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Is ‘junk DNA’ a key to killing cancer cells?

A type of selfish genetic element called retrotransposons was once thought to be mere “junk DNA” that caused harmful mutations and inflammation. Rochester biologists have found that retrotransposons may also be useful and trigger mechanisms that kill cancer cells.

October 20, 2021

Science & Technology

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New imaging system captures text from barely open books

Rochester textual scientist Gregory Heyworth led the development of a digitization method for books with fragile binding.

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October 21, 2021
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Meet one of Popular Science magazine’s ‘Brilliant 10’

Rochester biomedical engineer Michael Giacomelli is pursuing a quicker way to detect skin cancer.

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September 20, 2021
Blue ACE2 receptor bound to a red coronavirus spike protein.

Approach predicts novel ‘protein partners’ that could contribute to COVID-19 symptoms

Rochester biologists propose that disrupted interactions between the proteins that closely evolve with the ACE2 receptor may play a role in COVID-19 complications.

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September 16, 2021

Society & Culture

Aerial view of a Rochester, NY, neighborhood.

Legacy of racism in housing policies continues to impact maternal health

Rochester economist Elaine Hill traces how redlining from decades ago in Rochester, New York, is associated with worse outcomes in pregnancy and childbirth experienced by Black women today.

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October 4, 2021
Aerial view of Fort Amsterdam on the coast of Ghana.

Digital history project will create virtual visits to an African slave fort

Funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, “Black Past Lives Matter: Digital Kormantin” builds on history professor Michael Jarvis’s work as part of the Ghana summer field school.

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September 29, 2021
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No, stress isn’t always bad. Here’s how to harness it.

Rochester psychologists find that college students who reinterpret their stress response as performance-enhancing are less anxious and generally healthier.

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September 14, 2021

The Arts

Book cover detail from "Winter in Sokcho" by Elisa Shua Dusapin.

Open Letter novel named finalist for National Book Awards

Winter in Sokcho is the first title from the University’s literary translation press to be designated a finalist for the prize.

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October 6, 2021
A dozen or so members of the all-female Vocal Point a cappella group lit up on a dark stage.

University takes the stage at 10th annual KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival

The recently opened Sloan Performing Arts Center on the River Campus gives Rochester’s arts community a new venue to shine.

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September 13, 2021
Sloan Performing Arts Center exterior on a sunny day.

Sloan Performing Arts Center opens on the River Campus

The 30,000-square-foot dedicated performing arts space had its soft opening at the end of August, adding a much-anticipated new building to the University of Rochester’s River Campus in time for the fall semester.

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August 31, 2021

In Photos

Bust of William Warfield outside in downtown Rochester, New York.

Eastman School of Music alumnus William Warfield honored with sculpture

October 4, 2021

A bust of singer, actor, and activist William Warfield ’43E, ’46E (MM), ’88 (Honorary) has been installed at the Miller Center Courtyard across from the Eastman School of Music in downtown Rochester, New York. “We are proud to partner with the William Warfield Scholarship Fund and to display this remarkable sculpture by artist Shawn Dunwoody, honoring Mr. Warfield’s legacy to our Eastman community, as well as to Rochester and the world,” says Jamal Rossi, Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School. Learn more about the sculpture and commemorative plaque. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

Aerial view of the River Campus and the Genesee River.

University releases results of Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct

The data shed light on students’ perceptions and experiences, which will be used to inform prevention efforts and resources moving forward.

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October 5, 2021
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Rochester students devise innovative solutions to partner organizations’ challenges

The third Innovation Challenge featured 20 student teams and six community organizations, including Foodlink, City Roots Community Land Trust, and the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.

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October 1, 2021
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How to write your best college application essay

Rochester’s dean of undergraduate admissions Robert Alexander offers college applicants some dos and don’ts in writing the application essay.

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September 28, 2021

Voices & Opinion

Sevin Yeltekin

A closer look at inflation

On her blog, Simon Business School Dean Sevin Yeltekin addresses six key questions related to the rise of inflation in the post-COVID-19 business world.

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October 11, 2021
Main seen from behind looks at a blackboard with chalk-drawn graph where the COVID-19 line goes up and the economy line goes down.

3 surprising ways COVID-19 has rocked the US labor market

For Rochester economist Lisa Kahn, whose research focuses primarily on labor economics, the past year and a half has been nothing short of astonishing. She explains why.

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September 8, 2021
Fracking drill rig at sunset.

Fracking comes at the expense of water quality

In a perspective piece in Science, Rochester economist Elaine Hill calls for tighter regulation and monitoring of fracking as more evidence points to its negative health consequences.

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August 25, 2021

University News

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Lynnett Van Slyke honored with award from Rochester Area Employment Network

The University’s director of disability compliance is being recognized for her efforts in hiring and promoting people with disabilities.

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October 20, 2021
four portraits of graduate students.

Curtis Award spotlights PhD teaching assistants’ ‘amazing’ efforts during the pandemic

The annual award honors the contributions of graduate students in classrooms and laboratories across the University. This year’s recipients come from different disciplines, but share many things in common.

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October 14, 2021
Close-up of Holly Crawford.

Holly Crawford to step down in November

Crawford has served as the University’s senior vice president for administration and finance, chief financial officer, and treasurer since 2016.

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October 6, 2021