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September 20, 2013

Where are the geckos going?


A study offers further proof of Darwin’s theory that adaptive processes slow as the evolutionary niches available to species are filled in. Leaf-tailed geckos, native to Madagascar, are the species studied by Daniel Scantlebury, a PhD student in biology for a paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B that describes a slowdown in the rate at which species evolve on Madagascar.  See 'In Research' for more research news

Partnership to advance optical science and engineering

Although the production of freeform surfaces became possible just a few years ago, researchers have already identified broad applications.

Meliora Weekend expected to draw thousands

Among the headliners is Robert Gates, former U. S. Secretary of Defense and director of the CIA, and comedian Demetri Martin.

Sculpture Park dedicated

All four artists commissioned to create site-specific installations were at the ceremony.

Wilson Day connects students with the community

Around 200 freshmen helped rake, weed, and paint areas in Mt. Hope Cemetery, which is celebrating is 175th anniversary this year.

In Brief

A roundup of news.

University to introduce sworn peace officers this fall

Sworn peace officers will have enhanced abilities and tools, adding to the safety, enforcement, and investigative services at the University.

University board elects three trustees

The University Board of Trustees elected three new trustees at its May meeting.

President Obama discusses college affordability with students, alumni

For four University students and recent graduates, the hypothetical became very real on Aug. 22 as they found themselves as the exclusive lunch guests of President Barack Obama.

Summer news wrap up

Here are just a few of the stories you may have missed while Currents was on summer break.
Read more on the University’s Newsroom site,

In Research

A roundup of research news.

Making headlines

New University map available

University Communications recently completed a year-long project to completely overhaul the University’s printed maps.

Collage serves as Sept. 11 memorial

“Homage to New York” has won media awards, and the original is part of the permanent collection of the New York Historical Society in Manhattan.


Faculty support ‘critical’ to student fellowship success

Faculty can also help by identifying excellent students who may be good candidates for fellowship programs and recommending that they pursue the application process.

Pianos for Peace

A student project brought together neighbors, volunteers, artists, performers, and passersby to interact with each other and seemingly randomly placed pianos in public places.

New season features favorite performers, new discoveries

Series subscriptions are currently on sale and range from $48 to $74 and include all the concerts in each series.