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Rochester professor awarded research fellowship to study impact of religion on mass incarceration

Rochester professor awarded research fellowship to study impact of religion on mass incarceration

February 27, 2015

Joshua Dubler’s project will shed new light on how changes in the religious landscape in America have contributed to tremendous growth in the prison system over the last 40 years.

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A close call of 0.8 light years

A close call of 0.8 light years

February 16, 2015

A recently discovered dim star likely passed some 70,000 years ago through our solar system’s distant cloud of comets known as the Oort Cloud. No other star is known to have ever approached our solar system this closely.

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Can omega-3 fatty acids combat COPD?

Can omega-3 fatty acids combat COPD?

January 27, 2015

The National Institutes of Health have awarded $1.6 million to Rochester researchers to study a group of compounds derived from omega-3 fatty acids and their ability to combat inflammation caused by cigarette smoking, which can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD.

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Laser-generated surface structures create extremely water-repellent metals

Laser-generated surface structures create extremely water-repellent metals

January 20, 2015

Scientists at the Institute of Optics have used lasers to transform metals into extremely water repellent, or super-hydrophobic, materials without the need for temporary coatings.

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Author and director of Schomburg Center of Black Culture to deliver MLK Commemorative Address

Author and director of Schomburg Center of Black Culture to deliver MLK Commemorative Address

January 15, 2015

Khalil Gibran Muhammad will deliver the University’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address. Muhammad is author of Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America, in which he explored the roots of the popular conception of black criminality in America.

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UR testing HIV vaccine pill

UR testing HIV vaccine pill

January 13, 2015

Researchers hope that this oral vaccine will create a more robust immune response against HIV. Volunteer study subjects must be between the ages of 18 and 40, in good health and not infected with HIV; they will be paid up to $2,050 based on their level of participation.

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Researchers show neutrinos can deliver not only full-on hits but also ‘glancing blows’

Researchers show neutrinos can deliver not only full-on hits but also ‘glancing blows’

December 30, 2014

In what they call a “weird little corner” of the already weird world of neutrinos, physicists have found evidence that these tiny particles might be involved in a surprising reaction. In an experiment conducted with the international MINERvA collaboration at Fermilab, physics professor Kevin McFarland and his students and colleagues provide evidence that neutrinos can sometimes interact with a nucleus but leave it basically untouched, resulting in a new particle being created out of a vacuum.

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Researchers explain how our minds make sense through order

Researchers explain how our minds make sense through order

December 15, 2014

Rochester scientists say they have an alternative to the standard explanation for why order matters when the human mind processes information. Ting Qian and Richard Aslin explain that our tendency to detect patterns is built into our cognitive processes, even when it’s at the risk of overestimating the importance of such patterns. (photo by Flickr user redwoodphotography made available under CC BY-ND 2.0)

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Decoding fat cells: Discovery may explain why we gain weight

Decoding fat cells: Discovery may explain why we gain weight

December 11, 2014

Medical Center researchers believe they’re on track to solve the mystery of weight gain – and it has nothing to do with holiday eggnog. They discovered that a protein, Thy1, has a fundamental role in controlling whether a primitive cell decides to become a fat cell, making Thy1 a possible therapeutic target in treating obesity.

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