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October 06, 2015

So much to see and do at Meliora Weekend

people at Meliora Weekend
Miller's Court, Chemical Engineering Anniversary, and Rochester Dinner Revue

Meliora Weekend—which combines alumni reunion, homecoming, and family weekends and brings the University community together for four days of lectures, performances, seminars, and social gatherings—will be held October 8–11. Here are just a few of the events planned on Saturday, October 10. For details and a complete list of weekend activities, visit

  • Keynote Address: Walter Isaacson, 11 a.m.
  • MEL Talks, 1:45 p.m.
  • Presidential Symposium: The Crisis in K–12 Education, 1:45 p.m.
  • Miller’s Court: Sports Gambling, 3:45 p.m.
  • Warner School Lunch and Learn with Dean Raffaella Borasi, noon
  • Hajim School Lunch and Learn: 100 Years of the Chemical Engineering Department, 12:30 p.m.
  • River Campus Libraries Lunch and Learn: Oral Histories, 12:30 p.m. 
  • Rochester Dinner Revue, 5:30 p.m.

Renée Fleming appointed Distinguished Visiting Artist at Eastman

The internationally acclaimed soprano has been appointed distinguished visiting artist at the Eastman School.

Certain diets found ineffective for children with autism

A Medical Center study found that eliminating foods containing gluten or casein has no effect on a child’s behavior, sleep, or bowel patterns.

Peter Lennie stepping down as provost

Lennie has been dean of the faculty of AS&E since 2006, when he returned to Rochester after serving for seven years as dean for science and a professor of neuroscience at New York University.

A new chapter at East

Raffaella Borasi’s deanship extended

Raffaella Borasi, who has served as dean of the Warner School for 15 years, will continue to lead the school for the next two years, President and CEO Joel Seligman has announced.

In Brief

A roundup of news.

New Eastman School institute to focus on music for film, contemporary media

The new Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School will provide students with instruction and experiences that prepare them for the increasing and evolving opportunities to write, produce, and perform music for film and contemporary media.

Alumni endow directorship for new Humanities Center

The creation of the center was announced last spring as a way to support scholarly research, student engagement, and the creation of new knowledge in the humanities on campus.

In Research

A roundup of news.

In Brief

A roundup of research news.

Making Headlines

John Covach to lead new Institute for Performing Arts

The institute is one of four initiatives identified by University President and CEO Joel Seligman as essential to the continued success of Rochester students.

A new look for the Interfaith Chapel

The Interfaith Chapel sanctuary was renovated to accommodate the increasingly diverse religious and spiritual communities on campus.

Grant will help dentists treat patients with special needs

Lack of access is the biggest barrier for the underserved communities, primarily because 75 percent of dentists do not treat patients with Medicaid, nor do they have adequate training or facilities.

University extends childcare discount program

“We’re pleased to support families with young children by offering the University community access to quality child-care options at a discounted rate,” says Tony Kinslow, associate vice president for human resources.

Plans for new Science & Engineering quadrangle take shape

The quadrangle enclosed by Robert B. Goergen Hall, Hylan Hall, Hutchison Hall, the Computer Studies Building, and the future Wegmans Hall will be transformed beginning next spring with new walkways, trees, seating, and a botanical rain garden.

The classroom beyond the classroom

What motivates kids to succeed in school and pursue higher education?  Julissa Thompson ’16 had the chance to try to find the answer to that question in a real-world situation last spring.


Festival celebrates historic instrument

Radio drama for your—and their—enjoyment

Pocket Radio Theater wrapped up the eighth episode of its feature production, The Bootleggers, in August with a cast of nine current Medical Center graduate students