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Science & Technology

illustration of the Earth, with a bloom of algae spreading from west Africa across the ocean to the southern United States and Caribbean

What does a persistent bloom of algae indicate about the health of the planet?

Algae blooms known as red tides that plague the Gulf of Mexico have existed for millennia, but the cycles are now more frequent and intense, say Rochester alumni leading the effort to study their impact.

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November 16, 2018
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Researchers detect high-energy radiation from ‘weird’ star system

Rochester researchers are part of an international collaboration of scientists that has, for the first time, detected extremely high-energy gamma rays from one of the most powerful star systems in the Milky Way.

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November 14, 2018
Ahmed Ghazi on stage in front of a giant computer screen, holding a replica of a human organ

Surgery simulation program garners international recognition

Ahmed Ghazi, an assistant professor of urology, has been awarded first place at the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin for his presentation describing an innovative approach to building patient-specific replicas of human organs.

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November 14, 2018

Society & Culture

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‘I’ve got to do something for Uncle Sam’

More than 800 alumni, students, and faculty served during World War I. To mark the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, here are a few of their stories.

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November 8, 2018
Doris Gray and Monica Sharma

International Education Week Speakers Series: ‘Conversations with Women Who Lead’

Doris Gray, of the Hillary Clinton Center for Women’s Empowerment at Al Akhawayn University, and author Monica Sharma, an authority on transformational leadership, will speak on global issues of equity and access to health and education.

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November 6, 2018
Peter Kramer

Psychiatrist Peter Kramer looks back—and always, around

Sigmund Freud could write about a broad range of subjects, from religion to politics. In this age of specialization, why has that changed? Kramer, a clinical professor emeritus at Brown University, tackles this topic in the Humanities Center Public Lecture Series.

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November 2, 2018

The Arts

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Needlework artist evokes detail of tragic history

The intricate needlework and fabric panels Esther Nisenthal Krinitz created for her two daughters, simply to record her memories, are the subject of a Memorial Art Gallery exhibit evoking both beauty and tragedy in rich detail.

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November 14, 2018
an oil painting of Vincent van Gogh

Drama and history mark the 2018 Polish Film Festival

Now in its 21st year, the Polish Film Festival features nine films that tackle universal themes of human struggle, triumph, and love.

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November 1, 2018
Eastman Theatre at dusk

Historic commitments to Eastman School of Music affirm the power of music

Two members of the Board of Trustees—Cathy Minehan ’68 and Danny Wegman—this week announced gifts totaling $10 million to support faculty and students at the Eastman School.

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October 24, 2018

In Photos

Lee Koonce speaking from a podium on stage at Strong Auditorium

University community remembers Paul Burgett

November 13, 2018

Lee Koonce ’96E (MM), president and artistic director of the Gateways Music Festival, delivers remarks at a memorial service for University Vice President Emeritus and University Dean Emeritus Paul Burgett ’68E, ’76E (PhD) yesterday afternoon. Burgett championed the festival, a multiday series of concerts, performances, and other events designed to provide classical musicians of African descent a performance showcase of their own. (University photo by J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

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14 sophomores receive O’Brien Book Award for first-year excellence

The University’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter sponsors the award, recognizing students who excel in leadership roles during their first year in the College.

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November 16, 2018
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Wells Award winners excel in engineering and humanities

They major in optical engineering and minor in Italian. Or work toward dual degrees in music and computer science. Or pursue two minors while majoring in audio and music engineering. Meet the graduating seniors from the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences honored for pursuing dual degrees or minors in the humanities.

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November 9, 2018
collage of six portraits of student veterans

Making the move from the military to the University

Rochester is currently ranked 13th by US News and World Report in its list of best colleges for veterans. As Veterans Day approaches, six University students from each of the branches of the armed services share their stories of moving from the military to the classroom.

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November 7, 2018

Voices & Opinion

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Stock market ups and downs: A long view is in order

How concerned should the investing public be about recent downturns in the stock market? While daily fluctuations make for interesting news stories, Simon Business School professor Bill Schwert advises investors to “take a long view.”

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November 13, 2018
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How might we detect possible intelligent life beyond Earth?

“There’s so much to look at, and we’ve done so little of it so far,” Rochester professor of astrophysics Adam Frank told NPR’s All Things Considered.

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September 28, 2018
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Authoritarian rhetoric about left-wing violence ‘distorted,’ ‘dangerous’

In a Washington Post essay, associate professor of history Matthew Lenoe draws parallels between recent unfounded warnings from the Trump administration about left-wing violence and the fascist movements of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.

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September 28, 2018

University News

An officer and an organ donor

Lieutenant Dan Schermerhorn Jr. works the day shift. Peace Officer Paul Wlosinski works nights. The two Department of Public Safety colleagues are forever connected by an act of generosity that gave Schermerhorn a second chance.

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November 12, 2018
professor in front of students in a lecture hall in the Simon Business School. One wears a t-shirt that reads THINK DIFFERENT printed upside down

Simon School launches first fully STEM-designated MBA

This summer, Rochester graduate school of business became the first in the country to offer students a science, technology, engineering, and math designation to their MBA degree.

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November 12, 2018
DPS officers with other local law enforcement teams stand with purple boxes and donated gifts for the Willow Domestic Violence Centeromestic Violence Center

Public Safety’s Purple Box holiday program to benefit children, families at Willow Center

The Department of Public Safety is leading its fourth Holiday Purple Box campaign to help families displaced because of domestic violence. Donations of new items are being accepted through December 3.

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November 8, 2018