Peter Iglinski

Peter Iglinski is the press officer for science and public media. He covers biology, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, mathematics, and earth & environmental sciences.

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Body heat triggers shape change in new type of polymer

Body heat triggers shape change in new type of polymer

February 9, 2016

Polymers that visibly change shape when exposed to temperature changes are nothing new. But a research team led by Chemical Engineering Professor Mitch Anthamatten has created a material that undergoes a shape change that can be triggered by body heat alone, opening the door for new medical and other applications.

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Scientists map genome of common bed bug

Scientists map genome of common bed bug

February 2, 2016

“There’s an explosion of insect genome sequencing right now,” said Jack Werren, a professor of biology and a member of the research team. “But the bed bug is particularly interesting because it’s a human parasite, a major pest, and has a unique biology.”

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Tarduno to receive Royal Astronomical Society Medal

Tarduno to receive Royal Astronomical Society Medal

January 8, 2016

The Royal Astronomical Society, based in London, has named geophysicist John Tarduno the winner of this year’s Price Medal for “investigations of outstanding merit in solid-earth geophysics, oceanography, or planetary sciences.” Tarduno is a professor of geophysics and a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Rochester. In her written nomination, Carmala Garzione, […]

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More efficient way of converting ethanol leads to better alternative fuel

More efficient way of converting ethanol leads to better alternative fuel

December 3, 2015

A research team led by chemistry professor William Jones has developed a series of reactions that results in the selective conversion of ethanol to butanol, without producing unwanted byproducts.

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Robert Poreda honored as fellow of Geological Society of America

Robert Poreda honored as fellow of Geological Society of America

November 30, 2015

Geochemist Robert Poreda, professor of earth and environmental sciences and an expert in the field of noble gases, was honored earlier this month as a newly elected fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA).

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Discovery of classic pi formula a ‘cunning piece of magic’

Discovery of classic pi formula a ‘cunning piece of magic’

November 10, 2015

While most people associate the mathematical constant π (pi) with arcs and circles, mathematicians are accustomed to seeing it in a variety of fields. But two University scientists were still surprised to find it lurking in a quantum mechanics formula for the energy states of the hydrogen atom.

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Polish Film Festival explores universal themes of struggle, hope

Polish Film Festival explores universal themes of struggle, hope

October 29, 2015

This year’s Polish Film Festival, put on by the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, features stories of elusive happiness, personal struggles, history, and murder.

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International research team to explore whether the loss of CO2 caused earth to cool 3 million years ago

International research team to explore whether the loss of CO2 caused earth to cool 3 million years ago

September 28, 2015

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $4.24 million to Carmala Garzione and John Tarduno, both professors of earth and environmental sciences, to launch this joint U.S.-China research project.

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Researchers find that Earth’s magnetic shield is 500 million years older than previously thought

Researchers find that Earth’s magnetic shield is 500 million years older than previously thought

July 30, 2015

Since 2010, the best estimate of the age of Earth’s magnetic field has been 3.45 billion years. But now the Rochester researcher responsible for that finding has new data showing the magnetic field is far older.

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First measurements taken of South Africa’s iron age magnetic field history

First measurements taken of South Africa’s iron age magnetic field history

July 28, 2015

Combined with the current weakening of Earth’s magnetic field, the data suggest that the region of Earth’s core beneath southern Africa may play a special role in reversals of the planet’s magnetic poles.

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