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In Goethe’s novel families, love is all that matters

In Goethe’s novel families, love is all that matters

July 22, 2016

Susan Gustafson’s recently published book examines Johann Goethe’s depiction of family in his literary works, which were cutting-edge compared to the actual state of marriage and family in early 19th-century Germany.

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Come on baby, (re)light my fire

Come on baby, (re)light my fire

July 20, 2016

New research indicates that there are ways that couples can sustain—or relight—their passion. The study suggests that when men and women perceive their partners as responsive, they feel special and think of their partner as a valuable mate, which in turn boosts sexual desirability.

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10 years later, ‘inconsequential’ tweets a boon for researchers

10 years later, ‘inconsequential’ tweets a boon for researchers

July 15, 2016

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey chose the name because “twitter” described “a short inconsequential burst of information.” And yet, the social network is anything but inconsequential in terms of data science research and its applications. Twitter, which went public on this date in 2006, is fertile ground for Rochester researchers interested in tracking everything from disease outbreaks to the dynamics of political campaigns and consumer preferences.

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University offers rewarding path to financial aid

University offers rewarding path to financial aid

July 1, 2016

Rochester was one of ten “Innovation Partners” in a new micro-scholarship platform called Raise.me, which allows high school students to bank money toward tuition costs when then record good grades, start a club, or volunteer in their community.

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What’s at stake when languages are lost?

What’s at stake when languages are lost?

June 22, 2016

Linguists estimate that by the end of this century, half of the 7,000 languages currently in use around the world will have vanished. Rochester scholars join the race—and to train a new generation of scholars—to document the world’s linguistic diversity before it’s too late.

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Conversing with computer may fight fear of public speaking

Conversing with computer may fight fear of public speaking

June 16, 2016

Can a computer make you a better public speaker? Researchers from the Rochester Human Computer Interaction group created a project that aims to do just that. T

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Making the case for life on other planets

Making the case for life on other planets

June 15, 2016

How can we calculate the likelihood of technological civilizations having existed on other planets? That’s a question Adam Frank, professor of astronomy, considers in an essay, “Yes, There Have Been Aliens,” published in the New York Times.

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Brain tune-up from action video game play

Brain tune-up from action video game play

June 14, 2016

Numerous studies have found that playing action video games such as “Call of Duty” helps cognitive functioning. Brain and cognitive sciences professor Daphne Bavelier explains how shooting zombies can enhance brain skills. / Scientific American

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WeBWorK an award-winning way of learning from homework

WeBWorK an award-winning way of learning from homework

June 10, 2016

Twenty years ago, the idea of students doing homework online and receiving immediate feedback was a game-changer. Today, more than 700 colleges and high schools and using the WeBWorK system developed by Rochester math professors Arnold Pizer and Michael Gage.

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