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Wasp venom holds clues on how genes get new jobs

Amid the incredible diversity of living things on our planet, there is a common theme: organisms need to acquire new genes, or change the functions of existing genes, in order to adapt and survive. But how does that happen? University researchers studying the venom of parasitic wasps believe a relatively understudied mechanism for creating new gene functions may be widespread in other species as well.

June 22, 2017

Science & Technology

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Significant racial disparities persist in hospital readmissions

A new Medical Center study shows that black patients enrolled with Medicare Advantage are far more likely to be readmitted to the hospital after a surgery than those enrolled on traditional Medicare.

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June 26, 2017
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Largest research vessel on the Great Lakes brings Rochester science to Chicago’s Navy Pier

Researchers led by earth and environmental sciences professor John Kessler met with schoolchildren and local media aboard the Blue Heron to discuss the team’s work on methane levels in the Great Lakes.

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June 22, 2017
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Depressed patients more likely to be prescribed opioids

In a new study that helps sheds light on the current opioid epidemic, Medical Center research shows patients with low back pain who were depressed were more likely to be prescribed opioids and receive higher doses.

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June 20, 2017

Society & Culture

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Unmasking female-centered bullying in schools

An anthropology professor chronicles her multi-year foray into a suburban high school to study female-specific bullying, competition, and aggression, concluding that actions assumed to be benign should be reclassified as violence.

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June 16, 2017
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What really motivates us

Is it money, power, and fame? Or rather fear and punishment? For nearly 40 years Richard Ryan and Edward Deci, the founders of self-determination theory, have sought to answer the question of human motivation.

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June 14, 2017
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Talking politics in an age of division

David Primo, for the past few years, has been promoting “agreeable disagreement” through organized panels on hot-button issues, bringing proponents of diverse viewpoints together to engender thoughtful discussion.

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June 12, 2017

The Arts

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Jennifer Grotz will direct Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences

Poet Jennifer Grotz, a professor of English, has been named the next director of the Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences. She is the first woman to serve as director of the oldest American conference for writers.

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June 5, 2017
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If you build it, they will learn

How do you learn to play an instrument comprised of 50 bells that lives at the top of a library tower? Practice, practice, practice. A student team has finished building a new digital carillon that will allow students to learn to play tough pieces while hearing real carillon sounds.

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May 5, 2017
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Meet the director: 5 questions for Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy ’17

This spring’s production of Sam Shepard’s Buried Child marks the first time that a student has directed a play for the International Theatre Program.

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May 3, 2017

Photo of the Week

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Coming through

May 30, 2017

The view from the Moore Street bridge across from the River Campus as a barge transporting the large beer fermentation tanks destined for the Genesee Brewing Company heads down the Erie Canal. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

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14 students selected for Take Five Program

Fourteen undergraduate students were selected as new Take Five Scholars, a unique Rochester program that allows students to take a tuition-free fifth year of study in a field outside their major.

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June 21, 2017
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Students share research experiences in Ghana

Hear from seven Rochester students spending this summer at a field school in Ghana. Led by Professors Renato Perucchio, Michael Jarvis, and Chris Muir, the students are studying the engineering, historical, and cultural aspects of the country’s historic coastal forts.

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June 20, 2017
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Two student athletes named Academic All-Americans

Two seniors — Sayaka Abe of the field hockey team and Emily Simon of the swimming and diving team — have earned Academic All-America honors in 2016–17, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

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June 6, 2017

Voices & Opinion

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In the summer of 1967: Sgt. Pepper altered pop music industry

In an op-ed for Newsweek, Professor John Covach marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic album, noting that only the Beatles could have released such a musically adventurous and experimental work.

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May 26, 2017
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The core of Chuck Berry’s legacy

Rock ‘n roll legend Chuck Berry died on March 18 at the age of 90. In this essasy in Macleans, rock historian John Covach remembers what made Berry iconic in a era of song stylists, covers, and lyric sanitization.

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March 20, 2017
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If you’re asked to pay, walk away

Ajay Kuriyan, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Medical Center, cautions against what can go wrong when stem cell procedures are not appropriately regulated.

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March 15, 2017

University News

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Bruce Bashwiner named senior associate vice president for Facilities and Services

Associate vice president for Facilities and Services since 2014, Bashwiner has been named senior associate vice president, effective July 1.

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June 27, 2017
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Scott Carney ‘absolutely honored’ to direct Institute of Optics

The Rochester alumnus will build on the institute’s outstanding reputation as nation’s oldest school of optics, as he takes up his new position on July 1.

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June 26, 2017

Public Safety Review Board recommends policy amendment

Public Safety leadership requested a review of current policy to consider an amendment allowing supervisors to use their judgement to respond to any campus area when a rapid response is required for life preservation.

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June 16, 2017