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Rochester professor part of national campaign finance task force

Rochester professor part of national campaign finance task force

January 19, 2018

In a new research report, professor David Primo argues that there’s a disconnect between what the public believe about campaign finance law and the reality, and that many popular reform proposals unlikely to bring the desired results.

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Rochester team casts light on a hidden problem in domestic violence cases

Rochester team casts light on a hidden problem in domestic violence cases

January 18, 2018

In domestic abuse cases, early documentation of bruises and other injuries is key. But that’s where it gets tricky: often bruises don’t show up until a few days after the attack. Some jurisdictions use alternative light sources to identify bruising before it if visible to the eye. But while existing technology works well for light-skinned victims—it’s a lot less effective for people of color. An interdisciplinary team at the University of Rochester has set out to change that.

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Looking at urban history as a fight for space, power

Looking at urban history as a fight for space, power

January 4, 2018

Chicago and Delhi. Rome and Rochester. The students in the 100-level course “The City: Contested Spaces” take a virtual tour of them all, while pondering an overarching question—can people’s lives be reshaped by redesigning urban spaces?

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The mysterious aftermath of an infamous pirate raid

The mysterious aftermath of an infamous pirate raid

December 13, 2017

Just before dawn on May 18, 1683, pirates stormed the port city of Veracruz, capturing around 1,500 people and selling them to the slave markets of Haiti and South Carolina. Pablo Sierra Silva, assistant professor of history, is on a mission to trace what happened to them.

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One hundred years of solitude? Try 15 minutes instead

One hundred years of solitude? Try 15 minutes instead

November 21, 2017

In a series of experiments, Rochester psychologists found that people who sat alone without devices for 15 minutes and chose what to think about experienced the positive effects of solitude: feeling calmer and less anxious, without feeling lonely or sad.

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East High: Amid change, challenges persist

East High: Amid change, challenges persist

November 15, 2017

In this episode of the Quadcast, host Sandra Knispel speaks with members of the East High community to find out how far the school, the students, and the University partnership have come in the last two years.

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Quadcast transcript: East High School two years later

November 15, 2017

 C’vanna Gibson: It was a hot mess. It was just mad crazy, everybody was fighting. Jamahl King: “Some of the kids, you know, they were just fighting. Crazy. Disrespectful.” Elaine Christiano: “A lot of the kids just didn’t want to come to school. The teachers were not respected. Adults were not respected.” That’s 10th-grader C’vanna […]

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Political scientist Primo says Americans should worry about government control of social media

Political scientist Primo says Americans should worry about government control of social media

November 10, 2017

Congress is currently considering legislation that would regulate political advertising on social media.

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William Riker Prize in Political Science goes to MIT’s Acemoglu and Chicago’s Robinson

William Riker Prize in Political Science goes to MIT’s Acemoglu and Chicago’s Robinson

November 7, 2017

The long-time collaborators and co-authors of Why Nations Fail were honored by the University’s Department of Political Science for their work toward essentially building a new theory of political economy.

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Russia’s October Revolution not what Marx had in mind

Russia’s October Revolution not what Marx had in mind

November 6, 2017

100 years later, historian Matt Lenoe argues that the Russian Revolution was not a workers’ revolt, but a movement against predatory imperialism.

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