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What humans and primates both know when it comes to numbers

University researchers show that primates — like humans — have the ability to distinguish between large and small quantities of objects, irrespective of the surface area those objects occupy. It’s another step in understanding how humans developed the concept of numbers, from simple counting to complex mathematical reasoning.

January 16, 2017

Science & Technology

golden fibers

Statement from High Tech Rochester on $10 Million Photonics Venture Challenge

Start-up companies from across the globe will compete for 10 to 15 slots. At the end of each session, three of the most promising companies in the program will compete for ‘best in class’ investments ranging from $500,000 to $1 million.

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January 10, 2017
elderly couples on a bench Summit 2017 focuses on the future of aging

Underpinning this year’s theme are a selection of topics that discuss the future of medicine, technology, and healthcare policy as they relate to aging Americans. This national forum will be held at The New York Academy of Sciences, at the World Trade Center in New York City.

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January 9, 2017
three students standing in front of a poster of the periodic table of elements

East High to send experiment to Space Station

East High School in Rochester has been selected as a participating school for Mission 11 to the International Space Station. Student researchers De’Aunte Johnson, Binti Mohamed, and Tailor Davis will have their experiment flown to the space station in June.

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January 5, 2017

Society & Culture

Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony Center joins area organizations in celebrating suffrage centennial

2017: Celebrating 100 Years of New York State Women’s Right to Vote is a year-long celebration of women’s suffrage in the state.

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January 16, 2017
Joy DeGruy

Events celebrate legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Events across the University mark Monday’s MLK celebrations, and renowned author, educator, and activist Joy DeGruy will deliver the University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address on Friday, January 27.

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January 13, 2017
calendar turned to January 1st

What’s your resolution and how will you keep it?

Lose weight. Get in shape. Do better in school. We asked University experts for tips on how to make some of the most popular resolutions a reality in 2017.

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December 22, 2016

The Arts

Seymour Schwartz, distinguished Alumni Professor of Surgery, holds the first map engraved in the Province of New York, part of the collection he donated to River Campus Libraries in 2010. Schwartz will share the story of his passion for cartographic history as part of the Memorial Art Gallery's Hidden Passions series. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

A passion turned scholarly pursuit

Seymour Schwartz, the University’s Distinguished Alumni Professor of Surgery, is also a renowned map historian whose collection has become one of the most acclaimed collections of rare maps in North America.

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January 12, 2017
Eastman Theatre at night

Eastman hosts conference for music school leaders

Administrators from the most prominent music schools in the country will meet in Rochester in June for the Eastman Leadership Conference to discuss the unique 21st century challenges these schools face.

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January 11, 2017
Douglas Crimp

Douglas Crimp revisits art world, gay culture of 1970s New York

Before Pictures, a new book by art and culture critic Douglas Crimp, brings together anecdote, criticism, research, and illustration to describe the art world and gay life in New York City in the 1960s and ’70s.

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January 6, 2017

Photo of the Week

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Parking staffer honored for quick action

December 29, 2016

Maketh “Daniel” Akok of University Parking and Transportation Services, received a Department of Public Safety Challenge Coin for his actions on Dec. 26. Akok assisted URDPS officers on a multiple vehicle motor vehicle accident in the Medical Center Parking Garage after a driver drove into a visitor’s vehicle. The pregnant visitor was attempting to get out of her car at the time of impact and was pinned in between her driver-side door and the frame of her vehicle. Without hesitation, Akok and URDPS officers placed their own well-being and safety aside and worked together to lift the vehicle away to release her trapped leg. The Department of Public Safety issued Akok a Challenge Coin, which are earned by every officer in the Department after they have graduated from URDPS Officer Academy. These coins are also given to University community members who go above and beyond to help the betterment of our community. From left to right: URDPS Lt. Joseph Hayflinger, Lt. Brian Weidman, Akok, and Sgt. Marlon Salmon.

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Student Life

drill creating a puzzle piece in wood

Engineering project poses iconic puzzle for students

Associate professor Chris Muir devised a unusual way to teach his mechanical engineering class how to use the many tools available at the Fabrication Laboratory in Rettner Hall, with a surprising final result.

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December 20, 2016
Phi Beta Kappa logo

On Phi Beta Kappa’s birthday, we honor our own

Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious honor society in the nation for the liberal arts and sciences, turns 240 years old this month. In celebration, the University honors the 13 members of the Class of 2017 who were elected as juniors last May.

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December 20, 2016
Jintian Li

Q&A: Catching up with Schwarzman Scholar Jintian Li ’12

University of Rochester graduate Jintian “Jay” Li ’12 was among the first 111 students chosen for the inaugural Schwarzman Scholars program, and is now pursuing a master’s degree in global affairs from Tsinghua University in China.

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December 14, 2016

Voices & Opinion

George Michael on stage

Much more than a teen idol: George Michael the musician

John Covach, rock historian and director of the University’s Institute for Popular Music, summarized Michael’s impact on and influence in an essay for CNN.

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December 26, 2016
3D NASA insignia at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex entryway

NASA’s historic, crucial role in earth science

In an op-ed for the New York Times, Professor Adam Frank makes the case for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s role in earth-centric science. “Without NASA, climate research worldwide would be hobbled,” he writes.

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December 2, 2016
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

University News

Ralph Raimi teaching a mathematics course at the University of Rochester in 1994 (Photo credit: Jessica Raimi)

Mathematician and longtime University faculty member Ralph Raimi dies at 92

After being named professor emeritus in 1995, Raimi became active in efforts to reform K–12 math education. Considered one of the top education experts in the country, he was a mathematics curriculum consultant to states across the country.

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January 13, 2017
Norman Leenhouts

University Life Trustee Norman Leenhouts dies at age 81

As an alumnus, advisor, and supporter of the University during the past six decades, Leenhouts helped shape the success of the institution and its programs, particularly the UR Medicine Stroke program.

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January 9, 2017
George Angle

Former senior vice president George Angle remembered

George Angle, a longtime University administrator, was a passionate supporter of the Memorial Art Gallery and the Yellowjackets rowing program.

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January 4, 2017