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Love people, not pleasure

Love people, not pleasure

July 18, 2014

In 2009, researchers from the University of Rochester conducted a study tracking the success of 147 recent graduates in reaching their stated goals after graduation. Some had “intrinsic” goals, such as deep, enduring relationships. Others had “extrinsic” goals, such as achieving reputation or fame.

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UR medical interns train inside a moving ambulance

UR medical interns train inside a moving ambulance

July 17, 2014

Doctors and paramedics worked side by side Thursday with UR Medical interns at Henrietta Ambulance on Calkins Road in Henrietta, all to give them a sense of what happens before a patient hits the hospital.

“We work hand in hand with paramedics and EMTs and firefighters, and understanding what they do in the field is really helpful for us,” said Dr. Elizabeth Murray.

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Why building relationships is vital in school reform

Why building relationships is vital in school reform

July 16, 2014

? The authors of the following post, Kara S. Finnigan and Alan J. Daly, explain research they have done that underscores the importance of the relational element in reform, and they draw on social network research as a way to highlight the importance of relationships as conduits through which valued resources flow and can bring about system wide change.

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Bringing music to the neighborhood

Bringing music to the neighborhood

July 16, 2014

When Alexander Pena asks about 15 students to show him their “ready” position, the students sit up straight in their seats. Pena, a thin young man with scrolls of long dark hair, is the director of RocMusic, and the students are participating in the summer session.

The program, which launched in 2012, is a partnership of the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, Eastman School of Music, Eastman Community Music School, Rochester school district, and the City of Rochester.

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Women wearing red are viewed as more sexually threatening by other women

Women wearing red are viewed as more sexually threatening by other women

July 14, 2014

Wearing red doesn’t only draw attention from members of the opposite sex, it can provoke sexual rivalry in women, researchers say. A new study claims that a woman wearing red sets off “mate-guard” impulses in other women, and that a woman is less likely to introduce a woman wearing red to her boyfriend or spouse.

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The strange social science of the color red

The strange social science of the color red

July 13, 2014

“I don’t think it’s the case that women who wear red are always advertising sexual interest,” says Adam Pazda, a social psychologist at University of Rochester who led the study. “But there is evidence that people make judgments about other people in general based on clothing. You can see how color might easily fit into that.”

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Women see other gals dressed in red as sexual threat

Women see other gals dressed in red as sexual threat

July 11, 2014

So that lady in red stirs up passion in men — “dancing with me, cheek to cheek … the beauty by my side,” as the Chris DeBurgh song goes.

But how does her dress color affect the women around her? A recent study from the University of Rochester with collaborators from Trnava University in Slovakia and the Slovak Academy of Sciences say not so positively.

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The science factory

The science factory

July 11, 2014

University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics is working on it. Like the space race of the 1960s, nations are trying to solve the problem of generating energy without continuing to endanger the planet.

Funded mostly by the U.S. Department of Energy to the tune of $70 million a year, more than 300 scientists and engineers shoot the lab’s two giant lasers dozens of times each week in various experiments they design, or for researchers who travel from around the country and even other countries.

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In small trials, 2 drugs go far in soothing symptoms of eczema and psoriasis

In small trials, 2 drugs go far in soothing symptoms of eczema and psoriasis

July 10, 2014

In four small studies, an experimental drug being developed by Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals brought about a marked and rapid improvement in symptoms of eczema, including the telltale incessant itching, the researchers reported. “What is exciting is there is now the hope of a therapy that so far looks very efficacious and so far looks quite safe, very safe in fact,” said Dr. Lisa A. Beck, a professor of dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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More evidence that Python is the best starter programming language

More evidence that Python is the best starter programming language

July 9, 2014

Philip Guo, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Rochester, wrote on the Communications of the ACM blog about a study he recently undertook to quantify just how popular Python has become as a teaching language at the college level.

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