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University mourns sudden loss of David Knill

University mourns sudden loss of David Knill

October 8, 2014

Knill, who came to the University as an associate professor in 1999, was a leading scientist in the study of human perception. He also served as the associate director of the Center for Visual Science since 2001. Most of his work, which included over 60 research and review articles, focused on visual perception and how humans use vision to guide physical actions.

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Eastman School and UR combining opera and comic books

Eastman School and UR combining opera and comic books

October 7, 2014

A series of events called “The Veils of Salomé,” at both the University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music, studies the intersections between religion, the arts, and gender over the centuries.

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Religion scholar to direct Anthony Institute

Religion scholar to direct Anthony Institute

October 6, 2014

Associate professor of religion Nora Rubel has been named director of the University’s Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies. As a scholar of religion, Rubel says she was excited to move to Rochester in 2007 to live near the ‘burned over’ district where many religious movements began. “But once I arrived I was just as drawn to the area’s ties to abolition and the women’s rights movements.”

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Researcher receives $1.25M grant to unlock ‘magic’ behind babies, language

Researcher receives $1.25M grant to unlock ‘magic’ behind babies, language

October 6, 2014

Elika Bergelson, a newly-appointed research assistant professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, focuses on understanding how babies learn words between 6-to 18-months old. Funding from the NIH recognizes Bergelson as one of the nation’s “exceptional early career scientist” and will help her pathbreaking work advance more quickly.

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International Theatre Program starts 25th anniversary season with <i>What the Butler Saw</i>

International Theatre Program starts 25th anniversary season with What the Butler Saw

October 3, 2014

Sex, authority, and psychoanalysis take center stage on Thursday, Oct. 16, in Todd Theatre as the International Theatre Program begins its 25th season with the provocative farce, What the Butler Saw.

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Scientists working on invisibility and other tech news

Scientists working on invisibility and other tech news

October 2, 2014

BBC Click’s Spencer Kelly looks at some of the best of the week’s technology – including how scientists at the University of Rochester are using a series of lenses to create a form of invisibility and plans to turn the game Tetris into a film.

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Nerds Forum with @joshzepps

Nerds Forum with @joshzepps

September 30, 2014

Could this be the invention that every Harry Potter fan has been waiting for? Nerds the world over are going gaga for a so called invisibility cloak. It uses lenses to make light pass around an object so it looks like it isn’t there. To tell us about the breakthrough we have the creator of the invisibility cloak, Professor John Howell with the University of Rochester. Can you talk us through how this works?

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The invisibility cloak you’ve been waiting for

The invisibility cloak you’ve been waiting for

September 29, 2014

Everyone from Harry Potter to working physicists are fascinated with cloaking devices. Now, researchers at at the University of Rochester have used simple, inexpensive, off-the-shelf components to hide objects in the visible spectrum of light. In other words, now you see it; now you don’t.

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This discovery brings us one step closer to Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak

This discovery brings us one step closer to Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak

September 28, 2014

It’s like a very small invisibility cloak made of glass. Researchers at the University of Rochester seem to be taking the words of science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke’s to heart: “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

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‘Cloaking’ device uses ordinary lenses to hide objects across range of angles

‘Cloaking’ device uses ordinary lenses to hide objects across range of angles

September 25, 2014

Scientists have recently developed several ways—some simple and some involving new technologies—to hide objects from view. The latest effort, developed by physics professor John Howell and graduate student Joseph Choi, not only overcomes some limitations of previous devices, but uses inexpensive, readily available materials in a new way. “This is the first device that we know of that can do three-dimensional, continuously multidirectional cloaking,” said Choi.

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