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Pearl Harbor at 75: When war came to campus

On December 7, 1941, the lives of Rochester faculty and students were immediately changed, and a sleepy campus by the Genesee River was transformed into a vital hub for the war effort. Blood drives were held in the Palestra, University president Alan Valentine collected scrap metal, even ceramic kilns at the Memorial Art Gallery were given over to the production of lenses for aerial cameras.

December 7, 2016

Science & Technology

man holding optical instrument

Institute of Optics specialized in devices for night warfare

By the time the United States formally entered World War II, Brian O’Brien and his colleagues at the Institute of Optics had “essentially initiated the whole science of night warfare.”

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December 7, 2016
red ribbon with text that reads DECEMBER 1 2016 WORLD AIDS DAY

‘I remember the courage with which they faced the unknown’

On World AIDS Day, University of Rochester researchers, activists, and archivists look back—and ahead—in the fight against AIDS.

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December 1, 2016
close-up of eye

Brain training video games help low-vision kids see better

A new study by vision scientists finds that children with poor vision see vast and lasting improvement in their peripheral vision after only eight hours of playing kid-friendly video games.

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November 28, 2016

Society & Culture

professor in front of screen with an image of an animated elephant

How ‘Horton’ is a hook to talk about research

When Warner School professor Karen Finnigan communications with her peers about school reform, she uses journal articles and academic conference presentations. But when she talks with policymakers or parents, she starts with Horton Hears a Who.

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December 2, 2016
collage of AIDS posters

8,000 posters, one collection

The AIDS Education Poster Collection, housed in the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation, is the world’s largest single online collection of visual resources related to the disease.

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December 1, 2016
Transparent publicity poster

QuadCast: Transparent actor, producer, academics visit Rochester

Nora Rubel, director of the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, discusses the upcoming symposium on Transparent which the institute — now in its 30th year — is hosting.

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November 22, 2016

The Arts

Douglas Crimp

Representing AIDS, then and now

Although AIDS is no longer the subject of his work, art and cultural critic Douglas Crimp—the Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History and a professor of visual and cultural studies—played a central scholarly role in the first two decades of the AIDS crisis.

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November 30, 2016
on display installation

Installation shows ‘beauty in inclusivity’

On Display, a “deconstructed art exhibit,” explores the diversity of the human form. The piece been performed around the world and had its Rochester premiere at the Memorial Art Gallery in October. A December performance is planned at the Disability Studies Cluster conference.

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November 18, 2016
puppets against a black backdrop

Eastman presents world premiere of Don’t Blame Anyone

Eastman School of Music’s BroadBand Ensemble has joined forces with Mexico’s El Arte de los Titeres and Universidad de Guadalajara, and Rochester’s PUSH Physical Theatre to produce an international opera of original sound, puppetry, theater, and visual arts.

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November 16, 2016

Photo of the Week

line of people receiving pins, shaking hands

Ceremony honors University veterans

November 11, 2016

University Vice President Paul Burgett, left, and Associate Vice President for Human Resources Tony Kinslow hand out “Veteran Rocky” pins at an ceremony in recognition of all faculty and staff who have served in the United States armed forces. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. The building in the forefront houses the dining services and Family Library. Photo credit: Ian Manzi '18.

Junior coordinates book drive for Rwandan students

Ian Manzi ’18 is organizing an online registry to purchase 77 books written in English for the Family Library at Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, in an effort to educate high schoolers in his native country.

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December 1, 2016
masthead from The Empty Closet newspaper

News from the front lines of the AIDS fight

Founded by University of Rochester students in 1971, the Empty Closet is one of the oldest continuously published LGBT papers in the United States. Its pages reflect the story of the AIDS epidemic.

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December 1, 2016
singing students dressed in medieval costumes

Boar’s Head Dinner tradition continues

Trumpets blaring. Men and women clad in medieval costumes. Figgie pudding and “the reading of the Boar.” The 82-year-old tradition of Boar’s Head Dinner continues this week.

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November 30, 2016

Voices & Opinion

Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson’s HIV bombshell, 25 years later

LaRon Nelson, assistant professor of nursing and associate director of international research at the University’s Center for AIDS Research, discusses how Johnson’s announcement changed public perceptions and how far have we come since then in addressing the HIV/AIDS public health crisis.

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November 30, 2016
Voting booths at the polls

Don’t complain that polls were wrong

Professor of Economics and Bloomberg View columnist Narayana Kocherlakota explains the role of polls—and statistical forecasting in general—as part of the U.S. election process.

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November 14, 2016
Donald Trump speaking at a campaign rally.

Political scientists nationwide voice concerns about Trump presidency

In an effort spearheaded by Rochester faculty, more than 300 political scientists from across the United States have signed a statement voicing their collective concern about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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November 7, 2016

University News

Eastman Theatre at night

Eastman School of Music receives $2.5 million in leadership support

A gift from George Hamlin IV, chair of Eastman’s Board of Managers, and his wife, Mary, will provide faculty and student support by creating the Hamlin Family Director of the Institute for Music Leadership and the Hamlin Family Scholarship.

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November 29, 2016

Public Safety Review Board convenes first meeting

Implementing a Public Safety Review Board was part of President and CEO Joel Seligman’s Oct. 13 response to the recommendations of the Security Commission Report.

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November 23, 2016
Memorial Art Gallery

‘Grand’ commitment makes history at Memorial Art Gallery

The $3.5 million commitment from a generous patron for the expansion, renovation, and perpetual support of the museum’s Grand Gallery is the largest gift the museum has received in its 104-year history.

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November 16, 2016