Our brains track moving objects by applying one of the algorithms your phone’s GPS uses, according to researchers at the University of Rochester. This same algorithm also explains why we are fooled by several motion-related optical illusions, including the sudden “break” of baseball’s well known “curveball illusion.”
The University will begin its annual summer carillon series on Monday, July 6, with a performance from award-winning carillonneur Joey Brink. The concert is the first of four free outdoor shows that will take place during the month of July on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. on the Eastman Quad on River Campus.
Eastman BroadBand continues to raise its international profile with residencies at music festivals in Italy and Spain this summer.
Miracle Kids, grateful families, University leadership, and significant building donors including hospital namesake B. Thomas Golisano celebrated the dedication of Golisano Children’s Hospital on Wednesday. The new eight-story, $145 million hospital is the largest capital project in the University’s history. For the first time, the children’s hospital will feature all-private rooms and specialized technology, including the first integrated PET/MRI in a children’s hospital in the nation.
The University Board of Trustees elected Rochester business and civic leader Danny Wegman as board chairman-elect at its May meeting, to begin a five-year term following the May 2016 Board meeting. Wegman, CEO of Rochester-based Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., has served as a University trustee for more than 15 years.
Researchers in the Institute of Optics have shown that a microplasma created by focusing intense laser pulses in air emits not only visible light, but also electromagnetic pulses at terahertz frequencies that can be used to detect complex molecules, such as explosives and drugs.
The River Campus Libraries’ Living History Project gives voice to Rochester’s past. Visitors to the new website can hear recordings from interviews with everyday Rochester students, faculty, and alumni, and early Rochester leaders such as (clockwise from top left) John Romano, founder of the Department of Psychiatry; Dexter Perkins, chair of the Department of History; Ruth Merril, director of the Prince Street Campus’s Cutler Union and dean of women; Eleanor Garbutt Gilbert, member of the Class of 1919; and William Warfield, member of the Eastman School of Music’s Class of 1942 and world-renowned concert baritone.
How can universities like Rochester articulate their “value proposition,” as the entrepreneurs would say? Is a liberal education a financial investment that “pays off” over time? While such questions play out on a national level, Provost Peter Lennie is leading a project to survey alumni about their experience at Rochester.