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Gift from Eastman alumni will create Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media

A $2 million commitment from Emmy-winning House of Cards composer Jeff Beal ’85E and vocalist Joan Beal ’84E will launch the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School. The institute will provide students with instruction and experiences that prepare them for the increasing and evolving opportunities to write, produce, and perform music for film and contemporary media.

September 1, 2015

In the Headlines

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Beals give $2M to Eastman for film music study

[Jeff] Beal and his wife Joan, a singer and ’84 graduate of Eastman, gave the 21st-century art of soundtracks one more big push Tuesday.

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September 2, 2015

Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, September 1st

First hour: Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council pushes for $500 million. In studio:
Joel Seligman, President of the University of Rochester

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September 1, 2015
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Science, knowledge and darkness

In a dark age, the knowledge that supported the previous vibrant and complex society is gone.

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September 1, 2015

Science & Technology

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Vision expert David Williams receives Beckman-Argyros Award

David Williams, widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on human vision, received the $500,000 prize for his transformative breakthroughs in vision research and adaptive optics.

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August 11, 2015
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Researchers find that Earth’s magnetic shield is 500 million years older than previously thought

Since 2010, the best estimate of the age of Earth’s magnetic field has been 3.45 billion years. But now the Rochester researcher responsible for that finding has new data showing the magnetic field is far older.

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July 30, 2015
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First measurements taken of South Africa’s iron age magnetic field history

Combined with the current weakening of Earth’s magnetic field, the data suggest that the region of Earth’s core beneath southern Africa may play a special role in reversals of the planet’s magnetic poles.

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July 28, 2015

Society & Culture

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Jane McGonigal, world-renowned designer of alternate reality games, to speak

Jane McGonigal, an American game designer and author who advocates the use of mobile and digital technology to channel positive attitudes in a real-world context will speak to 200 elite high school students from 20 nations staying on the River Campus as part of the International Baccalaureate World Student Conference on Monday, Aug. 3.

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July 31, 2015
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The doctor is in: Bojan Zoric ’98 on World Cup sidelines for Team USA

Zoric had the perfect view of the United States Women’s National Team at the 2015 FIFA World Cup Final in Canada as the team doctor for the Americans.

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July 31, 2015
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College social life can predict well-being at midlife

A new 30-year longitudinal study shows that the quantity of social interactions a person has in their 20s—and the quality of the social relationships they have in their 30s—can benefit his or her well-being later in life. The study participants, now in their 50s, took part in the Rochester-Interaction Record (RIR) study as college students in the 1970s and again as 30-year-olds in the 1980s.

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July 23, 2015

Photo of the Week

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‘We only sing the first and third verses…’

August 25, 2015

University Dean Paul Burgett leads the incoming class of 2019 in their first performance of the alma mater, “The Genesee,” joined by members of the University’s a cappella ensembles, President Seligman, and other campus leaders.

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Student Life

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First day is in the books

The River Campus was filled with lots of chatter as friendships were renewed – or forged. It was the first day of college for some, and the first day of the final year for others.

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August 31, 2015
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PHOTO GALLERY: Wilson Day and George Eastman Day of Service

This year nearly 1,500 freshmen went out into the community to bond as a class, learn about the important work being done by organizations in their new home town, and volunteer to help.

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August 28, 2015
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UR FOOT offers wilderness welcome for freshmen

As part of a pre-orientation program, incoming freshmen bond during outing treks throughout Upstate New York’s wilderness.

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August 27, 2015

The Arts

Jonathan Binstock, the Mary W. and Donald R. Clark Director of the Memorial Art Gallery, works with Monica Simpson, museum registrar, to reinstall more than 60 works—including 10 new acquisitions—from the Contemporary and Modern Art Collection. (Photo by Brandon Vick)

Restoring the view: MAG reinstalls collection of postwar and contemporary art

Acquiring and displaying world art from the last 70 years presents viewers with expanding notions of what art is and can be, comparing the classical or “traditional” with more overt sociocultural issues that can bloom in the context of modern works.

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August 13, 2015
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Eastman professor’s studio a ‘saxophone heaven’

Student saxophonists at the Eastman School are earning exceptional accolades under the guidance of Chien-Kwan Lin ’07E (DMA), associate professor of saxophone.

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August 10, 2015
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Professor Jennifer Grotz receives fellowship for literary translation studies

Grotz, director of the University’s translation studies program, has been awarded a Literary Translation Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts to support the English translation of several poems by the Polish writer Jerzy Ficowski.

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August 4, 2015

University News

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UR Medicine building new site for outpatient imaging, autism care

UR Medicine leaders will today break ground on a new building that will house a state-of-the-art outpatient Imaging Center, as well as the region’s first stand-alone clinic to integrate care of autism with pediatric neuromedicine and child and adolescent psychiatry services.

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August 17, 2015
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Wilmot Cancer Institute joins OmniSeq Genomic Network

Through this network, Wilmot Cancer Institute and Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo — the state’s two largest cancer care and research institutions outside New York City — will collaborate and expand genomic testing for cancer across the Finger Lakes and western New York region.

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August 3, 2015
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University to host 200 students from 20 nations at International Baccalaureate World Student Conference

The IBWSC brings the leaders of tomorrow together to focus on critical thinking skills. This year’s theme will be reaching solutions through play, and keynote speakers include game designer and author Jane McGonigal and Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor for The New Yorker magazine.

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July 28, 2015
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