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Scientist’s accidental exhale leads to improved DNA detector

“It was like a really high-tech temporary tattoo that I created by accident,” says biomedical engineering doctoral student Greg Madejski. A frustrated exhale over the microscope led Madejski to an important insight: the water vapor in his breath became integral to the development and design of a novel device for detecting DNA biomarkers affiliated with disease.

December 7, 2017

Science & Technology

the HAWC observatory

In the mystery of positrons, dark matter is leading suspect

Scientists at the HAWC Gamma Ray Observatory have ruled out two pulsars as the source of an unexpectedly large presence of positrons in our corner of the galaxy. Could they come from something more complex and exotic: dark matter?

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November 16, 2017
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Neurologist calls Parkinson’s ‘imminent pandemic’

Writing in the journal JAMA Neurology, Medical Center neurologist Ray Dorsey and his co-author argue that the medical community must be mobilized to respond to Parkinson’s disease, the fastest growing cause of disability.

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November 13, 2017
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Quantum magic makes quick work of measuring frequency

Using the strange rules of quantum mechanics, researchers were able to put a quantum bit in a superposition of two different energy states at the same time in order to speed up the accurate measurement of frequencies.

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November 8, 2017

Society & Culture

Dr. Atwater stands in front of a table covered in AIDS health posters

Posters present a visual history of AIDS epidemic

For decades, Edward Atwater ’50, a professor emeritus of medicine at the Medical Center, has collected medical history artifacts. In 2007, he began turning his collection of more than 8,000 AIDS education posters over to the University and it is now the world’s largest single collection of visual resources related to AIDS and HIV.

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November 30, 2017
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One hundred years of solitude? Try 15 minutes instead

In a series of experiments, Rochester psychologists found that people who sat alone without devices for 15 minutes and chose what to think about experienced the positive effects of solitude: feeling calmer and less anxious, without feeling lonely or sad.

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November 21, 2017
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All in at East

In 2014, a Rochester high school was on the brink of closure. Since then, a partnership with the University has helped East High School to forge a new culture and commitment to revival.

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November 16, 2017

The Arts

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Poet James Longenbach unites spare and spooky in Earthling

This fifth collection of poetry from the Joseph H. Gilmore Professor of English had its roots in a poem he wrote called “Pastoral,” which would set the collection’s tone of “feeling or spiritual development.”

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November 29, 2017
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Four questions for director Ken Rus Schmoll

The two-time Obie Award-winner is in Rochester to direct Octavia, a play ripped from the headlines in the year AD 62.

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November 29, 2017
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Octavia opens at Todd Theater

The International Theatre Program closes its fall semester with the production of the rarely staged play Octavia, directed by Obie Award-winning guest director Ken Rus Schmoll.

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November 22, 2017

In Photos

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Boar’s Head Dinner goes back to 16th century for one night

December 1, 2017

Feldman Ballroom in Douglass Commons was transformed into a 16th century English court for the annual Boar’s Head Dinner, a University tradition since 1934. The banquet was inspired by a 16th-century Oxford University legend in which a student walking through the woods was attacked by a wild boar and saved by a fellow scholar who thrust a copy of Aristotle’s work down the boar’s throat.

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Student Life

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NPR host Maria Hinojosa to deliver MLK Commemorative Address

The four-time Emmy winner and host of National Public Radio’s Latino USA and PBS’s America By The Numbers will deliver the University’s 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address on Friday, January 19.

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November 30, 2017
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University welcoming students from Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Rochester will be welcoming students affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria so they may continue their studies while their home colleges are temporarily shut down.

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November 7, 2017
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Alumni share career advice with humanities majors

“I think my studies at Rochester in theater and sociology and in the humanities—I took a lot of English, history, and philosophy—really were the best kind of preparation for work in communication and journalism,” says Charles Kravetz ’74.

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November 2, 2017

Voices & Opinion

Political scientist Primo says Americans should worry about government control of social media

Congress is currently considering legislation that would regulate political advertising on social media.

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November 10, 2017

Nobelist Ishiguro: Novelist of ‘quiet riskiness’

Adam Parkes ’93 (PhD) explores the writing of Kazuo Ishiguro, recipient of this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, noting his fearless literary experimentation meshed with a simple austerity.

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October 7, 2017
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Doug Phillips on the role of universities in their cities

During a recent Bloomberg Markets podcast, Doug Phillips, the University’s chief investment officer, discussed his thoughts on the role urban universities play in their communities.

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October 4, 2017

University News

Kirsi Jarvinen-Seppo and Chunlei Guo

Two University researchers each receive $1.5 million grants

Chunlei Guo, with the Institute of Optics, and Kirsi Jarvinen-Seppo, with the Department of Pediatrics, were recently awarded separate $1.5 million grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest Gates Foundation grants ever awarded in the University’s history.

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December 8, 2017
Richard Thaler

Rochester’s latest Nobel laureate to be honored

The 2017 Nobel laureates will receive their awards on Sunday, December 10, in Stockholm. Among them is Richard Thaler ’74 (PhD), a leading scholar on the intersection between human behavior and economic decision making, who will be awarded a Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.

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December 8, 2017
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Four LLE members receive awards for fusion development research

The non-profit organization Fusion Power Associates awarded its Distinguished Career Award to recently retired director Robert McCrory, as well as other awards to the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at their annual meeting.

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December 7, 2017