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News for University of Rochester Alumni and Friends, July 2015
GPS and curveballs, Tibetan challenge, Meliora Weekend headliners, stress on low-income families, monitoring banks, athlete lauded



How Understanding GPS May Help You Hit a Curveball

Our brains track moving objects by applying one of the algorithms your phone’s GPS uses, according to a study by Rochester researchers. The same algorithm also explains why we are fooled by several motion-related optical illusions, including baseball’s “curveball illusion.” Read more...

Students Seek to Help Tibetan Refugees in Contest

Student teams from Rochester, Case Western Reserve University, Syracuse University, Texas Tech University, University of California–Los Angeles, and the University of Maryland will present their business plans Friday, July 10, in the Tibetan Innovation Challenge. The new intercollegiate social entrepreneurship business plan competition aims to to develop self-sustaining and replicable business ideas to alleviate the economic difficulties Tibetan refugees are facing. Read more...

Walter Isaacson, Kristin Chenoweth Headline 15th Meliora Weekend

Walter Isaacson—president and CEO of the Aspen Institute—will deliver the keynote address at the 15th annual Meliora Weekend, October 8 to 11. The annual celebration also features Emmy– and Tony Award–winner Kristin Chenoweth in a performance sponsored by Eva Pressman, the Henry A. Thiede Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Seth Zeidman, a neurosurgeon who is a member of Highland Hospital’s medical staff. Other weekend highlights include the Presidential Symposium, which will explore the implications of the K–12 public education crisis, and a panel discussion on the legality of sports gambling led by noted attorney and broadcaster Arthur Miller ’56, ’08 (Honorary). For more information and a full event listing, visit the Meliora Weekend website.

Child Development at Risk in Low-Income Households

According to research conducted by the University’s Mount Hope Family Center, children living in low-income households who endure family instability and emotionally distant caregivers are at risk of having impaired cognitive abilities. Read more...

Banks Monitor Borrowers, But Who Monitors Them?

Research from Simon Business School details how researchers measure the effects of a bank’s capital structure on its credit monitoring and delivers new evidence explaining how government safety nets that enhance banking protections affect bank capital structure and, in turn, influence bank monitoring and risk-taking behavior. Read more...

Sixth Academic All-American Named

Ethan Pacheck ’15 of the men’s cross country and track and field teams is the sixth Rochester student to earn Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America this year. Read more...

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Happy Birthday, George!

George Eastman, Rochester’s most generous benefactor, has a birthday on July 12, and Alumni Relations is throwing a party. Join fellow alumni for a happy hour to celebrate George and welcome the class of 2015 to the University’s alumni community. Find the celebration closest to you.

Online Programs

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

Career Coaching

Career Encores (for Retirement-Age Alumni)

Career Camp (for Young Alumni)


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$10 Million Grant Funds Center to Study OCD

A new research center, led by Suzanne Haber, professor of pharmacology and physiology, will work to map the networks in the brain disrupted in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Read more...

Eastman BroadBand Bids ‘Arrivederci’ and ‘AdiÓs’

Eastman BroadBand continues to raise its international profile with residencies at music festivals in Italy and Spain this summer. Read more...

Alumnus Embarks on Hiking Adventure

Tyler Socash ’09, ’15W (MS) resigned from his position as a senior admissions counselor at Rochester to hike the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, the 1,800-mile Te Araroa Trail, and the 2,150-mile Appalachian Trail—all in one year. Follow his journey at and on Instagram @tylerhikes.

He’s Taking His Hoops Talent to Israel

After two seasons playing basketball professionally in Spain, John DiBartolomeo ’13 will play in Israel as a member of the Maccabi Bazan Haifa. In October, the team will play against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Staples Center.
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