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Instrument to detect dark energy is poised for debut

Instrument to detect dark energy is poised for debut

June 2, 2020

Members of a University of Rochester cosmology group who are a key part of a multi-institutional effort to create the most detailed 3-D map ever made of the universe are looking forward to the launch of the instrument later this year in Arizona.

The team—Regina Demina, professor of physics; Satya Gontcho A Gontcho, postdoctoral research associate; Segev BenZvi, assistant professor of physics; and Kelly Douglass, visiting assistant professor of physics and astronomy—are working on the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) project, an initiative to provide a more comprehensive look at dark energy and how it’s influencing the expansion of the universe. The instrument—including the 5,000 robotic positioners of the telescope’s focal plane (above)—will capture data from 35 million galaxies, potentially providing insight about the life cycle of galaxies and about the cosmic web that connects matter in the universe.

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the lead institution on the project, announced on June 1 that DESI was complete and was moving toward its startup.

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Special goodbye for a special UHS nurse

Special goodbye for a special UHS nurse

May 4, 2020

University Health Service staff members organized a “Drive-by Good-bye” for Liz Feuerstein, a UHS staff nurse who retired from the University after almost 32 years of service on Friday, May 1. Several former University staff and retirees came back to campus for the socially-distanced retirement event, including nurse coworkers from over years. The Department of Public Safety led the parade. 

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Anthony Fauci’s Meliora moment

Anthony Fauci’s Meliora moment

April 3, 2020

Before becoming the face of the fight against COVID-19, Anthony Fauci, a world-renowned AIDS researcher and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was the keynote speaker at the School of Medicine & Dentistry’s 1999 commencement, where he received an honorary doctor of science degree for his achievements in understanding and eradicating infectious diseases. (University of Rochester photo / Randall Tagg)

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

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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Remember King’s last, somber years

Remember King’s last, somber years

February 18, 2020

“History converged in a way that called Dr. King forward, and he answered the call,” said Princeton University professor Eddie Glaude Jr., who delivered the University of Rochester’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address. “That can happen with anybody. We don’t need another Martin Luther King. We need every day ordinary people. We are the leaders we’ve been looking for.” (University of Rochester photo / Matt Wittmeyer)

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Multispectral imaging unlocks a Smithsonian treasure’s secrets

Multispectral imaging unlocks a Smithsonian treasure’s secrets

January 23, 2020

This tiny book was acquired by the Smithsonian in 1925. It’s made up of 147 folios of parchment, or treated animal hide, stitched together. The “over text”—the visible text—is of an Armenian prayer book, suspected to date from the 15th century. But there is also an “under text”—a work that was erased to recycle the parchment for the over text. The Smithsonian has turned to University of Rochester professor Gregory Heyworth and his Lazarus Project to help solve the mystery of what that long-ago effaced text might be.

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Celebrating two decades of the MLK Commemorative Address

Celebrating two decades of the MLK Commemorative Address

January 17, 2020

Since 2000, when the late Julian Bond spoke on the River Campus, the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address has been a winter tradition at the University of Rochester, bringing civil rights leaders, activists, poets, and icons to campus.

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World view: Photo contest highlights education abroad

World view: Photo contest highlights education abroad

January 2, 2020

From places to culture to the most epic selfie, University of Rochester students who traveled abroad during the 2018–19 academic year—and international students who studied at Rochester—submitted their best photos for the annual Education Abroad Photo Contest.

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2019: The year in pictures

2019: The year in pictures

December 19, 2019

As 2019 winds down, we asked University photographer J. Adam Fenster to share some of his top selections from among the many thousands of pictures he captured this year, and his thoughts about what makes each one special.

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‘Iron Chef’ officers

‘Iron Chef’ officers

December 17, 2019

With the secret ingredient of brussel sprouts and judges from the Students’ Association and Wilson Commons staff, officers in the Department of Public Safety teamed up with chefs from University Dining Services for the first “Cooking with DPS Iron Chef” competition.

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