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Rochester responds

University of Rochester’s alumni magazine Rochester Review looks back at how our community and campuses responded to unprecedented change during the COVID-19 pandemic.

December 22, 2020

Science & Technology

Destin Froula

Laser Lab scientist honored for fusion and plasma research

Dustin Froula received the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, one of the most respected awards given by the US Department of Energy, for his research.

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January 14, 2021
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COVID-19 vaccine: What’s RNA research got to do with it?

RNA research at the University of Rochester provides an important foundation for developing antiviral drugs, vaccines, and other therapeutics to disrupt the global spread of coronavirus.

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December 14, 2020
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Can social networks help us be more creative?

Our interactions on social media could encourage new ways of thinking and different perspectives, if creativity was considered part of the network’s algorithms, say Rochester researchers.

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December 9, 2020

Society & Culture

Saturn and Jupiter in alignment

The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, through medieval and Renaissance eyes

In medieval and Renaissance Europe and in the Arab world, it was widely believed that “when Saturn and Jupiter are found in the same area of the zodiac—in other words when they are in conjunction—there are profound effects on Earth,” says historian Laura Ackerman Smoller.  

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December 18, 2020
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COVID-19 is forcing state and local governments to prioritize financial obligations

Those worst off will likely have to borrow money and then decide which obligations to pay right away and which to delay, says a Rochester economist.

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December 18, 2020
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American child welfare system has lost its way, says Rochester historian

A shift starting in the late 1960s has targeted poor families with unnecessary investigations and child removals at the expense of services, argues Rochester health policy historian and physician Mical Raz.

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December 11, 2020

The Arts

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Theatrical classic comedic masterpiece reimagined for 2020

The cast of ‘The Government Inspector’ includes more than 50 students and alumni across the United States, and as far away as Guatemala and China.

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December 7, 2020
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Teaching the complexities of the Nobel Prize in Literature

English professor Bette London introduces students to Nobel-winning authors and the controversies surrounding the prize.

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October 26, 2020
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The show must go on(line)

University campuses look and feel different this fall, but as we continue to social distance and limit the capacity of large spaces, Rochester musicians have found ways to stay connected with their audiences.

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October 16, 2020

In Photos

Two dancers perform "Flight of Sites" choreography outdoors.

With ‘Flight of Sites,’ students and faculty set choreography to campus architecture

October 30, 2020

Flight of Sites: Dances in Innovative Spaces, a two-day concert featuring student and faculty choreography, embraced both an outdoor and online audience experience.

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Student Life

Beauclaire Mbanya

Beauclaire Mbanya ’20 awarded Rhodes Scholarship in global competition

Beauclaire Mbanya is the third Rochester student or alumnus to receive a Rhodes Scholarship. He will head to Oxford, UK, to pursue a master’s degree relating to sustainable energy.

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November 19, 2020
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Capturing an audience with K-pop and classical music

Classically trained Rochester graduate Emma Chang ’20 has become a YouTube sensation by sharing her musical expertise and interest with fans of the worldwide pop music genre.

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November 11, 2020
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Living a dream on American Ninja Warrior

Will Schlageter ’20 (T5), a former triple major at Rochester, is in the semifinals of the NBC sports competition.

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October 16, 2020

Voices & Opinion

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A new era in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence

If trends continue, “the search for intelligence in the universe may finally escape the giggle-factor,” writes University of Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank in a Washington Post op-ed.

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January 4, 2021
Anonymous young girl wrapped in the American flag.

Teaching national mythologies doesn’t help society address problems

In a RealClearEducation op-ed, Rochester philosopher Randall Curren and his coauthor argue there is “little merit in the notion that love of country is something that can be taught through celebratory history.”

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October 29, 2020
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The politicization of the CDC was under way before Trump

The CDC’s vulnerability to political interference is rooted in its role working in health risk assessment, write University of Rochester health policy historian Mical Raz and her coauthor in a Washington Post op-ed.

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October 23, 2020

University News

portrait of Stanley Hattman

Biology professor emeritus remembered as researcher, mentor, and colleague

Stanley Hattman, who taught at the University for more than 25 years, was known for his molecular biology research, student mentorship, and jovial demeanor.

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January 14, 2021
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Emil Homerin: An American religion scholar remembered

A leading scholar of Sufi poetry and mysticism, Emil Homerin is remembered by his students and colleagues for his enthusiasm and generosity

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January 11, 2021
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Search for first vice president and chief human resources officer underway

A University committee has been appointed to begin a national search for the position of vice president and chief human resources officer—the first University-wide position at this level.

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January 8, 2021