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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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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

Ancient ozone levels provide a glimpse into future effects of climate change

A computer model developed at Rochester, and used to compare model data to analysis on 100,000-year-old Greenland ice cores, has shown a surprising result.

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June 15, 2017
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Infants born preterm may lack key lung cells later in life

When newborn mice are exposed to extra oxygen at birth — which causes their lungs to respond and develop similarly to those of preterm infants — they end up with far fewer of these cells once they reach adulthood and respond worse to the flu once fully grown.

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June 9, 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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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
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Bartlett claims NCAA heptathlon championship

Sophomore Kylee Bartlett tallied a school record score of 5,020 points to finish off a remarkable 2017 season by capturing the national title in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

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May 27, 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

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
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Franco wins junior faculty award

Ignacio Franco, assistant professor of chemistry and physics, has been selected as a winner of the OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award for fall 2017 by the American Chemical Society.

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June 9, 2017
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Jeffrey Runner named dean of the College

The professor and chair of the Department of Linguistics succeeds Richard Feldman, who served as dean of the College for the past decade, and will begin his five-year term on July 1, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.

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June 4, 2017