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News for University of Rochester Alumni and Friends, November 2015



New Leadership Team Set

President and CEO Joel Seligman (right) has announced the appointments of Rob Clark (left) as provost and Holly Crawford (center) as senior vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer.

Instagram Could Offer Novel Way to Monitor Teen Drinking

Using photos and text from Instagram, a team of Rochester computer scientists has shown that data mining Instagram can expose patterns of underage drinking more cheaply and faster than conventional surveys and also find new patterns, such as which alcohol brands or types are favored by different demographic groups. The researchers say they hope exposing these patterns could help develop effective intervention. 

Study: Experimental Treatment Regimen Effective Against HIV

Medical Center scientists have teamed with colleagues in Nebraska to develop a new system of delivering a common HIV treatment that could allow for the treatment to be administered once or twice a year, instead of through a regimen of daily pills.

Dancing with Computers

In the field of human-computer interaction, computer science meets human behavior. The issues that Rochester experts are investigating range widely: improving online education, helping people to communicate more effectively, monitoring mental health, and predicting election outcomes.     

A Musical Time Machine

The only instrument of its kind in North America, the full-sized Italian baroque organ at the Memorial Art Gallery is a musical time capsule. Learn more about the instrument and how it works—and try a few notes yourself.    

Can We Unconsciously 'Hear' Distance?

Our brains use sound delays to fine-tune what our eyes see when estimating distances, according to a study by Rochester cognitive scientists.

Lynne Maquat Receives Top Canadian Research Award

Lynne Maquat, the J. Lowell Orbison Distinguished Service Alumni Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, was awarded the 2015 Canada Gairdner International Award. The founding director of the University’s Center for RNA Biology, which spans the Medical Center and the River Campus, Maquat studies what happens in human cells during disease. According to the Gairdner Foundation, more than a quarter of the 313 winners to date have gone on to receive a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

David Williams Awarded Procter Prize

David Williams, the William G. Allyn Professor of Medical Optics, has been named the recipient of Sigma Xi’s 2015 William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement for his work pioneering the use of adaptive optics technologies for vision applications. Past Procter Prize recipients have included Jane Goodall, Vannevar Bush, Margaret Mead, Murray Gell-Mann, and Rita Colwell.

Why Does Mars Fascinate Storytellers?

Even as advances in interplanetary science bring Mars into ever sharper focus, the planet has remained a compelling source for creative artists to explore ideas about what it means to be human, says Jeffrey Tucker, associate professor of English.          


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Barbara J. Burger iZone to Support Student Innovation

University Trustee Barbara Burger ’83 has committed $1 million to the River Campus Libraries for the creation and implementation of the iZone, a collaborative, technology-rich space that will provide students with programs, services, and resources to explore their ideas and develop innovative projects for social, cultural, community, and economic impact. Read more...

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