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Are we alone? Setting some limits to our uniqueness

Are we alone? Setting some limits to our uniqueness

April 27, 2016

Are humans unique and alone in the vast universe? This question– summed up in the famous Drake equation–has for a half-century been one of the most intractable and uncertain in science. But a new paper shows that the recent discoveries of exoplanets combined with a broader approach to the question makes it possible to assign a new empirically valid probability to whether any other advanced technological civilizations have ever existed.

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Eastman Philharmonia to premiere new composition with Renée Fleming at Lincoln Center

Eastman Philharmonia to premiere new composition with Renée Fleming at Lincoln Center

April 27, 2016

The Eastman Philharmonia returns to New York City for first time in more than 25 years this November with a concert featuring a new composition by Pulitzer Prize–winning alumnus Kevin Puts ’99E and soprano Renée Fleming ’83E (MM).

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Recognizing suicide risk in older adults

Recognizing suicide risk in older adults

April 23, 2016

Yeates Conwell, co-director of Rochester’s Center for Study and Prevention of Suicide talks about the “four D’s” that contribute to suicide risk in older adults. / Washington Post

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119 years of Shakespeare at Rochester

119 years of Shakespeare at Rochester

April 22, 2016

As the world marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, we look back at how the works of the Bard have been very much alive in the University’s theater productions, dating back to the first-known Shakespeare production in 1897.

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Is Brazil the Albany of South America?

Is Brazil the Albany of South America?

April 20, 2016

Why has the American media has reacted with shock and concern regarding the political corruption in Brazil, while largely ignoring the political scandals that have embroiled New York. / New York Daily News

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Immune cells contribute to bone breakdown in rheumatoid arthritis

Immune cells contribute to bone breakdown in rheumatoid arthritis

April 14, 2016

Medical Center researchers have uncovered a new mechanism of bone erosion and a possible biomarker for rheumatoid arthritis. The group is the first to demonstrate that immune cells, called B cells, contribute directly to the breakdown of bone.

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Generations join forces to bring digital archive to life

Generations join forces to bring digital archive to life

April 13, 2016

The 19th-century life and times of William Henry Seward–governor, senator, secretary of state, husband, and father–move into the digital age as a team of students, professors, librarians, and Rochester senior citizens transcribes a one-of-a-kind collection of family correspondence.

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Finals of Lotte Lenya Competition showcase world’s top young vocalists

Finals of Lotte Lenya Competition showcase world’s top young vocalists

April 11, 2016

Named for the famed singer-actress, this year’s Lotte Lenya finalists represent a diverse range of performers, ages 21 to 31, from across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Israel.

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Eastman School marks 100th birthday of electronic music composer Milton Babbit

Eastman School marks 100th birthday of electronic music composer Milton Babbit

April 11, 2016

The Eastman School of Music will host a colloquium and concert honoring one of the most extraordinary American composers and musical thinkers of the twentieth century.

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Debate goes varsity

Debate goes varsity

April 11, 2016

They have coaches, travel extensively during the year, and compete in national and local tournaments. So it made sense that Debate Union — an academic team with needs like those of varsity athletics — found a new home under the aegis of the Department of Athletics and Recreation.

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