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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.

July 18, 2019

Science & Technology

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
artist illustration of turbulent flows within magnetic fields

Finding order in the chaos of turbulence

A new set of conservation laws developed by Rochester researchers are unique to the turbulent flows within magnetic fields, and could help explain the evolution of stars and galaxies.

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June 26, 2019
Ching Tang holds a smartphone that uses Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) technology.

Kyoto Prize honors Ching Tang, pioneer of OLED technology

Japan’s highest private award for global achievement recognizes Tang’s work in developing thin-film, light-emitting technology now widely used in computers, smartphones, and televisions.

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June 14, 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
a teenager holds a crying emoticon over their face to symbolize expression of emotions and depression

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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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
detail from the book cover of Dubravka Ugresic's Fox.

Open Letter novel is a Best Translated Book Award finalist

Fox, a novel by Croatian author Dubravka Ugrešić and translated into English by the University’s nonprofit literary translation press, is a finalist for the annual award honoring literature in translation.

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May 21, 2019

In Photos

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‘A bit like the first day of school’

July 1, 2019

Rochester’s new president promised she would spend considerable time on a “listening and learning tour” during the first part of her time as the University’s chief executive. President Sarah C. Mangelsdorf jumped right in early Monday morning with a two-hour tour of parts of the River Campus.

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Student Life

student pilots a small boat covered in solar panels on a lake during a race

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
University of Rochester students walk on the River Campus during the first day of classes.

University drops first-year admission standardized test requirement

As part of the new test-optional policy, applicants for first-year admission to the College at the University are no longer required to submit any standardized test results to the Office of Admissions.

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June 12, 2019

Voices & Opinion

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
Building facade with eagle and words Federal Reserve.

Narayana Kocherlakota: Fed should cut rates in lieu of aggressive plan

Don’t expect the Federal Reserve to do so—at least not at this week’s meeting—says Rochester economics professor Kocherlakota, who led the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis for six years.

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June 17, 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

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Qiang Lin receives nation’s top honor for early-career investigators

Qiang Lin, an expert in integrated quantum photonics and nonlinear nanophotonics at the University of Rochester, is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

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July 10, 2019
David Williams in a classroom.

David Williams steps down as AS&E dean for research

Dean for research in Arts, Sciences & Engineering since 2011, Williams stepped down on July 1 to return full time to his research.

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July 8, 2019
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Startups with University ties win big at Luminate competition

Ovitz and VPG Medical took home first and second prize in this year’s Luminate competition, the world’s largest startup accelerator program for optics, photonics, and imaging technologies.

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July 8, 2019