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Twitter researchers offer clues as to why Trump won

Jiebo Luo and Yu Wang did not set out to predict who would win the 2016 U.S. presidential election. However, their exhaustive, 14-month study of each candidate’s Twitter followers offers some tantalizing clues as to why the race turned out the way it did: the more Donald Trump tweeted, the faster his following grew–even after he sparked controversies.

February 20, 2017

Science & Technology

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Online dating brings matches, but it isn’t scientific

Online dating is second only to “meeting through friends” as the most popular form of matchmaking, and Rochester psychologist Harry Reis has been investigating the phenomenon as the stigma has lifted and claims of finding the “perfect match” remain iffy.

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February 12, 2017
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Evidence points to fish oil to fight asthma

Medical Center scientists have found that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil can reduce the production of antibodies that cause allergic reactions and asthma symptoms in people with milder cases of asthma.

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February 9, 2017
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Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release

A recent interpretive review of scientific literature performed by researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey and here at Rochester pays particular attention to gas hydrates beneath the Arctic Ocean.

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February 8, 2017

Society & Culture

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Literacy expert wants to help children fall in love with reading

This Valentine’s Day, Warner School of Education professor Carol Anne St. George shares tips with parents to help make reading aloud with children an act of love.

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February 13, 2017
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Relationship problems? Don’t blame gender differences

“People think about the sexes as distinct categories,” says Rochester psychology professor Harry Reis, But when something goes wrong between partners, emphasizing inherent differences between the sexes can be harmful.

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February 11, 2017
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Psychologist’s research probes matters of the heart

Since the 1980s, psychology professor Harry Reis has been putting human relationships under a microscope. Over the years his research has led to insights into matters of the heart—both figuratively and literally.

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February 10, 2017

The Arts

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Conference explores genius of Franz Liszt

In the 19th century, Franz Liszt was a “rock star” who drove female audience members into a frenzy of “Lisztomania.” This March, the Eastman School of Music hosts international symposium of the the world’s most prominent Liszt scholars,

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February 15, 2017
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Valentines, Schmalentines! Stories of love, for 10 cents or a postcard

Stories of love written by biochemistry graduate student Karl Smith—whose hobby is writing stories for strangers on his 90-year-old Underwood typewriter and charging 10 cents per story—are paired with vintage Valentines from the libraries collections.

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February 13, 2017
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Composers, choreographer win Lillian Fairchild Award for community commitment

Composers Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon—both professors of composition at the Eastman School of Music—and choreographer Darren Stevenson, the director of PUSH Physical Theater, were honored for their contributions to the original opera Don’t Blame Anyone.

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February 13, 2017

Photo of the Week

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It’s winter. It’s festive. It’s Winterfest.

February 6, 2017

One of the largest celebrations of the University’s annual Winterfest Weekend, Winter Wonderland, took place on Saturday, February 4 at the Campus Center and Wilson Quad. Huskies came to visit. Scarves were given away. Students enjoyed winter carnival activities—making s’mores, crystal imaging, cookie decorating, and more.

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Student Life

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Hackathon student makes a difference with data for native Tunisia

Anis Kallel ’17 is already working to improve the education system in his home country.

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February 16, 2017
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Three presidents

Caryl English ’18, Delvin Moody ’18, and Charlisa Goodlet ’17 have followed different paths that have led them to leadership roles, each serving as the president of student organizations focused on issues of race, black culture, activism, and advocacy.

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February 16, 2017
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‘Our goal was simple. We wanted to help as many refugees as we could.’

Engineering students Omar Soufan ’17 (above) and Ibrahim Mohammad ’17 share a “hidden passion” that has led them to create 3-D printed prosthetics for Syrian refugees.

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February 7, 2017

Voices & Opinion

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Earth’s magnetic field—reversing or fluctuating?

For the last 160 years, the Earth’s magnetic field has been weakening. In an essay shared on Newsweek, professor John Tarduno explains archaeomagnetism research, in which geophysicists team up with archaeologists to study the effects of these changes.

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February 8, 2017

Kocherlakota talks FOMC and wage inflation

On Bloomberg News, Narayana Kocherlakota discusses the Federal Reserve’s most recent decision to leave interest rates unchanged, slack in the labor market, and why he thinks Federal Open Market Committee meetings need reviving.

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February 1, 2017
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Much more than a teen idol: George Michael the musician

John Covach, rock historian and director of the University’s Institute for Popular Music, summarized Michael’s impact on and influence in an essay for CNN.

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December 26, 2016

University News

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Albert Simon, leading thermonuclear theoretician, remembered as generous mentor

His seminal contributions to the field helped attract graduate students to the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. He died February 5, 2017, at age 92.

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February 20, 2017
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Mavrinac reappointed to five-year deanship

Mavrinac is a recognized leader in the creation of inspiring learning spaces and the development of digital services. In her first five years here, she has led two major space renovations in Rush Rhees Library—the creation of Evans Lam Square, and the forthcoming iZone.

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February 17, 2017
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Diversity Engagement Survey report now available

Results from the first University-wide Diversity Engagement Survey (DES) will serve as a baseline to inform the work of the Presidential Diversity Council, which was established by President Seligman in November 2016.

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February 11, 2017