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Symposia, exhibit, opera look behind the veils of Salomé

The story of Salomé has been recreated in popular culture for more than 2,000 years. But according to religious scholar Emil Homerin, it’s only in the last two centuries that the character was transformed into a femme fatale. On Oct. 8-11, her evolving role in religion, society, and the arts will be explored in a two-day symposia and series of events titled The Veils of Salomé, at both the River Campus and the Eastman School of Music.

September 23, 2014

In the Headlines

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6 reasons to start working out outside

Exercise itself is sure to reinvigorate you when you’re feeling sluggish, but fresh air can boost the effect. A 2009 study from the University of Rochester found that just 20 minutes outside can rev you up as much as a cup of coffee, The Telegraph reported.

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September 21, 2014
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UR Press celebrates 25 years

None of the more than 600 books that the University of Rochester Press has published over the years can be found on bestseller lists. But that doesn’t make the UR Press — or for that matter most other university presses — any less important in the dissemination of knowledge, even though this form of specialized publishing is facing hard times.

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September 20, 2014
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Strength of leadership

When he selected Bradford Berk M.D. to take the reins at the University of Rochester Medical Center in 2006, UR president Joel Seligman described his choice as “a great research scientist (who also is) a superb strategist, who can lead UR’s clinical enterprises.” The past eight years have proved him right.

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September 19, 2014

Science & Technology

Parasitic DNA stops “jumping” when protein takes charge

Biology researchers Vera Gorbunova and Andrei Seluanov report that the “jumping genes” in mice become active as the mice age when a multi-function protein stops keeping them in check in order to take on another role. A protein called Sirt6 is needed to keep the jumping genes—technically known as retrotransposons—inactive.

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September 23, 2014
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Communities considering fracking face long list of questions

A new report examines the host of potential health-related issues that communities in areas of the country suitable for natural gas extraction may face and provides direction for future research.

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September 15, 2014
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Less effective DNA repair process takes over as mice age, biologists find

Biologists Vera Gorbunova and Andei Seluanov have discovered one reason for the the increase in DNA damage as we age: the primary repair process begins to fail and is replaced by one that is less accurate.

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September 9, 2014

Society & Culture

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Acclaimed author’s new novel steeped in family mystery

As a child, professor and noted author Joanna Scott played with figurines collected by her great-grandfather, Armand de Potter. After unearthing a trunk filled with diaries and documents, Scott realized her great-grandfather wasn’t the man he seemed. This disquieting discovery became the basis for her new novel, De Potter’s Grand Tour.

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September 16, 2014
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Comparative literature professor explores concept of ‘the sublime’

Robert Doran looks at the intense interest in the “sublime” as an aesthetic concept — distinct from and even surpassing “beauty” — in his forthcoming book The Theory of the Sublime from Longinus to Kant.

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September 12, 2014
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Warner School professor promotes understanding of psychopathology

A new book, co-authored by Andre Marquis, associate professor of counseling and human development, closely examines the causes of, and treatments for, mental health disorders from various psychological and social perspectives.

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September 12, 2014

Photo of the Week

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Laptop Orchestra combines music, science at Fringe

September 23, 2014

The Rochester Laptop Orchestra performs “Viral Composition” at the annual Rochester Fringe Festival. The group is composed of students at the University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music who compose and perform unique, interactive compositions controlled by Wiimotes, Kinect sensors, genetic sequences, and other custom sensors.

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Student Life

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UR fall concert series features Vic Mensa and Asher Roth

Chicago native Vic Mensa is an independent rap artist who recently began a solo career after the breakup of his rap-rock band Kids These Days. Asher Roth is best known for his hit single “I Love College”, which reached number 12 on the US Billboard Music Charts.

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September 15, 2014
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Yellowjacket weekend brings Michael Ian Black to Rochester

Comedians Ron Funches, Nick Vatterott, and Michael Ian Black will perform this weekend for students and the Rochester community as part of Yellowjacket Weekend, which celebrates the start of the academic year.

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September 4, 2014
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PHOTO GALLERY: Wilson Day 2014

The incoming Class of 2018 fanned out into the surrounding neighborhoods of Rochester during the 26th annual Wilson Day of community service.

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August 29, 2014

The Arts

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New “Tuesday Pipes” series shares organ music with community

Each concert will run for approximately 25 minutes and showcase the Craighead-Saunders Organ and Hook & Hastings Organ. Performances offer an effort to bring organ music to local audiences while connecting Eastman students, faculty, and alumni with the wider community.

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September 22, 2014
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Wind Ensemble celebrates André Previn with world premiere

The ensemble will perform Music for Wind Orchestra (No Strings Attached) as part of an all-Previn program featuring several of the composer’s chamber music pieces. Previn will be at Eastman and will receive an Honorary Doctor of Music degree.

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September 19, 2014
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Renowned Daegum flutist gives class and recital

Korean musician Jang Hyun Won, a legendary performer on the daegum, or traditional Korean wooden flute, will be in residence at the Eastman School of Music Thursday, Sept. 18.

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September 15, 2014

University News

New entrance ramp from Kendrick to I-390 opens

This new connection to I-390, along with the newly built direct access from East River Road is expected to improve safety, reduce congestion, and provide the access necessary for the University to expand.

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September 23, 2014
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Flu vaccine clinic will assess emergency preparedness for mass inoculation

Thursday, Oct. 30, University Health Service (UHS) staff will attempt to vaccinate 5,000 students, faculty and staff against this year’s flu virus. All River Campus-based students, faculty and staff are asked to consider participating in this clinic if they wish to receive the flu shot this year.

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September 19, 2014
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Berk completes service as URMC CEO

Bradford C. Berk announced today that he intends to make a transition from his role as senior vice president for Health Sciences and CEO of the medical center on Jan. 1, 2015 to launch a new Rochester Neurorestorative Institute at the Medical Center. He will be succeeded by School of Medicine and Dentistry Dean Mark B. Taubman.

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September 17, 2014