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collage of eight past MLK speakers:

Celebrating two decades of the MLK Commemorative Address

Since 2000, when the late Julian Bond spoke on the River Campus, the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address has been a winter tradition at the University of Rochester, bringing civil rights leaders, activists, poets, and icons to campus.

January 17, 2020

Science & Technology

Detecting microplastics first step in assessing environmental harm

Amid growing alarm over the plastic that pollutes our environment, biomedical and optics researchers are devising ways to quickly detect microplastics in drinking water to better understand their potential impacts on human health.

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January 9, 2020
a bank of flashtubs ignites in the OMEGA laser

When laser beams meet plasma: New data addresses gap in fusion research

Rochester scientists at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics and their colleagues in California and France have directly demonstrated for the first time how laser beams modify the conditions of a plasma.

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December 2, 2019
portrait of three professors standing in front of a blackboard covered in equations.

Rochester cosmology group has all eyes on dark energy

Rochester’s newly formed cosmology group is at work to create the most detailed 3-D map of the universe ever seen.

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November 25, 2019

Society & Culture

detail of a mosaic showing the faces of two people.

A commitment to inclusion at East

After a unique partnership with the University of Rochester, East Upper and Lower School’s special education programs have become more responsive to students, with the graduation rate for students with disabilities increasing from 26% in 2015 to 57% in 2019.

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December 10, 2019
Jerome Powell sits at a conference table filled with name plates for other Fed governors.

‘Absurd’ for Fed to leave its policy framework unchanged

Rochester professor of economics Narayana Kocherlakota expects to be disappointed this week, as the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee has signaled that it will make no changes to an eight-year-old policy statement for meeting inflation and unemployment goals.

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December 9, 2019
Elmina Castle.

Ghana field school immerses students in ancient forts—and the legacies of slavery

For the last three summers, Rochester undergraduates have worked to analyze and preserve the ancient forts along the coast of Ghana, while exploring the historical and cultural context of the structures they study.

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December 3, 2019

The Arts

Michael Burrit playing percussion instruments.

Michael Burritt is Eastman’s first Paul Burgett Distinguished Professor

Burritt has served as the Professor of Percussion at Eastman for eleven years. The Paul J. Burgett Distinguished Professorship was named to honor his deep appreciation for music and its power to transform lives,

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November 27, 2019
Richard Fischoff

Reel time: Richard Fischoff ’68 had big role in popular movies

Richard Fischoff ’68 didn’t star in Kramer vs. Kramer, Sleepless in Seattle, The Big Chill, or Fatal Attraction. But the veteran Hollywood producer and executive played a major role in those movies becoming box office hits.

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October 25, 2019
Meredith Monk and four other performers clad in white are seated with their backs to each other while holding hands.

Spotlight on the performing arts: Meredith Monk—visiting resident artist

Meredith Monk, the unique and influential American artist, will be at the University of Rochester for a multi-day artist residency titled “Dancing Voice/Singing Body.”

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October 21, 2019

In Photos

large airplane passing very closely behind Rush Rhees Library tower.

2019: The year in pictures

December 19, 2019

As 2019 winds down, we asked University photographer J. Adam Fenster to share some of his top selections from among the many thousands of pictures he captured this year, and his thoughts about what makes each one special.

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Student Life

two portraits of students

Rochester senior, recent alumnus named Schwarzman Scholars

One Rochester graduate and one senior are among the 145 Schwarzman Scholars selected this year from a global applicant pool of more than 4,700 applicants to complete a multidisciplinary one-year master’s program at China’s Tsinghua University.

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December 4, 2019
Jin Seokjin Kim

University student awarded foreign service graduate fellowship

Jin Kim ’19 (T5 ’20) is the first Rochester student to be awarded a Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship, a program designed to attract outstanding candidates from diverse backgrounds to represent the United States in the Foreign Service.

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November 19, 2019
Exterior of the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Six Rochester graduate students offered National Institutes of Health fellowship grants

Five graduate students from the University of Rochester Medical Center and one from the School of Arts and Sciences have been offered National Institutes of Health F31 fellowship grants to support their health-related research.

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November 14, 2019

Voices & Opinion

Screen capture of New York Times' "Democracy Doesn't Come in a Box" video.

The US is fighting an unwinnable war in Afghanistan

In a New York Times video op-ed, Lyle Jeremy Rubin, a history PhD candidate at the University of Rochester, and four other American veterans argue that the nation’s longest war is not winnable.

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November 12, 2019
a sign reads FOR SALE REDUCED PRICE outside of what looks like a new home.

The Great Recession: The downturn that wouldn’t end

The Great Recession officially lasted through June 2009, with unemployment levels peaking in October of that year. And while unemployment is now the lowest it’s been in the last 50 years, Rochester experts say the recession is still very much with us.

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November 1, 2019
cut out dolls represent a family with two parents and two children, on a desk with a judge's gavel

Separating children from their families must be last resort

In an essay published in the American Journal of Public Health, associate professor of history and practicing hospitalist Mical Raz writes that apart from extreme cases of imminent physical harm, “suboptimal families are better for children than removal.”

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October 28, 2019

University News

Steve Gonek in front of blackboard with mathematical formula.

Steve Gonek named fellow of American Mathematical Society

Thirty percent of the 20 tenure-track faculty members in the University’s Department of Mathematics are now AMS Fellows.  

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January 13, 2020
Department of Public safety car parked in front of a blue emergency phone

DPS installs new cruise lights for greater community presence

The University’s Department of Public Safety is joining a nationwide community policing effort by installing “cruise lights” on their fleet of vehicles, adding to officers’ visibility as they provide service to the University community.

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January 10, 2020
Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland in her laser lab

Donna Strickland appointed to Order of Canada

University of Rochester alumna Donna Strickland ’89 (PhD), who shared the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics, has been appointed to the Order of Canada for her “extraordinary contributions to the nation.”

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December 30, 2019