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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25 years later: Fixing the Hubble Space Telescope

25 years later: Fixing the Hubble Space Telescope

April 24, 2015

Twenty-five years ago today, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched. The images it has been sending back to Earth for all these years have become iconic, and yet it came very close to being a billion dollar failure. One of the heroes who rescued Hubble from ruin and made it a great science success story is Rochester optics professor Duncan Moore.

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Wearable technology can help with public speaking

Wearable technology can help with public speaking

March 30, 2015

Speaking in public is the top fear for many people. Now, students and faculty from the Human-Computer Interaction Group have developed an intelligent user interface for “smart glasses” that gives real-time feedback to the speaker on volume modulation and speaking rate, and have made the tool freely available for downloading.

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Three Rochester scientists receive prestigious NSF CAREER awards

Three Rochester scientists receive prestigious NSF CAREER awards

March 25, 2015

The National Science Foundation has granted its most prestigious award in support of junior faculty, the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, to three University researchers: Antonio Badolato, Danielle Benoit, and Michael Neidig.

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New approach uses “twisted light” to increase the efficiency of quantum cryptography systems

New approach uses “twisted light” to increase the efficiency of quantum cryptography systems

March 20, 2015

Rochester researchers and their collaborators have developed a way to transfer 2.05 bits per photon by using “twisted light.” The new approach doubles the 1 bit per photon that is possible with current systems that rely on light polarization and could help increase the efficiency of quantum cryptography systems.

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National tech leaders to advise University’s new Institute for Data Science

National tech leaders to advise University’s new Institute for Data Science

March 2, 2015

A ten-member advisory committee made up of representatives from leading high-technology companies, industry and academia will meet for the first time this week.

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Renowned expert to describe breakthroughs in data science

Renowned expert to describe breakthroughs in data science

February 27, 2015

Eric Horvitz, director of Microsoft Research, will show how breakthroughs in the new field of data science are solving previously intractable problems in clinical medicine, public health, transportation, disaster recovery, and many other areas.

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A close call of 0.8 light years

A close call of 0.8 light years

February 16, 2015

A recently discovered dim star likely passed some 70,000 years ago through our solar system’s distant cloud of comets known as the Oort Cloud. No other star is known to have ever approached our solar system this closely.

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A picture is worth 1000 words, but how many emotions?‬

A picture is worth 1000 words, but how many emotions?‬

February 5, 2015

During a political campaign voters will often share their views through pictures posted on social media. A human could recognize one as being a positive portrait of the candidate and the other one negative. Professor ‪Jiebo Luo and his collaborators are training computers to make the same assessments.

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