Tiffany Miller '00 and her family have worked to  overturn a
ruling that prohibits World War II Women Airforce Service Pilots—
known as WASPs—from being buried at Arlington National Cemetery. (photo courtesy of Tiffany Miller)

Bringing recognition to forgotten group of women veterans

Tiffany Miller ’00 and her family worked for years to overturn a ruling that prohibited World War II Women Airforce Service Pilots—known as WASPs—from being buried at Arlington National Cemetery. President Barack Obama signed their bill into law last week.

May 27, 2016

Science & Technology

David Dean

Pediatrics professor receives $3M grant to research gene therapy, ARDS

David Dean has received an NIH grant explore a novel method of gene therapy delivery that could greatly benefit patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome, a condition that affects about 150,000 people each year.

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May 23, 2016
two football players butting helmets, helmets showing signs of wear

After concussion, student athletes struggle in return to classroom

Student-athletes who get a concussion often return to school within a week but still have significant problems in the classroom and cannot perform at a normal academic level, according to a new Medical Center study.

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May 20, 2016
Solomon Abiola

Falling Walls winner heads to Berlin

Solomon Abiola believes it is well within our reach to predict the spread of infectious diseases like Zika and Ebola with the same accuracy we predict hurricanes. And this fall, he will have a chance to make his case on an international stage.

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May 19, 2016

Society & Culture

candy in a bowl

Can’t resist temptation? That may not be a bad thing

A new study finds that what might have been described as “maladapted” behavior or a lack of self control may actually be beneficial and thoughtful behavior for children who have been raised in resource-poor environments.

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May 24, 2016
baby sleeping

Did human-like intelligence evolve to care for helpless babies?

A self-reinforcing cycle of large brains, early birth, vulnerable infants, and intelligent parents is at the center of a novel model of human intelligence developed by brain and cognitive science researchers.

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May 23, 2016
detail from book cover shows religious painting of saint

Laura Ackerman Smoller wins La Corónica International Book Award

The professor of history was honored by the largest gathering of medievalist scholars in North America for her book The Saint and the Chopped-Up Baby: The Cult of Vincent Ferrer in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.

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May 23, 2016

The Arts

orchestra comprised of largely African American musicians performs on stage

New partnership to enhance diversity in classical music

The Eastman School of Music and the Gateways Music Festival, which have partnered since 1995, have announced a new alliance that strengthens the organizations’ efforts to promote and increase diversity in the field of classical music.

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May 13, 2016
cellist and violinist perform outdoors

Eastman performers, composers bring music to national parks

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the University a $20,000 grant to support the Music in the American Wild project. Over the summer, seven Eastman musicians will perform the music of 11 Eastman composers in seven national parks.

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May 10, 2016
Dariusz Terefenko

Eastman School launches its first Coursera course

“The Blues: Understanding an American Art Form,” a free course on the online learning platform Coursera, is taught by Dariusz Terefenko, pianist and associate professor of jazz studies.

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April 29, 2016

Photo of the Week

view of River Campus from across the river

A room with a view

May 17, 2016

The River Campus, with Rush Rhees Library at its center, as seen from the the top of the Brooks Crossing apartments across the Genesee River. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

Jennifer Judge talking in front of Meliora background

Toxicology student sweeps awards at Three Minute Thesis competition

“When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters,” Jennifer Judge said at the end her presentation, which won over both the panel and audience at the University’s first “Three Minute Thesis” competition.

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May 17, 2016
four smiling students standing behind four seated teachers

Singer Family Prizes recognize inspirational high school teachers

Each year, seniors in the College are invited to nominate a high school teacher or staff member for consideration for the Singer Family Prize. The four award winners receive a plaque and $3,000, as well as $2,500 for their school.

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May 16, 2016

Congratulations, Class of 2016!

More than 3,000 students received bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and ceremonies across the University over the weekend. See photos, videos, and social media coverage of the weekend’s event celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2016.

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May 15, 2016

Voices & Opinion

Kevin Fiscella

Restrictive housing for juveniles: punitive, not rehabilitative

Restrictive housing—popularly referred to as “solitary confinement”—is widely employed in U.S. prisons and jails. In an editorial for CorrectCare, the quarterly magazine of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, Kevin Fiscella and coauthor Robert Morris of UCLA examine the risks of restrictive housing, especially for juvenile offenders. Fiscella is a professor in the Department […]

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May 30, 2016
Bob Dylan

6 stops on Bob Dylan’s rise to the top

His first album was a flop. He was loved in the United Kingdom before the United States. As people around the world start to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday, rock historian John Covach, director of Rochester’s Institute for Popular Music, identifies six stops along the artist’s turbulent rise to the top in the 1960s.

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May 20, 2016
AAron Hughes

Sykes-Picot and the making of the modern Middle East

As the accord turns 100 years old, Aaron Hughes, professor of Jewish studies, weighs in on the impact the secret accord that established political control of territories in the Middle East among Great Britain, France, and Russia after World War I. / The Conversation

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May 12, 2016

University News

Zack Zheng and an ambulance

University, Brighton Volunteer Ambulance to honor heroic alumnus

At an outdoor dedication ceremony on the Eastman Quad, Brighton Volunteer Ambulance will dedicate its new ambulance “Brighton 3059” to the memory of Zhe ‘Zack’ Zeng and other 9/11 rescuers.

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May 25, 2016
logo for American Heart/Stroke Association

UR Medicine gets top honors for cardiac, stroke programs

Strong Memorial Hospital has been recognized by the American Hearth Association/American Stroke Association with its highest awards for heart failure, stroke, and resuscitation care.

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May 24, 2016
Danny Wegman

Danny Wegman becomes board chair, two new trustees named

Wegman, who served as chairman-elect for the past year, will serve a five-year term as Board chairman and succeeds Edmund A. Hajim ’58, who has transitioned to chairman emeritus.

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May 13, 2016
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