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Multiple lasers pointing and shooting at a target during a direct-drive inertial fusion experiment.

Rochester’s Laser Lab heads new national inertial fusion energy hub

Federal funding brings together experts to chart a viable path to realizing fusion energy as a clean power source.

December 7, 2023

Science & Technology

Illustration of a 2D material represented by dots of various colors against a magenta background to help explain phase-change memristors technology.

Straining memory leads to new computing possibilities

“We’ve combined the idea of a memristor and a phase-change device in a way that can go beyond the limitations of either device,” says Stephen Wu, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of physics.

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November 30, 2023
Bird perched on large rock against hazy sky.

How do living things use meaningful information to survive?

A team from the Department of Physics and Astronomy has applied the theory of semantic information to a realistic model capturing attributes of living systems—and found the critical point where information matters for survival.

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November 28, 2023
Large red sphere representing a qubit.

Qubit by qubit: Optimizing silicon for quantum computing

A team of researchers including John Nichol, an associate professor of physics, has won a grant from the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research to address challenges posed by silicon spin qubits.

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November 17, 2023

Society & Culture

A man standing on a road and looking at the big brain-shaped knot formed by tangled roads

Vicious cycle: Depression as both cause and consequence of stress

A meta-analysis finds the established stress generation model applies not only to depression but also to other mental health disorders.

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November 7, 2023
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Mt. Hope Family Center awarded $8.5M to continue child maltreatment studies

Funding from the National Institutes of Health builds on the grant given five years ago to establish the TRANSFORM multidisciplinary national research and resource center.

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September 15, 2023
Close-up of the Brazilian flag with the focus on the word PROGRESSO against a rough surface.

The Brazilian miracle that wasn’t

In his new book, anthropologist Daniel Reichman finds a competing narrative of progress that reveals a tension at the heart of contemporary Brazil.

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September 14, 2023

The Arts

Black and white portrait of Norwegian author and 2023 Nobel Prize for Literature recipient Jon Fosse staring directly at the camera.

How Nobel Prize–winning author Jon Fosse was found in translation

Open Letter’s Chad Post on discovering the Norwegian author for English audiences—and the importance of foreign translation presses today.

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October 6, 2023
Promotional artwork shows the colors of the trans flag with the words "Based on Virginia Woolf's gender-bending masterpiece Orlando by Sarah Ruhl" with an Elizabethan color and a ring.

The ‘first English language trans novel,’ adapted for stage

The International Theatre program’s production of Orlando promises “a wild ride” and a serious reflection on the fluidity of identity.

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September 30, 2023
Five members of Digital Media Studies and MAG partnership to promote arts integration and digital equity standing in row, smiling.

Digital Media Studies and the Memorial Art Gallery team up in digital equity project

With a Museum Initiative grant, a joint project of Verizon and NYC Media Lab, the Memorial Art Gallery and recent digital media studies graduates team up to expand the museum’s digital reach.

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May 17, 2023

In Photos

A person looks over an old manuscript in a room lit only by electric candles

November 2023 in photos

November 29, 2023

Before we turn the calendar to December, here’s a look back at some images captured in November across the University.

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Campus Life

Composite photo of a metal ball shot through a spring-loaded launcher during mechanical engineering class and lab.

Mechanical engineering launches overhauled lab courses

Faculty members work with industry advisors to modernize hands-on aspects of the department’s curriculum.

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November 20, 2023
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Army veteran follows a winding path to success at Rochester

Students like Garrett Boehmer ’25 bring “experiences and background that add to our diverse community,” says the College’s associate director of admissions.

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November 9, 2023
Jack Downey seated at a desk in a classroom teaching with two students seated with their laptops out of focus in the background.

Jack Downey: Family tragedy channeled into a passion for social justice

The associate professor of religion helps shape the perspectives of his undergraduates not only at the University, but also at area prisons.

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October 25, 2023

Voices & Opinion

Black-and-white photo of a street art mural depicting a tug-of-war between a Russian and Ukrainian soldier.

The interpretation of information will determine Ukraine war

In an op-ed for The Economist, political scientist Hein Goemans and his coauthor argue that the war in Ukraine won’t end until Russian and Ukrainian expectations intersect.

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October 2, 2023
Robot's hand holds a test tube of green liquid to illustrate how large language models like GPT-4 are changing chemistry research.

Large language models could be the catalyst for a new era of chemistry

Chemical engineer Andrew D. White explains why large language models like GPT-4 will open new frontiers for researchers.

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May 23, 2023
Blue rectangular logo for Silicon Valley Bank against black background suggesting collapse of SVB.

Why did Silicon Valley Bank collapse?

Alan Moreira, an associate professor of finance at the Simon Business School, reflects on the bank’s failure and what may happen next.

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March 16, 2023

University News

Portrait of Courtney Spitz from the shoulders up in an environmental setting.

Courtney Peplin appointed senior associate vice president for finance

Peplin is a finance leader with more than 20 years of experience in the not-for-profit and health sectors.

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December 5, 2023
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Sarah Jesse named eighth Memorial Art Gallery director

Jesse brings to Rochester more than 20 years of experience working in art museums across the country.

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November 29, 2023
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Michael Liberty named associate vice president and chief safety officer

Liberty, an expert in exposure assessment and reducing worker risks, has been serving in an interim capacity since December 2022.

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November 2, 2023