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Awards celebrate University’s outstanding staff

This year’s President’s Staff Awards—the Meliora Award, Lamar Riley Murphy Leadership Award, and the Witmer Award for Distinguished Service—recognize leadership, dedication, and innovation.

May 24, 2022

Science & Technology

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How can we be sure machine learning is accurate?

Rochester researchers have developed a new “counterfactual” method to verify predictions of drug safety.

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May 2, 2022
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Does urban living put kids at greater risk of experiencing psychosis?

Using a large, nationwide sample, Rochester researchers looked at the impact that environmental and social risk factors can have during childhood.

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April 27, 2022
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Study links fracking, drinking water pollution, and infant health

“Our findings indicate that drilling near an infant’s public water source yields poorer birth outcomes and more fracking-related contaminants in public drinking water,” says Rochester’s Elaine Hill.

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April 12, 2022

Society & Culture

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Putin in Ukraine ‘has his back up against the wall’

Randall Stone, an expert on Eastern and Central Europe, discusses the direction of the war in Ukraine, including the likelihood of Russia’s using biological, chemical, or nuclear weapons.

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April 19, 2022
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Gandhi Institute focuses on youth initiatives to curb violence

The University affiliate, offering programs, workshops, and outreach to teach de-escalation practices, enters its fourth decade.

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April 15, 2022
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Amitav Ghosh: geopolitics are key to understanding the climate crisis

This year’s Distinguished Visiting Humanist says humanists have a vital role in reframing the climate crisis as rooted in history and culture as much as technology and economics.

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March 30, 2022

The Arts

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Finding art in the tools of science

This year’s Art of Science competition, which explores “the aesthetic beauty that results when science, art, and technology intersect,” drew more than 50 entries and more than 700 votes cast for People’s Choice.

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April 28, 2022
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Taking a page from poetry to understand the music

Music theorist Matt BaileyShea explores the interrelationship between poetry, lyrics, and music in a new book.

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April 18, 2022
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Nearing its eighth decade, a modern musical invention remains cutting edge

When the Eastman Wind Ensemble was founded at the Eastman School of Music in 1952, it launched a movement in wind music.

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April 14, 2022

In Photos

Two dancers, one an adult and one a child, dressed in traditional Native American dress perform in Wilson Commons.

Faculty, students, and local indigenous community come together for performances and conversation

May 25, 2022

Over four days in April, the University hosted “UR Remnants,” an interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty and members of the local indigenous and arts communities.

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Student Life

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Rochester students win national awards and fellowships

From Fulbright awards to Projects for Peace funding, the array of honors recognize the scholars’ academic achievement, research potential, and commitment to service.

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May 9, 2022
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Science under the microscope of visual art

An art and geology double major, University of Rochester senior Gabrielle Meli brings scientific processes to her art.

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May 5, 2022
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Senior engineering students show their work

The University of Rochester’s Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences hosted its annual Senior Design Day for teams of graduating students to showcase their capstone projects.

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May 2, 2022

Voices & Opinion

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5 things to know about cryptocurrency

Gone are the days when digital currency was the realm of hobbyists and academics. Simon Business School professor Yukun Liu offers insights into cryptocurrency based on his research.

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April 8, 2022
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Anti-trans laws use child protective services to harm transgender youth

Professor Mical Raz argues in the Washington Post that for trans children, their “very existence is at stake” when definitions of neglect and abuse become overly broad.

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March 11, 2022
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Pro-White hiring bias for NFL head coaches, analysis finds

Writing in the Washington Post, Rochester political scientist Bethany Lacina shows the degree to which Black coaches are underrepresented in the NFL.

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February 7, 2022

University News

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Board elects five members, honors six life trustees

At an in-person May meeting, the University of Rochester Board of Trustees elected five individuals as board members, and recognized six individuals on becoming life trustees.

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May 24, 2022
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Christopher Deeney appointed new director of the Laser Lab

A leader in science and innovation, Deeney brings to the role his extensive experience running complex operations.

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May 18, 2022
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First institution-wide commencement in decades will celebrate entire Class of 2022

More than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students will be honored during a ‘one University’ ceremony—the first in nearly three decades—in Fauver Stadium on May 13.

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May 11, 2022