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Cut to the chase: Can sex help start a relationship?

In a new study, researchers demonstrate how sex and sexual desire play a major role not only in attracting potential partners to each other, but also in encouraging the formation of romantic relationships and emotional bonding.

January 7, 2019

Science & Technology

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What makes a species different?

New Rochester research points to the presence of “selfish genes,” whose flow among species may dictate whether two species converge or diverge.

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January 2, 2019
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The year of the laser

In addition to their Nobel noteworthiness, Rochester researchers continue to develop new ways to apply lasers in research, medicine, and everyday life in 2018. Because frankly, we’re big on lasers.

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December 28, 2018
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The science of seeing art and color

In each of more than 40 paintings of the same scene—London’s Waterloo Bridge—Impressionist artist Claude Monet manipulates viewer perception in a way that scientists at the time did not completely understand.

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December 13, 2018

Society & Culture

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Mt. Hope Family Center gets surprise funding boost to treat child traumatic stress

An additional $308,000 in federal funding will help Project STRONGER provide services for children and families from Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria, as well as immigrant, refugee, and unaccompanied international children.

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January 11, 2019
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Has Apple lost its sweet spot?

For the first time in more than 15 years, Apple issued a reduction in its quarterly revenue forecast this December. Simon Business School professor Abraham Seidmann believes the market has overreacted.

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January 9, 2019
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Would you vote for a Democrat who behaves like a Republican?

In a recent experiment, a group of political scientists has found that when choosing a candidate, party affiliation outweighs a candidate’s policy positions and their support for democratic norms for both Democrats and Republicans surveyed.

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January 4, 2019

The Arts

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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
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Waited 100 years for it? Listen here to the rediscovered Frederick Douglass ‘Farewell’ song

The rare song, scored for voice and piano, probably hasn’t been performed in more than a hundred years, with only two known copies of the sheet music in the world. The only known copy in America now resides at the University of Rochester.

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January 9, 2019
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An operatic ‘trapeze artist’

A string of critically acclaimed appearances in the great opera houses of Vienna, Munich, and Paris have established Erin Morley ’02E as one of the most in-demand performers. Her latest role as Pamina in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of The Magic Flute, opens in December.

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December 19, 2018

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 wins national GameDay Recycling Challenge for 2018

The University of Rochester is the national champion in the diversion category of the most recent National GameDay Recycling Challenge, the nation’s premier collegiate football waste reduction competition.

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January 17, 2019
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Debate Union finishes among top teams at world championship

Nikhila Linganur ’20 and Warish Zaman Orko ’21 finished in the top eight percent of more than 400 teams from 90 countries, becoming the first-ever Rochester duo to advance to the break-out rounds at the World Universities Debating Championships.

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January 15, 2019
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Public health joins dance to put arts into action

In an effort to understand how to initiate change in a community, students in an Arts and Activism course, and their counterparts in an Environmental Health and Justice course, met up in Rochester dance studio to create some new moves.

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January 10, 2019

Voices & Opinion

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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
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Russia and the paradox of freedom of expression

While Russia still allows for more openness, discussion, and freedom of expression than some authoritarian countries, it’s more complicated than that, says political science professor Randall Stone, who recently returned from a trip to Russia.

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January 14, 2019
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Love in the time of Tinder

More than one-third of the sample in a recent survey by associate professor of psychology Ronald Rogge used dating apps. Rogge joined professor Harry Reis on WXXI to discuss this and other changes in dating culture.

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January 3, 2019

University News

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Karen Chance Mercurius named associate vice president for alumni and constituent relations

In her new role, Chance Mercurius will bring skills honed planning and executing alumni engagement programs for Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania.

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January 13, 2019
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Winter weather notifications: Everything you need to know

Winter has arrived and the University’s emergency preparedness teams are ready with the plans and tools that keep the University operational and community members informed during snowstorms or severe weather.

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January 10, 2019
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University earns silver ‘Bicycle Friendly’ award

The University has earned its first ever silver award as a bicycle friendly campus from the League of American Bicyclists. Awardees scored high on “Five E’s”—engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation.

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December 27, 2018