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GPS sensors give women’s soccer team analytic edge

Kim Stagg ’17 covers a lot of ground during each soccer team practice and game. Thanks to an innovative data science program, she and her coaches now know just how much. In fact, she left cleat marks on more than 90% of Fauver Stadium. Stagg and her teammates wear GPS devices that track movement, heart rate, and exertion levels, helping her coaches know how much recovery time she might need to avoid injury.

February 27, 2017

Science & Technology

Upstate New York I-Corps Node launches online innovation resource

The new website allows researchers to combine their technical knowledge with an entrepreneurial mindset, with the goal of discovering marketable new technologies.

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February 23, 2017
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Millions of tweets are a gold mine for data mining

Researchers can track the flu, consumer preferences, and movie box office sales, all from the millions of tweets posted every day.

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February 21, 2017
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Online dating brings matches, but it isn’t scientific

Online dating is second only to “meeting through friends” as the most popular form of matchmaking, and Rochester psychologist Harry Reis has been investigating the phenomenon as the stigma has lifted.

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February 12, 2017

Society & Culture

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AIDS Remembrance Quilt resurfaces after 23 years

“I knew I had it,” says Linda Dudman of the University Health Service. “I knew it was a very important item to keep, but I never quite knew what to do with it.” Now the 12-foot square panel will be on display through February and finds a new home in River Campus Libraries.

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February 17, 2017
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Tis better to give—to your spouse

A new study has found that partners felt an emotional benefit when they put aside their own needs for the sake of their spouse, even if their acts of compassion were not explicitly noticed by their spouse.

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February 13, 2017
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Literacy expert wants to help children fall in love with reading

This Valentine’s Day, Warner School of Education professor Carol Anne St. George shares tips with parents to help make reading aloud with children an act of love.

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February 13, 2017

The Arts

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‘Women’s Voices’ marks 100 years of women’s suffrage

As part of a year-long celebration of the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York state, the Eastman School of Music and Susan B. Anthony Center are collaborating on a concert featuring the premieres of commissioned works by women composers.

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February 16, 2017
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Conference explores genius of Franz Liszt

In the 19th century, Franz Liszt was a “rock star” who drove female audience members into a frenzy of “Lisztomania.” This March, the Eastman School of Music hosts international symposium of the the world’s most prominent Liszt scholars,

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February 15, 2017
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Valentines, Schmalentines! Stories of love, for 10 cents or a postcard

Stories of love written by biochemistry graduate student Karl Smith—whose hobby is writing stories for strangers on his 90-year-old Underwood typewriter and charging 10 cents per story—are paired with vintage Valentines from the libraries collections.

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February 13, 2017

Photo of the Week

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History comes to light

February 17, 2017

Haytham Abdelhakim ’20 and Ashley Tenesaca ’20 stop to look at a panel signed by University of Rochester students, faculty, and staff in 1994 when it accompanied the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt that had been displayed in Goergen Athletic Center. The panel had been saved by Linda Dudman, the associate director of health promotion at the University Health Service; Dudman has donated the panel to River Campus Libraries, where it is now on display.

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Student Life

Student athletes find big wins in big data

From field hockey to football, teams rely on statistics to evaluate players, opponents, and strategy. “What we have now is so much better than just a few years ago,” says men’s basketball coach Luke Flockerzi. “I can’t imagine what’s in store in the years ahead.”

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February 27, 2017
Ulrik Soderstrom standing in Letchworth State Park with fall foliage all around.

Data science for a better planet

One of the first Rochester students to graduate with a BA in data science, Ulrik Soderstrom ’16, ’17 (MS) is combining his love of math and computers with a passion for environmental sustainability and renewables.

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February 24, 2017
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UR HEAL wins Community Engagement Challenge

The student organization provides health care services to low-income members of the greater Rochester community, and is the inaugural winner of this challenge grant.

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February 21, 2017

Voices & Opinion

A mother reads to her child.

Nurturing a love for reading

In an op-ed for Fox News, Carol Anne St. George, assistant professor of teaching and curriculum at the Warner School of Education, shares the “compelling reasons for reading aloud to children” as well as tips to make the read-aloud experience enjoyable.

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February 21, 2017
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Earth’s magnetic field—reversing or fluctuating?

For the last 160 years, the Earth’s magnetic field has been weakening. In an essay shared on Newsweek, professor John Tarduno explains archaeomagnetism research, in which geophysicists team up with archaeologists to study the effects of these changes.

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February 8, 2017

Kocherlakota talks FOMC and wage inflation

On Bloomberg News, Narayana Kocherlakota discusses the Federal Reserve’s most recent decision to leave interest rates unchanged, slack in the labor market, and why he thinks Federal Open Market Committee meetings need reviving.

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February 1, 2017

University News

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University announces tuition, financial aid increases for 2017-18

Tuition for undergraduates in the College will increase 3.7 percent to $51,090 for the 2017-18 academic year. Room and board will increase 3.4 percent to $15,324. Tuition for the Eastman School of Music will also increase 3.7 percent to $51,440. Undergraduate financial aid will increase 4.3 % over the current year forecast to $138.1 million.

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February 25, 2017
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New undergraduate residence to be Genesee Hall

River Campus’ newest residence hall, which will overlook the Genesee River from its east side, will also bear its name. Scheduled to open this fall, Genesee Hall will feature housing for approximately 150 freshmen, as well as meeting rooms, a new locker room facility, and training rooms for athletic programs.

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February 24, 2017
LaRon Nelson

Nursing professor appointed to national alliance to improve HIV care in Africa

LaRon Nelson has been selected to serve as a member of the Adolescent HIV Prevention and Treatment Implementation Science Alliance, an initiative of the Center for Global Health Studies at the National Institutes of Health to overcome implementation challenges related to prevention, screening, and treatment.

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February 23, 2017