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Curt Smith

Curt Smith: Vin Scully ‘the best there ever was’

When ranking the top 101 baseball broadcasters for his 2005 book, Voices of Summer, English senior lecturer Curt Smith says picking number one was easy. Vin Scully’s legendary career ends this Sunday when he calls the Los Angeles Dodgers’ season finale. Smith’s 2009 book, Pull Up a Chair: The Vin Scully Story is the only biography written on the iconic broadcaster. “He’s a very humble man, and I think he feels his work speaks for itself,” Smith says. “Nobody says a bad word about him. Nobody.”

September 29, 2016

Science & Technology

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‘No more magic’ in predicting how objects move through sand, other terrain

Rochester engineers have developed a simple theoretical model to calculate the force needed to move a rover across the ocean floor or through the granular terrain of other planets, for example, without having to run experiments to test those materials.

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September 29, 2016
An influenza virus attacks a respiratory tract cell

Rare mutation weakens flu virus

Researchers at the Medical Center have identified a rare, naturally occurring influenza mutation that weakens the virus and could be used to develop new live flu vaccines.

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September 28, 2016
map of United States showing numbered regions labelled NSF I-Corps Nodes

NSF grant to fund entrepreneurial growth, innovation

An award of $4.2 million from the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Program will create a regional hub for research-driven commercialization and leverage the national network of I-Corps Nodes.

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September 27, 2016

Society & Culture

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Ain Center grant will support social entrepreneurs

Oasis Foods, a start-up run by three Simon Business School MBA candidates, is an example of the social entrepreneurship the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship hopes to encourage with a $538,000 federal Economic Development Administration grant.

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September 29, 2016
Portrait of Alexander von Humboldt by Joseph Karl Stieler (public domain / Wikimedia Commons)

Author Andrea Wulf on Alexander von Humboldt, ‘founding father’ of environmentalism

Nineteenth-century explorer and scientist Alexander von Humboldt created the modern idea of nature, says author Andrea Wulf, who’ll be speaking on October 4, as part of the Humanities Center Lecture Series.

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September 27, 2016
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Grant funds STRONGER to help trauma victims

The new project of the Mt. Hope Family Center will provide treatment services for 800 children and adults exposed to a wide array of stress and trauma, and will promote policies for trauma care.

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September 22, 2016

The Arts

Rob Clark playing the banjo

A provost and his banjo

“I don’t play music for a living; I play music to live,” says University Provost and former dean of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Rob Clark, who will perform during Meliora Weekend.

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September 30, 2016
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Class, symposium explore ‘New Approaches to Poetry and Song’

In music professor Matthew BaileyShea’s class, students share lyrics from favorite songs, then work to uncover complexities in the text. An upcoming Humanities Center symposium organized by BaileyShea will further explore new ideas about text-music interaction.

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September 28, 2016
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Myths of freedom, American manhood explode in When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?

University of Rochester’s International Theatre Program opens its 27th season with Mark Medoff’s Obie Award-winning drama.

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September 27, 2016

Photo of the Week

workers lower a piece of a granite sign into place; sign reads EDMUND A. HAJIM SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCES

Piece by piece

September 21, 2016

Workers put the final touches on the engraved wall that will mark the new Science and Engineering Quadrangle. The quad was designed to complement the new Wegmans Hall, and provide more functional public space around the Goergen, Hylan, and Hutchison Halls, and the Computer Studies Building. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

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Take a bite out of Rochester

Student foodie Rebecca Block ’18 presents a guide to eating well — and on the cheap — in Rochester this fall. The paninis and cider flights at Muller’s Cider House (above) are a favorite, along with new College Town eateries and well-remembered classics like Nick Tahou’s and Jay’s Diner.

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September 26, 2016
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Federal grants recognize University’s programs for underserved students

Two National Science Foundation grants expand the reach of programs that engage underrepresented minority, low-income, and first-generation students in science and engineering.

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September 21, 2016
Lance Floto and Viro Martino in Wilson Commons

Martino and Floto: Meet the new Students’ Association president, vice president

The student leaders talk about the major issues on campus, their hobbies and pet peeves, and their goals for the coming year and life after Rochester.

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September 19, 2016

Voices & Opinion

Adam Frank

Short answers to big questions: Exploring atoms in space

University of Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank helps NPR listeners answer: If there are points in space with only three atoms per cubic meter, what fills in the rest? / All Things Considered

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August 11, 2016
Randall Stone

‘NATO is not a golf club’

Recent statements and revelations about Donald Trump, NATO, Russia, and the Ukraine have left political science professor Randall Stone wondering, “whether this a novel written by Tom Clancy or whether this is an episode of House of Cards.” / WXXI.org

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August 2, 2016
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May we recommend. . .

Looking for a little summer reading . . . or viewing, or listening? A few members of the faculty share their recommendations for books, music, and videos not to be missed.

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July 29, 2016

University News

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Jonathan Burdick receives national award for diversity efforts

The vice provost and dean of college admission, was presented with the Inclusion, Access and Success award by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

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September 30, 2016
LaRon Nelson

Nelson receives international honor for HIV disparities research

School of Nursing Assistant Professor LaRon Nelson was named the inaugural Ontario HIV Treatment Network Research Chair in HIV Program Science for Africa, Caribbean, and Black communities.

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September 27, 2016
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Public Safety team to ‘Walk a Mile’ for domestic violence awareness

The annual event where many participants wear high heels and fun shoes during a one-mile walk around Ontario Beach Park benefits the Willow Domestic Violence Center. The “Walk A Mile in My Shoes” event coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

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September 26, 2016