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Illustration of a cross-section of the ocean featuring Ediacaran fauna, including Dickinsonia, under water while an aurora shines in the sky.

Did a magnetic field collapse trigger the emergence of animals?

Evidence suggests a weak magnetic field millions of years ago may have fueled the proliferation of life.

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Close-up of a Black person's eye with a multicolored light falling on it to illustrate how retinal ganglion cells function.

Are these newly found rare cells a missing link in color perception?

Rochester researchers harnessed adaptive optics to gain insight into the complex workings of the retina and its role in processing color.

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Low angle view of CERN Compact Muon Solenoid detector, used to measure the electroweak mixing angle, a component of the Standard Model of Particle Physics.

Physicists reach milestone in understanding the universe’s fundamental forces

Rochester researchers involved with CERN make groundbreaking measurements of the electroweak mixing angle, strengthening an understanding of particle physics.

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Close-up of a Native American art replica Mimbres bowl featuring a geometric figure holding a fish aloft.

That’s not Native American art. Or is it?

A Rochester art historian on the proliferation of indigenous fakes and replicas—and the blurry line between appropriation and admiration.

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84.3Million Dollars

AS&E research awards in FY2021


Awardees in AS&E


American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Message from the Dean

The role of research in Arts, Sciences and Engineering (AS&E) at the University of Rochester is integral to the growth and sustainability of our 21+ research centers and 25+ academic programs. Our faculty are world-renowned scientists and scholars in their respective fields and recognized as such through honorific and grant awards, and scholarly work of the highest quality.

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Research Funding

University secures federal funding to enable advanced quantum research

The funding supports the acquisition of a state-of-the-art transmission electron microscope to accelerate research in quantum information science.

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Ongoing Research Initiatives

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Data Science

At Rochester, interdisciplinary teams are advancing basic and applied research in data science to improve health, create new industries, and expand knowledge. Located in Wegmans Hall, the Goergen Institute for Data Science is home to interdisciplinary data science research and the interdepartmental data science academic programs.

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As scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences at the University of Rochester, we examine human culture in its myriad forms: literature, language, media, philosophy, religion, history, anthropology, visual and performing arts, and much more. We are committed to critical thinking, reasoned discourse, inclusiveness, civility, empathy, and compassion—values that lie at the center of humanistic inquiry and that are essential for a thriving democratic citizenry.

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University-Industry Collaborations

Research and innovation are hallmarks of the University of Rochester. By dovetailing these hallmarks with commercial enterprises, the University’s discoveries create new companies, new technologies, and new industries—all while improving the lives of millions around the world.

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