Leonor Sierra

Leonor Sierra is press officer for science and engineering. She covers computer science, electrical and computer engineering, laboratory for laser energetics, optics, mechanical engineering, physics and astronomy, and the Office of the Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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Experiment on earth demonstrates effect observed in space

Experiment on earth demonstrates effect observed in space

April 30, 2014

Streaming jets of high-speed matter produce some of the most stunning objects seen in space. an experiment by French and American researchers using extremely high-powered lasers offers experimental verification of one proposed mechanism for creating them.

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Vision scientist named to National Academy of Sciences

Vision scientist named to National Academy of Sciences

April 29, 2014

Optics professor David Williams, a leading experts on human vision, has been named a member of the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his continuing achievements in original research. The honor is one of the highest given to a scientist in the United States.

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Professor Emeritus of Physics Daniel S. Koltun dies at 80

Professor Emeritus of Physics Daniel S. Koltun dies at 80

April 16, 2014

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.

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University showcases emerging technologies

University showcases emerging technologies

April 8, 2014

The Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences (CEIS) will host its 14th Annual University Technology Showcase on the afternoon of April 10. The topic will be “Industry-University Collaborations and Economic Development: How can universities and companies work together to rebuild manufacturing in the US?”

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Robert L. McCrory, director of Laboratory for Laser Energetics, named University Professor

Robert L. McCrory, director of Laboratory for Laser Energetics, named University Professor

April 3, 2014

Robert McCrory, director of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, was appointed University Professor in recognition of his contributions to the physics and engineering community, the LLE, and to the University.

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Riccardo Betti named inaugural Robert L. McCrory Professor

Riccardo Betti named inaugural Robert L. McCrory Professor

April 3, 2014

Riccardo Betti, professor of mechanical engineering and of physics and astronomy and assistant director for academic affairs at the Laborator for Laser Energetics, was named the inaugural Robert L. McCrory Professor.

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CompSci students help singers voice their vowels

CompSci students help singers voice their vowels

March 6, 2014

Voice students who want to perfect their vowel vocalizations can get help from a new simple, free application, developed by a group of computer science students, called “Vowel Shapes.”

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Scientist named American Physical Society Fellow

Scientist named American Physical Society Fellow

February 26, 2014

Suxing Hu, senior scientist in the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)’s theory division, is recognized for his work in attosecond physics.

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How stellar death can lead to twin celestial jets

How stellar death can lead to twin celestial jets

February 12, 2014

How do spherical stars evolve to produce highly aspherical planetary nebulae? A Rochester professor and his undergraduate student have a new theory as to why.

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Undergrad’s summer research leads to <em>Science</em>

Undergrad’s summer research leads to Science

January 31, 2014

Reflecting on having his name on a paper in Science – analyzing data regarding the proposed existence of giant convection cells on the sun – Owen Colegrove commented “that it just hadn’t sunk in.”

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