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Gigantic ring system around J1407b much larger, heavier than Saturn’s

Rochester astronomers, along with colleagues at the Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands have discovered that the ring system that they see eclipse the very young Sun-like star J1407 is of enormous proportions, much larger and heavier than the ring system of Saturn. The ring system – the first of its kind to be found outside our solar system – was discovered in 2012 by a team led by Professor Eric Mamajek.

January 26, 2015

In the Headlines

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Gambling monkeys have hot hands just like humans

A new experiment from the University of Rochester has found that monkeys, like humans, suffer from “hot hand” syndrome in gambling scenarios. The study, which was not conducted at a treetop casino where tuxedo’d monkey bartenders sling daiquiris, focused on three primates interacting with a computer program, which they controlled by shifting their eyes to the left or right.

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January 29, 2015
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Distant exoplanet hosts giant ring system

It is the first such structure detected around a planet beyond our Solar System. “You could think of it as kind of a super Saturn,” said Prof Eric Mamajek, from the University of Rochester in the US.

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January 27, 2015
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Rings like Saturn’s, but supersized

Think you’ve seen big rings in our own solar system? Not even close. When the University of Rochester’s Eric Mamajek tells other astronomers about the object he and his colleagues discovered about 430 light-years from Earth, they tend to be skeptical–very skeptical.

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January 26, 2015

Science & Technology

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Professor named to Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’ in science

Each year, Forbes Magazine lists the top 30 people under the age of 30 who have reached notable success in their chosen field. Elika Bergelson, a research assistant professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, was selected for the 2015 list for her work on the development of language in infants.

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January 23, 2015
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Fatty acids in fish may shield brain from mercury damage

New research provides further evidence that the benefits of fish consumption on prenatal development may offset the risks associated with mercury exposure. The Seychelles Child Development Study – a partnership between the University of Rochester. Ulster University, and the Republic of Seychelles Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education – is one of the longest and largest studies of its kind.

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January 21, 2015
Professor Chunlei Guo has developed a technique that uses lasers to render materials hydrophobic, illustrated in this image of a water droplet bouncing off a treated sample.

Laser-generated surface structures create extremely water-repellent metals

Scientists at the Institute of Optics have used lasers to transform metals into extremely water repellent, or super-hydrophobic, materials without the need for temporary coatings.

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January 20, 2015

Society & Culture

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Guest scholar to present two public talks on history, technology

Rachel Leow, a lecturer in Modern East Asian History at the University of Cambridge, will present talks on the cultural history of electricity in Shanghai, and on history, technology, and the liberal arts.

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January 28, 2015
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Author and director of Schomburg Center of Black Culture to deliver MLK Commemorative Address

Khalil Gibran Muhammad will deliver the University’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address. Muhammad is author of Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America, in which he explored the roots of the popular conception of black criminality in America.

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January 15, 2015
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Professor’s 5 decades of research on Congress now available online

A lifetime of scholarly work by one of the University’s most preeminent political science professors is now available to researchers across the world. For the first time, the papers of Richard Fenno, Jr., Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science, are easily accessible through a new web portal:

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December 23, 2014

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MLK Commemorative Address

January 23, 2015

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, meets with students at the Douglass Leadership House before delivering the annual University of Rochester Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Address.

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Student Life

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Making his move

Computer science major Francis Hinson ’16 says that chess is a game in which players improve through study, not just repeated play. His start-up, Chesscademy, which he founded with two other students, aims to make such instruction readily available and fun. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AP Images for Rochester Review)

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December 9, 2014
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Student activities assistant director honored for leadership

Stacey Fisher, assistant director for Wilson Commons student activities, was recently awarded the Joseph H. Benedict Award by the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), an international organization for university union and student activities professionals.

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December 1, 2014
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Student group aims to change conversation around mental health

Stigma and taboo can keep individuals suffering from mental illness from getting help. The University’s chapter of Active Minds hosts a variety of events to encourage a dialogue about mental health and to combat misconceptions about common mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

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November 12, 2014

The Arts

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Rochester choreographers receive Lillian Fairchild Award for commitment to community

The Department of English has named N’jelle Gage and Guy Thorne of FuturPointe Dance the recipients of the 2014 Lillian Fairchild Memorial Award.

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January 30, 2015
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Pianist Peter Serkin performs with Eastman Philharmonia

Distinguished American pianist and classical music legend Peter Serkin will perform with the Eastman School of Music’s Philharmonia orchestra under conductor Neil Varon on Saturday, Feb. 21,

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January 27, 2015
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(en)Gendered exhibit marks tenth anniversary

For ten years, this annual competition has showcased the artwork of undergraduate students exploring ideas of gender and sexuality. From January 23 through February 27, an exhibition in Rush Rhees Library features the 2015 jury’s top selections.

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January 27, 2015

University News

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Susan B. Anthony Center honors Dr. Linda Chaudron with Lifetime Achievement Award

Linda Chaudron, professor of psychiatry, of obstetrics and gynecology, and of pediatrics and senior associate dean for diversity at the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, will receive this year’s Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award for her work as a champion of women in science and medicine.

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January 29, 2015
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MAG closed today after nearby fire

The Memorial Art Gallery remains closed Wednesday, Jan. 28, after a fire damaged a nearby building that was once part of the University’s historic Prince Street Campus.

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January 27, 2015
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Investiture ceremony of Andrew Ainslie as dean of Simon Business School

Andrew Ainslie will be formally installed as the seventh dean of Simon Business School during an investiture ceremony on Tuesday, February 3, in the Interfaith Chapel. President Joel Seligman will preside and present Ainslie with a Dean’s Medal, recognizing his leadership to the school.

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January 27, 2015
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