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PHOTO GALLERY: Meliora Weekend 2014

PHOTO GALLERY: Meliora Weekend 2014

October 18, 2014

Alumni, parents, friends, students, and community members gathered on campus for Meliora and Eastman Weekends 2014, October 16–19. This year’s program featured dozens of events, including guest speakers, performances, lectures, athletics, receptions, and much more. Enjoy these highlights and snapshots from this weekend’s festivities.

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New books paints portrait of Spanish scientist as artist

New books paints portrait of Spanish scientist as artist

October 17, 2014

Many in the scientific world today recognize Spanish Nobel prizewinner named Santiago Ramón y Cajal as a pioneer in cell biology and neuroscience. Now in a new book by professor Claudia Schaefer, he is being more fully recognized as an empirical observer and dedicated photographer.

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Are male brains wired to ignore food for sex?

Are male brains wired to ignore food for sex?

October 16, 2014

Medical Center researchers have shown that male brains – at least in microscopic roundworms – will suppress the ability to locate food in order to instead focus on finding a mate.

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Rita Shane, a Met soprano known for range and intensity, dies at 78

Rita Shane, a Met soprano known for range and intensity, dies at 78

October 13, 2014

Ms. Shane, who was a professor at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, sang regularly with the Met until 1982. Her roles included Musetta in Puccini’s “La Bohème,” Pamira in Rossini’s “Siege of Corinth,” the title role in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” and roles in three Verdi operas.

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Former UR president Robert Sproull dead at 96

Former UR president Robert Sproull dead at 96

October 11, 2014

Robert L. Sproull, who was president of the University of Rochester for 14 years, died Thursday, according to the UR. He was 96. A physicist, he was instrumental in the establishment of UR’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics. In 2005, it was renamed the Robert L. Sproull Center for Ultra High Intensity Laser Research.

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Diverse team of doctors, engineers receives $4M grant to combat sepsis

Diverse team of doctors, engineers receives $4M grant to combat sepsis

October 9, 2014

Sepsis, an over-the-top immune system response to an infection, is a common and costly cause of death and the most expensive condition treated in U.S. hospitals. The NIH grant will support research collaborations that may pave the way for new treatment targets.

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What is blue noise mask?

What is blue noise mask?

October 7, 2014

Two University engineers helped transform the early days of the digital revolution, setting off a “virtuous cycle” of research and invention that continues to be felt decades later. That’s the largely untold story of the blue noise mask.

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Eastman lutist receives album honors

Eastman lutist receives album honors

October 2, 2014

Paul O’Dette, professor of lute and one of the most influential figures in the study and performance of early music, is receiving international recognition for the albums My Favorite Dowland and Charpentier: La Descente d’Orphee aux enfers; La Couronne de Fleurs.

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Research seeks to break new ground in understanding of schizophrenia

Research seeks to break new ground in understanding of schizophrenia

October 2, 2014

More than $6 million in funding from the National Institute of Mental Health is supporting new research led by Rochester’s Center for Translational Neuromedicine that could fundamentally alter the way we comprehend and, perhaps ultimately, treat schizophrenia.

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A political attack on shareholder value

A political attack on shareholder value

September 30, 2014

Last week the Center for Political Accountability and the Zicklin Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School released the annual “CPA-Zicklin Index,” which ranks companies based on disclosure policies for political activities. Shareholders and executives may want to take note, though: A high ranking isn’t necessarily good for your company—or for you. Op-ed by David Primo, associate professor of political science and business administration

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