a close one of the more transformative chapters in University leadership.

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January 11, 2018