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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Smartphones: the New Mood Ring?

Smartphones: the New Mood Ring?

December 4, 2012

If you think having your phone identify the nearest bus stop is cool, wait until it identifies your mood. Rochester engineers are developing a new computer program that gauges human feelings through speech, with substantially greater accuracy than existing approaches.

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Dark Matter Detector Installed Underwater, Underground

Dark Matter Detector Installed Underwater, Underground

November 15, 2012

An experiment to look for one of nature’s most elusive subatomic particles is underway in a stainless steel tank nearly a mile underground beneath the Black Hills of South Dakota. And among the dozens of scientists involved in the research is physics Professor Frank Wolfs.

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Optical Society Celebrates Emil Wolf’s 90th Birthday

Optical Society Celebrates Emil Wolf’s 90th Birthday

October 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

A leading expert in the fields of coherence and polarization properties of optical fields, he is well known for collaborating with Nobel Laureate Max Born on the book Principles of Optics. First published in 1959, it is now in its seventh edition and widely used by students to this day.

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Physics Chair Applauds ‘Beautiful Experiments’ by Nobel Prize winners

October 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded today for work in the field of quantum optics, an area of physics that was pioneered in large part at the University of Rochester.

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Bringing “All Hands on Deck” on Big Data

Bringing “All Hands on Deck” on Big Data

October 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

Modeling future climates or using genomic analysis to understand the mechanisms of cancer both require analyzing vast or very complex data, and exploiting the opportunities of “big data” is one of the biggest challenges in computing.

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Williams awarded for ‘major breakthrough’ in vision science

Williams awarded for ‘major breakthrough’ in vision science

September 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

The $630,000 Champalimaud Award goes to Professor David Williams for his work on adaptive optics technologies.

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Bacteria sucked up 200,000 tons of oil after BP spill

September 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

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How Much Gulf Spill Oil Was Consumed by Bacteria?

How Much Gulf Spill Oil Was Consumed by Bacteria?

September 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

Researchers from the University of Rochester and Texas A&M University have found that naturally occurring bacteria that exist in the Gulf of Mexico consumed and removed at least 200,000 tons of oil and natural gas after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill.

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