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News for Alumni and Friends (October 2016)
October 2016: Meliora Weekend recap; new student spaces; Humanities Center director; better batteries; thwarting the flu; Rochester connections


Meliora Moments

Celia Litovsky '12 (left), Jen Morey '12, and Samantha Coffey-Paschke '12 pose for a photo on Eastman Quadrangle during Meliora Weekend. Packed with reunions, family activities, performances, lectures, and community celebrations, the weekend also celebrated the success of The Meliora Challenge campaign. See more photos and a social media recap from Meliora Weekend.

New Student Spaces Celebrated

Get a look inside two newly renovated spaces on the River Campus: Evans Lam Square and the Frederick Douglass Building.

Joan Shelley Rubin Named Humanities Center Director

Noted American history scholar Joan Shelley Rubin has been appointed the Ani and Mark Gabrellian Director of the Humanities Center. Rubin, the Dexter Perkins Professor in History, has served as interim director since the center’s creation in spring 2015. Read more...

Building a Better Battery, Large and Small

Rochester researchers are helping develop next-generation batteries that will be small enough to fit into clothing—and others that will be large enough to power an electric vehicle. If they succeed, miniature batteries would expand the use of personal fitness trackers, implantable medical devices, tags to track pets and objects, and other small devices connected to the Internet. Read more...

Researchers Discover Rare Flu-Thwarting Mutation

Researchers at the Medical Center have identified a rare, naturally occurring influenza mutation that weakens the virus and could be used to develop new live flu vaccines. Read more...

Federal Grants Recognize Programs for Underserved Students

With a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, the University will demonstrate how faculty involvement in its Upward Bound precollege program is a model for introducing science and math to minority and low-income high school students at three institutions in upstate New York—and perhaps nationwide. Read more...

A New Vision for Teaching, Creating Electronic Music

Eastman Audio Research Studio is charting new territories for experimental electronic music. Read more...

Ten Honored as Garnish Scholars

Ten senior student-athletes, with credentials in the classroom and on the field of play, were honored with 2016 Lysle (Spike) Garnish Scholar Awards. Read more...

Your Rochester Connections


Eastman School Pianist to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Pianist and Eastman School of Music doctoral student Lo-An Lin will perform in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, October 13, as part of the Eastman Presents series sponsored by the George D. and Freida B. Abraham Foundation. Read more...

Simon School Goes Abroad

Simon Business School will be host two international events this month. Join Dean Andrew Ainslie for an update on the school in Shanghai, China, on Saturday, October 15, and your fellow alumni for an evening of networking in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday, October 28. Both events are free, but advance online registration is required using the links above.
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