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What drives humans to explore the unknown?

In his new book, professor of history Stewart Weaver chronicles journeys of discovery from the pre-historic trek of humans across the land bridge over the Bering Strait some 12,000 years ago to the mid-20th century deep sea voyages of Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Along the way, Weaver identifies what defines exploration during each era and places these historic achievements in the largest possible global context: that of the natural history of the earth itself.

February 27, 2015

In the Headlines

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Out of the groove

A simple treatment using a laser can produce surfaces with the ability to clean themselves. Chunlei Guo and Anatoliy Vorobyev, physicists at the University of Rochester, in New York, have become experts in using femtosecond lasers to make surfaces with hierarchical structuring.

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March 5, 2015

Connections: What’s going on in Russia?

Is Putin losing it? What’s going on in Russia? Is he finally losing his grip and his claim to legitimacy? Our panel includes two very smart observers from the University of Rochester.

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March 4, 2015
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Gillibrand, students discuss sexual assault bill

Students and community advocates sat down Monday at the University of Rochester with U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., to discuss the latest version of her bipartisan bill regarding campus sexual assault.

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March 3, 2015

Science & Technology

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Renowned expert to describe breakthroughs in data science

Eric Horvitz, director of Microsoft Research, will show how breakthroughs in the new field of data science are solving previously intractable problems in clinical medicine, public health, transportation, disaster recovery, and many other areas.

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February 27, 2015
New polymer material self-stretches as it cools. (Graphic by Mitchell Anthamatten/University of Rochester.)

New self-stretching material developed at University of Rochester

Although most materials slightly expand when heated, there is a new class of rubber-like material that not only self-stretches upon cooling; it reverts back to its original shape when heated, all without physical manipulation.

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February 16, 2015
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Curious monkeys share our thirst for knowledge

Monkeys are notoriously curious, and new research has quantified just how eager they are to gain new information, even if there are not immediate benefits.

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February 12, 2015

Society & Culture

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Teacher candidates lack a clear understanding of new performance assessment

Teacher education programs nationwide anticipate a smooth transition to edTPA, a new performance assessment for initial teacher certification. But a new study of teacher candidates in Wisconsin and New York state shows that many did not necessarily understand how the edTPA process works.

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March 2, 2015
Joshua Dubler

Rochester professor awarded research fellowship to study impact of religion on mass incarceration

Joshua Dubler’s project will shed new light on how changes in the religious landscape in America have contributed to tremendous growth in the prison system over the last 40 years.

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February 27, 2015
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‘Water cooler’ still trumps tweets in impact on TV viewership

While social media, especially Twitter, can benefit a television show in real-time, offline word-of-mouth is more influential to get a new viewer to watch a new program, according to a new study from the Simon Business School.

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February 26, 2015

Photo of the Week

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‘Anything is possible when we’re United’

March 5, 2015

Colleen McCarthy, director of the University’s annual United Way workplace campaign, and Jon Roberson, senior vice president of the United Way of Rochester, fire up the crowd at the annual kick-off breakfast. This year, the University is seeking to raise $1.4 million to support communities agencies.

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Student Life

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Spread the Word to End the Word at UR

Spread the Word to End the Word is a national movement to end the demeaning use of the words “retard” and “retarded.” On March 4, the movement’s national day of awareness, several events will occur around campus and throughout the Medical Center to support the campaign.

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March 3, 2015
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Students’ Association Government to launch ‘It’s on Us’ sexual assault awareness campaign

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Students’ Association members will be on hand in Wilson Commons to launch the University’s “It’s On Us” campaign, a national effort to raise awareness about sexual violence in all of its forms.

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February 9, 2015
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UR Celtic steps into spotlight

At the latest Intercollegiate Irish Dance Festival, UR Celtic took home the bronze, and the group has no plans to stop there, as it takes on the relatively new Irish dancing collegiate circuit.

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February 3, 2015

The Arts

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Italian baroque organ concert series presents Publick Musick

Rochester’s Publick Musick will be joined by Boston-based soprano Shari Alise Wilson and organist Edoardo Bellotti for two performances of music from the early Italian Baroque period on Thursday, March 19, at the Memorial Art Gallery.

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March 6, 2015
pianist Dariusz Terefenko and alto saxophonist Alexa Tarantino

Eastman School professor, recent alumna, team up for CD, tour, teaching

Associate professor of jazz studies Dariusz Terefenko and alto saxophonist Alexa Tarantino ’14 will take their jazz duo on the road this spring, traveling to Poland in March to teach and perform, and to Brazil in June for a series of gigs.

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February 26, 2015
Philip Levine (US Poet Laureate, center) with University of Rochester English professors Jennifer Grotz, right, and John Michael in Hutchison Hall during a visit to campus April 12, 2012.

Late Poet Laureate helped celebrate Plutzik Centennial

From the archives: Philip Levine, former poet laureate of the United States, was a keynote guest when the Department of English’s Plutzik Reading Series celebrated its centennial in 2012. The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet died Sunday at the age of 87.

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February 17, 2015

University News

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National tech leaders to advise University’s new Institute for Data Science

A ten-member advisory committee made up of representatives from leading high-technology companies, industry and academia will meet for the first time this week.

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March 2, 2015
Joe Testani

Testani named assistant dean, executive director of Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center

Joe Testani succeeds Burt Nadler, current director of the Greene Center, who announced his intent to retire last year after 16 years in the position. Testani will join the University in June 2015.

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February 19, 2015
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Russell Peck to receive award from Medieval Academy of America

The Kindrick-CARA Award is presented annually to a member of the organization for their leadership in developing, organizing, and sponsoring work in medieval studies. Peck has been a faculty member at the University for 54 years, during which time he has received numerous commendations.

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February 17, 2015
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