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More evidence that Python is the best starter programming language

More evidence that Python is the best starter programming language

July 9, 2014

Philip Guo, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Rochester, wrote on the Communications of the ACM blog about a study he recently undertook to quantify just how popular Python has become as a teaching language at the college level.

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The brutality of American punishment

The brutality of American punishment

July 7, 2014

By Joshua Dubler

For the reformers who dreamed it up back when our country was new, the penitentiary was to be an institution for quiet contemplation and personal repair.

Things didn’t turn out that way. The 2.4 million or so Americans currently in prison and jail are not there simply as punishment, but for punishment.

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Jonathan Binstock new director at MAG

Jonathan Binstock new director at MAG

July 7, 2014

Jonathan Binstock is the new director of the Memorial Art Gallery. He has taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania, and his curatorial career also included the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

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Connections: Science Roundtable

Connections: Science Roundtable

July 7, 2014

It’s our monthly Science Roundtable. Our panel looks at the science of sound. From using ultrasound to re-engineer tissue, to the new Audio Music Engineering major at the University of Rochester, we’re exploring sound through a scientific lens.

Guests include: Laurel Carney, U of R professor of biomedical engineering; Mark Bocko, U of R professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering; and Diane Dalecki, U of R professor of biomedical engineering.

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Consider a career in manufacturing as an MBA

Consider a career in manufacturing as an MBA

July 3, 2014

There’s been a shift in the country’s manufacturing industry, and MBAs may benefit from this change.

Business school students who graduated in 2014 were more successful at receiving early job offers in manufacturing, as well as health care, than those going into more traditional industries such as finance or consulting, according a June report from the Graduate Management Admission Council.

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Take part in East’s remake

Take part in East’s remake

July 3, 2014

After months of uncertainty about the struggling school’s survival, the plan for a foundational reboot of Rochester’s East High School came into less fuzzy focus Monday. It also sparked some nettlesome questions. The University of Rochester’s ambitious 64-page proposal to take the reins at East is a milestone that should not be marginalized. Such a deep partnership between public and private is remarkable.

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A Hard Day’s Night: from loophole to surprise hit

A Hard Day’s Night: from loophole to surprise hit

July 2, 2014

There are many surprising elements to the story of A Hard Day’s Night, however, not the least of which is that the contracts for the movie were signed before The Beatles had any hint of success in America, and that the movie itself was not initially considered the most valuable part of the deal. In fact, the entire project ended up paying off in unexpected ways, and far more richly and extensively than anyone involved in it at the start could have imagined.

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$5M state grant for U of Rochester computer center

$5M state grant for U of Rochester computer center

July 1, 2014

A University of Rochester project on the use of computers for health research has won $5 million in state economic development funds. The grant was one of 11 state investments totaling $22 million announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday.

The university is partnering with IBM on the supercomputer project, known as the Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation.

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UR, city school district submit East High proposal

UR, city school district submit East High proposal

July 1, 2014

If it is approved by the New York State Education Department, as expected, the plan will put Rochester’s largest university and employer in charge of the city’s largest high school. Warner School of Education professor Steve Uebbing, the former superintendent of Canandaigua Central School District, would have ultimate responsibility.

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Meliora sets UR record

June 27, 2014

The University of Rochester just completed the best fundraising year in its history, pulling in $118 million through June 19 to put the university within reach of its $1.2 billion capital campaign goal.

UR president Joel Seligman noted the milestone in an address this week, calling the year a success on many fronts. The strong fundraising year now puts UR at $1.09 billion for the Meliora Campaign, 91.1 percent of the goal, Seligman said.

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