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several single white feathers with orange and yellow tips laid in a row.

Birds of a feather flock together?

Maria Castaño, a third-year PhD student in biology, studies populations of birds to understand the processes that lead to the creation of new species.

November 15, 2022

Science & Technology

A stream of plasma burst out from the sun.

How does radiation travel through dense plasma?

First-of-its-kind experimental evidence defies conventional theories about how plasmas emit or absorb radiation.

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November 17, 2022
jagged laser lines on a small chip.

A laser that could ‘reshape the landscape of integrated photonics’

Rochester researchers see applications in LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), atomic physics, and augmented and virtual reality.

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October 21, 2022
researchers stand in a line on a boat holding a large hose.

Ancient ocean methane not an immediate climate change threat

New research shows reservoirs of ocean methane in mid-latitude regions will not be released to the atmosphere under warming conditions.

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October 18, 2022

Society & Culture

Josh Shapiro at a podium with a sign reading "Shapiro for Governor."

Alumnus Josh Shapiro elected Pennsylvania’s next governor

Josh Shapiro ’95 has won the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race, making him the first University of Rochester alumnus to be elected a United States governor.

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November 9, 2022
US Capitol dome at night with blurry shadow of itself in background during midterm elections.

Bright Line Watch assesses American democracy on the eve of 2022 midterm elections

Experts in Bright Line Watch poll see a high chance some Republican candidates will be unwilling to concede election losses.

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November 5, 2022
Blue- and red-colored hands raised in the air with white stars at the bottom illustrating midterm elections and what they tell us about us democracy.

What the midterm elections tell us about the stability of US democracy

Rochester political scientists discuss what happens when election deniers run for office, and how US democracy may die ‘by a thousand cuts.’

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November 3, 2022

The Arts

Illustration of a robotic hand manipulating a sound board in a recording studio.

NSF grant supports project leveraging AI for music production

An interdisciplinary team of researchers is using artificial intelligence to empower musicians to produce and disseminate their art more effectively.

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November 29, 2022
Black and white photo of the four members of Freedom Singers, four gospel musicians from Georgia, singing and clapping.

Is gospel music losing its Black roots?

Musicologist Cory Hunter identifies a notable contemporary shift in the century-old musical form.

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November 15, 2022
Crystal Sellers Battle with her arms crossed in the Eastman School of Music's Miller Center.

Music schools founded on the Western classical model face special challenges

Crystal Sellers Battle articulates a path toward long-term cultural change at the Eastman School of Music.

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October 5, 2022

In Photos

president mangelsdorf hands pin to Jennifer Gaudino.

University veterans recognized

November 11, 2022

Jennifer Guadino, who served with the Army Reserve and currently works at the University of Rochester Medical Center in financial case management, receives a “Veteran Rocky” pin from University of Rochester President Sarah Mangelsdorf during a ceremony in the Hawkins-Carlson Room in Rush Rhees Library on November 11. The pinning ceremony is held annually on Veterans Day and recognizes members of the University community and their families from all branches of the US Armed Forces. “Veteran Rocky” pins were handed out in honor of their service. The event is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Institutional Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the Veterans Alliance.

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Campus Life

portrait of James Wilson.

For James Wilson ’23E, piano has been the key to life

Stricken with cancer as a teenager, the prodigy used music to heal himself and others.

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November 21, 2022
Black-and-white archival photo of Desmond Tutu in University of Rochester commencement robes and at a podium.

University Archives exhibition creates an audio-visual time machine

A collection that includes hundreds of recordings makes it possible to ‘attend’ University of Rochester events from the 1920s to the present.

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November 17, 2022
colorful collage of archival photos of famous musical acts, including Billy Joel, Peter Frampton, BB King, Simon and Garfunkel.

Rockin’ and rollin’ at the Palestra

Musical giants from Simon & Garfunkel, Ray Charles, and the Grateful Dead to Bonnie Raitt and Bruce Springsteen have played at Rochester’s iconic gymnasium.

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November 10, 2022

Voices & Opinion

Illustration of a checklist for parents featuring do's and don'ts of helping their child with the college admissions process.

How parents can be involved in the college admissions process—without overstepping

Parents of college-bound students are more involved than ever in choosing the right school—and that’s what their children want.

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November 16, 2022
American dollars and Chinese yuan in a messy pile on a flat surface.

Corporate governance and political risks to keep in mind with Chinese stocks

Simon Business School professor James Brickley paints a detailed picture of the risks that come with investing in Chinese companies.

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November 15, 2022
Brain with the color, texture, and stitching of a football against a blue background with a repeating pattern of a quarterback outlined in lighter blue.

Brain’s cognitive bias dominates in fantasy sports

In fantasy sports, “your brain can twist and interpret fantasy results in ways that are suboptimal, lazy, and illogical,” explains brain and cognitive scientist Renee Miller.

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September 13, 2022

University News

photograph of Memorial Art Gallery Director Jonathan Binstock in the museum.

MAG director to lead DC art museum

Jonathan Binstock has been named the next director of the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, home to a storied collection of Impressionist and modern art.

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November 30, 2022
Student walks through plowed paths of the Eastman Quadrangle in winter.

Need to know: Winter weather operations and communications

The University is prepared to keep its campuses operational and community members informed during severe winter weather.

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November 14, 2022
Crop of Mark Cavanaugh's headshot.

Environmental Health & Safety’s Mark Cavanaugh to retire in December

Cavanaugh has been the University’s longest-serving leader of EH&S, contributing to numerous expansion and renovation projects over the years.

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November 9, 2022