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business and science colleagues around a table with the Rochester Data Science Consortium at the Incubator at Sibley Square

Data Science Consortium gives member companies a data edge

Since its inception in 2017, the consortium has expanded the number of member companies and created a pool of skilled data science students to assist companies on short notice.

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October 19, 2018
Aaron Bauer at a workbench looking at a design on his laptop

Collaborative ‘back and forth’ drives progress on freeform optics

With a second five years of funding from the National Science Foundation, the Center for Freeform Optics is a collaboration working to develop devices that are lighter, more compact, and more effective than ever before.

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October 18, 2018
Asma Al-Qasimi in front of blackboard covered in scientific formula

Physicist wins award to support ‘re-entry’ of women scientists

It is an issue for women in all academic fields, but especially in STEM fields. After two difficult pregnancies interrupted her career studying quantum optics, a fellowship is helping Asma Al-Qasimi get back to the lab.

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October 16, 2018

Society & Culture

Margaret Becket and Lauren Davis working on computers to transcribe Seward papers

Seward Family Digital Archive project tops $1 million in grant money

The project brings together students in the humanities and computer science and retired volunteers to help transcribe the thousands of Seward family letters written in Victorian-era cursive handwriting.

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October 11, 2018
illustration of Paul Romer

Former economics professor Paul Romer receives Nobel Prize

The former assistant professor of economics at the University of Rochester is currently a professor at New York University, and was recognized by the Nobel Committee for his work on the economics of technological change.

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October 8, 2018
photo of a Star Wars figure/toy of Rose Tico character, standing on the keyboard of a laptop, with a sad expression on her face and a stream of tweets on the laptop screen

Fan hate takes aim at Star Wars diversity

In an analysis of thousands of tweets from Star Wars fans, associate professor of political science Bethany Lacina found that offensive language doubled and hate speech jumped by 60 percent when those tweets were directed at actress Kelly Marie Tran or her character Rose Tico, the first nonwhite female lead character in the franchise.

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September 27, 2018

The Arts

Missy Pfohl Smith relaxing in a dance studio

Q&A with the Director of the Institute for the Performing Arts

Newly appointed as director of the Institute for the Performing Arts, Missy Pfohl Smith talks about ideas and aspirations for the institute and discusses the status of the Sloan Performing Arts Center, slated to be operational by Fall 2020.

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October 22, 2018
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Film festival commemorates 100 years of Polish independence

The movies were selected by the Polish Filmmakers Association, which has been presenting the series on four continents throughout the year.

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October 11, 2018
a paiting features three 18th actors in a drawing room scene

Rochester premieres recovered landmark opera

In its day, the comic opera Love in a Village was performed more often than Shakespeare’s tragedies. Now the Humanities Project brings it back, with the first performance since the 18th century of the full production with its original score.

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October 8, 2018

In Photos

four students playing a game of spikeball -- hitting a yellow ball into a small round net on the ground -- with Rush Rhees Library in the background

The most popular game you’ve never heard of

October 15, 2018

From left, Amanda Cabal ’18 (T5), Suzie Ziegler ’19, Brian Schonfeld ’19 and Sam Rusoff ’19 take a break on a warm fall day to enjoy a game of spikeball on Eastman quadrangle. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)
WATCH: What is Spikeball?

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Student Life

historical image of WRUR radion studio, with an old-fashioned microphone and a single red blinking light

‘WRUR is on the air…’: 70 years of college radio at Rochester

The radio station that began in the basement of Burton Hall is now 70 years old. What might be said about radio in general could also be said about WRUR: it has shown remarkable persistence.

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October 4, 2018
side-by-side portraits of Jacqueline Tran and Cherish Blackman

Two graduates earn Chinese Government Scholarships

Cherish Blackman ’18, a Rochester native, and Jacqueline Tran ’18, of Brooklyn, will study Chinese language and culture after receiving full scholarships from the Chinese government.

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October 1, 2018
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Graduate students from all over the globe find their niche in Arts, Sciences & Engineering

Nik Chatzikonstanti is among the nearly 1,400 master’s and doctoral students in Arts, Sciences & Engineering, whose studies range from philosophy to physics and who come from more than 67 counties. Meet some of graduate students who have found a home at the University.

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September 28, 2018

Voices & Opinion

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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
historical image of fascists marching in Italy

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
portrait of Emil Kang

The art of crafting your job

“Five questions” with Emil Kang ’90, a national arts leader who took his first job as a gallery receptionist and made it his own.

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August 28, 2018

University News

Meet this year’s winners of the Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Hayley Clatterbuck, an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy; John Lambropoulos, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering; and Michael Jarvis, an associate professor in the Department of History are being recognized for their distinctive teaching accomplishments.

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October 16, 2018
portrait of Mark Taubman

Mark Taubman reappointed dean of School of Medicine and Dentistry

Taubman has been appointed to new term as dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry and will continue his joint responsibilities as University senior vice president for Health Sciences, and CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center and UR Medicine.

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October 9, 2018
Kareem Adbul Jabbar giving a speech

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to speak at River Campus

The basketball icon, activist, author, and ambassador, will give the first lecture in a series on “Difficult Conversations as a Catalyst for Change,” presented by Donald Hall, the University’s Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering.

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October 7, 2018