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Researchers work to understand, prevent hepatitis in Tibet

University of Rochester research often has a global reach. And there is no better example of that than the work Timothy Dye, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is conducting in India with colleagues to assess hepatitis B among Tibetan refugees. “When you work with any population, just telling them to do this or that doesn’t change anything,” Dye said. “Any change in beliefs and practices has to be done within a culture’s own world view, within the challenges and the resources they face.”

August 8, 2014

In the Headlines

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The complex relationship between happiness and motivation

Scientists Richard M. Ryan from the University of Rochester and Christina Frederick from the University of Southern Utah have taken an extensive look at the concept of subjective vitality as a reflection of well-being. Ryan and Frederick argue that subjective vitality is enhanced when the basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness are satisfied.

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August 18, 2014
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URMC gets $2 million for Alzheimer’s professorship

A family with a long history of philanthropy toward the University of Rochester Medical Center has given $2 million for a professorship with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease, according to the hospital system. The gift comes from the Robert Fine Trust and is the third professorship in the family’s name.

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August 18, 2014
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Top producers of U.S. Fulbright students by type of institution

The research institutions on this list whose Fulbright applicants had the highest rates of success were the University of California at San Diego, the University of Rochester, and Arizona State University.

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August 18, 2014

Science & Technology

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$2 Million gift to support Alzheimer’s care, research

The third professorship that has been endowed in the Fine family name, this is one of 83 new endowed professorships that have been created during The Meliora Challenge.

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August 18, 2014
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$4M NIH grant supports research to prevent sudden cardiac death

Cardiologist Arthur J. Moss will lead a five-year analysis of the genetic condition called Long QT Syndrome, type 3. The research focuses on identifying the basic cellular mechanisms involved in the disorder and any overlap with common heart rhythm disorders.

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August 12, 2014
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Baby aspirin? Many doctors don’t recommend, despite guidelines

In a nationwide student, School of Medicine and Dentistry researchers found that a majority of middle-aged men and women eligible to take aspirin to prevent heart attack and stroke do not recall their doctors ever telling them to do so.

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August 5, 2014

Society & Culture

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New book explores role of applied linguistics in STEM education

Warner School of Education professor Mary Jane Curry has co-edited a collection of studies and projects from researchers and professionals, offering new perspectives on how language and literacy can help facilitate and innovate various aspects of science, technology, and math education.

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July 30, 2014
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Beyond Rochester’s ’64 riots

July 24 marks the 50th anniversary of the race riots that rocked the city of Rochester in the summer of 1964. A new exhibit in Rush Rhees Library, “Beyond Rochester’s ’64 Riots: 50 Years Seeking to Make One City Out of Two,” showcases a balance of the past and the present-day, in search of a fresh perspective on ways to move our community forward.

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July 24, 2014
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Three things you didn’t know about the American Revolution

America typically celebrates the 4th of July as a unifying victory for the country, but the road to independence was more divisive and violent than most people realize, according to historian Thomas Slaughter.

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July 1, 2014

Photo of the Week

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Thunderbirds are go!

August 15, 2014

F-16 fighter jets of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are seen in the skies over the Interfaith Chapel during a practice session for the Rochester Air Show.

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Student Life

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GlobeMed members spend summer building partnerships Peru

“This internship has been the most enriching, most difficult, most thought-provoking, and heartbreaking experience,” said Humma Sheikh ’15, rising senior, a neuroscience major.

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July 31, 2014
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Effecting change, one Urban Fellow at a time

Mayor Lovely Warren will recognize the Urban Fellows for their work in a variety of service projects, from marketing health programs and planning events for youth to fostering community and connecting businesses with vacant storefronts.

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July 25, 2014

Rochester students recognized for civic engagement

A closing ceremony for five Rochester Youth Year Fellows and 17 Rochester Urban Fellows is scheduled for Wednesday, July 30, in City Hall. The Fellows—22 undergraduates and recent college graduates from Rochester-area colleges—have spent from 10 weeks up to a year engaging in service projects and learning about urban issues in and around Rochester.

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July 23, 2014

The Arts

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Debut novel explores betrayal, brotherhood in the South

Tough economic times can bring out the worst in people, especially when you mix in family, desperation, and the drive to get ahead in business. This is one of the messages in Bluff City Pawn, a new novel by professor Stephen Schottenfeld, which hits bookstores this week.

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August 5, 2014
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New online course brings music theory home for students

Developed and taught by internationally known music theorist Steven Laitz, eTheory LIVE is a 32-week interactive course that takes students from beginning concepts such as basic notation through counterpoint, musical analysis, and aural skills.

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August 4, 2014
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First-of-its-kind study connects music, Saint Anne

You will find no references to St. Anne in the New Testament. And yet, from the early 15th to early 16th centuries, the apocryphal mother of the Virgin Mary was a subject of great veneration by women of all social ranks, especially among royalty. In his new book, Michael Alan Anderson, associate professor of musicology at the Eastman School, examines how this devotion was expressed in the music of this time period.

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July 28, 2014

University News

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Thomas Farrell to lead Advancement

Thomas J. Farrell ’88,’94 (MS) has been named to lead the University’s advancement effort, which is in the public phase of a $1.2 billion capital campaign. Farrell brings more than 24 years of advancement experience, which began in 1990 as class campaign fundraiser at the University.

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August 6, 2014
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Strong West ribbon-cutting celebrates first year, looks forward to new services

The New York State Department of Health is expected to grant final approval soon for the off-campus Emergency Department (ED), making it the first such model in Upstate New York. The opening of the new Strong West Emergency will mean a return of higher-level, 24-hour emergency care to the Brockport area.

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August 1, 2014

Teen Health and Success Conference focuses on self-esteem, professional networking

More than 80 Rochester high school students will attend the two-day Teen Health and Success Conference on River Campus to focus on developing strategies for successful employment and crafting a statement about career aspirations and future goals.

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July 18, 2014