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News for University of Rochester Alumni and Friends, August 2014
New MAG director, winning streaks, Earth, Wind & Fire, professorships, regional events.
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Memorial Art Gallery Director Named

Jonathan Binstock, a senior vice president and senior advisor in modern and contemporary art for Citi Private Bank’s Art Advisory & Finance group, has been named the Mary W. and Donald R. Clark Director of the Memorial Art Gallery. Read more . . .

Monkeys Also See ‘Hot Hands’

Humans may not be the only animals that believe in unfounded winning and losing streaks. New Rochester research finds that monkeys also have a penchant for the “hot-hand bias,” a finding that may underscore an evolutionary basis for a well-documented cognitive bias in humans. Read more . . .

Earth, Wind & Fire — and Alexa

Saxophonist and recent graduate Alexa Tarantino ’14E was asked to share the spotlight with Earth, Wind & Fire during the band’s performance at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival this summer. The band invited her onstage at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre after she thanked the group for supporting young musicians like her. See the video . . .

Celebrating Endowed Professorships

Faculty recently appointed to endowed professorships include immunologist John Looney ’76M (MD), ’79M (Res), ’81M (Flw), ’84M (Flw) (above, left to right), who is the inaugural holder of a professorship endowed by Stephen ’59, ’63M (MD) and Elise Rosenfeld ’60W; and Simon professor Robert Novy-Marx, who was named the first holder of a professorship endowed by Alan Zekelman ’87S (MS) and Lori Talsky-Zekelman.

The new professorships are among the more than 80 that have been created since the launch of The Meliora Challenge.

Your Rochester Connections

Happy Birthday, George!

University alumni, students, and friends will be getting together during July to celebrate the birthday of University benefactor George Eastman. All alumni are invited to the celebrations, which are taking place this summer in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, the Twin Cities, Rochester, San Antonio, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

Regional Events

The birthday celebrations are part of a full calendar of regional events this summer. Join alumni and friends for activities in Atlanta, New York City, Denver, Seattle, Cincinatti, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Read more . . .

International Events

Join Jonathan Burdick, vice provost and dean of College Admissions, alumni, parents, and incoming students for receptions in Shanghai (July 20), Beijing (July 22), and Seoul, South Korea (July 25).

Online Programs

Upcoming webinars and online sessions (all times EST) include presentations on networking, career development, and social media. (Registration is required.)

Also in the News

President Seligman: ‘Our Momentum Continues’

In his annual Garden Party address, President Joel Seligman provided an update on The Meliora Challenge, highlighted progress on facilities and renovation projects, acknowledged the challenges of a decline in federal funding for research, and discussed the University's strategic priorities.

Business, Hospital Programs Earn High Marks

A master’s degree program at the Simon School is one of the best in the country, according to the Financial Times, and the Golisano Children’s Hospital have earned a place on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals listing for the sixth year in a row.

University Submits Proposal for East High

At the request of the Rochester City School Board, the University has submitted a plan to the New York Department of Education to administer East High School, the largest high school in Rochester. Under a special state statute, the University would assume the role of an Educational Partnership Organization, the equivalent to becoming the superintendent for the school. Read more . . .

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