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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. One will allow researchers to demonstrate how faculty involvement in Rochester’s Upward Bound program could serve as a national model. The other would allow underrepresented engineering students from other universities to do summer research at Rochester.

September 21, 2016

Science & Technology

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Turing Award winner addresses conference on parallel computing

When Leslie Valiant delivered his 2011 Turing lecture, “it was one of the most scientifically inspiring speeches I have seen,” says Chen Ding, computer science professor and co-organizer of the 29th International Workshop on Languages and Compilers of Parallel Computing.

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September 21, 2016
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Protein found that initiates DNA repair

Researchers who specialize in the study of aging have identified a protein that may serve as a first responder, activating a “longevity gene” known as sirtuin 6 and setting in motion a cascade of molecular first responders to repair damaged DNA.

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September 8, 2016
David Auerbach, senior instructor in medicine, says his KL2 award has "opened many doors for me." (Photo by Bob Marcotte/University of Rochester)

KL2 award helps researcher pave his career path

David Auerbach’s research is teasing out what links may exist between long QT syndrome—a classically studied genetic cardiac disease that causes arrhythmias—and epilepsy.

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September 8, 2016

Society & Culture

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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
A collage of Monkees memorabilia. Photo credit: J. Adam Fenster/University Communications

Hey, hey: Covach says Monkees stand the test of time

In 1967, the Monkees outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined, and remain the only band with four No. 1 albums in a 12-month period. “Their music stands up,” says John Covach, director of the University’s Institute for Popular Music.

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September 9, 2016
Starship Enterprise with "U.S.S. Meliora/UR1850" call letters

Star Trek’s half-century voyage

From the beginning, Star Trek has attracted a cerebral sort, so it’s not surprising to find an abundance of Rochester connections to the series. Faculty and alumni have composed its theme, written episodes, and been influenced in their work by the series.

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September 8, 2016

The Arts


Award supports book on Ottoman Railway

Peter Christensen’s book shows how the late 19th-early 20th century German-designed train stations, bridges, and other structures along the Ottoman Railway show the trademarks of imperialism and elements of emergent nationalism.

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September 7, 2016
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Music in the American Wild wraps up national parks tour

What began literally as a walk in the park has turned into a national tour of seven National Park Service sites plus other outdoor venues across the county, to honor the centennial year of the national parks.

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August 24, 2016
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When Ansel Adams came to Rochester

As the National Park Service turns 100, many remember photographer Ansel Adams for his iconic images of the American West and Yosemite. But when Adams was hired to photograph the University campus in 1952, he was not yet America’s most well-known photographer.

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August 24, 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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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
Portrait of Thomas Downey

Building a better tutor

Thomas Downey ’16 wanted to help his fellow college students become better tutors for kids in the Rochester City School District. So he used his KEY year to design a new two-credit course to do just that.

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September 1, 2016
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Freshmen fan into community for annual Wilson Day

“I like to help people, and it’s nice to go into the community and give back,” said Matthew Le ’20, one of the more than 1,300 freshmen who began their college career in Rochester with the annual Wilson Day of community service.

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August 30, 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.” /

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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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Think Safe report now online

The University’s annual security and fire safety compliance document, Think Safe, is available on the Department of Public Safety’s website. Think Safe contains crime statistics for crimes reported on campus for the three previous calendar years.

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September 21, 2016
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Public Safety graduates most diverse class ever

The newest class of non-sworn officers includes individuals proficient in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Patois, and have joined Public Safety from a wide range of professional backgrounds.

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September 19, 2016
Joan Rubin

Joan Shelley Rubin named director of the Humanities Center

Joan Shelley Rubin, a noted scholar of American history, has been named the Ani and Mark Gabrellian Director of the Humanities Center. The center will celebrate the opening of its permanent home in Rush Rhees Library in October.

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September 18, 2016