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Rediscovered song honoring Frederick Douglass to be performed for the first time in a century

Rediscovered song honoring Frederick Douglass to be performed for the first time in a century

November 14, 2018

In 1847, as Frederick Douglass was preparing to leave England where he had lived to avoid being recaptured after his escape from slavery, his close companion and fellow abolitionist Julia Griffiths wrote a commemorative song. Only two copies of “Farewell Song of Frederick Douglass” are known to exist—and one of them was acquired earlier this year by River Campus Libraries.

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Can Twitter ‘sockpuppets’ actually get you fired?

Can Twitter ‘sockpuppets’ actually get you fired?

October 29, 2018

A Twitter spat ended up causing a science fiction writer to lose his job. Rochester political scientist Bethany Lacina used data science to show how the incident was in part fueled by bots and “sockpuppets.”

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Game theorist Scott Tyson puzzles over what makes autocrats successful

Game theorist Scott Tyson puzzles over what makes autocrats successful

October 29, 2018

A new assistant professor of political science, Tyson has been studying political accountability in nondemocratic environments where government officials are sanctioned by nonelectoral institutions.

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Suicide risk in abused teen girls linked to mother-daughter conflict

Suicide risk in abused teen girls linked to mother-daughter conflict

October 18, 2018

Among adolescents who suffered abuse or neglect as children, not all entertain suicidal thoughts. So what can we learn about those who do? A Mt. Hope Family Center study shows a strong correlation between poor mother-daughter relationships and increased suicide risk in teenage girls.

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Peering into what goes awry in schizophrenia

Peering into what goes awry in schizophrenia

October 18, 2018

What cognitive processes contribute to how we function in a social world, and where do those processes break down? David Dodell-Feder—a new assistant professor of psychology—brings brain imaging, neuroscience, and even music and literature to bear in his research on the science of social connection.

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Seward Family Digital Archive project tops $1 million in grant money

Seward Family Digital Archive project tops $1 million in grant money

October 11, 2018

The project brings together students in the humanities and computer science and retired volunteers to help transcribe the thousands of Seward family letters written in Victorian-era cursive handwriting.

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Authoritarian rhetoric about left-wing violence ‘distorted,’ ‘dangerous’

Authoritarian rhetoric about left-wing violence ‘distorted,’ ‘dangerous’

September 28, 2018

In a Washington Post essay, associate professor of history Matthew Lenoe draws parallels between recent unfounded warnings from the Trump administration about left-wing violence and the fascist movements of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.

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Fan hate takes aim at Star Wars diversity

Fan hate takes aim at Star Wars diversity

September 27, 2018

In an analysis of thousands of tweets from Star Wars fans, associate professor of political science Bethany Lacina found that offensive language doubled and hate speech jumped by 60 percent when those tweets were directed at actress Kelly Marie Tran or her character Rose Tico, the first nonwhite female lead character in the franchise.

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Mt. Hope Family Center receives $8 million grant to establish national center for child maltreatment studies

Mt. Hope Family Center receives $8 million grant to establish national center for child maltreatment studies

September 27, 2018

The new TRANSFORM Center will focus on research, policy, and training aimed at preventing child maltreatment.

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Remembering scholar John Waters, a ‘proto-digital historian’

Remembering scholar John Waters, a ‘proto-digital historian’

September 20, 2018

John Waters, a professor emeritus of history, died September 14, at the age of 83. He is remember for his inspired teaching, energetic enthusiasm, and trailblazing approach to the history of ordinary folks.

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