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News for University of Rochester Alumni and Friends, May 2015
Board of Trustees news, Gloria Culver named dean, terahertz research, Simon NYC move, pollution's effect on birth weight, fixing the Hubble telescope


Danny Wegman Elected Board Chairman-Elect; Four New Trustees Named

The University Board of Trustees elected Rochester business and civic leader Danny Wegman (left) as board chairman-elect at its May meeting, to begin a five-year term following the May 2016 Board meeting. Wegman, CEO of Rochester-based Wegmans Food Markets, has served as a University trustee for more than 15 years. The board also elected four new trustees: Barbara Burger ’83; Edward Miller ’68M (MD);  Brian Prince ’86, ’89S (MBA); and Philip Saunders. Read more...

New Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences Announces Humanities Center, Institute for Performing Arts

Gloria Culver ’94 (PhD) has been appointed dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. A professor of biology, Culver had been serving as interim dean since July in a position that oversees nearly all activities in Arts, Sciences & Engineering outside of the Hajim School. Shortly after her appointment, Culver announced the creation of a new Humanities Center, which is intended to enhance the study of the humanities at Rochester while strengthening the ties to related disciplines. She has also announced a new Institute for Performing Arts to bring together the disciplines of music, theater, and dance into a collaborative venture.

Experiment on Terahertz Emission Offers New Approach

Researchers at the Institute of Optics have shown that a laser-generated microplasma in air can be used as a source of broadband terahertz radiation. Read more...

Simon School to Move to Tribeca in NYC

Simon Business School's New York City location will move from midtown Manhattan to the Tribeca campus of New York Law School this summer through a co-location agreement between the two professional schools. More news from Simon.

Student Award Winners Celebrated

Meet some of the Rochester students who have earned national honors and scholarships in recognition of their academic achievements.

Study: Connection between Pollution and Birth Weight

Researchers from the School of Medicine and Dentistry have found that exposure to high levels of pollution can have a significant impact on fetal growth and development in a study of women who were pregnant during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when pollution levels were reduced by the Chinese government.

25 years later: Fixing the Hubble Space Telescope

NASA marked the 25th anniversary this spring of the Hubble Space Telescope’s launch, a project that was initially in danger of becoming a billion-dollar failure until Duncan Moore, the Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Professor of Optical Engineering, and others with ties to Rochester helped figure out how to give the mirror the right prescription to correct what was, in effect, the telescope’s nearsightedness. Read more...

Your Rochester Connections

Join alumni and friends for activities around the country. Read more...

Online Programs

Upcoming webinars and online sessions (all times EDT) include presentations on negotiation and interview skills. (Registration is required.)

May 20, 8 p.m., Career Skills: Negotiating Success
June 3, 8 p.m.,  What You Don’t Say in an Interview Could Hold You Back

New Collaborative Space Named for Trustee Evans Lam

A space in Rush Rhees Library will become a central location for library users to do research, collaborate on projects, explore new technology, and unwind, thanks to a $1 million commitment from University Trustee Evans Lam ’83, ’84S (MBA) and his wife, Susanna. Read more...

New Events Celebrate Giving Back

Members of the University community—alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends—worked together in a 24-hour effort in late April to encourage support for the University’s programs. The first Day of Giving—taking place in conjunction with the first Thank a Giver Day, an effort that featured tags on select items on the River Campus made possible by donors—resulted in more than $739,000 in support. See pictures and social media from the day.

Scholarship Donors, Recipients Celebrated

Scholarship donors and the students they support were recognized at the sixth annual University-wide Celebration of Scholarships. The evening offered students an opportunity to share how their scholarships help them achieve academic and career goals.

Highland Hospital Supporters Recognized at Gala

Highland Hospital's ninth annual gala, "Into the Mix," recognized the staff, physicians, volunteers, and benefactors who work to make Highland an exceptional medical facility.

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Project Explores Ways to Regenerate Vision Cells

A team of Rochester researchers has received $3.8 million from the National Eye Institute over the next five years to advance its work on an optical system that shows promise in efforts to develop and test therapies to restore vision in the blind. Read more...

Eastman Series Features Broadway Classics to Ukeleles

Kristin Chenoweth, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and premier banjo performer BÉla Fleck as a guest soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble are among the headliners for the second season of Eastman Presents. Read more...

New Book Examines the 'Poitier Effect'

Sidney Poitier became a cultural icon in the 1950s as the first black actor to break racial barriers in film. But Rochester professor Sharon Willis argues in a new book that Poitier's image on screen creates a false sense of equality that remains damaging to race relations today. Read more...

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