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Commencement 2018

More than 3,000 members of the Class of 2018 received their degrees from the University of Rochester at ceremonies held this weekend. Presiding over his first commencement season as president, Richard Feldman told the Class of 2018, “This University has provided some of the finest scholarship, finest teaching, greatest health care centers, and the most outstanding science the world has ever known. And you are now prepared to be part of the next chapter.”

May 18, 2018

Science & Technology

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Hands-on AR/VR lab slated for Carlson Library

A new hands-on learning and research lab envisioned for the Carlson Science and Engineering Library will give students and faculty a place to explore augmented and virtual reality—regardless of their level of expertise.

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May 9, 2018
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Making diabetes screening portable for the people of Micronesia

For their senior design project, a team of biomedical engineering students are working to bring screening and treatment to a remote region suffering from endemic diabetes.

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May 9, 2018
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Students design voice-activated app to reduce food waste

Pip, an app developed by a team of graduating seniors in the Digital Media Studies Program, will let users check their fridge or freezer wherever they are using only their voice.

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May 7, 2018

Society & Culture

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The ethics of autonomous vehicles

As a computer science major minoring in philosophy, Josh Pachter was ideally suited for developing concepts for programming self-driving cars that behave ethically. His idea: create ethical machines through a process similar to how we raise children.

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May 16, 2018
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A musical celebration of Polish independence

Pianist Kazarzyna Musial will perform music by Polish composers, including including Ignacy Jan Paderewski—Poland’s first prime minister—in a celebration of 100 years of Polish independence.

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May 10, 2018

Seminal gathering devoted to influence of Charles Plosser

The work of Charles Plosser, former dean of Rochester’s Simon Business School and past president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, was the focus of the Carnegie-Rochester-NYU Conference on Public Policy, which convened in Rochester this past April.

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May 10, 2018

The Arts

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Understanding the biology of grief through dance

Erin Dong ’18 didn’t start dancing until she came to college. Now as she graduates with a double major in biology and dance, she is combining her two fields to explore how the body experiences both the emotional and physical aspects of grieving.

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May 8, 2018
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Theatre Program presents works by Harold Pinter

The International Theatre Program will close its season with “The Pinter Plays,” a double-bill of two of the most shocking one-act plays from the Nobel Prize-winning British playwright Harold Pinter.

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April 23, 2018
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Students learn the art of community change through dance

How can high school students inspire political and social change with the instuments of dance, theater, and visual art? University of Rochester students in the Program of Dance and Movement are working with local high schools to answer that question.

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April 10, 2018

In Photos

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Dandelion Day

April 27, 2018

Students kick-off Springfest Weekend with Dandelion Day, and end-of-the-semester celebration and one of the University’s oldest traditions featuring rides on the quad, concerts, games, food, and giveaways. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

Senior ISM Nola Yang ’18 with her international student mentees in a circle on the quad

International Student Mentors Program fosters community, support

Upperclass volunteer mentors begin reaching out to new international students the summer their arrival in Rochester, and serve as a resource regarding U.S. culture and academics during their first year.

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May 17, 2018
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Rochester’s first Posse Foundation cohort set to graduate

Nine of the seniors graduating with the Class of 2018 came to Rochester from Washington, D.C., in 2014 via the Posse Foundation, which identifies high school students with extraordinary academic potential.

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May 17, 2018
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Graduates share messages to honor parents, families

Each year, the Office of Parent and Family Relations invites seniors to pen a note to honor their parents and families. We share a small sampling of messages from the Class of 2018 here.

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May 16, 2018

Voices & Opinion

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Equal Pay Day points to 100-year wage gap for women’s work

The Susan B. Anthony Center’s Equal Pay Day panelists will discuss issues of gender pay inequity on the date that marks how long women have to work into the new year to earn the same as men did in the previous year.

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April 10, 2018
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Federal budget process is broken

“We need to take a look at the bigger picture here, which is that this bill does nothing to deal with our long-term budget challenges,” says Rochester political scientist David Primo. “Whether you are on the left or the right, that should be a big concern.”

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March 27, 2018
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Thinking about ‘visual privilege’ and the 2018 Oscars

Sharon Willis, a member of Rochester’s Film and Media Studies program faculty, says this year’s nominations show that change may be afoot in Hollywood—but that how much movies will be transformed remains to be seen.

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March 1, 2018

University News

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Outstanding dissertations honored with PhD student awards

Each year Arts, Sciences & Engineering and the School of Medicine and Dentistry recognize outstanding research and dissertations by PhD students.

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May 22, 2018
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Board elects two members, honors life trustees

University President Richard Feldman said, “Joe Abrams and Liz Bruno are already engaged with important efforts at the University, and I look forward to working more closely with them in the future.”

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May 18, 2018
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Headliners for Meliora Weekend 2018 announced

Soledad O’Brien, award-winning journalist, speaker, and author, will be the keynote speaker for the University of Rochester’s 18th Meliora Weekend, which runs October 4–7, 2018. Registration begins at noon on Wednesday, July 25.

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May 11, 2018