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October 16, 2014
2014 Lewis Henry Morgan Lecture focuses on wave science
poster reads Waves, An Anthropology of Scientific Things On Wednesday, Oct. 22, Stefan Helmreich, the Elting E. Morison Professor of Anthropology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will provide an ethnographic account of how contemporary ocean wave scientists comprehend and model the world wavescape. He will detail scientists’ debates about whether climate change is modulating wave tracks, shapes, and sizes—whether waves can usefully be read as signs of the Anthropocene, the geological epoch dating to the industrial revolution during which, some geologists claim, human activity began to manifest enduring global effects.

August 14, 2014
University ranked among top ten ‘Best Colleges for Food’
chicken and mashed potatoes in martini glasses The University of Rochester’s dining services has been ranked 6th on the 2014 list of 75 Best Colleges for Food in America by The Daily Meal, an online publication that reports the latest culinary news and trends around the world.

September 15, 2014
Communities Considering Fracking Face Long List of Questions
drilling well head in a large field A new report has examined the host of potential health-related issues that communities in areas of the country suitable for natural gas extraction may face. Katrina Korfmacher, director of the Environmental Health Sciences Center’s Community Outreach and Engagement Core and lead author of the study, describes the report as a first step that will help determine how future research can best address communities’ health questions and inform their decision-making.

July 18, 2014
Lake Sturgeon Making a Comeback in the Genesee
scientist holding a large fish and smiling Blood-sampling studies led by comparative medicine professor and chair Jeff Wyatt are showing promising signs for the fish, for the once-troubled embayment of the lower Genesee — and, potentially, for the local economy.

July 18, 2014
Bend in Appalachian Mountain Chain Finally Explained
graphic shows the Appalachian Mountains on a map, with a large red spot indicating the location of a dense block of volcanic rock forces the Appalachian Mountains to bend to the east through Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York Rochester researchers now know what causes the bend in the otherwise straight line of the Appalachian Mountains, and this new understanding of the region’s underlying structures could inform debates over the practice of hyrdrofracking.

June 06, 2014
New Evidence Links Air Pollution to Autism, Schizophrenia

Exposure to air pollution early in life produces harmful changes in the brains of mice, including an enlargement of part of the brain that is seen in humans who have autism and schizophrenia.