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Meliora Weekend 2017

Thousands of alumni, community members, and friends of the University returned to Rochester the weekend of October 12-14 to celebrate the annual Meliora Weekend traditions of reunions, thought-provoking conversations, and family fun. Keynote speakers included Robin Roberts, Peggy Noonan, and Jeffrey Toobin, and headline entertainers included comedian Mike Birbiglia and jazz great Chick Corea.

October 14, 2017

Science & Technology

two fruit flies

Field guide to fruit flies documents these surprisingly close human relatives

The common fruit fly is often deemed an annoying household pest. But these tiny insects are a boon to researchers. Rochester biologist John Jaenike has co-authored the first comprehensive guide to fruit flies published in nearly a century.

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October 4, 2017
Ehsan Hoque

Ehsan Hoque, among ‘10 Scientists to Watch,’ is a study in resiliency

An expert in human-computer interaction and a pioneer in developing apps that help people hone their speaking and social skills, Hoque continues to apply lessons of resiliency he learned as an undergraduate.

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October 4, 2017
blood vessels

Study will explore link between HIV, micro-strokes, dementia

New research will seek to understand why people who are HIV-positive are more susceptible to a progressive cerebrovascular disease that can ultimately give rise to dementia.

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October 2, 2017

Society & Culture

boy reclining in a dental chair looking up at a dentist

URMC’s SMILEmobile serves students at East High

The SMILEmobile—a self-contained traveling dental clinic—is wheelchair-accessible and designed to reach underserved or hard-to-reach populations.

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October 11, 2017
photo of Joanne Larson in crowded school hallway

East High: Education professor sees an environment in transition

Joanne Larson takes academic-scientific knowledge of best practices directly to East High’s classrooms, support staff, administrators, and teachers. She says the school feels “180 degrees different.”

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October 11, 2017
a nurse peers into a young woman's ear with an otoscope

School of Nursing staffs health care facility at East High

More than 1,100 students at East enrolled in the free program in the 2016-17 school year, accessing comprehensive physical and mental health services on the school campus.

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October 10, 2017

The Arts

young man in a suit seated in front of several standing castmembers on stage

Timely political drama plays out on stage

The play, created directly from transcripts, chronicles the 1954 Atomic Energy Commission hearing in which the physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer is called before the commission.

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October 10, 2017
photo of Liz Poliner

Elizabeth Poliner receives 2017 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize

The annual prize was created in 1976 to recognize American women on the precipice of promising writing careers.

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October 6, 2017
man making music by using stickes to hit bowls filled with water

Hidden passions, creative lives

URMC’s Kishan Pandya kicks off this season’s “Hidden Passions: Inspiring Conversations about Hyphenated Lives,” a series sponsored by Memorial Art Gallery to showcase Rochesterians whose lives feature intriguing and unusual creative outlets.

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October 5, 2017

In Photos

basketball players giving each other high fives

Slam-dunking success

September 22, 2017

Former Los Angeles Lakers NBA star Byron Scott meets with athletes from the women’s basketball team for a “shoot-around” in the Palestra. Scott was in town to meet with Charlie Morris ’68 to discuss a book the pair co-authored, Slam-Dunk Success: Leading from Every Position on Life’s Court.

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Student Life

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A different kind of college TOUR

A partnership between the University and local community organizations, the TOUR program has made a college experience accessible to hundreds of young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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September 28, 2017
Jordan Smith and Rebecca Mooney

Student leaders take the reins

The University’s first all-female Students’ Association leadership team sits down with Quadcast host Peter Iglinski to talk about their plans for the 2017-17 academic year.

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September 27, 2017
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Charlie Norris ’68, NBA star Byron Scott offer leadership tips

Be humble. Be a good listener. And never be complacent. The co-authors of the book Slam-Dunk Success: Leading From Every Position on Life’s Court, offered these key tips to student athletes while visiting campus.

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September 25, 2017

Voices & Opinion

Nobelist Ishiguro: Novelist of ‘quiet riskiness’

Adam Parkes ’93 (PhD) explores the writing of Kazuo Ishiguro, recipient of this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, noting his fearless literary experimentation meshed with a simple austerity.

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October 7, 2017
Downtown Rochester skyline

Doug Phillips on the role of universities in their cities

During a recent Bloomberg Markets podcast, Doug Phillips, the University’s chief investment officer, discussed his thoughts on the role urban universities play in their communities.

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October 4, 2017
Tom Petty playing guitar

Remembering Tom Petty: ‘A new traditionalist’

John Covach, director of the University’s Institute for Popular Music, remembers the pop and rock values of Tom Petty. “Petty was not a new waver after all, but rather someone moving forward by looking back.”

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October 3, 2017

University News

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University bestows three honorary degrees during Meliora Weekend

The University recognized the outstanding contributions of three distinguished individuals during Meliora Weekend: musicians Chick Corea and Steve Gadd ’68E, and Hugo F. Sonnenschein ’61, one of the nation’s most distinguished academic leaders.

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October 14, 2017

University alumnus wins MacArthur ‘genius grant’

Historian Derek Peterson ’93 has been awarded one of this year’s John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowships—commonly known as the “genius grant”—for his work in reshaping the understanding of African colonialism and nationalism.

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October 11, 2017
University seal

Message from the Board of Trustees Special Committee

Further statement from the Trustee Special Committee on scope and process of the independent investigation and announcing the additions of faculty member and graduate student to the Committee.

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October 11, 2017