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students in dining hall; sign reads DOUGLASS DINING

‘Reinvented Douglass’ new hub of student life

The Frederick Douglass Building officially re-opens this week after a complete renovation of the iconic 79,000-square-foot space. “I feel like I’m in a different building,” says Laura Ballou ’97, director of the Campus Center. Updated dining options include international and kosher stations and a community kitchen. The Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center and the Language Center share space on the third floor, and will host events around issues of cultural awareness and diversity. And a fireplace lounge with six flat-screen televisions broadcasts feeds from different nations.

September 27, 2016

Science & Technology

map of United States showing numbered regions labelled NSF I-Corps Nodes

NSF grant to fund entrepreneurial growth, innovation

An award of $4.2 million from the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Program will create a regional hub for research-driven commercialization and leverage the national network of I-Corps Nodes.

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September 27, 2016
man with large computer

Turing Award winner addresses conference on parallel computing

When Leslie Valiant delivered his 2011 Turing lecture, “it was one of the most scientifically inspiring speeches I have seen,” says Chen Ding, computer science professor and co-organizer of the 29th International Workshop on Languages and Compilers of Parallel Computing.

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September 21, 2016
patient in hospital bed talks to doctor

Surgeons perform 200th heart transplant

Cardiac surgeons at Strong Memorial Hospital recently performed the team’s 200th heart transplant surgery, providing a 48-year-old father a second chance on life. This milestone was 15 years in the making, as the team performed its first transplant Feb. 7, 2001.

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September 20, 2016

Society & Culture

Portrait of Alexander von Humboldt by Joseph Karl Stieler (public domain / Wikimedia Commons)

Author Andrea Wulf on Alexander von Humboldt, ‘founding father’ of environmentalism

Nineteenth-century explorer and scientist Alexander von Humboldt created the modern idea of nature, says author Andrea Wulf, who’ll be speaking on October 4, as part of the Humanities Center Lecture Series.

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September 27, 2016
child peering over bed

Grant funds STRONGER to help trauma victims

The new project of the Mt. Hope Family Center will provide treatment services for 800 children and adults exposed to a wide array of stress and trauma, and will promote policies for trauma care.

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September 22, 2016
A collage of Monkees memorabilia. Photo credit: J. Adam Fenster/University Communications

Hey, hey: Covach says Monkees stand the test of time

In 1967, the Monkees outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined, and remain the only band with four No. 1 albums in a 12-month period. “Their music stands up,” says John Covach, director of the University’s Institute for Popular Music.

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September 9, 2016

The Arts

two actors on a set, woman pushes a man away

Myths of freedom, American manhood explode in When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?

University of Rochester’s International Theatre Program opens its 27th season with Mark Medoff’s Obie Award-winning drama.

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September 27, 2016

Award supports book on Ottoman Railway

Peter Christensen’s book shows how the late 19th-early 20th century German-designed train stations, bridges, and other structures along the Ottoman Railway show the trademarks of imperialism and elements of emergent nationalism.

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September 7, 2016
musicians performing outdoors on a hillside, being introduced by a park service ranger

Music in the American Wild wraps up national parks tour

What began literally as a walk in the park has turned into a national tour of seven National Park Service sites plus other outdoor venues across the county, to honor the centennial year of the national parks.

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August 24, 2016

Photo of the Week

workers lower a piece of a granite sign into place; sign reads EDMUND A. HAJIM SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCES

Piece by piece

September 21, 2016

Workers put the final touches on the engraved wall that will mark the new Science and Engineering Quadrangle. The quad was designed to complement the new Wegmans Hall, and provide more functional public space around the Goergen, Hylan, and Hutchison Halls, and the Computer Studies Building. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

grilled turkey sandwich with side of popcorn

Take a bite out of Rochester

Student foodie Rebecca Block ’18 presents a guide to eating well — and on the cheap — in Rochester this fall. The paninis and cider flights at Muller’s Cider House (above) are a favorite, along with new College Town eateries and well-remembered classics like Nick Tahou’s and Jay’s Diner.

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September 26, 2016
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Federal grants recognize University’s programs for underserved students

Two National Science Foundation grants expand the reach of programs that engage underrepresented minority, low-income, and first-generation students in science and engineering.

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September 21, 2016
Lance Floto and Viro Martino in Wilson Commons

Martino and Floto: Meet the new Students’ Association president, vice president

The student leaders talk about the major issues on campus, their hobbies and pet peeves, and their goals for the coming year and life after Rochester.

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September 19, 2016

Voices & Opinion

Adam Frank

Short answers to big questions: Exploring atoms in space

University of Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank helps NPR listeners answer: If there are points in space with only three atoms per cubic meter, what fills in the rest? / All Things Considered

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August 11, 2016
Randall Stone

‘NATO is not a golf club’

Recent statements and revelations about Donald Trump, NATO, Russia, and the Ukraine have left political science professor Randall Stone wondering, “whether this a novel written by Tom Clancy or whether this is an episode of House of Cards.” /

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August 2, 2016
photo of a collage of books

May we recommend. . .

Looking for a little summer reading . . . or viewing, or listening? A few members of the faculty share their recommendations for books, music, and videos not to be missed.

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July 29, 2016

University News


Public Safety team to ‘Walk a Mile’ for domestic violence awareness

The annual event where many participants wear high heels and fun shoes during a one-mile walk around Ontario Beach Park benefits the Willow Domestic Violence Center. The “Walk A Mile in My Shoes” event coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

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September 26, 2016
Public Safety vehicle

Think Safe report now online

The University’s annual security and fire safety compliance document, Think Safe, is available on the Department of Public Safety’s website. Think Safe contains crime statistics for crimes reported on campus for the three previous calendar years.

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September 21, 2016
public safety officers in uniform

Public Safety graduates most diverse class ever

The newest class of non-sworn officers includes individuals proficient in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Patois, and have joined Public Safety from a wide range of professional backgrounds.

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September 19, 2016