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Renee Fleming Shares Talent, Insight with Students

Internationally acclaimed soprano Renee Fleming ’83E (MM) works with tenor Nathaniel McEwen, an Eastman School graduate student, during a recent master class. Fleming has been named a distinguished visiting artist at the school, and she will offer master classes, coaching sessions, lessons, and open talks and presentations for students at the Eastman School on a recurring basis. Read more...

Study: Special Diets Ineffective for Children with Autism

Gluten-free, casein-free diets have become popular complementary treatments for children with autism spectrum disorder, but a Medical Center study indicates that eliminating the foods had no effect on a child’s behavior, sleep, or bowel patterns. Read more...

Celebrating Meliora Weekend

Thousands of alumni, parents, and friends celebrated Meliora Weekend with a full roster of presentations—including a keynote address by author Walter Isaacson (above)—activities, reunions, events, and celebrations. See photos and a social media archive.

A Towering Reunion

Fifty years ago, members of the Class of 1965 were among the first Rochester students to live in a coed hall, one of many signs that social and cultural changes were afoot—on campus and in the world around them. Read more...

Grant Funds Climate-Change-in-Reverse Project

University scientists expect to learn more about the role of carbon dioxide in climate change through a study of reverse global warming—by researching the first ice sheets formed in the Northern Hemisphere. The National Science Foundation has awarded $4.24 million to Carmala Garzione and John Tarduno, both professors of earth and environmental sciences, to launch the joint U.S.-China research project. Read more...

Leadership News

Provost Peter Lennie to Step Down

Peter Lennie has announced that he's stepping down as provost, a position he has held since 2012. Lennie will continue to serve as the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering until June 2017.

Warner Dean Raffaella Borasi's Term Extended

Warner School dean Raffaella Borasi's deanship has also been extended two years.

Barbara Iglewski Inducted into National Women's Hall of Fame

Barbara Iglewski, professor emeritus in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, has been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. She is the third faculty member to be enshrined in the hall of fame: Judith Pipher, professor emeritus of physics and astronomy, and Loretta Ford, founding dean of the School of Nursing, were inducted in 2007 and 2011, respectively. Read more... 

Nicholas George’s Role as Mentor Celebrated

Above: Xi-Cheng Zhang, director of the Institute of Optics; President and CEO Joel Seligman; Nicholas George; Carol George; Milton Chang; and Duncan Moore, the Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Professor in Optical Engineering Science.

The Nicholas George Endowed Professorship in Optics was established by a gift from Milton Chang with an additional commitment from Joseph Goodman, the William Ayer Professor Emeritus at Stanford University. Chang and Goodman made their contributions out of a mutual desire to express their respect and admiration for George, professor emeritus of optics. Read more...

Take a Peek at Planned Science & Engineering Quad

The quadrangle enclosed by Goergen Hall, Hylan Hall, the Computer Studies Building, and the future Wegmans Hall will be transformed beginning next spring with new walkways, trees, seating, and a botanical rain garden. Read more...

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Regional Programs

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 career programs and a faculty perspectives seminar. (Registration is required.)

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Alumni Endow Humanities Center Directorship

University Trustee Ani Gabrellian ’84 and her husband, Mark Gabrellian ’79, have committed $2 million to establish a directorship for the University’s newly created Humanities Center. The Gabrellians also have pledged additional funds to support an annual lecture series through the center in honor of Ani Gabrellian's parents and their belief in the benefits of a humanistic education. Read more...

A Digital Dementia Intervention?

School of Nursing researcher Feng (Vankee) Lin has earned a $2 million National Institutes of Health grant to determine if a computer-based training program can lower a person’s risk for dementia. Read more...

Golf Legend Shares Stories with Golf Team

Professional golfer Nick Faldo had breakfast and a chat with the University’s golf team. Read more...

Simon Games Competition Returns

Registration is open for the Simon Games, Simon Business School’s online business simulation in which participants compete for a chance to win full- and partial-tuition scholarships. Read more...

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