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News for University of Rochester Alumni and Friends, August 2015
photonics hub, Earth's magnetic shield, Tibetan Challenge winners, social life and well-being, saxophone project, alumni programs, Meliora Weekend registration


Rochester will be Nation’s Newest Manufacturing Innovation Hub

The University is a key partner in the consortium that has won a national competition to advance U.S. photonics manufacturing capability. Vice President Joe Biden (above) announced in July that the new American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) will be headquartered in Rochester. The institute will bring the nation’s leading talent from companies, universities, and federal research institutions together under one entity to develop the next generation of integrated photonics and deliver global manufacturing leadership.
     Video: Rochester's strengths in optics and photonics

Research: Earth's Magnetic Shield Older Than Previously Thought

John Tarduno, professor of earth and environmental sciences, and his team of researchers say the Earth’s magnetic field is at least four billion years old—500 million years older than originally thought. Read more...

Simon School Team Places Third in Tibetan Innovation Challenge

The Dalai Lama greets a team of Simon Business School students including Mikayla Hart '16S (MBA), Cesar Quijano Serrano '15S (MBA), and Robert Kauffman '16S (MBA)—pictured above with (from left) Duncan Moore, vice provost for entrepreneurship; Joel Seligman, president and CEO; Michael Wohl, associate director of social entrepreneurship. The team placed third in the Tibetan Innovation Challenge, a new intercollegiate social entrepreneurship business plan competition that aims to develop self-sustaining and replicable business ideas to alleviate the economic difficulties Tibetan refugees are facing. The Simon team's plan is to unlock the entrepreneurial potential of Tibetans living in India by bringing them basic financial training and access to capital.

Patients Welcomed to New Golisano Children's Hospital

Patients were transported from the former Golisano Children’s Hospital  building to the new eight-story, 245,000-square-foot facility in July—a historic and momentous day years in the making. Read more...

College Social Life Can Predict Well-being at Midlife

A Rochester study shows that the quantity of social interactions people have at age 20—and the quality of social relationships that they have at 30—can benefit well-being later in life.

Saxophone Heaven at Eastman

Chien-Kwan Lin ’07E (DMA), associate professor of saxophone, is taking Eastman’s classical saxophone program to international prominence. Read more...

Your Rochester Connections

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

Online Programs

Upcoming webinars and online sessions (all times EDT) include programs for retirement-age alumni. (Registration is required.)

Meliora Weekend Registration Opens August 17

Registration for this fall’s Meliora Weekend opens Monday, August 17, at noon (EDT). Plan your weekend. Headliners include best-selling author Walter Isaacson, Emmy and Tony Award-winning singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth, and actor and comedian Aasif Mandvi. The weekend also features the third annual MEL Talks and more than 150 other events. Read more...

Alumnus Captures Pan-American Squash Bronze

Former squash All-American Andres Duany ’13 won a bronze medal in the doubles competition at the Pan American games. Joe Chapman ’12 of the British Virgin Islands also competed in squash. Read more...

On the World Cup Sidelines

Bojan Zoric ’98 is a team doctor with the United States Women's National Soccer Team. Read more...

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Fusion Energy Research Collaboration Formed

The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has announced a two-year, $3.8 million award for Sandia National Laboratories and the University’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics to study the potential of combining two different technologies to further advance their research efforts to produce controlled fusion reactions. Nuclear fusion joins small atoms like hydrogen, releasing huge amounts of energy in the process. Read more...

Renowned Particle Physicist Susumu Okubo Remembered

Susumu Okubo ’58 (PhD), professor emeritus of physics and recipient of the American Physical Society’s J. J. Sakurai Prize in Theoretical Particle Physics, died July 17. Okubo was internationally known for his groundbreaking investigations into the patterns and decay rates of fundamental particles and symmetries of the universe. Read more...

Medical School Professor Among Top Cited in Medical Education

Four articles by Ronald Epstein, professor of family medicine, psychiatry, and oncology, are ranked as landmarks in medical education, according to a study by the Association of American Medical Colleges and its journal. An article led by Epstein and published in 2002 is among the top-five most widely cited medical education articles in the last century. Three other manuscripts authored or coauthored by Epstein are ranked in the top 50. Read more...


Simon's NYC Location Moves to Lower Manhattan

Simon Business School’s New York City location moves in early August to its new location at New York Law School in Tribeca. The co-location agreement aims to form an innovative partnership to optimize resources and capitalize on the different schedules and programs of the two institutions. Students will be able to take advantage of the classrooms, library, meeting and event spaces, and other amenities of New York Law School’s high-tech urban campus, located at 185 W. Broadway (at Leonard Street). The move to Lower Manhattan provides students with a comprehensive learning environment, along with direct access to Wall Street, the city’s civic center, and its tech corridor.

Study: Nursing Home Care for Minorities Improves

A Medical Center study of nursing homes has found that, while disparities continue to exist, the quality of care in homes with higher concentrations of racial and ethnic minority residents has improved and that the progress appears to be linked to increases in Medicaid payments. Read more...
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