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‘Vital signs’ of teaching captured by quick, reliable in-class evaluation

‘Vital signs’ of teaching captured by quick, reliable in-class evaluation

June 17, 2014

A 20-minute classroom assessment that is less subjective than traditional in-class evaluations by principals can reliably measure classroom instruction and predict student standardized test scores.

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Judges with daughters vote feminist

Judges with daughters vote feminist

June 16, 2014

The gavel leans feminist when a daughter is involved. A new study has found that judges with at least one daughter were found to vote in a feminist direction 16 percent more often than those with just sons.

The research says that not just law and ideology factor into decision-making—personal experiences do as well. “Things like having daughters can actually fundamentally change how people view the world, and this, in turn, affects how they decide cases,” said University of Rochester Prof. Maya Sen, who co-led the study.

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Another factor said to sway judges to rule for women’s rights: a daughter

Another factor said to sway judges to rule for women’s rights: a daughter

June 16, 2014

It turns out that judges with daughters are more likely to vote in favor of women’s rights than ones with only sons. The effect, a new study found, is most pronounced among male judges appointed by Republican presidents, like Chief Justice Rehnquist.

“Our basic finding is quite startling,” said Maya Sen, a political scientist at the University of Rochester who conducted the study along with Adam Glynn, a government professor at Harvard.

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Move over, Chaucer, these days poet John Gower is all the rage

Move over, Chaucer, these days poet John Gower is all the rage

June 13, 2014

During the 3rd International Congress of the John Gower Society, scholars will explore the life and work of Gower, a contemporary of Geoffrey Chaucer, and one of the major poets during the reign of Richard II.

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Protein anchors help keep embryonic development “just right”

Protein anchors help keep embryonic development “just right”

June 12, 2014

Findings on the cellular-level regulation of proteins called histones by lipid droplets, or “fat depots,” shines light on chromosome production – and possible manipulation of that process.

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Curt Smith critiques plans for the Obama library

Curt Smith critiques plans for the Obama library

June 11, 2014

As the June 16 deadline for bids for the library approaches, universities in Chicago, Honolulu, and New York City have expressed interest in housing the Barack Obama Presidential library. Curt Smith offers strong views about the three leading contenders vying for the project.

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Gloria Culver appointed interim dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

Gloria Culver appointed interim dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

June 10, 2014

Culver, professor of biology, has chaired the department since 2010. She will take over from Joanna Olmsted, who is stepping down after seven years as dean of the school.

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Commencement 2014

Commencement 2014

May 16, 2014

With three days of ceremonies, activities, and special events marking commencement season, the University recognized graduating students and their families, honored faculty for their teaching, and celebrated the achievements of alumni and other honorees.

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Joanna Olmsted steps down as Dean of Arts and Sciences

Joanna Olmsted steps down as Dean of Arts and Sciences

May 7, 2014

Joanna Olmsted will step down as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences on July 1 after two decades of University leadership.
“Joanna has contributed immeasurably to the progress that has been made in strengthening arts, sciences, and engineering, and we are hugely in her debt,” says Peter Lennie, provost and the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering.

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