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A close call of 0.8 light years

A recently discovered dim star likely passed some 70,000 years ago through our solar system’s distant cloud of comets known as the Oort Cloud. No other star is known to have ever approached our solar system this closely.

February 16, 2015

In the Headlines

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Me, myself, and authenticity

the mainstream shift toward “I” and “me” in American pop music dates back at least half a century. The Beatles actually cut back on their use of first-person pronouns after earlier songs like “Ask Me Why,” “Love Me Do,” and “Please Please Me” in the early 1960s.

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February 25, 2015
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Rochester Music Hall of Fame names five new inductees

Two big questions were quickly answered at Wednesday morning’s press conference introducing the fourth class of inductees into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame. No, there is not yet an actual physical home for the hall. And yes, Wilmer Alexander Jr. is still alive.

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February 25, 2015
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Alaris, UR partner to digitize Susan B. Anthony letters

Kodak Alaris Inc. has partnered with the University of Rochester to digitize a large collection of correspondence between suffragist Susan B. Anthony and her friend and colleague, Rachel Foster Avery. The collection’s workflow enabled scanning of 1,470 images, including some 50 photographs, in roughly 20 hours.

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February 24, 2015

Science & Technology

New polymer material self-stretches as it cools. (Graphic by Mitchell Anthamatten/University of Rochester.)

New self-stretching material developed at University of Rochester

Although most materials slightly expand when heated, there is a new class of rubber-like material that not only self-stretches upon cooling; it reverts back to its original shape when heated, all without physical manipulation.

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February 16, 2015
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Curious monkeys share our thirst for knowledge

Monkeys are notoriously curious, and new research has quantified just how eager they are to gain new information, even if there are not immediate benefits. The study, by researchers at the University of Rochester and Columbia University, shows that rhesus macaques have such robust curiosity that they are willing to give up a surprisingly large portion of a potential prize in order to quickly find out if they selected the winning option at a game of chance. The findings offer insights into how a certain part of the brain shared by monkeys and humans plays a role in decision making, and perhaps even in some disorders and addictions in humans.

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February 12, 2015
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E-cigarette vapors, flavorings, trigger lung cell stress

Emissions from e-cigarette aerosols and flavorings damage lung cells by creating harmful free radicals and inflammation in lung tissue, according to a new URMC study.

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February 10, 2015

Society & Culture

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Celebrating Susan B. Anthony’s 195th Birthday

Faculty, students, and staff will celebrate Susan B. Anthony’s birthday with a visit to her gravesite in Mount Hope Cemetery on Monday, Feb. 16.

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February 13, 2015
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1989: The End of the System marks 25 years of Polish democracy

An exhibition and panel discussion will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the transition to democracy in Central Europe. The event is sponsored by the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies.

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February 5, 2015
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A picture is worth 1000 words, but how many emotions?‬

During a political campaign voters will often share their views through pictures posted on social media. A human could recognize one as being a positive portrait of the candidate and the other one negative. Professor ‪Jiebo Luo and his collaborators are training computers to make the same assessments.

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February 5, 2015

Photo of the Week

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China Nite

February 14, 2015

The Chinese Students’ Association rang in the Year of the Sheep at their annual China Nite performance and celebration. (Photo by Chi Huang ’18)

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Student Life

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Students’ Association Government to launch ‘It’s on Us’ sexual assault awareness campaign

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Students’ Association members will be on hand in Wilson Commons to launch the University’s “It’s On Us” campaign, a national effort to raise awareness about sexual violence in all of its forms.

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February 9, 2015
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UR Celtic steps into spotlight

At the latest Intercollegiate Irish Dance Festival, UR Celtic took home the bronze, and the group has no plans to stop there, as it takes on the relatively new Irish dancing collegiate circuit.

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February 3, 2015
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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

The Arts

Philip Levine (US Poet Laureate, center) with University of Rochester English professors Jennifer Grotz, right, and John Michael in Hutchison Hall during a visit to campus April 12, 2012.

Late Poet Laureate helped celebrate Plutzik Centennial

From the archives: Philip Levine, former poet laureate of the United States, was a keynote guest when the Department of English’s Plutzik Reading Series celebrated its centennial in 2012. The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet died Sunday at the age of 87.

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February 17, 2015
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World-Renowned Taiko Drumming pioneers perform In Kodak Hall

Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, the performing arts ensemble Kodo will perform its “One Earth Tour: Mystery” program which evokes the mood of splendor and awe found in sacred places.

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February 16, 2015

Event: University of Rochester hosts Tino Sehgal’s This situation

Rochester will be the second university to produce This situation, a piece by British-German artist Tino Sehgal. The piece is described as a “constructed situation” akin to a contemporary salon in which live interpreters discuss among themselves and with visitors such issues as the aesthetics of existence and the implications of moving from a society of lack to a society of abundance.

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February 9, 2015

University News

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Testani named assistant dean, executive director of Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center

Joe Testani succeeds Burt Nadler, current director of the Greene Center, who announced his intent to retire last year after 16 years in the position. Testani will join the University in June 2015.

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February 19, 2015
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Russell Peck to receive award from Medieval Academy of America

The Kindrick-CARA Award is presented annually to a member of the organization for their leadership in developing, organizing, and sponsoring work in medieval studies. Peck has been a faculty member at the University for 54 years, during which time he has received numerous commendations.

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February 17, 2015
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Robin and Tim Wentworth make $3 million commitment to endow directorship of Institute for Data Science

“We view being part of the formative stages of the Institute for Data Science as a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Tim Wentworth, a member of the University’s Board of Trustees since 2013.

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February 5, 2015
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