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Judges with daughters vote feminist

Judges with daughters vote feminist

June 16, 2014

The gavel leans feminist when a daughter is involved. A new study has found that judges with at least one daughter were found to vote in a feminist direction 16 percent more often than those with just sons.

The research says that not just law and ideology factor into decision-making—personal experiences do as well. “Things like having daughters can actually fundamentally change how people view the world, and this, in turn, affects how they decide cases,” said University of Rochester Prof. Maya Sen, who co-led the study.

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Another factor said to sway judges to rule for women’s rights: a daughter

Another factor said to sway judges to rule for women’s rights: a daughter

June 16, 2014

It turns out that judges with daughters are more likely to vote in favor of women’s rights than ones with only sons. The effect, a new study found, is most pronounced among male judges appointed by Republican presidents, like Chief Justice Rehnquist.

“Our basic finding is quite startling,” said Maya Sen, a political scientist at the University of Rochester who conducted the study along with Adam Glynn, a government professor at Harvard.

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How do you identify migraine triggers?

How do you identify migraine triggers?

June 15, 2014

Do you know when a migraine is about to happen? Some are still trying to figure out what triggers a migraine since everyone is different. There are common triggers, which could be causing your migraines. Evan Dawson talked with Dr. Catherine LaVigne from UR Medicine about these triggers and what you can do to find out what triggers your migraines.

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Rochester tries to grow with photonics industry

Rochester tries to grow with photonics industry

June 13, 2014

“Rochester has been, since 1853, since the founding of Bausch + Lomb, the center of the optics industry in the United States,” said Paul Ballentine, deputy director of the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences at the University of Rochester. “We don’t want to say we are trying to get on the map, that would be a grave injustice to the community.”

In the area, photonics and related fields such as optics and imagining account for about 17,000 jobs at more than 75 companies. Statewide, the industry supports more than 25,000 jobs at 300 companies across New York state. The global market is about $500 billion with the Finger Lakes region accounting for about 1 percent of that market.

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Tough love – money and mistresses in the Middle Kingdom

Tough love – money and mistresses in the Middle Kingdom

June 12, 2014

Notions of pure love and romance, untainted by financial interest or familial interference, have since come to serve as important reference points for many Chinese. In recent decades, however, the country’s wave of new wealth, combined with an overheated real estate market, has returned material considerations and transactions to the forefront of relations between the sexes.

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SMU names new dean of Dedman College, its largest school

SMU names new dean of Dedman College, its largest school

June 10, 2014

Thomas DiPiero is Southern Methodist University’s new dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, university officials announced Tuesday.

DiPiero will lead the largest of SMU’s seven colleges and schools and serve as professor in its English and World Languages and Literatures departments. At the University of Rochester, DiPiero is the dean of humanities and interdisciplinary studies in the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering.

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Study links pollution to autism, schizophrenia

Study links pollution to autism, schizophrenia

June 9, 2014

When mice younger than 2 weeks old were exposed to very small particles of pollutants, their brains showed damage that is consistent with brain changes in humans with autism and schizophrenia. That’s not to say air pollution causes either one, said Deborah Cory-Slechta, professor of environmental medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center and lead researcher in the study published Friday.

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Carbon regs will help your health more than the planet’s

Carbon regs will help your health more than the planet’s

June 9, 2014

The EPA says that the regulations will reduce those conventional pollutants by more than 25% over the lifetime of the rules as a co-benefit.

That might just be the beginning—the more we learn about air pollution, the more dangerous it seems even at lower levels. A new study from the University of Rochester found that exposure to air pollution at a young age caused changes in the brains of mice, including an enlargement in the parts of the brain that is seen in humans with autism and schizophrenia.

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I was promised flying cars

I was promised flying cars

June 6, 2014

You may think that the absence of such cars speaks to a failure of engineering or distorted incentives in the marketplace. But the humbling truth is that we don’t have these vehicles because we still don’t know, even in principle, how to directly manipulate gravity.

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Via tablet or smartphone, learning with MOOCs

Via tablet or smartphone, learning with MOOCs

June 4, 2014

MASSIVE Open Online Courses — or MOOCs — are a snowballing revolution in education. Thousands of courses from some of the world’s finest institutions are available free online, covering everything from astrophysics to the arts

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