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Woman to watch: Jane Possee

Woman to watch: Jane Possee

November 11, 2014

In 1975, when Jane Possee signed on to coach the University of Rochester’s women’s basketball and field hockey teams, the state of women’s sports was quite different than it is today. From the outset, Possee was determined to effect change. “When I started, there were very few (athletic) opportunities for women in the spring, other than tennis,” says Possee, now an athletic administrator. “So I started a women’s lacrosse team, which meant that I was coaching three different team sports.”

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Action video game lovers learn faster and better: study

Action video game lovers learn faster and better: study

November 10, 2014

Players of fast-paced action games like “Call of Duty” and “Titanfall” become better learners than those who play slower games, new research shows. The study, published in the journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, identified a “surprisingly broad transfer of performance enhancements” in subjects assigned to play several dozen hours of action games over nine weeks. “In order to sharpen its prediction skills, our brains constantly build models, or ‘templates,’ of the world,” explained the University of Rochester’s Daphne Bevelier in a news release.

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What aliens can teach us about global warming

What aliens can teach us about global warming

November 9, 2014

In the vastness of the universe, it’s very likely that other life forms have also evolved to an extent that they altered the atmosphere of their planets. If we looked at climate change as a predictable consequence of intelligent life — and a process that tends to follow specific patterns — we might be better equipped to figure out how to stop it.

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The stock market doesn’t care about elections

The stock market doesn’t care about elections

November 7, 2014

HOW much do investors care about election outcomes?

In the wake of Wednesday’s stock market rally, in which both the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index and the Dow Jones industrial average rose sharply a day after the midterm elections, pundits suggested that the answer was “quite a bit.”

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School looks to expand repertoire

School looks to expand repertoire

November 7, 2014

Jamal Rossi sees a bright future for the Eastman School of Music.

The schools dean was honored late last month at an investiture ceremony, taking the opportunity to honor the schools past while also looking forward to its future.

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An artist’s view: Humpherys on Rachmaninoff

An artist’s view: Humpherys on Rachmaninoff

November 6, 2014

Tonight and Saturday, Eastman School of Music Professor Douglas Humpherys will appear as a guest pianist with the RPO, performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. We asked RPO Marketing Intern Matthew Langford to interview Humpherys about the Russian composer and his famous first concerto.

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URMC developing map of microscopic lung structures

URMC developing map of microscopic lung structures

November 5, 2014

URMC has launched a 5-year effort to develop the Human Lung Molecular Atlas Program, or LungMAP. Doctor Gloria Pryhuber, professor of Pediatrics and Environmental Medicine, explains the project will give researchers a better understanding of the development and functioning of the lungs on a microscopic level.

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Taylor Swift to Spotify: We are never, ever getting back together

Taylor Swift to Spotify: We are never, ever getting back together

November 4, 2014

The decision by the singer and Big Machine Label Group to pull all of her songs point up the compensation problems that continue to roil the music industry. In fact, they’re evident in Spotify’s plea, says popular music historian, John Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester in New York.

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Young scientists present work at East High

Young scientists present work at East High

October 31, 2014

Members of East High School’s Science STARS (Students Tackling Authentic and Relevant Science) club presented the results of their investigations Thursday during an event at the school. The students worked with prospective science teachers from the University of Rochester Warner School of Education.

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New chief details URMC plans

New chief details URMC plans

October 31, 2014

Slated to take over as University of Rochester Medical Center CEO in January, Mark Taubman M.D. will head the largest division of UR—the region’s largest employer. In an exclusive interview with the Rochester Business Journal last week, Taubman extensively discussed his plans and the challenges he expects in the coming year and beyond.

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