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Wearable technology can help with public speaking

Speaking in public is the top fear for many people. Now, students and faculty from the Human-Computer Interaction Group have developed an intelligent user interface for “smart glasses” that gives real-time feedback to the speaker on volume modulation and speaking rate, and have made the tool freely available for downloading.

March 30, 2015

In the Headlines

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Meet the star of TED 2020: a glass app that coaches you as you talk

Developed by a team at the University of Rochester’s Human-Computer Interaction Group, the system is called Rhema, and it works by recording a speaker, analyzing the volume and rate of the recorded words, and immediately displaying recommendations for changes.

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March 31, 2015
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UR dean receives White House award

A dean at the University of Rochester is one of 15 recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. Beth Olivares will receive her award at the White House later this year.

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March 30, 2015
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Could a diet help shield you from Alzheimer’s?

While the MIND diet stresses the importance of plant-based foods, green leafy vegetables and blueberries, it does not push much consumption of fruit, fish, dairy or potatoes. One expert said he was intrigued by the findings.

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March 27, 2015

Science & Technology

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Blocking cellular quality control mechanism gives cancer chemotherapy a boost

A University team found a way to make chemotherapy more effective by exposing cancer cells to a molecule that inhibits NMD (nonsense-mediated mRNA decay) prior to treatment with doxorubicin, a drug used to treat leukemia, breast, bone, lung and other cancers.

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March 26, 2015
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Three Rochester scientists receive prestigious NSF CAREER awards

The National Science Foundation has granted its most prestigious award in support of junior faculty, the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, to three University researchers: Antonio Badolato, Danielle Benoit, and Michael Neidig.

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March 25, 2015
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Rochester researchers on team behind new gamma ray observatory

Some of the most energetic phenomena in the universe produce high-energy gamma rays, and a new observatory in Mexico aims to expand the catalog of known gamma ray sources.

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March 20, 2015

Society & Culture

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Talk explores ‘Hidden American Histories of World War II’

Combat GIs dominate the history of Americans abroad during World War II. But these soldiers constituted only a small fraction of the unprecedented millions of Americans who mobilized for war. Brooke Blower, a Boston University historian, explores the backstories of a diverse group of noncombatants and their paths into global war.

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March 24, 2015
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Rush Rhees Library exhibit spotlights ‘The Glory of Old Monroe: Rochester in the Civil War’

A new exhibit commemorates the experiences of Rochester’s soldiers and citizens, from national heroes to unsung drummer boys, prisoners of war, and local activists.

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March 16, 2015
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Edward Ayers to lecture on ‘The Shape of the Civil War’

Edward Ayers will appear on campus as the 2015 Distinguished Visitor in the Humanities. Ayers’ digital archive project, The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War, has been used in thousands of classrooms around the world.

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March 11, 2015

Photo of the Week

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30th anniversary of Mela

March 21, 2015

Performers from more than a dozen student groups took the stage in Strong Auditorium for the Association for the Development of Interest in the Indian Subcontinent’s 30th annual Mela performance in Strong Auditorium. (Chi Huang / University of Rochester)

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Student Life

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Spread the Word to End the Word at UR

Spread the Word to End the Word is a national movement to end the demeaning use of the words “retard” and “retarded.” On March 4, the movement’s national day of awareness, several events will occur around campus and throughout the Medical Center to support the campaign.

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March 3, 2015
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Students’ Association Government to launch ‘It’s on Us’ sexual assault awareness campaign

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Students’ Association members will be on hand in Wilson Commons to launch the University’s “It’s On Us” campaign, a national effort to raise awareness about sexual violence in all of its forms.

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February 9, 2015
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UR Celtic steps into spotlight

At the latest Intercollegiate Irish Dance Festival, UR Celtic took home the bronze, and the group has no plans to stop there, as it takes on the relatively new Irish dancing collegiate circuit.

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February 3, 2015

The Arts

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Tunnel mural project in progress

A new mural by Rochester-based artist Sarah Rutherford, is taking shape in the tunnel system under Dewey Hall, thanks in part to a new initiative to bring more public art to the University’s River Campus.

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March 24, 2015
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International Theatre Program presents gender-bending adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew is often criticized for its portrayal of women as weak and submissive. But on Thursday, April 9, the University’s International Theatre Program will present a new take on the classic comedy in a production performed by a largely male cast.

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March 16, 2015
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Image is everything: Was marketing key to success of Rolling Stones?

For the past five decades the Rolling Stones have enjoyed tremendous success as the original bad boys of rock for their image based on sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. But what many people don’t realize is that this hasn’t always been the case for the group, according to John Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music.

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March 12, 2015

University News

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Robert and Pamela Goergen commit $11 million to Institute for Data Science

Trustee Robert B. Goergen and Pamela M. Goergen have committed $11 million to the University’s Institute for Data Science. In recognition of the Goergens’ commitment, the institute will be named the Goergen Institute for Data Science.

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March 25, 2015
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The Meliora Challenge campaign surpasses $1.2 billion initial goal

On the way to $1.2 billion, the University has met—and is currently exceeding—its campaign goals for faculty ($350 million) and the Annual Fund ($130 million). Campaign support to date has established 93 new endowed professorships throughout the University, which has exceeded the original goal of 80.

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March 25, 2015
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University of Rochester Libraries join HathiTrust

The University of Rochester Libraries have become one of the newest members of HathiTrust, a worldwide partnership of more than one hundred major research institutions and libraries working to preserve and provide access to the cultural record in digital form.

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March 23, 2015
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