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‘All of our previous work would have gone to waste if we didn’t address this’

Wed, 12 Feb 2020

Recently celebrating its tenth anniversary, the University of Rochester chapter of Engineers Without Borders is hard at work designing solutions for bringing clean water to schools in the Dominican Republic, and seeking out future projects.


Rochester scientists receive NSF CAREER awards

Tue, 11 Feb 2020

The National Science Foundation has granted its most prestigious award in support of junior faculty, the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, to several University of Rochester researchers this year.


Lasers etch a ‘perfect’ solar energy absorber

Tue, 04 Feb 2020

The University of Rochester research lab that recently used lasers to create unsinkable metal structures has now demonstrated how the same technology could be used to create highly efficient solar power generators.


Robert Alexander to join University of Rochester as dean of admissions, financial aid, and enrollment management

Tue, 14 Jan 2020

Alexander is vice president for enrollment and communications at Millsaps College, a nationally ranked private liberal arts institution in Jackson, Mississippi. He will begin at the University on June 1.


Detecting microplastics first step in assessing environmental harm

Thu, 09 Jan 2020

Amid growing alarm over the plastic that pollutes our environment, biomedical and optics researchers are devising ways to quickly detect microplastics in drinking water to better understand their potential impacts on human health.


Rochester senior, recent alumnus named Schwarzman Scholars

Wed, 04 Dec 2019

One Rochester graduate and one senior are among the 145 Schwarzman Scholars selected this year from a global applicant pool of more than 4,700 applicants to complete a multidisciplinary one-year master’s program at China’s Tsinghua University.


Ghana field school immerses students in ancient forts—and the legacies of slavery

Tue, 03 Dec 2019

For the last three summers, Rochester undergraduates have worked to analyze and preserve the ancient forts along the coast of Ghana, while exploring the historical and cultural context of the structures they study.


How do you bring a castle home with you?

Tue, 03 Dec 2019

How do you convey a 91,000-square-foot castle with more than 160 rooms on the Ghana coast, back to Rochester, so at any time you could take a virtual tour as if you were really there? Or study the castle’s structure brick by brick?


Superhydrophobic metal that won’t sink

Wed, 06 Nov 2019

Inspired by diving bell spiders and rafts of fire ants, Rochester researchers have created a metallic structure that is so water repellent, it refuses to sink—no matter how often it is forced into water or how much it is damaged.


Pioneer urges women audio engineers to ‘raise your hands’ at every opportunity

Thu, 31 Oct 2019

During a recent master class, four-time Grammy Winner and Skywalker Sound director Leslie Ann Jones was impressed to find that nearly half of the University of Rochester students gathered were women.