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a child and his father sit on opposite ends of a couch, turning away and not speaking to each other.

When parenting teens, keep calm and don’t carry on

In a new study, Rochester psychologists found that mothers and fathers who were less capable of dampening down their anger are more likely to resort to harsh discipline aimed at their teens, and that fathers in particular were not as good at considering alternative explanations for their teens’ behavior.

February 19, 2019

Science & Technology

A blue tent sits on a field of ice and snow, with a University of Rochester MELIORA flag flying in front.

Unearthing climate clues buried in ice

The Meliora flag flies over the Law Dome research station in Antarctica, where Rochester scientists are battling some of the toughest field conditions ever in their effort to understand humans’ impact on climate.

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February 13, 2019
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Male Y chromosomes not ‘genetic wastelands’

The Y chromosome is one piece of the genetic puzzle that is notoriously difficult to sequence. Rochester biologists are finding new insights into the processes that shape the Y chromosome.

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February 6, 2019
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With data science, Rochester’s laser lab moves closer to controlled nuclear fusion

One of the biggest challenges to controlled nuclear fusion has been the lack of accurate models to predict increased fusion energy yields. Now a Rochester team of more than 50 scientists has used “big data” to triple fusion yields.

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January 31, 2019

Society & Culture

Olivia Hooker

Witness, activist, servicewoman, scholar

By the time of her death at age 103, Olivia Hooker ’62 (PhD) was an early witness to devastating acts of racist violence, the first African-American woman to serve in the Coast Guard, and a prominent psychology professor.

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February 6, 2019
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Superman at 80

The iconic superhero, who turned 80 in 2018, has come in and out of fashion. Historian and Rochester alumnus Ian Gordon ’93 (PhD) explores why.

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February 1, 2019
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Philosopher Jennifer Lackey on why we’re so apt to believe confessions

In the latest Humanities Center lecture on evidence and expertise, the director of the Northwestern Prison Education Program discusses how a confession can turn into a miscarriage of justice.

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January 30, 2019

The Arts

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Be inspired to dance

The ninth annual inspireDance Festival features more than 30 events, performances, and master classes covering many dance styles, for newcomers and experienced dancers alike.

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February 12, 2019
Nigel Maister, sorting through pages of a script scattered across a table.

‘Working on small things’

Nigel Maister has a foothold in music, theater, writing, and visual arts. In the first of a series of interviews with performing arts leaders, the theater program director describes how curiosity keeps his work fresh.

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February 12, 2019
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Master of suspense: Thomas Perry ’74 (PhD) on the thrill of writing thrillers

Thomas Perry ’74 (PhD) is the acclaimed author of 26 suspense novels. His latest, The Burglar, follows The Bomb Maker, cited by The New York Times as one of 2018’s best thrillers.

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January 14, 2019

In Photos

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‘I am more prepared to work as an engineer’

December 20, 2018

Mechanical Design, also known as ME 204, has a reputation for being one of the toughest courses mechanical engineering students experience. And thanks to professor Chris Muir’s approach to the class, it is also one of the most rewarding. In one of the final competitions, seniors Haley Wohlever, Leo Liu, and Crystal Kim must “walk the plank” to see how much weight their balsa wood structure can bear before it snaps into pieces.

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Student Life

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Rochester hits record number of Fulbright semifinalists

A record 27 University students and recent alumni have been named semifinalists in the Fulbright US Student Grant Program, the government’s flagship international educational exchange program.

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February 13, 2019
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Student-designed bubble machine a hit at children’s hospital

The toy prototype developed by a team of chemical engineering students is adapted for use by children of all abilities during a hospital stay.

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February 11, 2019
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First in the family

“I grew up feeling I would go to college no matter what,” says Hajim Scholar and computer science major Maisha Idris ’19. Idris’s story is striking, but not unusual at Rochester, where about 20 percent of undergraduates are first-generation, or “first-gen” students.

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February 5, 2019

Voices & Opinion

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Australia asks how best to tell a story of national beginnings

What makes for a good celebration of national origins? Professor of philosophy Randall Current recently discussed the issue on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as the controversy over Australia Day grows.

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January 29, 2019
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White fans like white NFL players more and black players less since anthem protests

Writing in the Washington Post political scientist Bethany Lacina shows how the gap in the popularity of black and white NFL players with white fans has increased since 2016.

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January 22, 2019
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Rochester: home to the study of pop music

The “study of pop music is just as serious-minded as studying Beethoven, Bach, and Brahms,” says John Covach, director of Rochester’s Institute for Popular Music in (585) magazine.

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January 17, 2019

University News

Angela Davis

Activist and author Angela Davis to speak at Rochester

Angela Davis will be on campus to discuss “The University’s Role in Educating Students to be Engaged Citizens,” is part of the lecture series Difficult Conversations as a Catalyst for Change.

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February 5, 2019
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Celebrating black history

Throughout February, sponsors and campus organizations will host lectures, films, performances, family events, and more as students, faculty, and the Rochester community celebrate Black History Month.

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February 1, 2019
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Awards recognize commitment to diversity and inclusion

Myra Henry, the senior director of administrative services, and the Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia have been chosen as recipients of the 2018 Presidential Diversity Awards.

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January 25, 2019