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Mountainous fib: Andes lie about their age

Mountainous fib: Andes lie about their age

April 18, 2014

The Andes are the world’s second greatest mountain region and new research suggests that at least one portion of that region has been lying about its age. “The Puna and other Altiplano look similar, but they have different mechanisms,” said Carmala Garzione, professor and chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester.

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Study: Offseason not long enough for football players’ brains to heal

Study: Offseason not long enough for football players’ brains to heal

April 16, 2014

The typical six-month off-season may not be enough time for the brain to recover from the hundreds of hits that players sustain during the course of a football season, a new NFL Charities-funded study has found, putting players at greater risk of suffering head injuries the following season.

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Best Translated Book Awards finalists announced

Best Translated Book Awards finalists announced

April 15, 2014

So the Best Translated Book Awards, organized by the University of Rochester, are especially sweet for the people who translate and publish such works. The 20 finalists include multiple works published by New Directions, the Brooklyn-based nonprofit publisher Archipelago Books, and Zephyr Press of Brookline, Mass.

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Noodle lover blogs way into UR

Noodle lover blogs way into UR

April 12, 2014

Ramen noodles have helped millions of students get through college. But only one may be able to claim they helped get him into college. Admissions counselors at the University of Rochester granted a Chinese high school student a spot in the Class of 2018 in part because of his passion for the dish.

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The impact of movies on marriages and the lonely world of young black opera singers

The impact of movies on marriages and the lonely world of young black opera singers

April 11, 2014

Could movies actually help save your marriage? Ronald Rogge, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Rochester says “Yes!” We dig into a study he co-authored to learn more about the impact of Hollywood films on marriages. And Highland Hospital is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

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URMC research win $3 million influenza grant

URMC research win $3 million influenza grant

April 10, 2014

University of Rochester Medical Center researchers have won a $3 million grant to support influenza research. The award from the National Institutes of Healths National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is going to support ongoing research by New York Influenza Center of Excellence, a 7-year-old flu research center led by URMC scientists John Treanor M.D. and David Topham.

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Why being neurotic could actually be a good thing

Why being neurotic could actually be a good thing

April 9, 2014

So what sets these “healthy neurotics” apart? They harness the anxiety that is so fundamental in neuroticism, and use it in a positive way. For instance, a healthy neurotic will still experience worry, but will channel that worry into positive behaviors, such as going to the gym or eating healthier.

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Great service shines in unlikely places

Great service shines in unlikely places

April 8, 2014

Here’s one most people would never expect: extraordinary customer service at a hospital. But Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester, our largest local hospital, is changing that notion — recognizing that there’s a big difference between treating people and treating them well.

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It’s not the video games that are making you angry, you’re just bad at them

It’s not the video games that are making you angry, you’re just bad at them

April 8, 2014

According to a new study by researchers at the University of Rochester in New York, even a seemingly benign game like Tetris can leave players with feelings of post-game aggression.

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UR part of $23M grant for Parkinson’s study

UR part of $23M grant for Parkinson’s study

April 3, 2014

The University of Rochester is part of a $23 million grant from the National Institutes of Health that was announced Wednesday. “People are always looking to see whether drugs out there could serve dual purposes,” said Dr. Kevin Biglan, a UR Medicine neurologist who is co-leading a multisite study. “It’s easier to test to see whether it works.”

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