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For a union ‘better than it was’

He helped write the first anti-lynching law, and served as lead attorney for Homer Plessy, the defendant in the 1896 segregation case Plessy v. Ferguson. Long forgotten, Albion Tourgée, Class of 1862, is attracting renewed attention for his work for racial equality in the post-Civil War South.

September 13, 2019

Science & Technology

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Alcohol during pregnancy—September is FASD awareness month

A research team at the University of Rochester’s Mt. Hope Family Center has been working for years to find ways to improve the lives of people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and their families.

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September 10, 2019
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A ‘new chapter’ in quest for novel quantum materials

Aluminum stops being a metal. Metals turns transparent. Remarkable things happen to materials placed under remarkable conditions, and Rochester scientists are at the forefront of the quest to understand why.

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August 27, 2019
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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

Society & Culture

How do physical spaces help create community?

In her highly visual, multi-year project “Fertile Ground,” cultural anthropologist Kathryn Mariner is researching placemaking in the city of Rochester, and her focus on how community is formed is shared by this year’s Humanities Center lectures.

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September 16, 2019
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Jumpy stock market hides economy’s positives

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been on a wild ride in August, but University of Rochester economist Narayana Kocherlakota thinks that talk of a possible recession in the US is premature.

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August 29, 2019
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Charter schools are not all equal

Rochester economist John Singleton’s research could help educational policymakers to craft guidelines and practices for charter schools that are in the best interests of all students.

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August 6, 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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Remembering September 11

September 11, 2019

From left, Naval ROTC midshipmen third class Cal Niezabytowski ’22 and Andrew Lazarus ’22, and midshipmen second class Vanessa Carollo ’21 stand at attention on Eastman Quadrangle at a vigil remembering the terrorist attacks of September 11. Among the nearly 3,000 people who died during the attacks were six University of Rochester alumni: Jeremy Glick ’93; Jean Hoadley Peterson ’69N; Jeffrey Smith ’87, ’88S (MBA); Zhe (Zack) Zeng ’95, ’98S (MBA); Aram Iskenderian ’82; and Brendan Dolan ’86. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

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Putting computer science to work curbing poverty

Growing up in Uruguay Fernanda Sesto ’23 was the only female student in her computer science-focused high school. At Rochester, she plans to continue using technology to tackle issues of social inequality.

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September 12, 2019
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Violist finds his home at Eastman School of Music

Living in a shelter during parts of his high school years, Jafrè Chase ’23E never stopped practicing the viola, and never stopped dreaming and working toward a better life.

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September 9, 2019
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‘Just the most incredible feeling in the world’

For first-generation college student Siera Sadowski ’23, the financial freedom of a Handler Scholarship and the academic freedom of Rochester’s curriculum are opening doors.

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September 5, 2019

Voices & Opinion

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Why Biden’s record players won’t solve poverty

“Biden was voicing a deeply flawed theory that arose during the 1960s and that blamed parents, especially mothers, for the struggles of poor children and children of color,” writes associate professor of history Mical Raz in a Washington Post op-ed.

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September 16, 2019
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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

University News

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University revises Code of Conduct and Whistleblower Policy

As part of advancing a Culture of Respect and the institution-wide Vision and Values, the Code has been adopted to guide the University community in adhering to the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct.

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September 10, 2019
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John Tarduno named dean for research in Arts, Sciences & Engineering

John Tarduno, the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor, professor of geophysics, and chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been named dean for research in Arts, Sciences & Engineering.

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September 2, 2019
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Marvin Doyley selected for first cohort of national STEM leadership program

The professor of electrical and computer engineering is one of 20 faculty members nationwide who have been selected for the IAspire Leadership Academy, a program aimed at building diversity in STEM fields.

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August 28, 2019