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Monique Mendes wasn't aware that she was the first Black woman to receive her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Rochester until after she completed her dissertation. 

“It was pretty lonely to be, sometimes, the only Black woman in the conference room or at U of R,” said Mendes. 

In July, a Twitter campaign began with an account called @BlackinNeuro with a focus on highlighting Black excellence in neuroscience. 


Officials at the University of Rochester Medical Center are remembering a beloved and iconic personality from their surgical staff, Dr. Seymour Schwartz. He died Friday at the age of 92 at his son's home in St. Louis, Missouri.

A bio on URMC’s website says that Schwartz was “one of the most distinguished surgeons in America,” having edited and co-written a textbook used to teach generations of young doctors.

Two of the area’s largest universities are releasing details about their ongoing testing for COVID-19.

RIT  launched its fall semester classes on Wednesday, and reported that its current RIT COVID-19 Alert Level is green. A statement from the university says that means the prevalence of coronavirus on campus is low, but the community must remain vigilant to maintain that status.

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The National Science Foundation is providing nearly $13 million in federal funding for a new Physics Frontier Center at the University of Rochester.

University officials say the Center for Matter at Atomic Pressures (CMAP) will focus on understanding the physics and astrophysical implications of matter under pressures so high that the structure of individual atoms is disrupted.

U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say that the funding will also establish the University of Rochester as a pioneer in the field of high energy density science.

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Rochester Institute of Technology has an extensive safety plan ready for the start of the fall semester on Aug. 19.

The Trump administration announced last week it will strip international college students of their U.S. visas if their classes are online. The move, which could force many students to leave the U.S., is now the subject of a legal battle. 17 states and the District of Columbia have filed a lawsuit against the administration. New York is not one of the states, but locally, the University of Rochester has filed an amicus brief supporting Harvard and MIT’s lawsuit to block the directive. This hour, we’re joined by local college leaders and international students who discuss the impact of the policy. Our guests:

  • Joyce Jacobsen, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Jane Gatewood, vice provost for global engagement at the University of Rochester, and co-chair of the university’s Coronavirus University Restart Team (CURT)
  • Sreyan Kanungo, Hobart and William Smith student (Class of 2023) from Bangladesh
  • Sakhile Ntshangase, University of Rochester student (Class of 2021) from South Africa, and chair of the UR Student Association’s International Student Affairs Committee

"Why not take a blank piece of paper and think about how best to conduct education?” That question comes from a new team at the University of Rochester charged with re-imagining the university. Project Imagine is considering changes to the academic calendar, a reorganization from traditional departments and colleges to interdisciplinary centers, and other big ideas. Project Imagine co-leader Dr. Ray Dorsey says now is a good time to go back to square one and explore if there are better ways to operate beyond the pandemic.

The committee is looking for community feedback and ideas. We explore some of them and invite listeners to weigh in with our guests:

  • Dr. Ray Dorsey, M.D., David M. Levy Professor of Neurology and director of the Center for Health and Technology at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Julia Maddox, director of the Barbara J. Burger iZone at the University of Rochester Libraries

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The president of the University of Rochester announced Friday that the school would file an amicus brief supporting a lawsuit by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to block a new federal directive regarding international students.

The directive, issued Monday by the Trump administration, would strip international students of their visas if their instruction goes entirely online this fall, effectively forcing them to leave the country.


Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester say they strongly oppose a federal decision that would strip some international students of their visas.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program announced Monday that international students on M-1 and F-1 visas would no longer be able to take online classes, and must either transfer schools to take in-person classes or risk deportation.

The state education department has approved a continued relationship between the University of Rochester and the Rochester City School District. 

The university has run East High School in partnership with the district for the last five years. The Rochester Board of Education, in a split vote, approved an extension a few months ago.