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Scientists discover gene controlling genetic recombination rates

Genetics is a crapshoot, with genes from both parents combining and recombining to produce combinations unique to each offspring. While genetic recombination is vital to natural selection, there is always a risk that “selfish DNA” will enter the mix, causing abnormal crossovers that can manifest as birth defects. Some species have evolved to display far more crossover than others, and scientists in Rochester have discovered a gene in fruit flies that is responsible for the evolution of these recombination rates.

April 19, 2018

Science & Technology

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Mobile apps could hold key to Parkinson’s research

A new Medical Center study shows that smartphone technology can accurately track the severity of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The findings could help researchers and clinicians develop new drugs and better treatments for this challenging disease.

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March 26, 2018
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New computing device would let microprocessors go ‘all out’

Researcher Mohammad Kazemi has proposed an entirely new concept for computer architecture to overcome the problems of heat transfer inherent in traditional microprocessors.

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March 15, 2018
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Professor studies complex brain networks involved in vision

Farran Briggs, a new associate professor of neuroscience and of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester, studies how attention affects the brain’s ability to process visual information.

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March 12, 2018

Society & Culture

What happens when democracy becomes irrational?

While in Rochester, Distinguished Visiting Humanist W. J. T. Mitchell will participate in lectures and discussions probing psychology, politics, and culture.

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April 17, 2018
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Learning the lessons of Red October

Ronald Grigor Suny, one of the preeminent historians of the Soviet Union, ethnic conflict, and nationalism, will speak as part of the Russian Studies program’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.

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April 13, 2018
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Going beyond medieval times to explore early worlds

The Early Worlds Initiative—an interdisciplinary research project at the University of Rochester—connects faculty researching social and cultural developments worldwide from medieval times to the early modern period.

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April 13, 2018

The Arts

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Students learn the art of community change through dance

How can high school students inspire political and social change with the instuments of dance, theater, and visual art? University of Rochester students in the Program of Dance and Movement are working with local high schools to answer that question.

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April 10, 2018
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Fairchild Award honors mural artist Sarah C. Rutherford

A tribute to five Rochester women who work to lift others’ voices in the community, the “Her Voice Carries” art project has earned local artist Sarah C. Rutherford this year’s Lillian Fairchild Memorial Award.

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March 21, 2018
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Poetry a ‘powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace’

The United Nations created World Poetry Day to celebrate poetic expression in the world’s many languages. In honor of the day, University of Rochester students at the Language Center share some favorite poems in the languages in which they were written.

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March 20, 2018

In Photos

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Baja Strong

April 6, 2018

The UR Baja SAE team unveiled their Model ’18 baja vehicle on Friday in Rettner Hall. The team have christened the car “BONKO STRONG” for former Baja team member Kevin Bonko ’17, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.  The student-run organization  works throughout the school year to design, build, and test their car, and includes student majoring in biomedical engineering to business, optics to biology. Their racing season starts on April 19 in Maryland. (University of Rochester photo / Lori Packer)

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Student Life

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Mock Trial team to compete at national championship

For the second year in a row, the University of Rochester’s Mock Trial team is headed to the American Mock Trial Association’s national championship as one of the few teams that is completely student-run.

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April 19, 2018
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Thesis competition winner describes protein translation in 3 minutes or less

Jillian Ramos showed exactly how to capture an audience’s attention – and hold it – at the third annual Three Minute Thesis Competition finals, winning both first place and the people’s choice prize.

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April 17, 2018
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Rochester sets record for Germany’s DAAD RISE scholars

Sixteen University of Rochester students, the largest contingent from North America, will work at German research institutes this summer through the highly competitive DAAD RISE scholarship program.

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April 12, 2018

Voices & Opinion

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Equal Pay Day points to 100-year wage gap for women’s work

The Susan B. Anthony Center’s Equal Pay Day panelists will discuss issues of gender pay inequity on the date that marks how long women have to work into the new year to earn the same as men did in the previous year.

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April 10, 2018
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Federal budget process is broken

“We need to take a look at the bigger picture here, which is that this bill does nothing to deal with our long-term budget challenges,” says Rochester political scientist David Primo. “Whether you are on the left or the right, that should be a big concern.”

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March 27, 2018
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Thinking about ‘visual privilege’ and the 2018 Oscars

Sharon Willis, a member of Rochester’s Film and Media Studies program faculty, says this year’s nominations show that change may be afoot in Hollywood—but that how much movies will be transformed remains to be seen.

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March 1, 2018

University News

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David McCamant wins first College Award for Undergraduate Teaching and Research Mentorship

With 12 years on the faculty, the associate professor of chemistry is being widely praised by his former students for his role in their current success as scientists.

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April 18, 2018
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Researchers win Furth Fund awards to support early career scientists

Kathryn Knowles, assistant professor of chemistry, and Martina Poletti, assistant professor of neuroscience, are this year’s recipients of University Furth Fund awards.

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April 16, 2018
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University remembers Andrew Kende, professor emeritus of chemistry

Kende was a former chair of the Department of Chemistry and a world renowned organic chemist and inventor who specialized in the synthesis of complex molecules, including ones used for anti-cancer treatments.

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April 16, 2018