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Will we one day ‘visit’ the past?

Faculty and students at Rochester are turning to increasingly available imaging, 3-D visualization, and immersive world technology to imagine virtual spaces. The projects range from an exploration of ancient Roman monuments to a 400-year history of Bermuda. They allow researchers to simulate experiences and conduct experiments that would not otherwise be possible, and may offer insights into ways to preserve ancient objects and structures.

November 19, 2014

In the Headlines

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UR’s Joanna Scott finds novel in family history

Joanna Scott set out to write a family biography. But two years of researching her great-grandfather’s mysterious disappearance led her to more questions than answers, a possible new twig on her family tree — and, ultimately, to last month’s release of her new novel, De Potter’s Grand Tour.

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November 22, 2014
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Curt Smith talks about President George H.W. Bush | Part 1(video)

Curt Smith joins us. Curt Smith is the author of the new book George H.W. Bush: Character at the Core. There’s a look at the book, and you got a brief glimpse at our friend, Curt, who joins us this morning from the University of Rochester where he is actively pursuing the melding of young minds in terms of English and presidential leadership and communications.

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November 19, 2014
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Connections: George H. W. Bush’s new biography written by Curt Smith

Curt Smith, the author, lecturer, and former presidential speechwriter, is our guest this hour to talk about his new biography on President George H. W. Bush. Smith was a speechwriter for the 41st President of the United States. He’s written 16 books and was a speechwriter for, among other people, George H.W. Bush.

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November 19, 2014

Science & Technology

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New tool allows researchers to target rare brain disease

Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy is a rare brain disease found in patients with compromised immune systems. Until now, it has been almost impossible to track the disease or test treatments. But a new model developed at the Medical Center allows researchers to study the disease in mouse brains that contain both animal neurons and human glia cells.

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November 17, 2014
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Sustainability, astrobiology combine to illuminate future of Earth’s technological civilization

How long can a technological civilization last? Will human-caused climate change or species extinctions threaten its collapse or can industrial development continue without restrictions? In a new paper, two astrophysicists argue that these questions may soon be resolvable scientifically.

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November 6, 2014
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Congenital herpes tied to lower developmental test scores in infants

A new Medical Center study showed that babies with congenital human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) scored several points lower than those without the infection. Scores for the infected babies were similar to those exposed to lead or cocaine in the womb.

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November 4, 2014

Society & Culture

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Playing action video games can boost learning

A new study shows for the first time that playing action video games improves not just the skills taught in the game, but learning capabilities more generally.

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November 10, 2014
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Haitian filmmaker leads discussion on post-quake reconstruction

The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies will host Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck for a screening and discussion of his film, Fatal Assistance.

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November 4, 2014
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Shattering the stigma of schizophrenia, related disorders

The University of Rochester is partnering with the Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA) in sponsoring a conference, with the goal raising understanding of schizophrenia in our community.

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October 17, 2014

Photo of the Week

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Sun setting on autumn

November 5, 2014

The clock tower in Dandelion Square marks sunset on River Campus.

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Student Life

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Student group aims to change conversation around mental health

Stigma and taboo can keep individuals suffering from mental illness from getting help. The University’s chapter of Active Minds hosts a variety of events to encourage a dialogue about mental health and to combat misconceptions about common mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

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November 12, 2014
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Salute to University’s veterans

Financial economics major Mark Constable ’16 is one of more than 80 military veterans currently enrolled as students at the University. This Veterans Day, we recognize and honor the commitment of our students, faculty, and staff who serve or have served in our nation’s armed services, and share just a few of their stories.

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November 10, 2014
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‘WWOOF’-ing away summer in Puerto Rico

How did English major Nina Listro ’17 spend her summer vacation? Learning about organic farming with the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms organization in Puerto Rico.

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November 10, 2014

The Arts

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: International Theatre Program presents Venus

The play is based on the true story of Saartijie Baartman, a South African woman taken from her home in 1810 and brought to London where she becomes an overnight sensation on the freak-show circuit. Later dubbed the “Venus Hottentot,” Baartman’s image became known in popular culture as a symbol of sexuality.

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November 14, 2014
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Famed Vienna Boys Choir to perform holiday concert

Renowned for what the New York Times has described as “the gorgeousness of the singing,” the ensemble is appearing as part of the Eastman School of Music’s new “Eastman Presents” series.

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November 11, 2014
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2014 Polish Film Festival marks Poland’s move toward democracy

This year’s Polish Film Festival celebrates Eastern Europe’s move toward freedom, and the 20th anniversary of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, which organizes the annual festival.

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November 5, 2014

University News

Simon launches master’s degree in health care management in New York City

The Simon Business School is launching a new part-time, specialized program for health care professionals who are seeking an accelerated graduate health care management degree.

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November 19, 2014
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Esther Conwell, pioneering professor of chemistry, dies at 92

Esther M. Conwell, research professor of chemistry, pioneer in the field of semiconductor research, and recipient of the National Medal of Science, died in a motor vehicle accident Sunday at the age of 92.

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November 17, 2014

Medical Center receives $2.5M for translational PhD program

A grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to support a new doctoral program — called Infection and Immunity: From Molecules to Populations (IIMP) — that will train scholars in both research and population health.

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November 17, 2014
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