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What’s in a game?

What’s in a game?

January 19, 2016

Senior digital media studies majors (from left) John Lockard, Yukun Liu, Gina Fabio, and Lean Mateos, are creating a video game set in a war zone. But to win the game, the object is not how many you can kill, but how many can you save.

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Rock history remembers David Bowie

Rock history remembers David Bowie

January 11, 2016

David Bowie, who died Sunday at the age of 69, wasn’t the first performer to create an alter ego. But as music professor and director of the Institute for Popular Music John Covach explains, the difference with Bowie was how his personas would change over the years, sometimes shifting drastically.

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More efficient way of converting ethanol leads to better alternative fuel

More efficient way of converting ethanol leads to better alternative fuel

December 3, 2015

A research team led by chemistry professor William Jones has developed a series of reactions that results in the selective conversion of ethanol to butanol, without producing unwanted byproducts.

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Defining the future of the School of Arts & Sciences

Defining the future of the School of Arts & Sciences

December 1, 2015

Gloria Culver was formally installed as dean of the School of Arts & Sciences during an investiture ceremony December 1 in the Interfaith Chapel. A professor of biology, Culver joined the Rochester faculty in 2007. During the ceremony, Culver talked about defining the School of Arts & Sciences—and charting its future.

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December 1 is World AIDS Day

December 1 is World AIDS Day

November 30, 2015

Michael Gottlieb ’73M (MD), examines AIDS awareness posters that are part of the AIDS Education Posters Collection, a collection of more than 6,500 AIDS education posters from around the world. Gottlieb, a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, was the first to identify the disease that would come to be known as AIDS.

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Dancing with computers

Dancing with computers

November 23, 2015

What if relating to computers were more like the way we communicate with other people? That’s a vision that scientists in the field of human-computer interaction, or HCI, are working to realize.

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A musical time machine

A musical time machine

November 16, 2015

The only instrument of its kind in North America, the full-sized Italian baroque organ at the Memorial Art Gallery is a musical time capsule. Saved from destruction 10 years ago, the organ features in the month Third Thursday concert series that kicks off this month.

>> Play the organ online

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Why is science fiction so obsessed with Mars?

Why is science fiction so obsessed with Mars?

November 13, 2015

Even as science bring Mars into ever sharper focus, the planet remains a compelling source for creative artists to explore ideas about what it means to be human, says Jeffrey Tucker, associate professor of English. (Photo: James Vaughan/Flickr)

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Discovery of classic pi formula a ‘cunning piece of magic’

Discovery of classic pi formula a ‘cunning piece of magic’

November 10, 2015

When most people think about pi, they associate the mathematical constant with arcs and circles. Mathematicians, however, are accustomed to seeing it in a variety of fields. But two University physicists were still surprised to find it lurking in a quantum mechanics formula for the energy states of the hydrogen atom.

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A vaccine was born

A vaccine was born

September 14, 2015

In a makeshift lab in the School of Medicine and Dentistry in the 1980s, a team including biochemist Porter Anderson was refining an approach to vaccine technology that helped launch a new era in pediatric medicine. These vaccines out of Rochester are credited with nearly eradicating Haemophilus influenzae type b, or Hib, a once widely feared and deadly childhood infection.

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