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April 15, 2015

College Town to celebrate grand opening

view inside a grocery store

The 20,000-square-foot Constantino’s Market is the latest business in College Town to open its doors. College Town will celebrate its grand opening April 24 and 25 with live music, carnival games, entertainment, food and beverage tastings, and specials from College Town businesses. Full details are available at

‘A race to the finish’

Building on momentumLaunched in 2011, The Meliora Challenge is the largest campaign in the University’s history. Fundraising efforts will continue to build on the $1.2 billion mark until the Campaign’s conclusion in June 2016.

White House recognizes Beth Olivares

Olivares is being honored for the impact she’s had on countless young men and women she’s worked with throughout her tenure at Rochester.

New system provides real-time feedback to speakers

The Rochester team describes the system, which they have called Rhema after the Greek word for “utterance,” in a paper presented at the Association for Computer Machinery’s Intelligent User Interfaces conference in Atlanta.

New mural graces tunnel system

Rochester artist Sarah Rutherford created a University–themed mural, which includes an image of Susan B. Anthony and the University’s official flower, the dandelion.

In Brief

A roundup of news.

Former University leaders honored

The University celebrated the life of internationally known physicist Robert Sproull, and the Eastman School honored former director Robert Freeman (second from right) for his longtime service to the school and to the Rochester community.

NSF Career awards recognize three junior faculty members

The National Science Foundation has granted its most prestigious award in support of junior faculty, the Faculty Early Career Development Program, to three Rochester researchers: Antonio Badolato, Danielle Benoit, and Michael Neidig.

In Research

A roundup of news.

Making Headlines

Outstanding staff members celebrated



Sidney Poitier became a cultural icon in the 1950s as the first black actor to break racial barriers in film. But as Sharon Willis argues in her new book The Poitier Effect (University of Minnesota Press, 2015), his image on screen creates a false sense of equality that continues to appear in the popular media and remains damaging to race relations today.