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News for University of Rochester Alumni and Friends, March 2016


Plastic with a Memory—and Some Muscle

A multiple-exposure image shows a new shape-memory polymer developed by Rochester researchers as it reverts to its original shape after being exposed to body temperature. “Tuning the trigger temperature is only one part of the story,” says Mitch Anthamatten, associate professor of chemical engineering. “We also engineered these materials to store large amount of elastic energy, enabling them to perform more mechanical work during their shape recovery.” Read more and see the material in action.

Students Organize Summit to Unite Black Leaders

Students from universities across the northeastern United States will gather at the River Campus for the 2016 Joint Collegiate Black Student Summit, a national forum to discuss and develop solutions to problems facing the black community. Read more...

Women's Basketball Team Hosting NCAA Playoffs

Rochester's women’s basketball team will make its return to the NCAA Division III playoffs when Rochester hosts first- and second-round games of the national tournament on March 4 and 5. It will be the Yellowjackets' 13th appearance in the NCAA Division III playoffs and its 10th appearance since the 2002–03 season.

More hoops news

Game-winning shot goes viral: Mack Montague ’17 nailed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in overtime after teammate Sam Borst-Smith ’17 intentionally missed a free throw, giving the Yellowjackets a wild 77-76 win over 21st-ranked Chicago. Video of the shot has been posted and tweeted thousands of times. The play also was selected as one ESPN’s Top Ten plays of the day.

Princes of the Palestra: Relive the men's basketball team's 1990 national championship and see where some of the players are today. 

Taking a 'Look' at Historical Hoaxes

During the mid-19th century, a series of grand hoaxes captured the American imagination: the Great Moon Hoax, the Cardiff Giant, and the fantastical creatures of P.‚ÄČT. Barnum. Joan Saab, associate professor of art history and of visual and cultural studies, examines the relationship between seeing and believing. Read more...

Book Sheds New Light on Race, Slavery in American Literature

Ezra Tawil, associate professor of English, is the editor of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Slavery in American Literature, which includes16 essays that explore the persistence of slavery as a theme in literary art. Read more...

Squash 'Dream' Season Ends with Loss in National Final

The best season in the history of Rochester squash ended with a 5-4 loss to Yale University in the championship match of the College Squash Association Potter Cup tournament. The national title game appearance was the first for a Rochester squad that has reached the semifinals of the top division only four times in history. Read more...

Report Recommends More Treatment, Research for Gulf War Veterans

Deborah Cory-Slechta, acting chair of the Medical Center’s Department of Environmental Medicine, is the lead author of the latest national Institute of Medicine report on Gulf War illness. Read more...

Rochester to Host International Conference for Entrepreneurship Experts

The 2016 Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers—cohosted by the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology—will draw more than 350 entrepreneurship experts from the United States and abroad to Rochester this fall. Read more...

Students Pitch in to Repair Practice Carillon

Mechanical engineering students Ben Martell ’19 (pictured) and Loudon Blake ’17 have volunteered to replace one of three broken hammers on the University’s practice carillon—and create some spares as well—as part of their final projects in an introductory course on basic machine tools. There are no commercially available replacements for the custom-made hammers. Read more...

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Calling All Engineers and Hajim School Alumni

The next UR Mobile Meetup on Tuesday, March 8, at noon EST is exclusively for engineers and Hajim School alumni. UR Mobile Meetups are industry-specific virtual networking hours, held on the second Tuesday of every month, that allow you to connect with fellow Rochester alumni all over the world from your desk, office, or couch. Register for the free virtual event. Questions? Contact AnneMarie Cucci, assistant director of alumni relations, at
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