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COVID-19 pandemic a ‘fire drill’ for climate change

Mon, 30 Mar 2020

Like infectious disease researchers, climate change scientists have warned for decades that we are unprepared. Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank says, “It’s time to wake up.”


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.


Rochester astronomers reflect on their contributions to Spitzer Space Telescope

Thu, 30 Jan 2020

As NASA retires its Spitzer Space Telescope, the Rochester scientists who were involved in its development, look back on the project.


When laser beams meet plasma: New data addresses gap in fusion research

Mon, 02 Dec 2019

Rochester scientists at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics and their colleagues in California and France have directly demonstrated for the first time how laser beams modify the conditions of a plasma.


Rochester cosmology group has all eyes on dark energy

Mon, 25 Nov 2019

Rochester’s newly formed cosmology group is at work to create the most detailed 3-D map of the universe ever seen.


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.


Adam Frank wins multiple awards for promoting public understanding of science

Wed, 30 Oct 2019

The University of Rochester astrophysicist recently received the American Physical Society’s 2020 Joseph A. Burton Forum Award and his latest book Light of the Stars was awarded the 2019 Phi Beta Kappa Award for Science.


Rochester recognized as leader in high-energy-density physics 

Thu, 10 Oct 2019

Three of eight national research grants recently awarded by the Department of Energy were given to researchers at the University of Rochester, which is home to the largest university-based DOE research program in the nation.


One small step for electrons, one giant leap for quantum computers

Wed, 25 Sep 2019

Quantum computing has revolutionary potential, but transferring information within a quantum system remains a challenge. By transferring the state of electrons, Rochester research brings scientists one step closer to creating fully functional quantum computers.