Here, there, and everywhere: UR in the world

This month, explore some of the ways we are taking on the world through research, scholarship, and cultural exploration. With the support of our committed alumni, donors, and friends, our students and faculty can make more significant discoveries, improve lives, and build connections that extend beyond borders.

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The University of Rochester’s alumni community includes more than 110,000 graduates who live in nearly 160 countries. Click the interactive map here to see the distribution of Meliora spirit around the world.

Hope for humanity

Rwanda-native Ian Manzi ’18 is promoting intercultural understanding alongside a new generation of his fellow citizens. Last year, Ian and Derrick Murekezi ’19 received a $10,000 grant from Davis Projects for Peace to run a peace camp in Rwanda. With “critical thinking as a tool for peace,” Ian is committed to making a change on a global scale.

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Making the world a healthier place

Chunlei Guo, an optical physicist and professor at the Institute of Optics, and Kirsi Jarvinen-Seppo, the Founders’ Distinguished Professor of Pediatric Allergy and an associate professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine, were recently awarded separate $1.5 million grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to conduct humanitarian-based research. These are largest such grants ever awarded in the University’s history.

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Many roads to Italy

Dr. Arnold Lisio ’56, ’60M (MD) loves Italy and has always wanted students from his alma mater to have an opportunity to “live and study in a country where beauty, art, history, and spirituality are a part of daily life.” Lisio and his wife, Anne, have done just that. They recently endowed the Lisio Program in Italian Studies and have made a significant impact on many students through years of generosity.

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Hong Kong connection

Evans Lam, ’83, ’84S (MBA) talks about the importance of the circle in Chinese culture and how his life really began, in many ways, at the University of Rochester. He says that his circle has to return the University—that’s his legacy. In addition to supporting River Campus Libraries and Simon Business School, Lam has established a scholarship program to bridge Hong Kong to Rochester. For his students, it’s been life-changing.

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Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and Make the World Ever Better
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