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Body heat triggers shape change in new type of polymer

Polymers that visibly change shape when exposed to temperature changes are nothing new. But a research team led by Chemical Engineering Professor Mitch Anthamatten has created a material that undergoes a shape change that can be triggered by body heat alone, opening the door for new medical and other applications.

February 9, 2016

In the Headlines

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Grim headlines, hard data show suicides on rise among teens nationally

Dr. Eric Caine, director of the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center, noted another potential factor in the rise of teen suicides nationally.

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February 5, 2016
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Benefits of eating fish during pregnancy may outweigh mercury risk

Although more study of the link between fish consumption and brain development is needed, the new results are in line with many earlier studies that have linked eating fish during pregnancy with better outcomes in children.

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February 4, 2016
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There’s a ‘Transparent’ conference

It appears the series is ripe enough for commentary from within academe, too, so much so that the University of Rochester has created an entire symposium dedicated to award-winning show.

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February 3, 2016

Science & Technology

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Scientists discover stem cells capable of repairing skull, face bones

A team of Rochester scientists has, for the first time, identified a stem cell population capable of skull formation and craniofacial bone repair in mice—an important step toward using stem cells for bone reconstruction of the face and head.

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February 1, 2016
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Unwinding ovarian clock to understand fertility

Researchers at the School of Medicine and Dentistry have uncovered the cell in the ovary that governs the timing of ovulation. This finding could unlock clues to remedy infertility among people who have altered sleep schedules due to shift work or frequent jet lag, for example.

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January 28, 2016
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Study details source of mental problems associated with MS

Neurology researchers have shown that the brain’s immune system is responsible for disrupting communication between nerve cells, even in parts of the brain that are not normally considered to be primary targets of the disease.

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January 28, 2016

Society & Culture

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Teens are more caring when they feel support from others

A new study shows that values of social responsibility and caring for others decrease between the ages of 10 to 16. These decreases, however, are in concert with feelings of decreasing support from their parents, schools, and friends.

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February 1, 2016
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What’s in a game?

Senior digital media studies majors (from left) John Lockard, Yukun Liu, Gina Fabio, and Lean Mateos, are creating a video game set in a war zone. But to win the game, the object is not how many you can kill, but how many can you save.

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January 19, 2016
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Rock history remembers David Bowie

David Bowie, who died Sunday at the age of 69, wasn’t the first performer to create an alter ego. But as music professor and director of the Institute for Popular Music John Covach explains, the difference with Bowie was how his personas would change over the years, sometimes shifting drastically.

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January 11, 2016

Photo of the Week

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Up, up, and away

February 4, 2016

The five-story, 50-foot sculpture made from more than 40,000 compostable balloons currently on display in the Sibley Building atrium in downtown Rochester is the work of University graduate and artist Larry Moss ’92. The exhibit closes this Sunday, February 7, with a giant “popping party.” (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

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Students gather in response to Yik Yak decision

Students assembled in front of Rush Rhees Library just before noon after staging a walkout to protest University President Joel Seligman’s decision to not ban the social media app Yik Yak.

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February 4, 2016
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Rochester and Syria: Student organizes support for victims of his homeland’s civil war

Biomedical engineering major Omar Soufan ’17 has set up a rehabilitation center and clinic in Lebanon that now sees 15 patients a day.

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February 1, 2016
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Rochester Youth Year fellows honored for their service

Five graduating seniors were honored for their service this year in local organizations serving needs ranging from at-risk youth to community schooling.

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January 28, 2016

The Arts

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‘Adventurous Italians’ theme of Memorial Art Gallery concert

Eastman School of Music’s 10th anniversary celebration of its Italian Baroque Organ — the only one of its kind in North America — continues with a Third Thursday concert.

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February 4, 2016
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Institute for Popular Music pays tribute to progressive rock

The 2015-2016 “In Performance” concert series continues on Saturday, Feb. 6, with a concert celebrating a genre that Institute for Popular Music director John Covach describes as “often overlooked by rock ‘n’ roll establishments like the Hall of Fame.”

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January 29, 2016
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Interaction between organ, voice topic for 2016 EROI Festival

Titled “Breath for Singing: The Organ and the Human Voice,” this October’s Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI) Festival features the premiere performance of a new hymn commissioned for the event, plus lectures, master classes, and performances at historic organs across Rochester.

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January 15, 2016

University News

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University receives $2.5 million HECap grant for Frederick Douglass Building renovations

With over 250 student groups on campus, the reconfigured and more flexible spaces will allow groups to host speakers, programs, and other activities organized for and by students. Work will be done in phases and expected to be complete by August 2016.

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February 8, 2016
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Rochester to host hundreds of entrepreneurship professionals for international conference

This fall, more than 350 entrepreneurship experts from the United States and abroad will arrive in Rochester for the 2016 Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, or GCEC

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February 5, 2016
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Statement from President Joel Seligman on Constantino’s Market Closing at College Town Feb. 1, 2016

The University has learned that Constantino’s Market, one of College Town’s original tenants, plans to close effective Feb. 13.

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February 1, 2016
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