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Tracing the slave stories of colonial Mexico

Painstakingly searching through three colonial archives in Puebla, Mexico, assistant professor of history Pablo Miguel Sierra Silva reaches beyond traditional master-slave narratives in his latest study of afro-indigenous interactions in Mexico’s urban centers.

April 26, 2018

Science & Technology

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From glaciers to great lakes: 8 big questions Rochester researchers are asking about our planet

Sunday, April 22, marks the 48th celebration of Earth Day, and University of Rochester researchers and scientists from across schools and disciplines are working to learn and discover how to make our world ever better.

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April 20, 2018
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Scientists discover gene controlling genetic recombination rates

Genetics is a crapshoot, with genes from both parents combining and recombining to produce combinations unique to each offspring. Some species have evolved to display far more crossover than others, and scientists in Rochester have discovered a gene in fruit flies that is responsible for the evolution of these recombination rates.

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April 19, 2018
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Weight might not be why obesity damages knees

Bacteria in the gut, known as the gut microbiome, could be the culprit behind arthritis and joint pain that plagues people who are obese, according to a new Medical Center study.

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April 19, 2018

Society & Culture

What happens when democracy becomes irrational?

While in Rochester, Distinguished Visiting Humanist W. J. T. Mitchell will participate in lectures and discussions probing psychology, politics, and culture.

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April 17, 2018
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Learning the lessons of Red October

Ronald Grigor Suny, one of the preeminent historians of the Soviet Union, ethnic conflict, and nationalism, will speak as part of the Russian Studies program’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.

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April 13, 2018
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Going beyond medieval times to explore early worlds

The Early Worlds Initiative—an interdisciplinary research project at the University of Rochester—connects faculty researching social and cultural developments worldwide from medieval times to the early modern period.

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April 13, 2018

The Arts

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Students learn the art of community change through dance

How can high school students inspire political and social change with the instuments of dance, theater, and visual art? University of Rochester students in the Program of Dance and Movement are working with local high schools to answer that question.

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April 10, 2018
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Fairchild Award honors mural artist Sarah C. Rutherford

A tribute to five Rochester women who work to lift others’ voices in the community, the “Her Voice Carries” art project has earned local artist Sarah C. Rutherford this year’s Lillian Fairchild Memorial Award.

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March 21, 2018
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Poetry a ‘powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace’

The United Nations created World Poetry Day to celebrate poetic expression in the world’s many languages. In honor of the day, University of Rochester students at the Language Center share some favorite poems in the languages in which they were written.

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March 20, 2018

In Photos

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Susan B. Anthony Center donation drive to help victims of human trafficking

April 20, 2018

From left: Organizer Kirsten Buscetto, responsible for programming and community engagement at the Susan B. Anthony Center; Isabella Leighton ’21, a biochemistry and psychology major from San Antonio, Texas; and Erin Campbell ’21, a public health major from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; are sorting items donated by 10 University departments and individual donors to benefit victims of human trafficking. Ranging from toiletries, sanitary items, and towels, to gently used clothes and food—the donations will be distributed among six local agencies. The drive is organized by the University’s Susan B. Anthony Center to aid the Rochester City Court’s Human Trafficking Intervention Court . (University of Rochester photo / Sandra Knispel)

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Student Life

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Two University graduates honored with Gates Cambridge scholarships

Two recent Rochester graduates are among 92 students chosen worldwide to be Gates Cambridge Scholars—the most prestigious international postgraduate scholarship offered by the University of Cambridge.

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April 26, 2018
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Celebrating student employees of the year

Luke Meyerson ’18 and Blake Harriman ’16, ’18W (MS) — student workers in the Department of Political Science and the Medical Center’s Edward G. Miner Library, respectively — are 2018 student employees of the year.

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April 20, 2018
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Mock Trial team to compete at national championship

For the second year in a row, the University of Rochester’s Mock Trial team is headed to the American Mock Trial Association’s national championship as one of the few teams that is completely student-run.

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April 19, 2018

Voices & Opinion

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Equal Pay Day points to 100-year wage gap for women’s work

The Susan B. Anthony Center’s Equal Pay Day panelists will discuss issues of gender pay inequity on the date that marks how long women have to work into the new year to earn the same as men did in the previous year.

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April 10, 2018
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Federal budget process is broken

“We need to take a look at the bigger picture here, which is that this bill does nothing to deal with our long-term budget challenges,” says Rochester political scientist David Primo. “Whether you are on the left or the right, that should be a big concern.”

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March 27, 2018
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Thinking about ‘visual privilege’ and the 2018 Oscars

Sharon Willis, a member of Rochester’s Film and Media Studies program faculty, says this year’s nominations show that change may be afoot in Hollywood—but that how much movies will be transformed remains to be seen.

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March 1, 2018

University News

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Awards recognize outstanding staff contributions

Each spring the University celebrates the outstanding staff members who have demonstrated significant and longstanding contributions to the University with the Witmer Awards, Meliora Awards, and Community Service Awards.

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April 25, 2018
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Three faculty members named 2018–19 Fulbright Scholars

Two University of Rochester faculty members will be in India next fall, and a third will be in London after receiving Fulbright Scholar awards.

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April 25, 2018
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John Osburg to receive a Carnegie Fellowship

The associate professor of anthropology is one of 31 scholars in the humanities or social sciences to be awarded the prestigious honor, which will support his research exploring the revival of religion in China.

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April 25, 2018