John Howell: The Technology Behind the Rochester Digital Cloak
John Howell, professor of physics and optics, the new digital version of the Rochester Cloak. While that system relied solely on lenses, this one combines a different type of lens array combined with a digital scanning and processing technique that increases the range of angles for which it works.
John Covach: 50 Years of Satisfaction
For the past five decades The Rolling Stones have enjoyed tremendous success as the original bad boys of rock for their image based on sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. As Covach, chair of the Department of Music and director of the Institute for Popular Music, explains, that this hasn’t always been the case for the group.
Curt Smith on the Location of the Obama Presidential Library
Curt Smith offers strong views about the three leading contenders vying for the Barack Obama Presidential library and why Illinois' proposal to raise $100 million in state funding for the project is creating quite a stir. Smith is a senior lecturer in the Department of English, and an acclaimed author, radio/TV host and columnist.
Joshua Dubler: Religious Life in an American Prison
Joshua Dubler, assistant professor of religion, talks about his book, Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison, in which he chronicles a week in the lives of Christian and Muslim prisoners, who make their way through the chapel at Pennsylvania’s State Correctional Institutional at Graterford. In the book Dubler addresses the place of religion in rehabilitation and incarceration.
Diane Dalecki: Using Ultrasound to Engineer Synthetic Tissue
Diane Dalecki, professor of biomedical engineering, joins in a discussion of how ultrasound is being used to organize cells and proteins with the pressure waves that ultrasound produces, in a way that might someday allow for building artificial tissues and organs from scratch..
Douglas Crimp on AIDS and Activism
Douglas Crimp, the Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History, speaks about his involvement in AIDS activism during the height of the epidemic in the 1980s and ‘90s.
Thomas Slaughter: Roots of the American Revolution
Author of Independence: The Tangled Roots of the American Revolution, history professor Thomas Slaughter talks about how the history of the war for American independence is much more complex and filled with division than the story usually told about a unified American cause.
Ronald Rogge: Movies and Marriage
An excerpt from Associate Professor of Psychology Ronald Rogge's appearance on Good Morning America, talking about his study indicating that having married couples discuss movies about relationships can help lower the divorce rate.
David Primo: Constitutional Rules to Curb Spending (Bloomberg News)
Political science professor David Primo discusses the role that a constitutional ammendment would play in the budget, spending, and debt ceiling debates in Congress. Primo's research areas include campaign finance, government spending and budgets, judicial appointments, and legislative rules.
Jody Todd Manly: Dealing with Child Trauma
How do we protect children from traumatic news? Jody Todd Manly, clinical director the University of Rochester’s Mt. Hope Family Center, encourages parents to restrict television when the images are disturbing. “It can be very upsetting, especially for young children who may not really understand what’s on the television is not happening in their living room for real,” she says.
Kit Miller: Restorative Justice
Kit Miller, director of the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence at the University of Rochester, talks about the benefits of restorative justice as an alternative to the traditional justice system.
John Kessler: Oceanic Methane and the Deepwater Horizon Spill
John Kessler is an associate professor in the Department of Earth and
Environmental Sciences and his research is an effort to understand the role of ocean methane in past, present, and future global carbon cycles and global climate change. The Deepwater Horizon spill provided a natural laboratory, as large quantities of methane were released.
Lynda Powell: Money and Politics
Lynda Powell, professor of political science, talks about her book, The Influence of Campaign Contributions in State Legislatures, on Need to Know Rochester on WXXI TV. Powell’s book documents the subtle and not-so-subtle ways in which money buys influence–from setting a party's agenda, to keeping bills off the floor, to adding earmarks and crafting key language in legislation.
Ben Hayden: Understanding the Science of Curiosity
Ben Hayden discusses a study, by researchers at the Rochester and Columbia University, that has quantified just how eager monkeys are to gain new information, even if there are not immediate benefits. The findings offer insights into how a certain part of the brain shared by monkeys and humans plays a role in decision making.
Hayden is a neuroscientist and Assistant Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester.
Richard Ryan: Is Homophobia Self-Phobia?
Psychology professor Richard Ryan co-authored a study that looks at the roots of homophobia and how this attitude is more pronounced in individuals with an unacknowledged attraction to the same sex, who grew up with authoritarian parents who forbade such desires. The study was conducted by a team from Rochester, the University of Essex, England, and the University of California in Santa Barbara.
Thomas Gibson: Spread of Protests in the Middle East
Creator of the course Islam and Global Politics, anthropology professor Thomas Gibson says the rapid spread of popular protests throughout the Middle East can be linked to both new technology and an older pan-Arab, pan-Muslim identity. Those shared religious and cultural traditions make the lines of nationalism "fuzzier" in the region.
Emil Homerin: Egypt One Year Later
One year after the Egyptian people took to the streets of Cairo, forcing President Hosni Mubarak from office, University of Rochester Professor of Religion Emil Homerin offers his perspective on the current state of the Arab Spring movement in Egypt and throughout the region.
Duncan Moore: Entrepreneurship vs. Small Business
Duncan Moore, vice provost for entrepreneurship at the University, discusses the difference between entrepreneurship and small business and why the two terms are not interchangeable. Moore served as associate director for technology in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 1997 to 2000.
Adam Frank: Faith and Science
Astrophysics professor Adam Frank argues that science and religion are not the polar opposites that popular culture suggests. Frank writes on the intersection of science and culture, most recently in his book "The Constant Fire: Beyond the Science vs. Religion Debate," and on NPR's blog 13.7: Cosmos and Culture.
Nick Bigelow: The Nanotechnology of the Daguerreotype
Nicholas Bigelow, chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been looking at the nanostructure of these very old and very high resolution photographs and finding that they are actually a biologically active surface.
Randall Stone: IMF Strength and Weakness
Author of two books on the IMF, Randall Stone frequently comments on the workings of the 65-year-old financial organization. The IMF, says Stone, acts as a kind of credit union for countries. Although IMF assistance can help countries resolve currency crises, Stone points out that it is unable to enforce meaningful economic reforms.
Thomas Hahn: ‘Robin Hood in Film and Popular Culture’
Author of Robin Hood in Popular Culture, Thomas Hahn specializes in medieval literature and popular culture, including film. He is a founding member of the International Association for Robin Hood studies and frequently comments on the interpretation of Robin Hood in film, literature and as a creature of the media.
Jack Werren: Wasps and Genetics
What does the evolution of wasp wings tell us about human genetics? University of Rochester Professor of Biology John Werren explains how research into changes in the shape of wasp wings can lead to a better understanding of human growth and potentially how to better treat diseases such as cancer.
Paul Burgett: Black History Month
Paul Burgett, a scholar of African-American music and vice president of the University, recounts the origins of Black History Month and explains why the celebration remains relevant and necessary, even with an African-American president in the White House, and why “we are all much better for it and, in fact, I think we are better Americans for it.”
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