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November 20, 2013

Membrane may shrink ‘lab-on-a-chip’ power source

glass square on slide, bathed in blue light

A super-thin silicon membrane developed in the lab of James McGrath, associate professor of biomedical engineering, could lead to "lab-on-a-chip" diagnostic devices the size of credit cards, researchers say. The image shows a microfluidic bioreactor consisting of two chambers separated by the membrane, which mimics biological barrier properties. Read more about the research at

Meliora Challenge passes $1 billion milestone

The Meliora Challenge is the largest comprehensive fundraising campaign in the University’s history.

$1M grant supports emerging field of digital humanities

Robert Clark, dean of the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, says the new fellowship reflects a “creative collaboration of the arts, humanities, and computer science that will yield a new generation of innovators.”

Nov. 25 is deadline to select, change benefits for 2014

The University will continue to offer the current four health care plans and two dental plans to employees.

In Brief

A roundup of news.

Event honors life of Douglas Lowry

On Nov. 3, the University community paid tribute to the life and work of Douglas Lowry,

Data science a top priority in University’s strategic plan

The commitment will include the creation of an Institute for Data Science, construction of a state-of-the art building to house it, and as many as 20 new faculty members with expertise in the field.

In Research

A roundup of news.

Making headlines

Grant Holcomb to retire from Memorial Art Gallery

Board of Managers President Jim Durfee will lead a search committee charged with identifying a successor.

University expands resources for veterans

These new services, geared toward enhancing student life on campus, augment the financial resources veterans receive through the Rochester Pledge Scholarship.

Mark Fischer to succeed Walter Mauldin as public safety director

Fischer becomes chief of a 134-member force, which now includes 27 newly active sworn peace officers and another group of 25 currently in training.

UR Ventures ‘open for business’

Scott Catlin, who joined the University as associate vice president for innovation and technology commercialization in April, talks about the recent changes and the office’s goals.

Two faculty members installed to endowed professorships