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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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University of Rochester scientists create ‘super polymer’ that can lift 1,000 times its mass

Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a new type of ‘super polymer’ that could prove an extremely useful technology in the healthcare and clothing industries.

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February 11, 2016
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Stretchable polymer reverts back to original shape when triggered by body

If the trigger point can be lowered to a point where practical materials change shape when making contact with skin, it could mean big things for the medical world.

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February 10, 2016
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Team approach helps patients control blood pressure

Researchers at the University of Rochester found helping physicians, pharmacists and nurses work together to limit barriers of entry for patients helped hypertensive patients at a practice in New York to better control their blood pressure.

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February 9, 2016

Science & Technology

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Love is sweet … and so is science

Rochester research into relationships, love, wine, and happiness make for an “Ever Better” Valentine’s Day.

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February 12, 2016
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Study sheds light on source of drug addicts risk-taking behavior

A study by Medical Center neuroscientists shows that while drug users have very strong motivation to seek out “rewards,” they exhibit an impaired ability to adjust their behavior and are less fulfilled once they have achieved what they desire.

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February 10, 2016
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Team approach helps patients control blood pressure

In a study at a clinic in the city of Rochester. researchers found that a team-based approach to the treatment of hypertension led to a 30 percent improvement in blood pressure control for the largely minority and low-income patients.

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February 9, 2016

Society & Culture

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Open Letter takes global approach to literature

Open Letter, the University’s nonprofit literary translation press, sold its 100,000th book this fall. Seven years after the press’s founding, and with 78 books in its list, director Chad Post says that he hopes to broaden Open Letter’s geographic perspective even more.

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February 9, 2016
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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

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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Miracle basket goes viral

Mack Montague nailed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in overtime after teammate Sam Borst-Smith intentionally missed a free throw, giving the Yellowjackets a wild 77-76 win over 21st-ranked Chicago. Video of the shot has been posted and tweeted and retweeted thousands of times, making in on the ESPN’s Top Ten plays of the day.

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February 9, 2016
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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

The Arts

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Eastman professor celebrates glee club that changed his life

Michael Alan Anderson’s usual field of research is medieval sacred music. But for his latest book he turned his attention to the Notre Dame Glee club, one of the oldest in the country and one that changed how he saw music as a student there in the 1990s.

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February 11, 2016
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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

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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