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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.”

January 16, 2018

Science & Technology

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For city kids with asthma, telemedicine and in-school care cut ER visits in half

A new Medical Center study shows that children with asthma in the Rochester City School District who received telemedicine appointments and in-school care cut their ER visits in half.

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January 8, 2018
illustration of a device showing two mirrors and an optical microcavity

Device creates negative mass — and a novel way to generate lasers

Rochester researchers have created particles with negative mass in an atomically thin semiconductor, using a device that creates an optical microcavity.

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January 3, 2018
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Supercomputer aids Rochester’s quest for inertial confinement fusion

Hussein Aluie, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been awarded an additional 90 million hours of computer time in 2018 by the US Department of Energy to produce detailed simulations of fluid instabilities that hinder fusion “ignition.”

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December 28, 2017

Society & Culture

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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
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The mysterious aftermath of an infamous pirate raid

Just before dawn on May 18, 1683, pirates stormed the port city of Veracruz, capturing around 1,500 people and selling them to the slave markets of Haiti and South Carolina. Pablo Sierra Silva, assistant professor of history, is on a mission to trace what happened to them.

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December 13, 2017

The Arts

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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
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Introductory Painting course turns Rochester waiting rooms into ‘welcome rooms’

Students in Heather Layton’s classes this year have worked with staff and community members at the Jordan Health Centers to fill these spaces with art.

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December 18, 2017

In Photos

2017: The year in pictures

December 18, 2017

Each year, J. Adam Fenster takes thousands of photos in his role as University photographer. We asked him to select his favorites and tell us what makes each one a compelling snapshot of learning and living at Rochester.

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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

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

Nobelist Ishiguro: Novelist of ‘quiet riskiness’

Adam Parkes ’93 (PhD) explores the writing of Kazuo Ishiguro, recipient of this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, noting his fearless literary experimentation meshed with a simple austerity.

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October 7, 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

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
Mark Bils

Mark Bils named fellow of the Econometric Society

Bils’s work has focused on how wages and prices respond to the business cycle, and is one of 20 fellows named to the prestigious international organization this year.

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January 10, 2018