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Meet this year’s winners of the Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Hayley Clatterbuck, an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy; John Lambropoulos, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering; and Michael Jarvis, an associate professor in the Department of History are being recognized for their distinctive teaching accomplishments.

October 16, 2018

Science & Technology

Asma Al-Qasimi in front of blackboard covered in scientific formula

Physicist wins award to support ‘re-entry’ of women scientists

It is an issue for women in all academic fields, but especially in STEM fields. After two difficult pregnancies interrupted her career studying quantum optics, a fellowship is helping Asma Al-Qasimi get back to the lab.

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October 16, 2018
Ahmed Ghazi and Ian Cero giving quick presentations of their research

Short and sweet: research told briefly and to the point takes the prize

Competitions are helping early career scientists hone their ability to communicate their research in short, compelling, and easily understood presentations.

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October 12, 2018
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Center of Excellence funds local businesses improving health care

Four grants from the Center of Excellence (CoE) in Data Science are helping companies translate the cutting-edge science of University researchers into improved health care, while also benefiting the region’s economy.

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October 10, 2018

Society & Culture

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Former economics professor Paul Romer receives Nobel Prize

The former assistant professor of economics at the University of Rochester is currently a professor at New York University, and was recognized by the Nobel Committee for his work on the economics of technological change.

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October 8, 2018
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Fan hate takes aim at Star Wars diversity

In an analysis of thousands of tweets from Star Wars fans, associate professor of political science Bethany Lacina found that offensive language doubled and hate speech jumped by 60 percent when those tweets were directed at actress Kelly Marie Tran or her character Rose Tico, the first nonwhite female lead character in the franchise.

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September 27, 2018
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Mt. Hope Family Center receives $8 million grant to establish national center for child maltreatment studies

The new TRANSFORM Center will focus on research, policy, and training aimed at preventing child maltreatment.

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September 27, 2018

The Arts

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Film festival commemorates 100 years of Polish independence

The movies were selected by the Polish Filmmakers Association, which has been presenting the series on four continents throughout the year.

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October 11, 2018
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Rochester premieres recovered landmark opera

In its day, the comic opera Love in a Village was performed more often than Shakespeare’s tragedies. Now the Humanities Project brings it back, with the first performance since the 18th century of the full production with its original score.

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October 8, 2018
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Gone Missing a ‘quirky, documentary musical’

Keys, phone, pets,… your mind?—when’s the last time you lost something? It’s the theme of the new theatrical production Gone Missing, produced by the International Theatre Program and set to open during Meliora Weekend.

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September 25, 2018

In Photos

four students playing a game of spikeball -- hitting a yellow ball into a small round net on the ground -- with Rush Rhees Library in the background

The most popular game you’ve never heard of

October 15, 2018

From left, Amanda Cabal ’18 (T5), Suzie Ziegler ’19, Brian Schonfeld ’19 and Sam Rusoff ’19 take a break on a warm fall day to enjoy a game of spikeball on Eastman quadrangle. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)
WATCH: What is Spikeball?

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Student Life

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‘WRUR is on the air…’: 70 years of college radio at Rochester

The radio station that began in the basement of Burton Hall is now 70 years old. What might be said about radio in general could also be said about WRUR: it has shown remarkable persistence.

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October 4, 2018
side-by-side portraits of Jacqueline Tran and Cherish Blackman

Two graduates earn Chinese Government Scholarships

Cherish Blackman ’18, a Rochester native, and Jacqueline Tran ’18, of Brooklyn, will study Chinese language and culture after receiving full scholarships from the Chinese government.

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October 1, 2018
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Graduate students from all over the globe find their niche in Arts, Sciences & Engineering

Nik Chatzikonstanti is among the nearly 1,400 master’s and doctoral students in Arts, Sciences & Engineering, whose studies range from philosophy to physics and who come from more than 67 counties. Meet some of graduate students who have found a home at the University.

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September 28, 2018

Voices & Opinion

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How might we detect possible intelligent life beyond Earth?

“There’s so much to look at, and we’ve done so little of it so far,” Rochester professor of astrophysics Adam Frank told NPR’s All Things Considered.

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September 28, 2018
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Authoritarian rhetoric about left-wing violence ‘distorted,’ ‘dangerous’

In a Washington Post essay, associate professor of history Matthew Lenoe draws parallels between recent unfounded warnings from the Trump administration about left-wing violence and the fascist movements of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.

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September 28, 2018
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The art of crafting your job

“Five questions” with Emil Kang ’90, a national arts leader who took his first job as a gallery receptionist and made it his own.

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August 28, 2018

University News

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Mark Taubman reappointed dean of School of Medicine and Dentistry

Taubman has been appointed to new term as dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry and will continue his joint responsibilities as University senior vice president for Health Sciences, and CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center and UR Medicine.

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October 9, 2018
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to speak at River Campus

The basketball icon, activist, author, and ambassador, will give the first lecture in a series on “Difficult Conversations as a Catalyst for Change,” presented by Donald Hall, the University’s Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering.

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October 7, 2018
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Richard Handler ’83 elected University Board chair at October meeting

Handler, CEO and director of the Jefferies Financial Group, has served on the Board since 2005 and will begin his term as chair immediately, succeeding Danny Wegman.

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October 5, 2018