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June 17, 2015

In her book, “The Poitier Effect: Racial Melodrama and Fantasies of Reconciliation,” Sharon Willis, a University of Rochester professor of Art and Art History/Visual and Cultural Studies, provides a comprehensive, deft analysis of respectability politics by using the films of Sidney Poitier — and their enduring effect on our depiction of racial reconciliation — as a case study.

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Life stress negatively affects poor children’s cognitive development

Life stress negatively affects poor children’s cognitive development

June 17, 2015

Low-income children exposed to unstable family environments or insensitive caregiving at age of 2 are at increased risk of cognitive delays by age 4, a new study shows. “We found that children’s cortisol levels remained relatively stable across the three years,” said Jennifer H. Suor, a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Rochester, in a press release.

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UR president Seligman highlights milestones in letter

UR president Seligman highlights milestones in letter

June 17, 2015

University of Rochester President Joel Seligman showcased major expansions, faculty and student honors, and an increase in scholarship for incoming freshman in his end-of-year letter to the campus on Wednesday. The letter highlights the successes and milestones of the year for the university.

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US ‘export rules’ threaten research

US ‘export rules’ threaten research

June 16, 2015

At the University of Rochester in New York, astronomer Judith Pipher develops infrared detectors to observe the cosmos, which are regulated under ITAR because military night-vision goggles also use infrared sensors. Astronomical sensors detect radiation that is one million times less intense than that detected by the military, but neither the current nor the proposed rules take that into account.

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Critic says TSA lapses predictable: Front & Center

Critic says TSA lapses predictable: Front & Center

June 15, 2015

David Primo, who co-authored “The Plane Truth: Airline Crashes, the Media, and Transportation Policy,” says conceiving TSA in crisis without advanced planning enfeebled the agency.

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Mark Taubman takes the helm at URMC

Mark Taubman takes the helm at URMC

June 15, 2015

Mark Taubman M.D. is now formally CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center and UR Medicine, officials said Friday. He was appointed in January as the first UR leader to serve as both URMC CEO and dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

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Departing Minneapolis Fed boss to join faculty at University of Rochester

Departing Minneapolis Fed boss to join faculty at University of Rochester

June 8, 2015

Narayana Kocherlakota, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will join the faculty of the University of Rochester in upstate New York next year.

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A crisis at the edge of physics

A crisis at the edge of physics

June 5, 2015

DO physicists need empirical evidence to confirm their theories? You may think that the answer is an obvious yes, experimental confirmation being the very heart of science. But a growing controversy at the frontiers of physics and cosmology suggests that the situation is not so simple.

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UR will head up $10 million OCD study

UR will head up $10 million OCD study

June 4, 2015

Scientists at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry have been awarded a $10 million federal grant to lead a study about obsessive-compulsive disorder. The goal of the grant from the National Institute of Mental Health is to improve the understanding of the brain networks that play a central role in this disorder and to develop new treatments.

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(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, 50 years later: the song that almost never was

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, 50 years later: the song that almost never was

June 3, 2015

Fifty years ago, the Rolling Stones released their breakthrough single (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, which debuted in the US during the first week of June 1965. The band’s previous singles had done well enough stateside: the country-influenced Heart of Stone had risen to 19 on the charts in late 1964, and the gospel-tinged The Last Time had reached 9.

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