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The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, through medieval and Renaissance eyes

The Jupiter-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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What’s the secret ingredient that makes a happy couple or family?

What’s the secret ingredient that makes a happy couple or family?

November 24, 2020

Analysis by University of Rochester researchers shows that psychological flexibility can shape how individuals interact with the people closest to them.

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What does East Germany’s rise and fall have to do with pigs? A lot, actually

What does East Germany’s rise and fall have to do with pigs? A lot, actually

November 19, 2020

The communist state’s approach to industrial pig farming foreshadowed its demise, a Rochester historian argues in his new book.

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Rochester historian recognized with third book award

Rochester historian recognized with third book award

November 6, 2020

Brianna Theobald scores unusual ‘hat trick’ of academic accolades for her book on Native women’s reproductive histories and activism.

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Watchdog report: Experts see substantial danger to democratic stability around 2020 election

Watchdog report: Experts see substantial danger to democratic stability around 2020 election

October 28, 2020

The latest Bright Line Watch surveys find experts concerned about multiple risks to the legitimacy of the election, while many Americans believe in the prevalence of voter fraud.

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Should secret voting be mandatory? ‘Yes’ say political scientists

Should secret voting be mandatory? ‘Yes’ say political scientists

October 26, 2020

In a new book, two scholars argue that making voting more convenient does not combat low voter turnout but instead jeopardizes the integrity of the ballot.

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The politicization of the CDC was under way before Trump

The politicization of the CDC was under way before Trump

October 23, 2020

The CDC’s vulnerability to political interference is rooted in its role working in health risk assessment, write University of Rochester health policy historian Mical Raz and her coauthor in a Washington Post op-ed.

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