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News for Alumni and Friends, August 2016
August 2016: Meliora Weekend registration; improving physician training; Twitter a boon for researchers; research on sustaining passion; summer reading


Meliora Weekend Registration Is Open

Register today for Meliora Weekend, October 6 to 9, as headliner tickets are selling quickly. Trevor Noah Live has sold out, but there will be a free simulcast event in Hubbell Auditorium. Enjoy weekend entertainment such as food trucks and student performances at the Meliora Village, Yellowjackets football against the St. Lawrence Saints, the new Edmund A. Hajim Science & Engineering Quad Dedication and Celebration Barbecue, the Scholar Showcase, Eastman concerts, MEL Talks, and the Rochester Dinner Revue. Check out the full event schedule to plan your weekend and show your Meliora spirit by using #URMW16 on social media.

Rochester to Help Lead National Initiative to Improve Physician Training

The Medical Center is one of eight physician-training grounds in the United States selected to lead a four-year, nationwide effort to improve residency training for doctors. Read more...

10 Years Later, ‘Inconsequential’ Tweets Are a Boon for Researchers

Ten years after the first tweet appeared on the web, Twitter has become fertile ground for researchers interested in tracking social, cultural, and political trends, including topics such as disease outbreaks, the dynamics of campaigns, and consumer preferences. Read about how Twitter is used in research at Rochester.

Come on Baby, (Re)light My Fire

A new study, coauthored by Harry Reis, professor of psychology, indicates that there are ways that couples can sustain—or relight—their passion. Read more...

Looking for a Little Summer Reading?

A few members of the faculty share their recommendations for books, music, and videos not to be missed. Read more...

In Goethe’s Novel Families, Love Is All That Matters

Can a family be effective only if it consists of a biological pairing of a man and a woman who produce their own offspring? In his early 19th-century literary works, Johann Goethe pointedly raises questions such as this—still debated today—and concludes that what really matters is not the gender of spouses and partners, or the lineage of their children, writes Susan Gustafson, the Karl F. and Bertha A. Fuchs Professor of German Studies, in her recently published book, Goethe’s Families of the Heart. Read more...

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Regional Alumni Challenge Winner Named

Alumni in the Mid-Atlantic region had the highest participation rate in the Regional Alumni Challenge. The University thanks everyone who participated and made an impact on the institution.
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