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How understanding GPS can help you hit a curveball


Our brains track moving objects by applying one of the algorithms your phone’s GPS uses, according to researchers at the University of Rochester. This same algorithm also explains why we are fooled by several motion-related optical illusions, including the sudden “break” of baseball’s well known “curveball illusion.”

June 22, 2015

In the Headlines

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A perfect blood test for pancreatic cancer?


It’s not often that Nature publishes on a new way of detecting cancer. Recently the journal reported that bits of cancerous cells – tiny blebs containing protein, RNA and DNA – can be measured in blood samples from patients with pancreatic cancer. These particles, exosomes, might serve as tumor indicators, or biomarkers.

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July 6, 2015
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Space-based optics are taking off


A mixture of advancements in optical technology, more efficient manufacturing processes, and innovative scientists and ideas are propelling the optics industry to new heights. And the demand for innovative optics technologies is growing.

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July 6, 2015
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Study: Stress harms childrens brains


Toddlers growing up in unstable or unresponsive families are significantly more likely to have unhealthy levels of a stress hormone linked to poor cognitive ability, according to new research from the University of Rochester.

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July 3, 2015

Science & Technology

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$10 million grant funds center to study OCD


A new research center, led by professor of pharmacology and physiology Susan Haber, will work to map the networks in the brain disrupted in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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June 4, 2015
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Exercise may combat ‘chemo-brain’ in cancer patients


New data from University scientists shows that cancer patients might feel their best if they simply maintain or only slightly increase their physical activity throughout chemotherapy instead of letting it decline.

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June 1, 2015
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MC10 partners with University to advance patient-centered research


Massachusetts company MC10 will join forces with the University to test its BioStamp wearable biometric technology in various clinical settings, and to work to translate patient healthcare data into new treatments and predictive health analytics.

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May 28, 2015

Society & Culture

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Banks monitor their borrowers, but who is monitoring them?


Research from Simon Business School professor Sudarshan Jayaraman delivers new evidence explaining how government safety nets that enhance banking protections influence bank monitoring and risk-taking behavior.

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June 9, 2015
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New smartphone app would track spread of Ebola


Node, a new smartphone app developed by Medical Center research associate Solomon Abiola, would track the spread of Ebola and other infectious diseases and allow victims to receive the help they need more quickly.

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May 21, 2015
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‘Summer slide’ slows when kids pick summer reading list


At the end of the school year, districts often send reading lists home with their students in the hopes of combating the literacy loss experienced during the long break. But a Medical Center study shows these programs can be more effective with only a small tweak: Let the kids choose the books.

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May 20, 2015

Photo of the Week

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Jazz in the air

June 24, 2015


Alumni recipients of the ESM-XRIJF Scholarships perform on the Jazz Street stage downtown during the 14th annual Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival,

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Student Life

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Star athlete brings passion, tenacity to the table


Vitraag Mehta ’17 dominates arenas as small as 80 square feet as an athlete in the world of competitive table tennis. This spring, Mehta advanced to the championship round of the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association held in Eau Clair, Wisconsin.

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June 2, 2015
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Students share their winning photos in seventh annual Study Abroad Photo Contest


Check out this year’s winning entries from the 215 photos submitted by more than 50 students who took part in academic programs sponsored by the College Center for Study Abroad during 2014.

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May 26, 2015
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Commencement 2015


Each year during commencement weekend, the University recognizes its graduating students and their families, outstanding faculty and alumni, special guests, and other honorees. From mortarboard decorating to academic processions, enjoy this overview of Commencement 2015.

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May 17, 2015

The Arts

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Top young pianists to compete at Eastman School


Twenty-four of the world’s top teen-aged pianists will vie for prizes in the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition next month. The week-long event of adjudicated performances, master classes, and recitals by award-winning guest artists—all of which are open to the public—begins Sunday, July 12.

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June 11, 2015
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Summer carillon series brings internationally acclaimed performers to Rochester


The University will begin its annual summer carillon series on Monday, July 6, with a performance from award-winning carillonneur Joey Brink. The concert is the first of four free outdoor shows that will take place during the month of July on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. on the Eastman Quad on River Campus.

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June 10, 2015
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Eastman BroadBand bids ‘arrivederci’ and ‘adiós’ to Rochester to head for two new music festivals

Eastman BroadBand continues to raise its international profile with residencies at music festivals in Italy and Spain this summer.

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June 8, 2015

University News

Researcher wins auditory neuroscience award


The Acoustical Society of America has awarded Laurel Carney the William and Christine Hartmann Prize in Auditory Neuroscience. Carney is working to better understand how the brain translates sounds into patterns of electrical impulses.

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July 6, 2015
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Announcing the Inaugural Tibetan Innovation Challenge


The Tibetan Innovation Challenge is a new intercollegiate social entrepreneurship business plan competition created to improve the lives of 125,000 Tibetan refugees.

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July 1, 2015
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University public relations efforts recognized by Rochester PRSA


University public relations professionals were recognized with six PRism Awards and five Awards of Excellence during the 2015 Rochester Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America PRism Awards ceremony.

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June 26, 2015
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