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Confidence in parenting could help break cycle of abuse

To understand how confidence in parenting may predict parenting behaviors in women who were abused as children, psychologists at the University’s Mt. Hope Family Center have found that mothers who experienced more types of maltreatment as children are more critical of their ability to parent successfully. Intervention programs for moms at-risk, therefore, should focus on bolstering mothers’ self-confidence—not just teach parenting skills.

August 28, 2015

In the Headlines


Upstate tour helps new NY speaker find his footing

“The upstate-downstate divide is one of the oldest features of the state’s political system, said University of Rochester political scientist Gerald Gamm.

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August 29, 2015
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Can quality sleep prevent Alzheimer’s?

A good night’s sleep yields more than beauty—it also means a healthy brain.

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August 28, 2015
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Slaughter announces $1.3M for UR medical research

The grant will support research into cancer biology and muscular dystrophy and help train others in preventive medicine.

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August 28, 2015

Science & Technology

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Vision expert David Williams receives Beckman-Argyros Award

David Williams, widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on human vision, received the $500,000 prize for his transformative breakthroughs in vision research and adaptive optics.

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August 11, 2015
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Researchers find that Earth’s magnetic shield is 500 million years older than previously thought

Since 2010, the best estimate of the age of Earth’s magnetic field has been 3.45 billion years. But now the Rochester researcher responsible for that finding has new data showing the magnetic field is far older.

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July 30, 2015
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First measurements taken of South Africa’s iron age magnetic field history

Combined with the current weakening of Earth’s magnetic field, the data suggest that the region of Earth’s core beneath southern Africa may play a special role in reversals of the planet’s magnetic poles.

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July 28, 2015

Society & Culture

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Jane McGonigal, world-renowned designer of alternate reality games, to speak

Jane McGonigal, an American game designer and author who advocates the use of mobile and digital technology to channel positive attitudes in a real-world context will speak to 200 elite high school students from 20 nations staying on the River Campus as part of the International Baccalaureate World Student Conference on Monday, Aug. 3.

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July 31, 2015
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The doctor is in: Bojan Zoric ’98 on World Cup sidelines for Team USA

Zoric had the perfect view of the United States Women’s National Team at the 2015 FIFA World Cup Final in Canada as the team doctor for the Americans.

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July 31, 2015
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College social life can predict well-being at midlife

A new 30-year longitudinal study shows that the quantity of social interactions a person has in their 20s—and the quality of the social relationships they have in their 30s—can benefit his or her well-being later in life. The study participants, now in their 50s, took part in the Rochester-Interaction Record (RIR) study as college students in the 1970s and again as 30-year-olds in the 1980s.

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July 23, 2015

Photo of the Week

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‘We only sing the first and third verses…’

August 25, 2015

University Dean Paul Burgett leads the incoming class of 2019 in their first performance of the alma mater, “The Genesee,” joined by members of the University’s a cappella ensembles, President Seligman, and other campus leaders.

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Student Life

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19 African students learn college ropes this summer

Nineteen high school students from Africa are staying on the River Campus through Aug. 7 as part of a pre-orientation program designed to prepare them for college this fall. Three will continue their education at the University of Rochester this fall.

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July 31, 2015
Spencer Gurley-Green, Matias Piva, and Lauren Sava will be recognized by Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren.

Recent alumni recognized for Rochester Youth Year commitment

Three members of the Class of 2014 have completed their one-year commitment to Rochester Youth Year, an AmeriCorps VISTA sponsored program that includes seven local colleges.

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July 29, 2015
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An active year as social issues prompt students to make their voices heard

Is student activism on the rise? In the past year, Rochester students led protests and vigils against police brutality; initiated a campaign, by students and for students, to tackle the problem of sexual assault; and forged an alliance with the movement for a $15 minimum wage and a union for fast-food workers.

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July 22, 2015

The Arts

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Eastman professor’s studio a ‘saxophone heaven’

Student saxophonists at the Eastman School are earning exceptional accolades under the guidance of Chien-Kwan Lin ’07E (DMA), associate professor of saxophone.

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August 10, 2015
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Professor Jennifer Grotz receives fellowship for literary translation studies

Grotz, director of the University’s translation studies program, has been awarded a Literary Translation Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts to support the English translation of several poems by the Polish writer Jerzy Ficowski.

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August 4, 2015
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17-year-old virtuoso wins Young Artists International Piano Competition

Brian Le, 17, of Silver Spring, Md,, was awarded first prize in the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition Saturday, July 18, following a stellar performance of the first movement Allegro maestoso of Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 in E Minor.

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July 20, 2015

University News

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UR Medicine building new site for outpatient imaging, autism care

UR Medicine leaders will today break ground on a new building that will house a state-of-the-art outpatient Imaging Center, as well as the region’s first stand-alone clinic to integrate care of autism with pediatric neuromedicine and child and adolescent psychiatry services.

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August 17, 2015
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Wilmot Cancer Institute joins OmniSeq Genomic Network

Through this network, Wilmot Cancer Institute and Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo — the state’s two largest cancer care and research institutions outside New York City — will collaborate and expand genomic testing for cancer across the Finger Lakes and western New York region.

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August 3, 2015
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University to host 200 students from 20 nations at International Baccalaureate World Student Conference

The IBWSC brings the leaders of tomorrow together to focus on critical thinking skills. This year’s theme will be reaching solutions through play, and keynote speakers include game designer and author Jane McGonigal and Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor for The New Yorker magazine.

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July 28, 2015
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