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sarah Mangelsdorf, in academic regalia, processes into Kodak Hall.

An inaugural celebration: ‘A University of this community’

In a ceremony filled with tradition, music, laughter, and optimism, Sarah C. Mangelsdorf was formally invested Friday afternoon as the University of Rochester’s 11th president. “The University of Rochester was built by the people of Rochester,” she said in her inaugural address. “We are not just a University in this community. We are a University of this community.”

October 4, 2019

Science & Technology

Jessica Goodman and Alec Salminen each present at University research competitions.

Promising solutions to tough medical problems win University research competitions

Jessica Goodman and Alec Salminen each took first place at two recent University of Rochester research competitions that limited contestants to brief presentations geared toward general audiences.

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October 15, 2019

New National Nuclear Security Administration agreement authorizes record LLE funding

The renewed NNSA agreement brings record funding to the Laboratory for Laser Energetics—$409.9 million for fiscal years 2019–23—and demonstrates the agency’s long-term support of LLE’s mission.

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October 14, 2019
scientists in clean suits working in a laser array.

Rochester recognized as leader in high-energy-density physics 

Three of eight national research grants recently awarded by the Department of Energy were given to researchers at the University of Rochester, which is home to the largest university-based DOE research program in the nation.

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October 10, 2019

Society & Culture

Masha Gessen speaks into a megaphone during the LGBT Pride March.

How journalist Masha Gessen and Rochester scholars examine the marginalization of communities

Journalist and activist Masha Gessen will discuss marginalization during this year’s Humanities Center Public Lecture Series. But the subject is also central to the work of several Rochester scholars.

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October 14, 2019

Madeleine Albright to visit Rochester

Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, pathbreaking diplomat and bestselling author, will be the keynote speaker at an October 24 event at the University of Rochester.

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September 23, 2019
Jerome Powell sits at a congressional hearing behind a photo of a sign that reads HON. POWELL

Fed meeting likely to bring rate cut and dissent, says Rochester economist

President Donald Trump is calling on the Federal Reserve to zero out interest rates—or adopt a negative rate—at its meeting this week. But Narayana Kocherlakota says that won’t happen.

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September 17, 2019

The Arts

Spotlight on the performing arts: Visiting theater director opens 30th anniversary season

Kate Eminger—a director and filmmaker based in New York—is visiting guest director of the International Theatre Program’s production of The Grown-Up, a play that, as she says, “captures this idea that there’s magic in everyday life.”

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October 9, 2019
Joan Rubin and Wendi Heinzelman talking and laughing on the quad

What engineers and humanists can learn from one another

To Joan Shelley Rubin, the Ani and Mark Gabrellian Director of the Humanities Center, and Wendi Heinzelman, dean of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, engineering and the humanities are strongly connected.

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October 9, 2019
artist rendering of planned arts center

Construction on Sloan Performing Arts Center to begin in November

Construction is scheduled to begin in November on the Sloan Performing Arts Center, a 29,000-square-foot facility on the River Campus that will provide new space for theatrical programs, dance programs, concerts, and other activities.

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October 2, 2019

In Photos

five actors stand on a stage

30th anniversary season opens with The Grown-Up

September 30, 2019

The International Theater Program opens up its 30th anniversary season with the The Grown-Up on Thursday, October 3.  Written by Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Jordan Harrison, the production is described as a fairy-tale for grown-ups.

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Student Life

Purple sign on the Hajim Quad with purple flags behind it.

University releases results of AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct

This past February, students from the University of Rochester and 33 other colleges and universities participated in the survey, which was organized by the Association of American Universities.

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October 15, 2019
Most of the 2019 recipients of the O'Brien Book Award pose for a group photo.

Sixteen College students honored with O’Brien Book Award

The annual award recognizes undergraduate students who excelled academically and in leadership roles during their first year at the College.

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October 11, 2019
portraits of three individual students

Students thrive at the intersections of engineering, computer science, and humanities

Seniors Melissa Wen, Nathan Nickerson, and Jarrod Young are this year’s winners of the Wells Award, given each year to high-achieving students in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences who also excel in the humanities.

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October 9, 2019

Voices & Opinion

Ambulances parked in front of the U.S. Capitol Building.

Calling Medicare ‘socialized medicine’ is a well-worn scare tactic

Conservatives have scared Americans into supporting higher health care costs, while shying away from expanding access, writes associate professor of history Michal Raz in a Washington Post op-ed.

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October 16, 2019
Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders on stage during the democratic debate.

Why Biden’s record players won’t solve poverty

“Biden was voicing a deeply flawed theory that arose during the 1960s and that blamed parents, especially mothers, for the struggles of poor children and children of color,” writes associate professor of history Mical Raz in a Washington Post op-ed.

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September 16, 2019
roll of I VOTED stickers sits on top of a pile of dollar bills.

Can campaign finance disclosure go too far? The case of small donors

It’s possible that if you’ve donated even as little as a dollar to a political candidate, it’s information easily obtained on the internet. That concerns David Primo, an associate professor of political science and business administration.

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August 19, 2019

University News

portrait of Sarah Mangelsdorf

President Sarah Mangelsdorf’s inauguration is set

The University of Rochester community will celebrate the inauguration of Sarah C. Mangelsdorf, president and G. Robert Witmer, Jr. University Professor, as part of Meliora Weekend. The centerpiece of the inauguration will be a public convocation ceremony at 2:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, where Mangelsdorf will be officially installed as University president.

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October 3, 2019
President Sarah Mangelsdorf

Off and running: Sarah Mangelsdorf sets her own presidential tone

For nearly three months now, the new president of the University of Rochester—who will be formally invested in her role at her October 4 inauguration—has been getting acquainted with University, and one of her consistent themes is her intention to remain a curious, visible, and accessible leader.

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September 29, 2019
close-up on the engraved silver on the University mace shows the name of the new president, Sarah C. Mangelsdorf along with the date 2019-

A ceremonial start

For generations, three ritual objects—the charter, the seal, and the mace—have been the centerpiece of the presidential inaugural ceremony. These same insignia have invested authority in presidents with wide-ranging leadership styles, each of whom has also shaped his own ceremony—as the 11th University president, Sarah C. Mangelsdorf, will do with her ceremony on October 4.

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September 23, 2019