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2021 Commencement Rochester hybrid ceremony COVID-19

Commencement 2021: Planning pomp and circumstance during a pandemic

Amid ever-changing COVID-19 guidelines, University staff have worked tirelessly to organize a safe and meaningful hybrid commencement for the Class of 2021.

May 11, 2021

Science & Technology

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Researchers confront major hurdle in quantum computing

In a series of papers, Rochester researchers report major strides in improving the transfer of information in quantum systems.

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May 4, 2021
a blue-gloved hand holds a tiny circle of white material with a tiny green t-shirt printed on it.

Will your future clothes be made of algae?

For the first time, Rochester researchers have used 3D printers and a novel bioprinting technique to print algae into living, photosynthetic materials that are tough and resilient.

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April 29, 2021
portrait of William Jones in his office.

Chemist William Jones elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The Rochester chemistry professor is known for his groundbreaking research on carbon-hydrogen bonds, which can convert hydrocarbons into chemicals found in useful, everyday products.

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April 28, 2021

Society & Culture

Cars stopped at Northern Ireland border in 1950.

100 years on: The partition of Ireland explained

Stewart Weaver, a professor of history whose teaching interests include Great Britain, Ireland, India, exploration, and the environment, offers an explainer on the partition of Ireland, which took place a century ago.

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May 10, 2021
Face of Frances Seward.

History project tells a more complete story of Frances Seward

Three women in the history PhD program have completed a video project showing the wife of Lincoln’s secretary of state as more influential than typically depicted.

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March 11, 2021
Himalayas climate change environmental history

Rochester Himalayan climate history project receives environmental history award

Work to preserve testimonies of a people and their culture is recognized as an “outstanding model of applied environmental history scholarship.”

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March 3, 2021

The Arts

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Microscopes and soap bubbles show the ‘art of science’

Rochester students and researchers used cutting-edge lab technologies to create the images in this year’s Art of Science Competition.

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May 7, 2021
Hyam Plutzik

Hyam Plutzik’s poetry finds new voice in Spanish/English edition

The work of a fondly remembered faculty member is revived in an edition that foregrounds issues of immigration and exile.

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May 5, 2021
a row of students stands outside on the quad, each holding a blank protest sign.

Restaging of the ‘Blank Placard Dance’ at Rochester

Students from the Program of Movement and Dance will present a recreation of the iconic 1960s work in the city of Rochester to inspire thought about the pandemic and the power of protest.

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April 26, 2021

In Photos

fireworks with Rush Rhees Library in the background

Celebrating spring at annual Springfest, Dandelion Day festivities

May 3, 2021

Dandelion Day, one of the University’s long-standing traditions, included a mix of in-person and virtual programs.

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Student Life

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Two sophomores receive Critical Language Scholarships

Diego Encinas ’23 will study Portuguese and Jason Hahn ’23 will study Russian as part of government immersion program.

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May 10, 2021
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Recent graduate awarded global leadership scholarship at Stanford University

Suman Kumar ’19 will pursue a master’s degree in international policy, joining students from across the globe for the selective program.

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May 6, 2021
2021 Commencement: Rochester graduate Andrea Bell

Andrea Bell is ready to take on new challenges with MBA in consulting

MBA candidate led initiatives around career development, mental health and wellness, and racial equity as a student at the Simon Business School.

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May 6, 2021

Voices & Opinion

an archaeological digging site on Smith Island, with an old stone building in the forground and palm trees and ocean in the background.

Current COVID spike in Bermuda a ‘precedented’ battle against pandemics

Stuck indoors on a tiny island in Bermuda during a COVID lockdown, Rochester historian Michael Jarvis dug into his files to learn more about Bermuda’s previous experiences with imported epidemics.

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April 30, 2021
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Oscars seek to increase diversity with newly proposed rules. Will it work?

In an analysis for the Washington Post, Rochester political scientist Bethany Lacina and student Ryan Hecker ’23 offer a spoiler alert.

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April 23, 2021
Illustration of woman vacuuming and child.

Is it time for a universal wage for housework?

In an essay in the Washington Post, history PhD student Kevin Sapere argues the pandemic has made it “all the more relevant” to compensate housework.

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April 8, 2021

University News

Side by side vertical shots of Dan Bergstralh, Ranga Dias, Kathryn Knowles, Kathryn Mariner, and Yuhao Zhu.

Rochester’s latest CAREER award recipients pursue wide range of projects

This year, five University of Rochester researchers have received the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for early-career faculty.

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May 5, 2021
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University-wide coalition on student mental health and wellness is formed

The new group will assess the current state of student mental health at Rochester and make recommendations to improve student well-being.

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May 5, 2021
Salim Alani

Salim Alani to retire as executive director of internal audit

Alani has served in the role for more than two decades. Chris Butler will become interim director of the Office of University Audit on August 1.

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May 4, 2021