Vera Gorbunova

Biologist Vera Gorbunova to lead 5-year project on longevity

A $9.5 million grant from the National Institute on Aging will support research into the factors responsible for longevity in various species of long-lived rodents, with the goal of developing treatments to improve the aging process in people.

April 23, 2014

In the Headlines

Engineer Online logo

New breakthrough in nanoscale circuitry

A University of Rochester researcher has controlled the charge through a circuit that is the width of a single molecule, an advance that brings nanoscale electronic circuitry a step closer.

Continue Reading

April 22, 2014
logo for Rochester Business Journal

Owners of nearby businesses welcome UR’s College Town

Percolating since 2008, College Town aims to transform 14 acres owned by the University of Rochester into a 500,000-square-foot mixed-use development that will serve as a gateway to UR’s River Campus and medical center.

Continue Reading

April 18, 2014
Live Science logo

Mountainous fib: Andes lie about their age

The Andes are the world’s second greatest mountain region and new research suggests that at least one portion of that region has been lying about its age. “The Puna and other Altiplano look similar, but they have different mechanisms,” said Carmala Garzione, professor and chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester.

Continue Reading

April 18, 2014

Science & Technology

scientific diagram showing an inert layer between two electrodes

Progress made in developing nanoscale electronics

How can you reliably control the current that flows from one electrode to another in a circuit that is the width of a single molecule? The key, according to assistant professor of chemical engineering Alexander Shestopalov, is adding a second, inert layer of molecules.

Continue Reading

April 21, 2014
two football players butting helmets, helmets showing signs of wear

Football off-season not long enough for brain to heal

Six months off may not be long enough for the brains of football players to completely heal after a single season, putting them at even greater risk of head injury the next season, according to a new study from Jeffrey J. Bazarian, associate professor of emergency medicine.

Continue Reading

April 16, 2014
depressed older man

Hormonal link between depression, memory loss explored

Clinical trials are underway to determine whether IGF-1, an insulin-like hormone, could be an effective therapeutic agent to slow or prevent cognitive decline in people at risk.

Continue Reading

April 14, 2014

Society & Culture

African masks

Symposium explores trouble with ‘Post-Blackness’

The Humanities Project presents a symposium in which 16 distinguished scholars will discuss what it means to be black in the 21st century.

Continue Reading

April 8, 2014
stressed guy playing video game

Video gamers’ aggression linked to frustration, not violent content

The disturbing imagery of videos games are often accused of fostering feelings of aggression in players. But a new study shows hostile behavior is linked to gamers’ experiences of failure and frustration during play—not to a game’s violent content.

Continue Reading

April 7, 2014
Wall St. sign and flags

Policy experts debate the future of finance

The Politics and Markets Project, a new initiative aimed at fostering discussion among college students about key issues of the day, presents “Wall Street and Your World.”

Continue Reading

April 1, 2014

Photo of the Week

graffiti artists using yellow spray point to paint a mura on the wall of Rettner Hall

Celebrating street art

April 11, 2014

Rochester artist Thievin’ Stephen works on a mural in Rettner Hall as part of Day of the Arts 2014: Street Art, a two-day series showcasing movement, dance, and art executed outside of traditional art venues.

Continue Reading

Student Life

humorous countdown clock showing time left in the hackathon and time left till next coffee break

Hack to the future: Rochester’s first 24-hour hackathon

Computer programming is often a solitary endeavor. But humans are inherently social creatures. So how do you engage a group of programmers in a way that’s fun and productive? Answer: RocHack.

Continue Reading

April 18, 2014
group portrait of students and staff of the MMLA

‘Levels 2 Success’ a guide to college for young, minority males

Nearly 40 minority male high school students from the Rochester City School District will participate in the symposium, organized by the Minority Male Leadership Association.

Continue Reading

April 17, 2014
softball pitcher Elani Wechsler during the windup

Can’t touch this: One day, two no-hitters

Freshmen Eleni Wechsler and David Strandberg both pitched no-hitters on Sunday. Wechsler’s outing extended the softball team’s winning streak to eight in a row, and Strandberg’s was the first no-hitter in University of Rochester baseball history.

Continue Reading

April 14, 2014

The Arts

(L-R) Kathryn Loveless '15 and Halle Burns '16 .

Devotion, deviance face off in ‘Madame de Sade’

On Thursday, April 24, the International Theatre Program presents the rarely performed Madame de Sade, a work that explores deeply disquieting questions about the nature of suffering and belief.

Continue Reading

April 11, 2014
foodlink logo

Foodlink concert series wraps up fifth season

The mission of “If Music Be the Food…” is to increase support for the hungry through classical music performance, and teach students the importance of utilizing art as a powerful vehicle for change.

Continue Reading

April 10, 2014
jazz theory

Jazz theory book designed for pros and amateurs

The newly published work by Eastman School of Music’s Dariusz Terefenko includes website, workbook and play-along DVD.

Continue Reading

April 9, 2014

University News

Three people posing with award.

Best Translated Book Award honored at London Book Fair

The Best Translated Book Award — launched in 2008 by Three Percent, the University’s website for translated literature — is the only prize of its kind to honor the best original works of international fiction and poetry published in the United States.

Continue Reading

April 17, 2014
portrait of Holly Watkins

Eastman professor awarded fellowship to support research on biomusicology

Holly Watkins, associate professor of musicology is one of only 65 professors to win an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship. Her book will explore why19th-century writers on music tended to compare music to the growth of plants or to other aspects of the nonhuman world.

Continue Reading

April 17, 2014
portrait of Daniel Koltun

Professor Emeritus of Physics Daniel S. Koltun dies at 80

Theoretical physicist Daniel S. Koltun joined the University in 1962 and was a professor of physics until his retirement in 2004. In addition to being a leader in the meson physics community, Koltun was known for what is called the “Koltun Sum Rule” for the scattering of electrons from nuclear targets.

Continue Reading

April 16, 2014