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Gigantic ring system around J1407b much larger, heavier than Saturn’s

Rochester astronomers, along with colleagues at the Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands have discovered that the ring system that they see eclipse the very young Sun-like star J1407 is of enormous proportions, much larger and heavier than the ring system of Saturn. The ring system – the first of its kind to be found outside our solar system – was discovered in 2012 by a team led by Professor Eric Mamajek.

January 26, 2015

In the Headlines

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Laser-etched metal bounces water

Physicists in the US have created metal surfaces that repel water to the extent that droplets bounce away. They sculpted the surface of small pieces of platinum, titanium and brass using a very high-powered laser. The materials “self-clean” because water droplets gather dust particles before they slide away.

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January 21, 2015
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Scientists make metal surfaces water-repellent

Two University of Rochester scientists have found a way of using powerful laser beams to make metal surfaces last longer and be more suitable for a wide range of practical purposes. “We change the nature of the metal surface so that they can repel water,” said Chunlei Guo, who is a professor of optics and physics at UR.

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January 20, 2015
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Is a climate disaster inevitable?

In the intervening decades, humanity has recognized that our own climb up the ladder of technological sophistication comes with a heavy price. From climate change to resource depletion, our evolution into a globe-spanning industrial culture is forcing us through the narrow bottleneck of a sustainability crisis.

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January 17, 2015

Science & Technology

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Professor named to Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’ in science

Each year, Forbes Magazine lists the top 30 people under the age of 30 who have reached notable success in their chosen field. Elika Bergelson, a research assistant professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, was selected for the 2015 list for her work on the development of language in infants.

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January 23, 2015
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Daniel Weix to receive a Novartis Early Career Award

Novartis, a multi-national pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland, honors two scientists each year who are “within 10 years of having established an independent academic research career in the areas of organic or bioorganic chemistry in the broadest sense.” The Novartis Early Career Award comes with a $150,000 grant over three years to continue the recipient’s research.

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January 15, 2015
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UR testing HIV vaccine pill

Researchers hope that this oral vaccine will create a more robust immune response against HIV. Volunteer study subjects must be between the ages of 18 and 40, in good health and not infected with HIV; they will be paid up to $2,050 based on their level of participation.

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January 13, 2015

Society & Culture

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Professor’s 5 decades of research on Congress now available online

A lifetime of scholarly work by one of the University’s most preeminent political science professors is now available to researchers across the world. For the first time, the papers of Richard Fenno, Jr., Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science, are easily accessible through a new web portal:

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December 23, 2014
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Digital Humanities Project turns a lens on prewar Japan

For the last 15 years, professor Joanne Bernardi has collected more than 1,100 postcards, film prints, brochures and other visual representations of early 20th century Japan. But how can this collection continue to grow while allowing other scholars to register and contribute content? Enter the Digital Humanities Center.

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December 12, 2014
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A tale of 11 cities: International student panel takes on list of least livable

In response to Business Insider’s article listing the least “livable” cities, international students discussed the opportunities and challenges of life in their hometowns and in Rochester.

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December 2, 2014

Photo of the Week

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MLK Commemorative Address

January 23, 2015

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, meets with students at the Douglass Leadership House before delivering the annual University of Rochester Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Address.

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Student Life

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Making his move

Computer science major Francis Hinson ’16 says that chess is a game in which players improve through study, not just repeated play. His start-up, Chesscademy, which he founded with two other students, aims to make such instruction readily available and fun. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AP Images for Rochester Review)

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December 9, 2014
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Student activities assistant director honored for leadership

Stacey Fisher, assistant director for Wilson Commons student activities, was recently awarded the Joseph H. Benedict Award by the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), an international organization for university union and student activities professionals.

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December 1, 2014
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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

The Arts

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Concert of works by Brahms, Chopin, and Dvořák benefits Rochester’s Foodlink

“If Music Be the Food…”, the concert series benefiting Rochester’s Foodlink, will continue its sixth season of music programs on Sunday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs St.

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January 14, 2015
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A tribute to the Rolling Stones: celebrating 50 years of Satisfaction

The Institute for Popular Music (IPM) celebrates the 50th year of the Rolling Stone’s breakthrough hit, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” with a special concert January 24. This musical tribute coincides with the launch of a free online course on “The Music of The Rolling Stones.”

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January 8, 2015
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Eastman School presents workshop on changing marketplace at national chamber music conference

At the annual Chamber Music America conference in New York City, the Eastman School’s Institute for Music Leadership will present a day-long workshop titled “How to Succeed in a Changing Musical World,” covering branding, technology, audience development, and collaborations.

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December 29, 2014

University News

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2015 Diversity Award winners honored at annual Martin Luther King Jr. address

The Eastman Pathways Program and Kristin Hocker, an organizational development specialist with Human Resources, were honored as the University’s 2015 Presidential Diversity Award recipients.

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January 26, 2015
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Middle States Commission reaccredits University

MSCHE’s conclusion to reaccredit the University was drawn from a review of an extensive institutional self-study, as well as interviews with Board of Trustees members, University leadership, faculty, staff, and students.

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January 9, 2015
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Bill Murphy to retire as vice president for communications

Bill Murphy, vice president for University Communications, is retiring in June 2015, President Joel Seligman announced today. A national search is underway to identify his successor.

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January 8, 2015
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