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Alternate mechanism of species formation picks up support, thanks to a South American ant

A newly-discovered species of ant supports a controversial theory of species formation. “Most new species come about in geographic isolation,” said Christian Rabeling, assistant professor of biology at the University of Rochester. “We now have evidence that speciation can take place within a single colony.”

August 21, 2014

In the Headlines

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Alternate mechanism of species formation picks up support, thanks to a South American ant

Pictured at left is the queen ant of the parasitic species Mycocepurus castrator. This ant, only found in a single patch of eucalyptus trees on the São Paulo State University campus in Brazil, branched off from its original species while living in the same colony, something thought rare in current models of evolutionary development.

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August 22, 2014

Certain antipsychotic meds tied to kidney problems in elderly

Kidney injury can be added to the list of possible harms related to use of three antipsychotic medications often prescribed to treat symptoms of dementia, a new study finds. “The side effect profile with antipsychotics is particularly concerning, so there is ample evidence to worry about their use in older adults unless they’re absolutely necessary,” said Dr. Anton Porsteinsson, director of Alzheimer’s disease care, research and education.

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August 19, 2014
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URMC gets $4 million for cardiology research

A University of Rochester Medical Center cardiology research team has won a $4 million National Institutes of Health grant to study a genetic disorder that causes heart arrhythmias and can lead to sudden death, URMC officials said Tuesday. Led by Arthur Moss M.D., the cardiology team plans a five-year study of Long QT Syndrome, type 3.

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August 19, 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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Researchers awarded $2.1M to study e-cigarettes

The research team is taking a three-pronged approach to the issue, studying the effects of e-cigarettes and other nontraditional tobacco products on humans, in rodents, and on the cellular level.

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August 7, 2014

Society & Culture

Political Science Researchers Earn Top Awards

Four Rochester professors of political science will be recognized for their award-winning research during the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Washington, D.C., August 28 to 31. Lynda Powell will receive the 2014 Virginia Gray Best Book Award for her book The Influence of Campaign Contributions in State Legislatures. The Gray Award, presented by the [...]

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August 22, 2014
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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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Ice, ice baby

August 19, 2014

Assistant track coach Jay Petsch is doused by football players Jordan Golinowski ’15, left and Farid Adenuga ’16. Fifteen members of the Athletic Department took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge on Aug. 19, and supported research into ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Student Life

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University of Rochester welcomes Class of 2018

More than 1,300 freshmen from more than 75 countries will move in to the River Campus and Eastman School of Music beginning Monday, Aug. 25. Move-in Day is an event featuring a cappella singing groups, the University Pep Band, and other student groups entertaining and welcoming the new class to their new home in Rochester.

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August 20, 2014
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University ranked among top ten ‘Best Colleges for Food’

The University’s dining services has been ranked 6th on the 2014 list of 75 Best Colleges for Food by the online publication The Daily Meal. In addition to the quality of the food, the rankings were determined by the “food scene of the surrounding area,” as well as nutrition, sustainability, accessibility, events, uniqueness, and “the overall quality of the dining experience.”

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August 14, 2014
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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

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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URMC mourns passing of pediatric cardiologist Chloe Alexson

Known for the extraordinary rapports she established with patients and an uncanny photographic memory, Alexson worked at the hospital and university for 45 years.

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August 22, 2014
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Rochester top college destination for African leadership students

The University ranks as the number one destination for graduates of the African Leadership Academy (ALA), a selective college preparatory program in South Africa. Last week the University hosted the academy’s 4th annual indaba, meaning “gathering” in Zulu – the largest conference in North America for students who have graduated from ALA.

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August 21, 2014
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Strong West ED opens after receiving state approval

The New York State Department of Health has granted approval for an off-campus Emergency Department (ED) at UR Medicine’s Strong West site in Brockport, making it the first such model in Upstate New York.

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August 18, 2014