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Summer of research

The University of Rochester—with its compact campus, flexible curriculum, and interdisciplinary focus—fosters unique opportunities for undergraduate research, especially during the summer. Our latest Newscenter series showcases a cross-section of summer research conducted by undergraduates at Rochester and beyond.

August 14, 2017

Science & Technology

student in lab

Undergraduate’s summer research is a glass act

Chemical engineering major Tianhao Yu ’19 has a unique job this summer: testing organic light-emitting diodes that may help improve the screen displays of devices such as cell phones and televisions.

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August 11, 2017
two students in a lab

Student work opens the brain to help surgeons remove tumors

Brain research does not take a summer vacation, and neither does Magdalena Granados ’19. The McNair Scholar is working on “awake language mapping” research designed to help neurosurgeons operate with greater precision.

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August 11, 2017
two high school students in lab

East High School student experiment headed for space station

Students at East High School had their science experiment chosen by a national competition, and they’ll see their experiment take off for the International Space Station.

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August 11, 2017

Society & Culture

child's feet on top of parent's feet

Young moms off to a strong start with Building Healthy Children Program

Mt. Hope Family Center held a graduation ceremony for 20 young mothers who successfully completed the program, which is celebrating its tenth year of providing early intervention services to mothers under 21.

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August 9, 2017
three people seated around computer

One question sparks student’s research around race in America

Why does racism play a part in motivating some students to go on to college, while it seems to deter others? Winston Scott ’19 is spending his summer preparing a study into how children react when they begin to perceive racism.

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August 3, 2017
many hands around a bowl of corn

Summer in Malawi brings student researchers closer to community

For the past 15 years, the University’s Malawi Immersion Seminar has offered students a research experience in the remote village of Gowa, carrying out individual projects, and living and working among the community members.

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July 31, 2017

The Arts

Miles Davis album cover

What we learn when a machine ‘listens’ to Miles Davis

Two undergraduates are spending their summer analyzing a recording that was first released nearly four decades before they were born.

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August 5, 2017
sheet music

With automatic transcription, musicians can save themselves the treble

Two undergraduates have joined a summer research project focused on building a machine-learning interface that generates musical scores from audio files.

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August 3, 2017
orchestra of African and Africa American musicians on Eastman Theatre stage

A musical feast

The Gateways Music Festival, with an orchestra composed entirely of professional classical musicians of African descent, deepens its partnership with the Eastman School of Music. This year’s festival begins on August 8.

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July 27, 2017

In Photos

students taking selfie, all wearing white doctors coats

Donning the white coat

August 18, 2017

David Lambert, senior associate dean for medical student education at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, takes a selfie with first-year students as they assemble after the twelfth annual Dr. Robert L. & Lillian H. Brent White Coat Ceremony marking the start of their medical careers. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

group of students sitting in Language Center

Spotlight on the Campus Center

The new Campus Center combines the recently renovated Douglass Commons and Wilson Commons into a hub for River Campus organizations, activities, and programs.

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August 16, 2017
student at a poster presentation of her research results

McNair Scholar gains first-hand insights on public health disparities

Joy Nicholas ’19 got her first look at the research process this summer—and likes what she saw., participating in all aspects of a Medical Center study on how race and ethnicity impact infant feeding practices.

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August 15, 2017
George Eastman statue

New workshop series helps students become better leaders

Want to start your own business someday? Or maybe run for public office? The Medallion Program at the College offers workshops that can help you to become a better leader.

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August 14, 2017

Voices & Opinion

Sgt Pepper album cover

In the summer of 1967: Sgt. Pepper altered pop music industry

In an op-ed for Newsweek, Professor John Covach marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic album, noting that only the Beatles could have released such a musically adventurous and experimental work.

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May 26, 2017
Chuck Berry playing guitar

The core of Chuck Berry’s legacy

Rock ‘n roll legend Chuck Berry died on March 18 at the age of 90. In this essasy in Macleans, rock historian John Covach remembers what made Berry iconic in a era of song stylists, covers, and lyric sanitization.

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March 20, 2017
Ajay Kuriyan

If you’re asked to pay, walk away

Ajay Kuriyan, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Medical Center, cautions against what can go wrong when stem cell procedures are not appropriately regulated.

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March 15, 2017

University News

Adam Sefkow

Adam Sefkow recognized for research in fusion, high-energy density physics

Sefkow, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and senior scientist at the University’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics, has received a prestigious Early Career Research Program award from the US Department of Energy and the Fusion Power Associates 2017 Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award.

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August 17, 2017

Rafael Klorman, ‘elegant’ scientist and ADHD expert, dies at 71

A professor of psychology in the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology, Klorman also served as the director of clinical training for the doctoral program in clinical psychology, fostering the development and careers of countless students.

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August 15, 2017
students standing on Eastman quad

University hosts International Baccalaureate World Student Conference

More than 200 high school students from around the globe visited campus for the sixth annual conference, which this year focused on the theme “Defining and Defying Boundaries.”

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August 8, 2017