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Pitching Politics

Thu, 09 Aug 2018

The story of baseball in the United States is intertwined with that of the presidency, says senior English lecturer Curt Smith. In his new book he traces the points of connection from the colonial era to the present.


Honorary professorships awarded for excellence in teaching

Thu, 02 Aug 2018

John Tarduno has been awarded the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professorship, and Thomas Eickbush and James Zavislan are recipients of the Mercer Brugler Distinguished Teaching Professorship.


Group ‘cleaves’ oxygen from surface of metal oxide, enhancing reactivity

Wed, 01 Aug 2018

A new method of opening solid state materials to oxygenation, using metallic oxide clusters, can eliminate guesswork from discovery of new catalysts. The ultimate goal is to more efficiently convert greenhouse gases to useful fuels.


Ellen Matson wins fellowship supporting innovative teaching

Fri, 27 Jul 2018

Assistant professor of chemistry Ellen Matson is one of five inaugural recipients of the Course Hero-Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching, awarded for balancing research with a commitment to innovative teaching practices.


Much ado about nothing

Tue, 24 Jul 2018

The concept of nothingness is the subject of everything from children’s books to philosophical debate. In the universe, however, is nothing ever possible? How have scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians thought about the concept of nothing throughout history and up to the present?


Drawing a ‘bright line’ on democracy

Tue, 10 Jul 2018

With colleagues at Yale and Dartmouth, Rochester professor Gretchen Helmke has launched Bright Line Watch, an initiative to survey opinions about democracy, both among the public and political scientists.


Missy Pfohl Smith named director of Institute for Performing Arts

Tue, 03 Jul 2018

The Institute for Performing Arts was formed in 2015 to bring together the disciplines of music, theater, and dance into a collaborative venture. Smith, who also serves as the director of the Program of Movement and Dance, is appointed to a three-year term


‘I am content to be made known through this specimen of your art to all who may come after me’

Wed, 27 Jun 2018

In a letter recently acquired by River Campus Libraries, abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass expresses his pleasure with a bust that can now be reproduced by anyone with a 3D printer.


Strong sibling bond protects against negative effects of fighting parents

Fri, 22 Jun 2018

In a 3-year study, Rochester psychologists found children with strong sibling relationships experience less distress in response to future fighting between parents.


Laser bursts generate electricity faster than any other method

Wed, 20 Jun 2018

A University researcher who predicted that laser pulses could generate ultrafast electrical currents in theory now believes he can explain exactly how and why actual experiments to create these currents have succeeded.


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