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Cancer ‘fight’ may keep men from palliative care

According to a University of Rochester Medical Center study, men with advanced cancer are 30 percent less likely than women to consider palliative care, and may view palliative options as a sign of “giving up.”

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July 10, 2018
bust of Frederick Douglass

‘I am content to be made known through this specimen of your art to all who may come after me’

In a letter recently acquired by River Campus Libraries, abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass expresses his pleasure with a bust that can now be reproduced by anyone with a 3D printer.

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June 27, 2018
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Laser bursts generate electricity faster than any other method

A University researcher who predicted that laser pulses could generate ultrafast electrical currents in theory now believes he can explain exactly how and why actual experiments to create these currents have succeeded.

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June 20, 2018

Society & Culture

Gretchen Helmke, standing on the library balcony

Drawing a ‘bright line’ on democracy

With colleagues at Yale and Dartmouth, Rochester professor Gretchen Helmke has launched Bright Line Watch, an initiative to survey opinions about democracy, both among the public and political scientists.

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July 10, 2018
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Calculating the cost of being black in America

In his new book, The Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black in America, engineer and businessman Shawn Rochester ’97 uses the tools of personal finance management to calculate the costs of racial discrimination.

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July 9, 2018
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Frederick Douglass speech still resonates

“What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?” Hear notable passages of this iconic 1852 speech read by faculty, students, and staff in celebration of the University’s connection to Douglass and the city he called home.

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July 3, 2018

The Arts

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The world’s a stage

Three Rochester alumni with careers in business and technology describe how they’ve woven their performing arts experiences into their work lives.

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July 19, 2018
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Recovering an ‘audacious and radical’ voice in art history

The Surreal Visions of Josephine Tota, an exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery is bringing new attention to an unconventional artist whose talent as an “outsider” went largely unnoticed during her life as a Rochester seamstress.

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July 12, 2018
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A small giant in world literature

Based at the University, Open Letter is one of only a handful of publishers to offer literature in translation exclusively. 10 years, 100 titles, and 100,000 books later, Open Letter continues to reinvent the world of literary translation.

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June 19, 2018

In Photos

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College Horizons

June 28, 2018

Students from College Horizons, a college access and success program for Native American high school students, share smiles on the Eastman Quadrangle on Thursday morning. About 70 are on the River Campus this week, taking part in workshops with admissions representatives and counselors from colleges across the nation. The University previously hosted the program in 2011. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

Summer Sustainability Fellows asked Rochester resident to complete a climate change survey.

Hot town, Summer Sustainability Fellows in the city

How will climate change affect the health and well-being of City of Rochester residents? This summer, students in a new sustainability fellowship program worked with city officials to help answer the question.

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July 18, 2018
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University hosting national College Horizons program

Nearly 70 Native American high school students will be working with national admissions representatives and counselors on the River Campus this week as part of College Horizons, a college access and success program hosted by the Office of Admissions.

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June 22, 2018
Ghanaian castle

Students share research experiences in Ghana

Hear from eight Rochester students spending this summer at a field school in Ghana. Led by Professors Renato Perucchio, Michael Jarvis, and Chris Muir, the students are studying the engineering, historical, and cultural aspects of the country’s historic coastal forts.

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June 18, 2018

Voices & Opinion

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Talking science so the public will listen

Madeline Sofia ’16M (PhD), an assistant producer for National Public Radio, helps scientists—whom the public trusts more than the media or elected officials—to broaden their reach.

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July 12, 2018
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Equal Pay Day points to 100-year wage gap for women’s work

The Susan B. Anthony Center’s Equal Pay Day panelists will discuss issues of gender pay inequity on the date that marks how long women have to work into the new year to earn the same as men did in the previous year.

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April 10, 2018
President Trump points to a large stack of papers, standing behond a podium with three other governement officials

Federal budget process is broken

“We need to take a look at the bigger picture here, which is that this bill does nothing to deal with our long-term budget challenges,” says Rochester political scientist David Primo. “Whether you are on the left or the right, that should be a big concern.”

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March 27, 2018

University News

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University’s Global Offices plan move to College Town

The new offices will have an entrance off of Celebration Drive. After the move, which is scheduled for the fall semester, ISO Student Services will hold River Campus and Eastman School of Music office hours to maintain accessibility to students.

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July 10, 2018
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Cary Jensen named assistant vice provost for international advocacy and engagement

In this new leadership role with the Office for Global Engagement, Cary Jensen will provide broader support to the University’s international populations amid the current shifting national policies affecting them.

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July 6, 2018
Missy Pfohl Smith

Missy Pfohl Smith named director of Institute for Performing Arts

The Institute for Performing Arts was formed in 2015 to bring together the disciplines of music, theater, and dance into a collaborative venture. Smith, who also serves as the director of the Program of Movement and Dance, is appointed to a three-year term

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July 3, 2018