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Making sense through order

Rochester scientists say they have an alternative to the standard explanation for why order matters when the human mind processes information. Ting Qian and Richard Aslin explain that our tendency to detect patterns in data is built into our cognitive processes, even when it’s at the risk of overestimating the importance of such patterns. (photo by Flickr user redwoodphotography made available under CC BY-ND 2.0)

December 15, 2014

In the Headlines

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The Rochester, N.Y.-based company recently completed a study in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which demonstrated that cardiac toxicity in drugs can be detected much earlier in the development process than previously thought by medical professionals.

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December 18, 2014
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Film, discussion raise awareness of women’s reproductive cancers

Music is an approachable way for patients to express the emotional challenges that accompany a cancer diagnosis and treatment, said panelist Rosemary Obi, a licensed music therapist at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

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December 18, 2014
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John Osburg, 39, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Rochester, is the author of Anxious Wealth: Money and Morality Among Chinas New Rich, based on research he conducted in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu. The book describes a milieu beset by anxiety over whether their gains can last.

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December 16, 2014

Science & Technology

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Commonly prescribed drug for lower back pain not effective

A new Medical Center study shows that pregabalin — marketed under the name Lyrica — is not effective in controlling the pain associated with lumbar spinal stenosis, the most common type of chronic lower back pain in older adults.

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December 12, 2014
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Decoding fat cells: Discovery may explain why we gain weight

Medical Center researchers believe they’re on track to solve the mystery of weight gain – and it has nothing to do with holiday eggnog. They discovered that a protein, Thy1, has a fundamental role in controlling whether a primitive cell decides to become a fat cell, making Thy1 a possible therapeutic target in treating obesity.

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December 11, 2014
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New imaging technique helps predict how vision recovers after brain tumor removal

An interdisciplinary team of University neuroscientists and neurosurgeons has used a new imaging technique to show how the human brain heals itself in just a few weeks following surgical removal of a brain tumor.

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December 10, 2014

Society & Culture

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A tale of 11 cities: International student panel takes on list of least livable

In response to Business Insider’s article listing the least “livable” cities, international students discussed the opportunities and challenges of life in their hometowns and in Rochester.

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December 2, 2014
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Marking nearly three decades of AIDS awareness on World AIDS Day

The AIDS Education Collection, housed in the River Campus Libraries’ Rare Books and Special Collections department, is comprised of more than 8,000 posters from 124 countries in 68 languages and dialects. An exhibit from the collection and the World AIDS Day Scientific Symposium hosted at the University’s Center for AIDS Research mark World AIDS Day in Rochester.

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November 26, 2014
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From the archives: Director Mike Nichols speaks to Class of 1972

“I don’t know much about graduations except what I’ve seen in the movies,” joked director Mike Nichols after received an honorary doctor of letters degree from the University in 1972. The award-winning director of The Graduate and many other films and plays died on Wednesday, November 19, at the age of 83. Listen to his 1972 Rochester commencement address.

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November 24, 2014

Photo of the Week

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Totally tubular

December 8, 2014

Senior chemical engineering student Erik Laurin monitors an experiment on his team’s senior design project– a tubular reactor that will be used for experiments in the junior chemical engineering lab in Gavett Hall.

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Student Life

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Making his move

Computer science major Francis Hinson ’16 says that chess is a game in which players improve through study, not just repeated play. His start-up, Chesscademy, which he founded with two other students, aims to make such instruction readily available and fun. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AP Images for Rochester Review)

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December 9, 2014
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Student activities assistant director honored for leadership

Stacey Fisher, assistant director for Wilson Commons student activities, was recently awarded the Joseph H. Benedict Award by the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), an international organization for university union and student activities professionals.

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December 1, 2014
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Student group aims to change conversation around mental health

Stigma and taboo can keep individuals suffering from mental illness from getting help. The University’s chapter of Active Minds hosts a variety of events to encourage a dialogue about mental health and to combat misconceptions about common mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

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November 12, 2014

The Arts

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Eastman musicians get Grammy nods

Paul O’Dette, professor of lute at the Eastman School of Music, and Eastman alumnus and mastering engineer Bob Ludwig ’66 have received nominations in the 57th Annual Grammy Awards competition. Both are previous Grammy award winners.

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December 6, 2014
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What’s abuzz in the world of a cappella?

This year-end wrap-up catches up with the latest news and concert plans for the University’s four a cappella ensembles: After Hours, Midnight Ramblers, Vocal Point, and the YellowJackets.

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December 3, 2014
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: International Theatre Program presents Venus

The play opens in Todd Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 4, and is based on the true story of Saartijie Baartman, a South African woman taken from her home in 1810 and brought to London where she becomes an overnight sensation on the freak-show circuit.

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November 14, 2014

University News

Statement from President Seligman on 2015 LLE funding

President Seligman issued a statement in response to the fiscal year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill released by the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee on Dec. 9. The House of Representatives is planning to vote as early as Thursday on the measure, which would then go to the Senate. Current government funding runs out on Dec. 11.

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December 10, 2014
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Open Letter awarded National Endowment for the Arts grant

The literary translation press recently received one of this year’s largest Arts Works grants in literature. The $60,000 grant will support the publication and promotion of several books in 2015, including Rochester Knockings, a novel based on the Rochester-based religious movement of Spiritualism and the famous Fox Sisters.

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December 9, 2014
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Simon revamps master’s program in business analytics

Simon Business School is responding to rapid change in the ever-growing “big data” world by revamping its existing MS program in Business Analytics curriculum.

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December 8, 2014
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