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Welcome to Rochester, Class of 2023

As incoming students and their families lined their vehicles up on River Campus and the Eastman School of Music, they were greeted by enthusiastic volunteers and University President Sarah C. Mangelsdorf.

August 21, 2019

Science & Technology

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Laser lab ‘truly inspiring’ to federal government visitors

National Nuclear Security Administration Administrator Lisa Gordon-Hagerty said the University’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics plays a crucial role in advancing research vital to maintaining the safety of America’s nuclear security enterprise.

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August 23, 2019

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

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

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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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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.

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July 24, 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

Voices & Opinion

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Can campaign finance disclosure go too far? The case of small donors

It’s possible that if you’ve donated even as little as a dollar to a political candidate, it’s information easily obtained on the internet. That concerns David Primo, an associate professor of political science and business administration.

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August 19, 2019
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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

University News

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$1 million HECap grant will enhance School of Nursing academic experience, serve additional students

The New York State grant will help fund an expansion to the Loretta C. Ford Education Wing of Helen Wood Hall to create new teaching and learning space.

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August 20, 2019
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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