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News for University of Rochester Alumni and Friends, May 2014
Football and brain injury; studying longevity; Simon NYC conference; celebrating scholarships; regional events
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A Season of Recovery?

Six months off may not be long enough for the brains of football players to completely heal after a single season, putting them at even greater risk of head injury the next season, according to a new Medical Center study. Read more . . .


Leading on Longevity

Professor of Biology Vera Gorbunova will lead a pioneering study on longevity, thanks to a $9.5 million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Aging. Gorbunova's research on DNA repair and the aging process has earned international recognition. Read more . . .


Join the Simon School in NYC

Simon Business School hosts its fifth annual New York City conference, “Succeeding in Dynamic Economic Times: Weathering the Impact of Regulation, Disruption, and Global Competition,” Thursday, May 8. Read more . . .


Celebration of Scholarships

Among the students recognized during the University’s fifth annual Celebration of Scholarships were (top row, left to right) Kevin McAlpine ’16, Zenobia Smith ’16, Patrick Towey ’14E, and Lauren Wiener ’15; (bottom row) Jessica Rojas ’16, Dominic Rasini ’14S (MBA), Ritika Walia ’17M (MD), and Lawrence Wilmore ’17. The event recognizes scholarship donors and their recipients at the University. Read more . . .

Celebrating Endowed Professorships

Several members of the faculty have been formally recognized with appointments to named and distinguished professorships, including Stephen Kates, professor of orthopaedics, to the HansjÖrg Wyss Professorship; English professor Ken Gross to the Alan F. Hilfiker Distinguished Professorship in English; and Riccardo Betti, professor of mechanical engineering and of physics and astronomy, was named the inaugural Robert L. McCrory Professor. Additionally, McCrory, the longtime director of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, was named University Professor.


Your Rochester Connections Regional Events

Join alumni and friends at regional events in New York City, Houston, Washington, D.C., Rochester, and other cities. Read more . . .

International Events

Join alumni, friends, and parents of current students for a reception in Taipei (May 28) to welcome students in the Class of 2018 into the University community.

Travel & Learn Program

This spring’s faculty-led programs include trips to Italy (May 20 to 28) and to Turkey (May 29 to June 12) Read more . . .

Online Programs

Career Webinars: Social media expert Susan Whitcomb leads Twitter Your Way to a Job Right Now! at 8 p.m. (EDT) May 7; Simon Business School career management expert Hannah Morgan presents LinkedIn 101 at noon (EDT) May 28; and John Boyd, the author of The Illustrated Guide to Selling Yourself, presents How to Define Your True Value and Sell It to Your Target Market at 8 p.m. (EDT) June 4.

Faculty Perspectives: Mark Bocko, professor of electrical and computer engineering, will lead a webinar on Open Problems in Music, Science, and Technology at 1 p.m. (EDT) May 13.


Also in the News

Williams Named to National Academy of Sciences

David Williams, one of the world’s leading experts on human vision, has been named a member of the National Academy of Sciences. The recognition is one of the highest honors given to a scientist in the United States. Williams, the William G. Allyn Professor of Medical Optics, was one of 84 scientists selected for 2014. Read more . . .

Students Recognized for South Africa Project

John Dawson ’13, ’14 (T5) and Katherine Wegman ’15 will help build a new community center for residents of a squatter community on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa, this summer. The two were recognized by David Projects for Peace, an initiative that encourages students to design grassroots projects that promote peace and address the root causes of conflict. Read more . . .

Eastman Announces New Concert Season

Guest artists—ranging from musical theater and television stars Jason Alexander and Bernadette Peters to the classical music world’s Emerson and Dover String Quartets—will appear on Eastman School of Music stages during the 2014–15 concert season. Read more . . .

Simon Launches Wealth Management Program

Simon Business School is teaming up with global financial services company UBS AG to launch a master’s program in wealth management. The program is a partnership with Rochester-Bern Executive Programs. Read more . . .


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