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News for University of Rochester Alumni and Friends, January 2016



Historic Economic Development Award Celebrated

The Finger Lakes region has been awarded $500 million for economic development projects as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Upstate Revitalization Initiative competition. University President and CEO Joel Seligman and Wegmans Food Markets CEO Danny Wegman, cochairs of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, thanked Cuomo and state legislators for supporting the council's plan, which focuses on three strategic industry sectors—optics, photonics, and imaging; agriculture and food processing; and next generation manufacturing and technology. "We cannot overstate our enthusiasm at this historic opportunity to transform our region’s economy," Seligman and Wegman said in a joint statement. Read more...

Alumnus Chosen for Schwarzman Scholars Program

Jintian (Jay) Li ’12 is part of the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars, an international fellowship established “to prepare the next generation of global leaders.” The program was created by philanthropist Stephen Schwarzman, who donated $100 million to create the one-year master’s program in Beijing, China, beginning in August. The inaugural class includes students from 32 countries and 71 universities, with 44 percent from the United States, 21 percent from China, and 35 percent from the rest of the world. Read more...

Eastman School Artists Earn Grammy Nominations

Nominees for the 58th annual Grammy Awards include Eastman School faculty members Paul O'Dette (pictured), professor of lute; Nathan Laube, assistant professor of organ; and Dave Rivello, assistant professor of jazz studies. Also nominated are Bob Ludwig '66E, '01E (MM), Maria Schneider '85E (MM), John Fedchock '85E (MM), Kristian Bezuidenhout '01E, '04E (MM), Martha Cluver '03E, and Eric Dudley '01E. Winners will be announced February 15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Read more...

Music Professor: Rock and Roll Will Remember David Bowie

"David Bowie changed rock music in the 1970s in a significant way," says pop music historian John Covach, director of the University's Institute for Popular Music. See additional commentary from Covach in CNNTime, and NPR.

Play Nation

Video games are driving computer technology, challenging conventions of storytelling, and finding their way into the classroom. Read more...

2015: The Year in Pictures

University photographer J. Adam Fenster shares his favorite Rochester photos from last year, including this photo of Tom Howard, professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering, who has a new laboratory dedicated to exploring robotics and artificial intelligence. 

Is Chemical Exposure Linked to Poor Vaccine Response?

Early life exposures to toxic chemicals such as PCBs and DDT dampen an infant’s response to the tuberculosis vaccine, according to a new study from the University’s Environmental Health Sciences Center. Read more...

Students Check Out Legendary Instrument First Hand

The “most famous double bass in the world” is temporarily in residence at the Eastman School, giving students the chance for firsthand experience on an instrument of extraordinary history. Read more...

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Alumni Travel Programs Planned in France, Peru, Alaska

Join fellow Rochester alumni for any of three upcoming Alumni Travel and Learn programs. University faculty enhance the travel experience with historical, cultural, and environmental knowledge. Registration deadlines are approaching. Register and learn more.

Cheer on the Yellowjackets

The Office of Alumni Relations is hosting tailgate receptions between the men’s and women’s basketball games in Boston (January 15), New York City (January 17), and Rochester (February 5). Bring your family and friends to enjoy some food and cheer on the 'Jackets with fellow alumni and friends. Register here.
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