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On the hunt for asteroids to avoid ‘near miss’ with Earth

March 23 is National Near Miss Day, a reminder of the day in 1989 when a massive asteroid nearly collided with Earth. In 2013, a group of Rochester and NASA scientists proposed building and launching NEOCam, or “Near-Earth Object Camera,” based on an infrared detector developed here in Rochester. This year, NASA announced extended funding for the continued development of NEOCam.

March 22, 2017

Science & Technology

Student work earns national praise in data science competition

A computer model to help clinicians predict Parkinson’s disease progression has landed two Rochester undergraduates and their faculty mentor a top honor from the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

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March 24, 2017
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What it means to {codelikeagirl}

In 2010 the computer science department’s graduating class of 20 students included only one woman. This year, the expected graduating class of 119 students will be 34 percent female—double the national average.

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March 20, 2017
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Skin sensors provide wealth of patient data

In one current clinical trial, biosensors worn by patients with Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease generate 25 million measurements over a two-day period.

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March 16, 2017

Society & Culture

Tommy Evans

‘This is a golden era’ for TV news

Tommy Evans ’99 has combined his eye for photography and his interest in politics into a journalism career that has led him to the post of London bureau chief at CNN International.

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March 22, 2017
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Distinguished Visiting Humanist Wendy Doniger discusses science, religion

The University of Chicago professor will be in residence from March 22 to 24. A scholar of Hinduism and mythology, her work highlights the “often messy collision of religion, science, and politics.”

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March 17, 2017
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QuadCast: ‘When you have big data, you can get very lost’

Student host Nick Bruno ’17 talks with Warner School of Education professors Kara Finnigan and Karen DeAngelis about the opportunities and challenges data science presents to K-12 education researchers.

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February 28, 2017

The Arts

University jumps to No. 18 worldwide for performing arts

According to the 2017 QS World University Rankings released on March 8, eleven U.S. universities ranked in the top 25, with the University of Rochester No. 8 among them.

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March 10, 2017

English professors are Bogliasco Fellows this spring

Poet James Longenbach and novelist Joanna Scott, both members of the English department, have received fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation this spring, for notable achievement in the arts and humanities.

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March 9, 2017

What would Machiavelli do?

Christopher Celenza, a professor of classics at Johns Hopkins University, will speak on “Machiavelli: Yesterday and Today” as the keynote speaker of this year’s Ferrari Humanities Symposia on March 7.

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March 3, 2017

Photo of the Week

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Match Day

March 17, 2017

Senior medical students Shwetha Manjunath and Oluchi Iheagwara (back row, left to right); and Joanne Alcin, Brittany Moore, Brittany Black, and Leslie Anderson (front row, left to right) receive their match letters on Match Day. More than 100 School of Medicine and Dentistry students gathered in the Class of ’62 Auditorium to open sealed envelopes and learn their placement for residency. They were surrounded by their families, friends, and advisors during this emotional and exciting moment revealing the next chapter of their medical careers. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

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Career Center using data to connect students, employers

By tracking data on job placement, salaries, and location of recent graduates, a student or alumnus “can go online and see that, just because you have an English degree or a psychology degree, it doesn’t mean you have to work for a certain company.”

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March 23, 2017
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Take Five Scholars pursue variety of course programs

The Take Five Scholars Program, unique to the University, will provide an additional year of academic study, tuition-free, to the 35 student selected in the most recent round of admissions.

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March 13, 2017
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Engineering students can now go abroad through Global E³

Membership in this international exchange organization makes it more seamless for engineering students to take a semester abroad while continuing with their program of study.

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March 9, 2017

Voices & Opinion

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The core of Chuck Berry’s legacy

Rock ‘n roll Legend Chuck Berry died on March 18 at the age of 90. John Covach, rock historian and director of the Institute for Popular Music, writes an op-ed remembrance article for Macleans, on what made Chuck Berry iconic in a era of song stylists, covers, and lyric sanitization.

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March 20, 2017
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Nurturing a love for reading

In an op-ed for Fox News, Carol Anne St. George, assistant professor of teaching and curriculum at the Warner School of Education, shares the “compelling reasons for reading aloud to children” as well as tips to make the read-aloud experience enjoyable.

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February 21, 2017
Earth's magnetic field connects the North Pole with the South Pole in this NASA-created image.

Earth’s magnetic field—reversing or fluctuating?

For the last 160 years, the Earth’s magnetic field has been weakening. In an essay shared on Newsweek, professor John Tarduno explains archaeomagnetism research, in which geophysicists team up with archaeologists to study the effects of these changes.

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February 8, 2017

University News

Alice Quillen and Andrew Jorda

Physics and Astronomy professors awarded research leave fellowships

Alice Quillen and Andrew Jordan have been awarded prestigious Simons Foundation Faculty Fellowships to pursue their research in theoretical physics. “This is a great time to drop everything and go work on the galaxy!” says Quillen.

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March 23, 2017
John Tarduno

Tarduno awarded medal for paleomagnetic research

The European Geosciences Union awarded its 2017 Petrus Peregrinus Medal to John Tarduno, a professor of geophysics, in recognition of his research on the evolution of the early Earth’s magnetic field.

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March 21, 2017
Steven Piantadosi

Piantadosi named ‘rising star’ by Association for Psychological Science

Steven Piantadosi, an assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences, was recognized as one of this year’s outstanding psychological scientists in the early stages of their post-PhD research career.

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March 16, 2017