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Rochester Buzz :: May 2012
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NEWS | May 2012

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Introducing the Classes of 2012
“Your education benefits society only if you are a drum major for human dignity,” Ruth Simmons, president of Brown University, told members of the College Class of 2012. At the Eastman School, Pulitzer Prize–winning composer George Walker ’56E (DMA) urged students to focus on their goals: “Go forth and extend the legacy you have inherited.” Simmons and Walker were among several honorees and guests who joined Rochester graduates in celebrating Rochesters 162nd commencement. Online: videos, photos, and audio from this spring’s ceremonies


Money & Politics
New approach provides strong evidence that donations directly influence the legislative process


Computing Power
University researchers will be among the first to work with IBM’s newest generation of supercomputer


Goldilocks Effect?
video icon When faced with complex situations, infants are drawn to options that are “just right,” Rochester study finds


Going Global
New website offers global perspective on Rochester’s growing international connections


Meliora Weekend
Because of overwhelming demand, Alumni Relations is introducing a lottery system for this fall’s keynote by Barbara Walters (above)


Learning Language
Federgal grant to Warner School aims to provide students learning English with access to high-quality instruction across subjects


Diversity Discussion video icon Claude Steele (above) presents keynote talk at this spring’s diversity conference. Also: president’s annual Diversity report


Watson Simon Case  video icon Simon School students partner with IBM in the first academic case competition using computer pioneer’s Watson technology



Clue to Cancer?
Study finds connection between tuberculosis vaccine and fight against bladder cancer

Olympic Pollution
2008 Olympics provide window to link between air pollution and health

Alzheimer’s Genes
Researchers pinpoint genetic risk in potential ravages of Alzheimer’s

Heave-ho to Heaves
Medical Center helps lead national study of vaccine against “stomach flu” virus



Digital Media
New initiatives focus on digital media, technology, and innovation

Eastman Honored
video icon State preservation group recognizes renovation and expansion project 

Translation Winners
A collection of Japanese poetry and a Polish novel honored by Three Percent

Virtuosi Violists
Orchestra principals, soloists, and scholars hold their annual international congress at Eastman



Worldly Focus
photo icon The winners of this year’s Rochester Review Study Abroad photo contest

Fast Forward
Stay up-to-date with The Meliora Challenge: The Campaign for the University of Rochester

Winning Plans
Student projects recognized in Ain Business Model Competition

Travel & Learn
Tour the Yangtze River, Oct. 8–21



Rochester Biennial
The Memorial Art Gallery’s fifth showcase of regional art opens June 10


Boston, June 14
Engineering Dean Rob Clark and medicine Dean Mark Taubman discuss innovation

Cleveland, June 14
English department's Joseph Vogel discusses the artistic and cultural legacy of Michael Jackson.

Rochester, June 21
Join alumni at the biannual Rochester Forum



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