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Dancing with computers

What if relating to computers were more like the way we communicate with other people? That’s a vision that scientists in the field of human-computer interaction, or HCI, are working to realize. It’s an ambitious goal, but they’re making significant headway. Philip Guo, assistant professor of computer science and codirector of the Rochester Human-Computer Interaction Lab, calls HCI a blend of science and engineering. “It’s about attempting to understand how people interact with computers—that’s the science part—and creating better ways for them to do so. That’s where engineering comes in,” he says.

November 23, 2015

In the Headlines

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Classic formula for ‘pi’ connects pure math and quantum mechanics like a ‘magic trick’

Oddly enough, but not that surprising considering the prevalence of pi in nature, researchers from the University of Rochester reached the same formula while they were computing the quantum mechanical energy stats of hydrogen.

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November 24, 2015
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UR’s Seligman to form commission on race

Saying it’s clear that the climate on campus is not all that it should be, University of Rochester President Joel Seligman announced Monday that he is forming a Commission on Race and Diversity.

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November 23, 2015
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UR students issue demands to Seligman

Chanting “if we don’t get it, shut it down,” about 100 UR students marched Friday from the Frederick Douglass Leadership House to college president Joel Seligman’s office to deliver a list of demands.

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November 21, 2015

Science & Technology

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Researchers test new way to protect people from HIV

The Medical Center is testing a new method to prevent HIV that scientists hope will boost the development of an effective vaccine for the virus.

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November 20, 2015
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NASA grant will explore impact of space travel on brain

Kerry O’Banion, professor of neurobiology and anatomy, has been awarded $1.8 million from NASA to study whether extended deep space travel places astronauts at risk for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

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November 12, 2015
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Discovery of classic pi formula a ‘cunning piece of magic’

While most people associate the mathematical constant π (pi) with arcs and circles, mathematicians are accustomed to seeing it in a variety of fields. But two University scientists were still surprised to find it lurking in a quantum mechanics formula for the energy states of the hydrogen atom.

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November 10, 2015

Society & Culture

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Archaeologist to discuss West Africa’s slave castles

Syracuse University professor and author Christopher R. DeCorse will discuss how archaeology has shown that African cultures were both transformed and maintained throughout the Atlantic World.

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November 25, 2015
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Why is science fiction so obsessed with Mars?

Even as science bring Mars into ever sharper focus, the planet remains a compelling source for creative artists to explore ideas about what it means to be human, says Jeffrey Tucker, associate professor of English. (Photo: James Vaughan/Flickr)

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November 13, 2015
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Data mining Instagram feeds can point to teenage drinking patterns

By extracting information from Instagram images and hashtags, computer science researchers have shown they can expose patterns of underage drinking more cheaply and faster than conventional surveys.

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October 29, 2015

Photo of the Week

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An autumnal reprieve

November 6, 2015

Students enjoyed an unseasonably warm week in November, taking full advantage of the sunshine.

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Student Life

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Sister act: Twins unite in longterm fight against diabetes

Mary Bucklin ’16 founded the University’s chapter of the College Diabetes Network after her twin sister Hannah — who has type 1 diabetes — started the chapter at the University of Pennsylvania.

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November 13, 2015
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Supporting veterans at Rochester

Many veteran students and their families face unique challenges when navigating both the educational and governmental systems. The University’s Veterans Alliance and Veteran and Military Family Services Office work to provide the support that veteran students, staff, faculty, and families need.

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November 10, 2015
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Alum’s hoop dreams come true against Kobe, Lakers

Former University All-American John DiBartolomeo ’13 took on Kobe Bryant and the rest of the legendary Los Angeles Lakers in an exhibition game with his Israeli Premier League team Maccabi Haifa at the Staples Center last week.

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October 22, 2015

The Arts

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Daguerreotype exhibit explores nanotechnology’s role in preserving local history

While damage to daguerreotype plates is often visible by eye, evidence of further deterioration may only be detected at the nano level. The University is leading groundbreaking research that bridges the gap between science, history, and the arts.

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November 13, 2015
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Kate Weare Dance Company explores contemporary intimacy, truth

The New York City-based dance company’s work explores contemporary views of intimacy and truth telling, such as the need for safety, longing to connect, and the desire to be seen.

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November 5, 2015
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Polish Film Festival explores universal themes of struggle, hope

This year’s Polish Film Festival, put on by the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, features stories of elusive happiness, personal struggles, history, and murder.

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October 29, 2015

University News

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Rochester earns Bicycle Friendly University Bronze Award

The Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff and visitors.

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November 17, 2015
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Update on the University’s response to terrorist attacks abroad

Since the devastating terrorist assaults in Paris on Friday, the University’s Global Engagement Office has confirmed the safety of the faculty, staff and students who are known to have been staying or traveling in the region of the attacks.

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November 17, 2015
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Harry Reis honored with career award

Psychology professor Harry Reis has been awarded the 2015 Career Contribution Award by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). The award honors scholars who have made major theoretical, methodological, or empirical contributions to the field.

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November 3, 2015
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