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March 20, 2013

Making headlines

A sampling of some recent news stories featuring members of the University community

“It’s like a Kabuki dance that politicians make over these budget issues. People are getting tired of it, and that’s why they don’t have much interest in it.”
—Mark Zupan, dean of the Simon School, told NBC News for a story about why many people don’t seem to care about the federal budget sequester that went into effect March 1

“I cannot overstate how proud we are of our tradition in optics and photonics. We have been a national leader. We have literally been called the center of the world in that area.”
—President Joel Seligman in a WROC-TV report about the announcement that Rochester is being eyed as one of 15 national hubs for manufacturing technology

“After visiting Pakistan this topic became particularly important to us after we started to realize these drones are attacking people we now consider our friends.”
—Heather Layton, a senior lecturer in art at the University, in a Popular Science article about a rhinestone-covered Predator drone replica she helped create for the Home Drone exhibition. The piece is intended to make people think about the consequences of deadly drone strikes—not in far-flung regions of the world, but at home in the United States.

“Although the awareness of sports-related concussions is much higher, we still know very little about the long-term consequences and what happens inside the brain.”
—Jeffrey Bazarian, associate professor of emergency medicine, told CBS News for a report on football players suffering long-term brain damage

“Our brains are set up to focus on things that are novel or unexpected. When you’re listening to one half of a conversation, every new utterance is a surprise, so you’re forced to constantly predict what’s going to happen next.”
—Lauren Emberson, postdoctoral associate in brain and cognitive sciences says in a New York Times article about why cellular phones rank so high on the list of modern irritants

“We came here originally to study ancient Rome. Now we’re getting live history.”
—Nick Gresens, a lecturer in religion and classics, told the Boston Globe. Gresens went to St. Peter’s Square with a group of students for the announcement of the new pope.

“We are social animals at heart. We typically are empathetic and avoid harming others unless we feel threatened.”
—Rochester doctoral candidate Nicole Legate told German newspaper Der Spiegel. Legate is lead author of a paper that suggests individuals who deliberately ostracize another person are equally distressed by the experience.

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