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Wasp venom holds clues on how genes get new jobs

Thu, 22 Jun 2017

Amid the incredible diversity of living things on our planet, there is a common theme: organisms need to acquire new genes, or change the functions of existing genes, in order to adapt and survive. But how does that happen? University researchers studying the venom of parasitic wasps believe a relatively understudied mechanism for creating new gene functions may be widespread in other species as well.


Unmasking female-centered bullying in schools

Fri, 16 Jun 2017

An anthropology professor chronicles her multi-year foray into a suburban high school to study female-specific bullying, competition, and aggression, concluding that actions assumed to be benign should be reclassified as violence.


Ancient ozone levels provide a glimpse into future effects of climate change

Thu, 15 Jun 2017

A computer model developed at Rochester, and used to compare model data to analysis on 100,000-year-old Greenland ice cores, has shown a surprising result.


What really motivates us

Wed, 14 Jun 2017

Is it money, power, and fame? Or rather fear and punishment? For nearly 40 years Richard Ryan and Edward Deci, the founders of self-determination theory, have sought to answer the question of human motivation.


Franco wins junior faculty award

Fri, 09 Jun 2017

Ignacio Franco, assistant professor of chemistry and physics, has been selected as a winner of the OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award for fall 2017 by the American Chemical Society.


Jennifer Grotz will direct Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences

Mon, 05 Jun 2017

Poet Jennifer Grotz, a professor of English, has been named the next director of the Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences. She is the first woman to serve as director of the oldest American conference for writers.


New Gabrellian Director Rubin steers humanities in fresh directions

Fri, 26 May 2017

“I want our center to touch the life of every University of Rochester undergraduate,” says Joan Shelley Rubin, who was installed as the inaugural Ani and Mark Gabrellian Director of the Humanities Center in May.


In the summer of 1967: Sgt. Pepper altered pop music industry

Fri, 26 May 2017

In an op-ed for Newsweek, Professor John Covach marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic album, noting that only the Beatles could have released such a musically adventurous and experimental work.


Light emitting quantum dots could ease synthesis of novel compounds

Fri, 26 May 2017

Most chemists have studied quantum dots for their basic properties. But new research by Rochester scientists points to potential applications in the synthesis of pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, and agro-chemicals.


Team Meliora back in running for $1M Hult Prize

Thu, 25 May 2017

After being eliminated in the regionals, four international students have been chosen as wild cards for the Hult Prize, the largest social entrepreneurship competition in the world, with a reward of $1 million seed money.


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