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a sign reads CLASSROOM outside a door, symbolizing the tensions between open freedom of speech in higher education and the safety and inclusivity often embodied in trigger warnings in classroom material.

Free speech and trigger warnings

For some, the tenets of the First Amendment are sacrosanct. Others consider free speech at its strongest when we protect more marginalized and vulnerable voices. In this Q&A from the latest episode of the University’s Quadcast podcast, dean of students Matt Burns and political science professor David Primo shed light on this growing debate.

April 25, 2019

Science & Technology

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Stewart Weaver named Carnegie Fellow to support climate history study in Himalayas

Professor of history Stewart Weaver has been named a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow to continue work to preserve the rich culture and history of the Ladakh mountain region and its people.

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April 23, 2019
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‘Longevity gene’ responsible for more efficient DNA repair

Rochester researchers have uncovered more evidence that the key to the “Fountain of Youth” may reside in a gene that is found to produce more potent proteins in species with longer lifespans.

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April 19, 2019
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Researchers create artificial mother-of-pearl using bacteria

Nacre, also known as mother-of-pearl, is an exceptionally tough natural material found in shells and pearls. Rochester biologists have developed an innovative method for creating nacre in the lab—and maybe on the moon.

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April 18, 2019

Society & Culture

Paul Romer receiving Nobel Prize

Nobel laureate Paul Romer to deliver Gilbert Lecture

Nobel laureate Paul Romer, a former assistant professor of economics, returns to campus to discuss how “economics can offer better answers to the most important questions facing humanity.”

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April 22, 2019
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Rochester can become US growth engine, says MIT economist

In his latest book, Jon Gruber puts Rochester at the top of the list of 102 cities poised to become next generation tech hubs. The MIT economist will host a panel discussion on Rochester’s potential to jump-start America.

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April 8, 2019
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Why do new college students need alone time?

Spending time alone isn’t necessarily bad, especially for first-year college students. A new study shows that having a positive motivation for seeking solitude can be a predictor for successful adjustment to college life.

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April 5, 2019

The Arts

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Theater production visits work of avant garde Cuban-American playwright

The International Theatre Program will present The Conduct of Life, a challenging work by Obie Award-winning playwright and Pulitzer Prize finalist Maria Irene Fornés.

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April 22, 2019
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Immersive installation brings Frederick Douglass to life

British filmmaker and artist Isaac Julien’s visionary 10-screen film installation is the second in a series of media art commissions at the Memorial Art Gallery devoted to the history and culture of the city of Rochester.

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April 19, 2019
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Spring weekend of shows explores dance, collaboration

Spring Explorations and Experimental Dances, or “S.E.E.D.,” features original work from student choreographers and composers, alongside renowned choreographer David Dorfman and performances from Rochester faculty.

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April 10, 2019

In Photos

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‘Finding the Courage to Lead’

April 8, 2019

In her keynote address at the 10th Annual Diversity Conference, novelist, activist, and commentator Samina Ali described the fear she faced when the birth of her son left her with brain damage. “I was scared, and I was completely alone,” says Ali. “Courage is like any other physical function in your body … each time we exercise our brave heart we are reinforcing our neural pathways for courage.” (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

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Two honored as Student Employees of the Year

Doctoral student Clara Auclair, who works as a digitization specialist in River Campus Libraries, and Cameron Morgan ’19 (T5), a public speaking fellow in the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program were honored during National Student Employment Week.

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April 24, 2019
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Annual ‘Rockys’ honor outstanding student contributions to campus community

This year, nineteen individuals and three groups will be honored during the College’s annual Student Life Awards, also known as “the Rockys.” The 2019 dinner and awards ceremony takes place Thursday, April 18.

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April 16, 2019
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Students, faculty, staff, alumni honored at Gwennies Awards

The Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education and Connections presented its third annual awards to partners and individuals who exemplify the career center’s values.

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April 12, 2019

Voices & Opinion

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What historical artifacts like the ‘Lincoln bullet’ mean

Associate Professor of History Larry Hudson, a specialist in 19th-century African-American history whose scholarly interests include the Civil War, answers questions about the significance and meaning of the bullet that killed President Abraham Lincoln.

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April 12, 2019
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Crisis at the border? Anthropologist looks at Central American migration

Professor and author Daniel Reichman gives an overview of the last 40 years of Central American migration to the United States, and describes a system that is far more complicated than what’s often presented in the news.

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April 4, 2019
television cameras looking out over a baseball field.

A national pastime must have a national presence

As the baseball season opens, the league is looking to change some rules to speed up the game. English lecturer and baseball authority Curt Smith presents his own five-point plan to save the sport he loves.

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March 28, 2019

University News

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Annual awards recognize staff stars

Each spring, through the Meliora Awards, Witmer Awards, and Staff Community Service Award, the University celebrates outstanding staff members for their significant and longstanding contributions.

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April 22, 2019
Kathryn Mariner

Kathryn Mariner wins Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for her work on social inequality

Kathryn Mariner, an assistant professor of anthropology and visual and cultural studies, is one of 32 faculty members in the United States named as new Career Enhancement Fellows.

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April 19, 2019
Danielle Benoit poses for a photo in her lab.

‘Embodies the spirit’ of teaching and mentorship

Danielle Benoit, an associate professor of biomedical engineering who has provided research experiences for more than 80 undergraduates in her lab, is the second recipient of the College Award for Undergraduate Teaching and Research Mentorship.

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April 5, 2019