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What drives humans to explore the unknown?

In his new book, professor of history Stewart Weaver chronicles journeys of discovery from the pre-historic trek of humans across the land bridge over the Bering Strait some 12,000 years ago to the mid-20th century deep sea voyages of Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Along the way, Weaver identifies what defines exploration during each era and places these historic achievements in the largest possible global context: that of the natural history of the earth itself.

February 27, 2015

In the Headlines

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Gillibrand, students discuss sexual assault bill

Students and community advocates sat down Monday at the University of Rochester with U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., to discuss the latest version of her bipartisan bill regarding campus sexual assault.

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March 3, 2015
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Why millennials are increasingly cutting the cord

Mitch Lovett, professor of marketing at Simon Business School, says that most people are still watching many hours on a traditional TV format. “However, as options become better for the live events, the bundled ‘must-view-live’ and ‘happy-to-delay’ programming will be broken. This is on the horizon…”

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March 2, 2015
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The white and gold (no, blue and black!) dress that melted the Internet

Duje Tadin, associate professor for brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester, says it may be due to variations in the number of photoreceptors called cones in the retina that perceive the color blue. “It’s puzzling,” conceded Dr. Tadin. “When it comes to color, blue is always the weird one.”

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February 27, 2015

Science & Technology

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Renowned expert to describe breakthroughs in data science

Eric Horvitz, director of Microsoft Research, will show how breakthroughs in the new field of data science are solving previously intractable problems in clinical medicine, public health, transportation, disaster recovery, and many other areas.

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February 27, 2015
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New self-stretching material developed at University of Rochester

Although most materials slightly expand when heated, there is a new class of rubber-like material that not only self-stretches upon cooling; it reverts back to its original shape when heated, all without physical manipulation.

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February 16, 2015
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Curious monkeys share our thirst for knowledge

Monkeys are notoriously curious, and new research has quantified just how eager they are to gain new information, even if there are not immediate benefits.

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February 12, 2015

Society & Culture

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Teacher candidates lack a clear understanding of new performance assessment

Teacher education programs nationwide anticipate a smooth transition to edTPA, a new performance assessment for initial teacher certification. But a new study of teacher candidates in Wisconsin and New York state shows that many did not necessarily understand how the edTPA process works.

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March 2, 2015
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Transcending loss, tragedy, self-righteous hatred: An evening with Izzeldin Abuelaish

Izzeldin Abuelaish, who is currently an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, is the author of I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity.

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February 26, 2015
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Celebrating Susan B. Anthony’s 195th Birthday

Faculty, students, and staff will celebrate Susan B. Anthony’s birthday with a visit to her gravesite in Mount Hope Cemetery on Monday, Feb. 16.

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February 13, 2015

Photo of the Week

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China Nite

February 14, 2015

The Chinese Students’ Association rang in the Year of the Sheep at their annual China Nite performance and celebration. (Photo by Chi Huang ’18)

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Student Life

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Spread the Word to End the Word at UR

Spread the Word to End the Word is a national movement to end the demeaning use of the words “retard” and “retarded.” On March 4, the movement’s national day of awareness, several events will occur around campus and throughout the Medical Center to support the campaign.

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March 3, 2015
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Students’ Association Government to launch ‘It’s on Us’ sexual assault awareness campaign

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Students’ Association members will be on hand in Wilson Commons to launch the University’s “It’s On Us” campaign, a national effort to raise awareness about sexual violence in all of its forms.

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February 9, 2015
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UR Celtic steps into spotlight

At the latest Intercollegiate Irish Dance Festival, UR Celtic took home the bronze, and the group has no plans to stop there, as it takes on the relatively new Irish dancing collegiate circuit.

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February 3, 2015

The Arts

Philip Levine (US Poet Laureate, center) with University of Rochester English professors Jennifer Grotz, right, and John Michael in Hutchison Hall during a visit to campus April 12, 2012.

Late Poet Laureate helped celebrate Plutzik Centennial

From the archives: Philip Levine, former poet laureate of the United States, was a keynote guest when the Department of English’s Plutzik Reading Series celebrated its centennial in 2012. The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet died Sunday at the age of 87.

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February 17, 2015
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World-Renowned Taiko Drumming pioneers perform In Kodak Hall

Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, the performing arts ensemble Kodo will perform its “One Earth Tour: Mystery” program which evokes the mood of splendor and awe found in sacred places.

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February 16, 2015

Event: University of Rochester hosts Tino Sehgal’s This situation

Rochester will be the second university to produce This situation, a piece by British-German artist Tino Sehgal. The piece is described as a “constructed situation” akin to a contemporary salon in which live interpreters discuss among themselves and with visitors such issues as the aesthetics of existence and the implications of moving from a society of lack to a society of abundance.

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February 9, 2015

University News

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National tech leaders to advise University’s new Institute for Data Science

A ten-member advisory committee made up of representatives from leading high-technology companies, industry and academia will meet for the first time this week.

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March 2, 2015
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Testani named assistant dean, executive director of Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center

Joe Testani succeeds Burt Nadler, current director of the Greene Center, who announced his intent to retire last year after 16 years in the position. Testani will join the University in June 2015.

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February 19, 2015
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Russell Peck to receive award from Medieval Academy of America

The Kindrick-CARA Award is presented annually to a member of the organization for their leadership in developing, organizing, and sponsoring work in medieval studies. Peck has been a faculty member at the University for 54 years, during which time he has received numerous commendations.

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February 17, 2015
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