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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

lighted sign reads STAGE DOOR

Gift makes city’s musical theater affordable for students

A new initiative of the Institute for Performing Arts, supported in part by a fund established by alumni Dan ’82 and Marcia Mantell ’83, makes it possible for more students to experience a professional performance in the city of Rochester.

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October 20, 2017
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
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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

In Photos

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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

student lifting a barrel

Student group builds bridges by cleaning Genesee

The Inter-Class Living Community, a special interest housing group that promotes community engagement, turned their sights to the Genesee River this fall, removing more than 300 pounds of waste from the shore

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October 19, 2017
Naoki Toyomura and Seiji Yamashita

Meet the Eastman School of Music’s student leaders

Naoki Toyomura ’17, ’18E (T5) and Seiji Yamashita ’20, ’20E, both dual-degree students at the Eastman School and on River Campus, will serve as president and vice president of the Eastman Students’ Association through 2018.

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October 19, 2017
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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

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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Three honored with Goergen Awards for teaching excellence

Established in 1997, the award recognizes distinctive teaching accomplishments of faculty in Arts, Science, and Engineering. “The recipients embody all that we value in teaching at the University,” says Dean of the College Jeffrey Runner.

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October 16, 2017
three men's faces

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