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Welcome, Class of 2021

Christina Kersten ’21, left, and her mother, Jie, pose for a photo at the painted rock at Susan B. Anthony Hall. Students from the incoming Class of 2021 arrived on both River Campus and the Eastman School of Music. “It’s new and exciting, and fresh,” orientation director Eleanor Oi said of Move-In Day. “It’s a new beginning for everyone.”

August 23, 2017

Science & Technology

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When and how to see the partial solar eclipse in Rochester

Physics and astronomy professor Dan Watson will be experiencing Monday’s total solar eclipse from Tennessee, and he shares more eclipse answers and tips, as well as places at the University of Rochester where you can safely view the eclipse.

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August 17, 2017
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Undergraduate’s summer research is a glass act

Chemical engineering major Tianhao Yu ’19 has a unique job this summer: testing organic light-emitting diodes that may help improve the screen displays of devices such as cell phones and televisions.

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August 11, 2017
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Student work opens the brain to help surgeons remove tumors

Brain research does not take a summer vacation, and neither does Magdalena Granados ’19. The McNair Scholar is working on “awake language mapping” research designed to help neurosurgeons operate with greater precision.

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August 11, 2017

Society & Culture

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Young moms off to a strong start with Building Healthy Children Program

Mt. Hope Family Center held a graduation ceremony for 20 young mothers who successfully completed the program, which is celebrating its tenth year of providing early intervention services to mothers under 21.

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August 9, 2017
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One question sparks student’s research around race in America

Why does racism play a part in motivating some students to go on to college, while it seems to deter others? Winston Scott ’19 is spending his summer preparing a study into how children react when they begin to perceive racism.

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August 3, 2017
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Summer in Malawi brings student researchers closer to community

For the past 15 years, the University’s Malawi Immersion Seminar has offered students a research experience in the remote village of Gowa, carrying out individual projects, and living and working among the community members.

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July 31, 2017

The Arts

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What we learn when a machine ‘listens’ to Miles Davis

Two undergraduates are spending their summer analyzing a recording that was first released nearly four decades before they were born.

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August 5, 2017
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With automatic transcription, musicians can save themselves the treble

Two undergraduates have joined a summer research project focused on building a machine-learning interface that generates musical scores from audio files.

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August 3, 2017
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A musical feast

The Gateways Music Festival, with an orchestra composed entirely of professional classical musicians of African descent, deepens its partnership with the Eastman School of Music. This year’s festival begins on August 8.

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July 27, 2017

In Photos

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Donning the white coat

August 18, 2017

David Lambert, senior associate dean for medical student education at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, takes a selfie with first-year students as they assemble after the twelfth annual Dr. Robert L. & Lillian H. Brent White Coat Ceremony marking the start of their medical careers. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

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International students move onto River Campus

Members of the incoming Class of 2021 from around the world received a warm welcome Monday as they flew into Greater Rochester International Airport for International Student Move-In Day.

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August 22, 2017
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A quick look at the Class of 2021

The more than 1,500 members of the College’s Class of 2021 come from 42 states and 105 countries, and were selected from among more than 18,000 applicants—a record number.

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August 19, 2017
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Spotlight on the Campus Center

The new Campus Center combines the recently renovated Douglass Commons and Wilson Commons into a hub for River Campus organizations, activities, and programs.

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August 16, 2017

Voices & Opinion

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Making Rochester an epicenter of light and sound innovation

Rochester has the unique potential to become an international hub for light and sound innovation, according to Joel Seligman and David Munson, presidents of the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology, respectively.

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August 22, 2017
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In the summer of 1967: Sgt. Pepper altered pop music industry

In an op-ed for Newsweek, Professor John Covach marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic album, noting that only the Beatles could have released such a musically adventurous and experimental work.

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May 26, 2017
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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. In this essasy in Macleans, rock historian John Covach remembers what made Berry iconic in a era of song stylists, covers, and lyric sanitization.

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March 20, 2017

University News

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University offers gender-inclusive housing option for upper-class students

Upper-class students can now choose to live in a double room with someone of a different gender or gender expression. The new policy is aimed at fostering a residential experience that is welcoming and supportive of all gender identities.

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August 23, 2017
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Adam Sefkow recognized for research in fusion, high-energy density physics

Sefkow, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and senior scientist at the University’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics, has received a prestigious Early Career Research Program award from the US Department of Energy and the Fusion Power Associates 2017 Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award.

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August 17, 2017

Rafael Klorman, ‘elegant’ scientist and ADHD expert, dies at 71

A professor of psychology in the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology, Klorman also served as the director of clinical training for the doctoral program in clinical psychology, fostering the development and careers of countless students.

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August 15, 2017