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Scientists map genome of common bed bug

An international research team of scientists from 36 institutions has successfully mapped the genome of Cimex lectularius to get a better understanding of its genetic makeup. “There’s an explosion of insect genome sequencing right now,” said Jack Werren, a professor of biology and a member of the research team. “But the bed bug is particularly interesting because it’s a human parasite, a major pest, and has a unique biology.”

February 2, 2016

In the Headlines

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Map of bed bug genome explains ick factor and some mysteries

Jack Werren, an evolutionary geneticist and professor of biology at the University of Rochester and a member of the research team, says the idea of the project is “to promote the understanding of insect.”

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February 2, 2016
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The planets we don’t have

But just because these kinds of planets don’t show up in our solar system doesn’t mean they don’t exist in other parts the universe. In fact, this other kind of planet is everywhere. Astronomers call the class of worlds between Earth and Uranus super-Earths — and they’re popping up in planet surveys like weeds.

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January 31, 2016
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Ex-Fed leader joins UR

Narayana Kocherlakota on Monday marks his first month at UR, where he is serving as a researcher and a professor. He was named the inaugural Lionel W. McKenzie Professor of Economics.

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January 29, 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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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
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Comedian, Office co-star B.J. Novak to perform at Winterfest

Comedian B.J. Novak, best known for his role on The Office where he also served as a writer and producer, headlines Winterfest on Saturday, Jan. 30.

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January 26, 2016

The Arts

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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
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Eastman School of Music graduate named Member of the British Empire

Catherine Jane Arlidge, a U.K. national who received her Master of Music degree at Eastman in 1988, was named to the Queen’s new year honors list for her service to music education through her projects connecting young people with classical music.

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December 31, 2015

University News

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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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University moves toward all antibiotic-free chicken

In working with Aramark and local suppliers, Dining Services has been able make this large-scale pledge without additional costs to students or customers.

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January 29, 2016
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