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Moves protect students and make way for isolation, quarantine areas

Undergraduates who have to remain on campus have moved into separate rooms as part of an effort to reduce the likelihood that they’ll come into contact with coronavirus and to create quarantine and isolation areas if students need that level of care.

March 31, 2020

Science & Technology

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Clinical trial begins for new COVID-19 treatment

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center are evaluating whether an antiviral drug is effective and safe as a treatment for hospitalized adults diagnosed with COVID-19.

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March 25, 2020
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Eradicating smallpox: A Rochester-trained scientist led the way

How a Rochester graduate oversaw a global effort to eliminate smallpox, an infectious disease that had plagued the world’s population for 4,000 years.

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March 23, 2020
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How do you slow a pandemic like coronavirus?

A University health policy expert says the United States is “lagging miserably” behind other countries in its response to the coronavirus. “The major concern is that we will see a large number of critically ill people at the same time, overwhelming our medical system response,” she says.

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March 12, 2020

Society & Culture

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Why do people hoard and socialize during a pandemic?

“Proximity is usually associated with intimacy, and distance with strangeness,” explains Rochester anthropologist Robert Foster. “The public challenge at the moment is that we must learn to express our care and concern by maintaining distance, which is counter-intuitive.”

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April 2, 2020
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‘Make every effort to connect­—digitally—with other people’

While social distancing is key to slowing the spread of coronavirus, people can combat the isolation with technology, say two Rochester psychologists.

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March 25, 2020
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‘Enjoy quality time’: Tips for parents to support kids during coronavirus closings

As K-12 students and their families face time away from school because of coronavirus closings, University of Rochester school counseling expert Bonnie Rubenstein says that it’s important to develop and maintain a culture of caring—not only at school, but also at home.

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March 17, 2020

The Arts

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A lottery picks the cast each night in production of Everybody

This spring, the University of Rochester’s International Theatre Program dives into the work of Everybody, and it is certainly not your typical theatrical production, with student actors playing a different role each night.

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February 24, 2020
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Love of the dance floor: 10 years of inspireDANCE

The inspireDANCE Festival—a signature event from the University’s Program of Dance and Movement—features nine days of more than 30 master classes, workshops, and performances on the River Campus.

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February 13, 2020
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Michael Burritt is Eastman’s first Paul Burgett Distinguished Professor

Burritt has served as the Professor of Percussion at Eastman for eleven years. The Paul J. Burgett Distinguished Professorship was named to honor his deep appreciation for music and its power to transform lives,

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November 27, 2019

In Photos

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One of the world’s oldest globes is ready for its close-up

February 26, 2020

Rochester professor Gregory Heyworth and his Lazarus Project colleagues have created a 3-D model of one of the treasures of the New York Public Library, the Hunt-Lenox Globe, one of the first globes to show the New World — and to warn “Here be dragons.”

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Student Life

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‘All of our previous work would have gone to waste if we didn’t address this’

Recently celebrating its tenth anniversary, the University of Rochester chapter of Engineers Without Borders is hard at work designing solutions for bringing clean water to schools in the Dominican Republic, and seeking out future projects.

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February 12, 2020
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Rochester senior, recent alumnus named Schwarzman Scholars

One Rochester graduate and one senior are among the 145 Schwarzman Scholars selected this year from a global applicant pool of more than 4,700 applicants to complete a multidisciplinary one-year master’s program at China’s Tsinghua University.

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December 4, 2019
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How do you bring a castle home with you?

How do you convey a 91,000-square-foot castle with more than 160 rooms on the Ghana coast, back to Rochester, so at any time you could take a virtual tour as if you were really there? Or study the castle’s structure brick by brick?

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December 3, 2019

Voices & Opinion

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Will COVID-19 finally spur a revamp of US health care?

The coronavirus pandemic “has exposed the limits of such an individualistic approach” to health care, writes University health policy historian Mical Raz in the Washington Post.

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April 1, 2020
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COVID-19 pandemic a ‘fire drill’ for climate change

Like infectious disease researchers, climate change scientists have warned for decades that we are unprepared. Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank says, “It’s time to wake up.”

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March 30, 2020
Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger, and Brad Pitt pose holding Oscar trophies.

Why are ‘Oscars so white,’ not just on stage but online?

In an analysis for the Washington Post, Rochester political scientist Bethany Lacina finds that, in whiter media markets, people seek out personal information about actors of color less.

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February 10, 2020

University News

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Ten appointed to named professorships

Rochester faculty have been appointed to named professorships in recognition of their leadership as reseearchers and teachers.

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March 4, 2020
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University sets tuition rates, financial aid for 2020-21

The Board of Trustees has approved tuition and financial aid rates for the 2020-21 academic year at the University of Rochester.

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March 2, 2020
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Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson to speak on River Campus

Dyson is the fourth speaker in the “Difficult Conversations as a Catalyst for Change” lecture series, and is the author or editor of more than 20 books on race and race relations in the United States.

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February 19, 2020