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Summer in Rochester means research

There’s no better time to do research at the University than during the summer. While the classrooms may be quiet, labs and libraries remain busy as undergraduate students work on projects from engineering to political science.

July 24, 2019

Science & Technology

3 questions: 50 years after the moon landing

The lunar rocks brought back by the Apollo astronauts still inform research today, including the work of Rochester professor Miki Nakajima, who studies the formation and evolution of the Earth, the moon, and other planetary bodies.

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July 18, 2019
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Will your future computer be made using bacteria?

Graphene is a revolutionary nanomaterial, the discovery of which led to a Nobel Prize. By mixing graphite with bacteria, Rochester scientists are making graphene easier and more environmentally friendly to produce, paving the way for future products and applications.

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July 10, 2019

Why can we see moving objects against their backgrounds?

New research from Rochester scientists explores why human beings are good at discerning moving objects and how we can train our brains to be better at this as we age.

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July 2, 2019

Society & Culture

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What can trigger violence in postcolonial Africa?

Why have civil wars and insurgencies occurred in Sudan and Uganda, but not Kenya? A new study finds the origins of ethnic violence in precolonial political organization.

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June 27, 2019
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Teenagers’ ability to describe negative emotions protects against depression

A Rochester study shows that teenagers who can describe their emotions in precise and nuanced ways—saying ‘I feel ashamed’ instead of simply saying ‘I feel bad’— are better protected against depression than their peers who can’t.

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June 27, 2019
Should patriotism be taught in the classroom? Here, schoolchildren stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Should we teach children patriotism in school?

In an interview with the Irish Times, University of Rochester philosopher Randall Curren discusses the role of “a proper, virtuous kind of patriotism.”

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June 24, 2019

The Arts

Alex Johnson standing behind a practice carillon

Winning the ‘Olympics’ of the carillon

Recent physics graduate Alex Johnson ’19 had never played the bells before coming to Rochester. Now he is one of the best musicians in the world at the instrument, taking first place at the international Queen Fabiola Carillon Competition.

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July 16, 2019
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Carry on, carillon

The free summer carillon recitals on the University of Rochester’s Eastman Quadrangle continue on Monday evenings in July.

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June 26, 2019

‘The great democratic voice’

May 31 is the 200th anniversary of poet Walt Whitman’s birth, and Rochester has a few ties of its own to the poet who contained multitudes.

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May 30, 2019

In Photos

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White Coat Ceremony honors new medical students

August 16, 2019

More than 100 medical students received their white coats—the traditional lab jackets worn by physicians and medical scientists—to formally join the School of Medicine & Dentistry at the Robert L. & Lillian H. Brent White Coat Ceremony.

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Student Life

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Students’ Association leaders offer advice for new academic year

The president and vice president of the Students’ Association on the River Campus and at the Eastman School of Music welcome students for the 2019–20 academic year.

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August 13, 2019
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What do you do when your motor melts? The solution lies in data

Last year, Rochester’s Solar Splash team didn’t even make it to the college championships solar and electric boating. This year, a renewed focus on data science saw the team take home awards for innovation and most improved team.

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July 9, 2019
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Student delegation heads to global leadership symposium

For the second year, the University is sending a group to the University Scholars Leadership Symposium to learn about humanitarianism, social change on a global scale, and how to best respond to the needs of the marginalized.

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June 28, 2019

Voices & Opinion

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Expect the Fed to begin lowering interest rates

Next week’s meeting of the Federal Reserve will likely mark the beginning of a prolonged period of lower interest rates, says Narayana Kocherlakota, professor of economics and a former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

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July 25, 2019
The crowds gather outside the coliseum for the World's Peace Jubilee in 1872, which likely reused parts of the original structure created for the National Peace Jubilee in 1869.

The power of music to bring Americans together

In a Washington Post op-ed, the Eastman School of Music’s Michael Alan Anderson reflects on the power of cultural and musical events like the Great National Peace Jubilee to help bridge divides.

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June 19, 2019
Billboard ad by Nike featuring Colin Kaepernick displayed prominently on the roof of the Nike Store in San Francisco.

When corporations take a stance on divisive issues

Rochester political scientist David Primo discussed corporate political activity during his apperance on WCNY’s Capitol Pressroom.

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June 10, 2019

University News

Donna Gooden Payne

Donna Gooden Payne named University Vice President and General Counsel

Donna Gooden Payne, university counsel and vice chancellor for legal affairs at East Carolina University, has been named University vice president and general counsel, effective October 21.

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August 14, 2019
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Two faculty recognized by DOE as exceptional researchers

Two University of Rochester faculty members–Hussein Aluie and Ellen Matson–have been named recipients of Early Career Research awards from the Department of Energy.

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August 12, 2019
five portraits of faculty mentors

These mentors make a difference for first-generation, minority students

Five University of Rochester faculty mentors are the inaugural recipients of a new mentorship award from the University’s David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity.

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August 8, 2019