Andes mountains formed by ‘growth spurts’

Scientists have long been trying to understand how the Andes and other broad, high-elevation mountain ranges were formed. New research by Carmala Garzione, professor of earth and environmental sciences, explains that the Altiplano plateau in the central Andes—and most likely the entire mountain range—was formed through a series of rapid growth spurts, and not a continuous, gradual uplift of the surface, as was previously thought.

April 21, 2014

In the Headlines

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New breakthrough in nanoscale circuitry

A University of Rochester researcher has controlled the charge through a circuit that is the width of a single molecule, an advance that brings nanoscale electronic circuitry a step closer.

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April 22, 2014
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Mountainous fib: Andes lie about their age

The Andes are the world’s second greatest mountain region and new research suggests that at least one portion of that region has been lying about its age. “The Puna and other Altiplano look similar, but they have different mechanisms,” said Carmala Garzione, professor and chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester.

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April 18, 2014
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Study: Offseason not long enough for football players’ brains to heal

The typical six-month off-season may not be enough time for the brain to recover from the hundreds of hits that players sustain during the course of a football season, a new NFL Charities-funded study has found, putting players at greater risk of suffering head injuries the following season.

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April 16, 2014

Science & Technology

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Progress made in developing nanoscale electronics

How can you reliably control the current that flows from one electrode to another in a circuit that is the width of a single molecule? The key, according to assistant professor of chemical engineering Alexander Shestopalov, is adding a second, inert layer of molecules.

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April 21, 2014
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Football off-season not long enough for brain to heal

Six months off may not be long enough for the brains of football players to completely heal after a single season, putting them at even greater risk of head injury the next season, according to a new study from Jeffrey J. Bazarian, associate professor of emergency medicine.

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April 16, 2014
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Hormonal link between depression, memory loss explored

Clinical trials are underway to determine whether IGF-1, an insulin-like hormone, could be an effective therapeutic agent to slow or prevent cognitive decline in people at risk.

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April 14, 2014

Society & Culture

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Symposium explores trouble with ‘Post-Blackness’

The Humanities Project presents a symposium in which 16 distinguished scholars will discuss what it means to be black in the 21st century.

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April 8, 2014
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Video gamers’ aggression linked to frustration, not violent content

The disturbing imagery of videos games are often accused of fostering feelings of aggression in players. But a new study shows hostile behavior is linked to gamers’ experiences of failure and frustration during play—not to a game’s violent content.

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April 7, 2014
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Policy experts debate the future of finance

The Politics and Markets Project, a new initiative aimed at fostering discussion among college students about key issues of the day, presents “Wall Street and Your World.”

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April 1, 2014

Photo of the Week

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Celebrating street art

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Rochester artist Thievin’ Stephen works on a mural in Rettner Hall as part of Day of the Arts 2014: Street Art, a two-day series showcasing movement, dance, and art executed outside of traditional art venues.

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Student Life

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‘Levels 2 Success’ a guide to college for young, minority males

Nearly 40 minority male high school students from the Rochester City School District will participate in the symposium, organized by the Minority Male Leadership Association.

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April 17, 2014
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Can’t touch this: One day, two no-hitters

Freshmen Eleni Wechsler and David Strandberg both pitched no-hitters on Sunday. Wechsler’s outing extended the softball team’s winning streak to eight in a row, and Strandberg’s was the first no-hitter in University of Rochester baseball history.

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April 14, 2014
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Not your average run

As a graduating senior, eating a Garbage Plate at the original Nick Tahou’s was high on Alayna Callanan’s bucket list. How better to do it than by participating in Sigma Phi Epsilon’s 11th annual Nick Tahou’s Run?

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April 10, 2014

The Arts

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Devotion, deviance face off in ‘Madame de Sade’

On Thursday, April 24, the International Theatre Program presents the rarely performed Madame de Sade, a work that explores deeply disquieting questions about the nature of suffering and belief.

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April 11, 2014
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Foodlink concert series wraps up fifth season

The mission of “If Music Be the Food…” is to increase support for the hungry through classical music performance, and teach students the importance of utilizing art as a powerful vehicle for change.

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April 10, 2014
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Jazz theory book designed for pros and amateurs

The newly published work by Eastman School of Music’s Dariusz Terefenko includes website, workbook and play-along DVD.

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April 9, 2014