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October 16, 2013

Making headlines

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

“Kids are going to have disagreements with their friends, their peers, coworkers. If they don’t witness disagreements and how they are handled in constructive ways, they are not well-equipped to go out into the world and address inevitable conflict.”

—Patrick Davies, professor of psychology, told the Wall Street Journal. Davies and fellow researchers found that “constructive” marital conflict was associated with an increase in children’s emotional security.


“It’s critical to find safe treatments that can rescue the brain from impairment, because despite increasing awareness and research in this area, some people continue to endure short-term memory loss, mental cloudiness, and trouble concentrating.”

—Mark Noble, professor of biomedical genetics and of neurobiology and anatomy, said in a piece in the England Independent. Noble and his research team were able to isolate cells in the brain and nervous system that are harmed by the breast cancer drug Tamoxifen.


“They are an incredibly striking example of longevity and resistance to cancer.”

—Vera Gorbunova, professor of biology, says in an article on Smithsonian.com. Gorbunova studies naked mole rats, which have been shown to survive for up to 28 years—a lifespan eight times that of similarly sized mice—and have never once been observed to develop cancer, even in the presence of carcinogens.


“In political circles, the South’s political conservatism is often credited to ‘Southern exceptionalism,’ but the data shows that such modern-day political differences primarily rise from the historical presence of many slaves.”

—Matthew Blackwell, assistant professor of political science, said in a Huffington Post article. Blackwell and a team from Rochester’s political science department examined party affiliations and views on race-related policies such


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