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Five headshots of the EP-OPAL co-principal investigators and the EP-OPAL logo.

NSF funds multi-institutional design of world-leading EP-OPAL laser at Rochester

The ultrahigh-intensity laser facility has the potential to be a unique open-access resource for the global scientific community. “It’s thrilling to see chirped pulse amplification come full circle with Rochester once again leading the charge to develop and implement the most powerful lasers in the world,” says Nobel laureate and Rochester alumna Donna Strickland ’89 (PhD).

September 25, 2023

Science & Technology

Illustration of Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria.

Scientists take another step in the quest to combat antibiotic resistance

A team uncovers a surprising twist in the ways bacteria spread antibiotic-resistant genes.

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September 14, 2023
John Nichol faces the camera with his head and shoulders near a dilution refrigerator, which he uses to study thermoelectricity at the nanoscale level.

A quantum leap in cooling atoms for better computers

A new grant will allow John Nichol and his team to study thermoelectricity to help develop more efficient quantum computers.

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September 12, 2023
Inside the OMEGA target chamber, multiple lasers are aimed at a target amid a red cast of light.

Could artificial intelligence power the future of fusion?

Rochester scientists will develop machine learning to help predict, design, and improve laser-fusion implosions for inertial fusion energy.

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September 5, 2023

Society & Culture

outside facade including sign that reads Mt. Hope Family Center.

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
A mother and her son, who has FASD, pose for a photo near the Erie Canal with a bridge in the background.

Thriving while living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are a pressing public health problem—and the University is home to one of only two specialty diagnostic clinics in New York state.

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August 21, 2023

The Arts

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
Two actors performing a scene on stage that benefited from the help of an intimacy director, also known as an intimacy coordinator when used on film or tv sets.

Intimacy directing is making a difference on stage and beyond

In Rochester’s International Theatre Program, intimacy directing is playing a growing role.

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May 9, 2023
Crop of book cover art for Dangerous Children by Kenneth Gross.

When fictional children become stranger things

Teaching an undergraduate class on ‘dangerous’ children in literature inspired English professor Kenneth Gross’s latest book.

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April 18, 2023

In Photos

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August 2023 in photos

August 30, 2023

A look back at some moments in August you may have missed—and some images we couldn’t help but share.

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Campus Life

Group of students off-loading items from the back of a pick-up truck during University of Rochester move-in days.

Welcome home, Class of 2027!

Among the new members of the Class of 2027 are first-generation students, US veterans, junior Olympians, accomplished performers—and even a national Scrabble champion.

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August 23, 2023
Biomedical engineering student adjusts an electroencephalography cap on a person.

Wired for research

Biomedical engineering student Sophea Urbi Biswas explores how the brain processes speech syntax—and discovers the benefits of conducting research as an undergraduate.

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August 16, 2023
Japanese cherry trees in bloom on large green campus lawn.

University’s arboretum and tree maintenance program take a bough

The Horticulture and Grounds Department has accepted three national honors on behalf of the University.

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July 7, 2023

Voices & Opinion

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
An elderly Tim McCarver fist pumps the air in a Phillies jersey

Why baseball analyst Tim McCarver was the best of the modern era

Baseball broadcasting expert Curt Smith reflects on how the late Hall of Famer brought a cerebral edge to the game he loved.

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February 27, 2023

University News

Lea Nordhaus smiles for a photo in a yellow top with gray blazer and bookshelves in the background.

Lea Nordhaus named secretary to the University’s Board of Trustees

Effective October 1, Nordhaus will serve the board, report to the president, and work with the senior leadership team.

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September 12, 2023
Exterior view of UR Medicine's new Orthopaedic Center at Marketplace Mall.

Marketplace Mall gets an orthopaedics overhaul

UR Medicine’s new orthopaedic facility is already benefiting area patients. Can it also help revitalize a struggling suburban shopping center?

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September 1, 2023
Crop of portrait of John Blackshear.

John Blackshear named University’s vice president for student life

In the role, Blackshear will oversee the creation of a new division dedicated to the student experience at Rochester.

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August 28, 2023