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‘He set the course of my life’: Remembering biologist William Muchmore

‘He set the course of my life’: Remembering biologist William Muchmore

July 20, 2017

Colleagues and former students remember the long-time biology professor and one of the world’s leading authorities on pseudoscorpions. Muchmore discovered and named more than 290 new species of the small arachnids in his 40-year career.

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Wasp venom holds clues on how genes get new jobs

Wasp venom holds clues on how genes get new jobs

June 22, 2017

University researchers studying the venom of parasitic wasps believe a relatively understudied mechanism for creating new gene functions may be widespread in other species as well.

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High schoolers come face-to-face with fruit flies

High schoolers come face-to-face with fruit flies

May 24, 2017

Students from Rochester’s East High School got a sense of how startling science can be when they spent the day in the lab with professors and researchers from the Department of Biology.

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A sprinter’s marathon

A sprinter’s marathon

May 11, 2017

Yellowjacket athlete Laura Lockard ’17 returned this spring for her final season as a key member of the track and field team. A fateful discovery during a voluntary study nearly knocked her off her stride, but Lockard, a microbiology major from Sayre, Pennsylvania, was determined to “make the best of everything” in her life.

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Fruit flies offer gut check on bacteria

Fruit flies offer gut check on bacteria

April 26, 2017

Drosophila melanogaster—the common fruit fly—is widely used in laboratory experiments. But what Rochester researchers found when examining the guts of fruit flies in the wild bears little resemblance to what is seen in the lab.

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Study identifies key factor in DNA damage associated with aging

Study identifies key factor in DNA damage associated with aging

March 3, 2017

There are many examples of DNA damage being associated with aging, but never has a reduction in DNA damage been shown to extend lifespan. Rochester research has made this connection, and identified an enzyme that can be targeted to reduce that damage.

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Protein found that initiates DNA repair

Protein found that initiates DNA repair

September 8, 2016

Researchers who specialize in the study of aging have identified a protein that may serve as a first responder, activating a “longevity gene” known as sirtuin 6 and setting in motion a cascade of molecular first responders to repair damaged DNA.

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NSF CAREER winners blend research and education

NSF CAREER winners blend research and education

June 7, 2016

Four Rochester researchers are among the latest recipients of the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for junior faculty members.

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SA Government names Professors of the Year

SA Government names Professors of the Year

May 2, 2016

Students submitted 63 nominations, and a Student Association Government academic affairs legislature committee deliberated and selected the winners.

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Adult students honored for academics, service

Adult students honored for academics, service

April 22, 2016

Nate Powers ’16, Ka’dya Donadelle, and Seth Mason ’16 and were among the 35 students honored on Wednesday, April 20, by the Rochester Area Colleges Continuing Education.

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