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A well-known figure in the University of Rochester community  has died. Paul Burgett died Wednesday after a brief illness, he was 72. 

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Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center are set to join one of the largest-ever studies on childhood obesity. URMC will receive a $3.1 million contract to enroll an expected 432 families in the region.

The study will focus on weight-loss programs that involve both children and their parents, the university said. “What we’ve seen is when you work with parents and children as partners, you get better outcomes,” said Dr. Stephen Cook, who is leading the study in Rochester. “If you have a child and a parent together, the parent can lose 15 to 20 pounds.”


There’s a controversy on social media over the arrest of a former University of Rochester student.

It was sparked by a cell phone video of the man, Mohammed Rifat, being taken into custody by a UR Public Safety officer.

On Facebook, a friend of Rifat’s said that he was upset because Rifat was arrested just because he was on campus without currently taking summer courses.

While a number of people posting on that thread also expressed outrage, some others defended the actions of the officer.


The University of Rochester will be partnering with two Buffalo institutions in an effort to speed up the development of new pharmaceutical drugs.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the formation of the Empire Discovery Institute, which will involve a partnership of the University of Rochester, the University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The idea is to help move promising new drugs through the process more quickly.  Steve Dewhurst is Vice Dean for Research at UR’s School of Medicine and Dentistry.


After eight months of work, the University of Rochester Commission for Women and Gender Equity in Academia has released its preliminary report.

The group formed last fall, after sexual harassment allegations were made against professor Florian Jaeger.

The report says that while the university has made a number of changes already in the spirit of their motto “Meliora,” there is still room for more work.

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The University of Rochester says it will give its first ever posthumous honorary degree to Frederick Douglass during commencement ceremonies on May 20th.  He will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

UR officials say the university has a rich connection to the famed abolitionist, since it is home to the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies as well as serving as a collection of record for Frederick Douglass materials.

Animal rights group says U of R neglects lab mice

May 3, 2018

Are lab mice at the University of Rochester being mistreated and dying from neglect?

That’s the claim at the center of a report by SAEN, (Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! )

This week, Executive Director Michael Budkie wrote University Interim President Richard Feldman, asking that the administration there launch an independent investigation into the treatment of lab animals there.

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The Interim President of the University of Rochester is sounding positive about changes the university has been making and will make in the future after the controversy that has hit UR over the last several months.

Richard Feldman who took over after Joel Seligman resigned in February.

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The University of Rochester Faculty Senate has passed two resolutions regarding professor Florian Jaeger and allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

Members of the Senate censured Jaeger's behavior, saying that it resulted in "significant harm to students, the affected department and the broader University community." And that they "pledge to take a leadership role in ensure that the recommendations of the White report are implemented."


The leader of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester will be in Washington on Tuesday meeting with Congressional leaders and others in an effort to make sure that lab is still funded in the next fiscal year.

In a statement on the lab’s website, Director Michael Campbell says that a paragraph buried in the federal budget details on the Department of Energy website states that the agency plans to “ramp down” federal support for the U of R lab over a three-year period.