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Jens Kipper, an assistant professor of philosophy with a background in applied ethics teaches a course on the philosophy of artificial intelligence. Kipper’s scholarship spans from the philosophy of artificial intelligence and questions about the nature of intelligence to immensely important questions about the social and ethical aspects of artificial intelligence.

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Department of Energy awards $4 million to University’s Extreme Quantum Team

Gilbert “Rip” Collins, professor of mechanical engineering in the Hajim School of Engineering and of physics in the School of Arts and Sciences, as well as associate director of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics will lead an international team which will engage a world-wide community in the extreme quantum revolution.

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Researchers sequence the genome’s elusive centromere

Amanda Larracuente, assistant professor of biology and co-lead author on the study collaborated with University of Rochester and University of Connecticut colleagues. The collective team discovered the centromeres of the model genetic organism Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly), and sequenced the most repetitive parts of genome. The research sheds light on a fundamental aspect of biology, and shows that selfish genetic elements may play a larger role in centromere function than researchers previously thought.

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What can trigger violence in postcolonial Africa?

Violent political events have plagued sub-Saharan Africa since independence, causing millions of deaths and hampering economic development. Yet, nearly 80 percent of the continent’s major ethnic groups have never participated in any civil war. Jack Paine, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Rochester, is studying the factors that underlie ethnic strife. He explores why civil wars and coups d’état occur more frequently in some sub-Saharan African countries than others.

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Embracing creativity, dialogue, culture, and scholarship.

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Applying science, technology, and optics to build a better world.

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Natural Science

Broadening our understanding of how the world works.

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Social Science

Gaining insights into people, politics, economics, and society.

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AS&E research funding in FY2018.


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15 current, former Rochester students earn NSF GRFP fellowships

Six current University students and nine alumni have been offered National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, part of a federally sponsored program provides up to three years of support for US students pursuing doctoral or research-based degrees in STEM, STEM education, and social science fields. In addition, nine current students and five alumni received honorable mentions.

“Working with undergraduates and recent alumni on the application is an ongoing priority because we know that Rochester has a deep pool of talent that can compete well for this opportunity,” says Belinda Redden, director of the Student Fellowships Office. “Students often tell us how valuable the process was to their graduate applications and other competitive opportunities they pursued.”

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Dean Tarduno in his lab.

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John Tarduno named dean for research in Arts, Science & Engineering

John Tarduno, the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor, professor of geophysics, and chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been named dean of research in Arts, Sciences & Engineering.

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Ongoing Research Initiatives

Data Science

At Rochester, interdisciplinary teams are advancing basic and applied research in data science to improve health, create new industries, and expand knowledge. Located in Wegmans Hall, the Goergen Institute for Data Science is home to interdisciplinary data science research and the interdepartmental data science academic programs.

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A student using virtual reality technology to study cultures.


As scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences at the University of Rochester, we examine human culture in its myriad forms: literature, language, media, philosophy, religion, history, anthropology, visual and performing arts, and much more. We are committed to critical thinking, reasoned discourse, inclusiveness, civility, empathy, and compassion—values that lie at the center of humanistic inquiry and that are essential for a thriving democratic citizenry.

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Students using technology to scan a bust of Frederick Douglass.

Women in STEM

Arts, Sciences and Engineering at the University of Rochester is committed to supporting women researchers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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University-Industry Collaborations

Research and innovation are hallmarks of the University of Rochester. By dovetailing these hallmarks with commercial enterprises, the University’s discoveries create new companies, new technologies, and new industries—all while improving the lives of millions around the world.

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Core Facilities

River Campus researchers have access to a wide array of state-of-the-art equipment, facilitating research ranging from analysis of geological samples to fabrication of specialized optics to brain imaging to advanced statistical analysis of international conflict and trade.

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