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Is it time for a universal wage for housework?

Is it time for a universal wage for housework?

April 8, 2021

In an essay in the Washington Post, history PhD student Kevin Sapere argues the pandemic has made it “all the more relevant” to compensate housework.

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History project tells a more complete story of Frances Seward

History project tells a more complete story of Frances Seward

March 11, 2021

Three women in the history PhD program have completed a video project showing the wife of Lincoln’s secretary of state as more influential than typically depicted.

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Rochester Himalayan climate history project receives environmental history award

Rochester Himalayan climate history project receives environmental history award

March 3, 2021

Work to preserve testimonies of a people and their culture is recognized as an “outstanding model of applied environmental history scholarship.”

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Campaign finance reform will not restore trust in democracy, say two social scientists

Campaign finance reform will not restore trust in democracy, say two social scientists

March 3, 2021

Proposed campaign finance legislation is “riddled with claims that do not hold up when subjected to scientific scrutiny,” argues Rochester political scientist David Primo.

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Republican and Democratic voters agree on one thing—the need for generous COVID-19 relief

Republican and Democratic voters agree on one thing—the need for generous COVID-19 relief

February 26, 2021

The latest Bright Line Watch survey finds that voters support COVID-19 relief spending, but partisan divides remain over the election and impeachment.

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An experimental neurofeedback imaging treatment has emerged for psychiatric patients. Does it work?

An experimental neurofeedback imaging treatment has emerged for psychiatric patients. Does it work?

February 22, 2021

A study by University of Rochester psychologists finds some positive results for the new approach.

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The Jupiter and Saturn conjunction, through medieval and Renaissance eyes

The Jupiter and Saturn conjunction, through medieval and Renaissance eyes

December 18, 2020

In medieval and Renaissance Europe and in the Arab world, it was widely believed that “when Saturn and Jupiter are found in the same area of the zodiac—in other words when they are in conjunction—there are profound effects on Earth,” says historian Laura Ackerman Smoller.  

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How to be happier in 2021

How to be happier in 2021

December 18, 2020

Toss out your usual list of New Year’s resolutions and do things that make the world a better place, says a Rochester expert on motivation and well-being.

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American child welfare system has lost its way, says Rochester historian

American child welfare system has lost its way, says Rochester historian

December 11, 2020

A shift starting in the late 1960s has targeted poor families with unnecessary investigations and child removals at the expense of services, argues Rochester health policy historian and physician Mical Raz.

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What does it mean if most Republican voters still think Biden lost?

What does it mean if most Republican voters still think Biden lost?

December 2, 2020

A new Bright Line Watch survey finds that fewer than a third of Republican voters have confidence in the national vote count.

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