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Student leaders from local universities gathered with Senator Gillibrand at University of Rochester to discuss campus sexual violence legislation. The senator says the Campus Accountability and Safety Act would provide incentive for universities to address sex crimes on campus. She says it would also increase transparency, and strengthen support for survivors.

Student leaders and administrators at the University of Rochester have created a new video designed to raise awareness about sexual assault on campus.

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New software could help you track your mental health using your smartphone.

Researchers at the University of Rochester are finding ways to use video and front-facing cameras to monitor tiny facial cues that may indicate a person's current mood or mental health.

Jiebo Luo is a professor of Computer Science. He heads up a team that developed software designed to pick up on these little facial cues.

It's our monthly science roundtable! A University of Rochester chemistry professor just received a $1.5 million dollar NIH grant to study an alternate method of manufacturing pharmaceuticals. The results could lead to more options for patients -- a better chance to find something that works. It's also possible that we'll see cheaper drugs on the market, easier drug testing and trials, and more. We discuss the impacts of this with our panel:

We open with a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Harvard scholar Stephen Greenblatt. He’s coming to the University of Rochester tomorrow to talk about Lucretius and “intolerable ideas.” His book, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, is remarkable, by the way.

Then we’ll talk to Joshua Dubler, a U of R professor who is organizing a talk by controversial scholar Stephen Salaita, who was recently fired from his job at the University of Illinois for “anti-Israel tweets.” 

University of Rochester President Joel Seligman is our guest for this hour. We cover a broad range of topics during his time in-studio.

How did George Eastman decide to give so much money to the University of Rochester? How did the U of R make a difference in the outcome of World War II? These are just a couple of the stories I've enjoyed in the new book "Our Work is But Begun". Freelance journalist Janice Pieterse tells the story of the founding of the U of R and is with us to talk aobut the book, along with U of R Vice President Paul Burgett, and Rochester Collections Librarian Melissa Mead.

  

It's our monthly science roundtable. We take a look at the science of self-control and addiction with professors from the University of Rochester. On the roundtable today: Celeste Kidd and Benjamin Hadyen, assistant professors of brain and cognitive sciences; and Dr. Geoffrey Williams, professor of general medicine and associate professor of clinical/social psychology.

(Update, 6:00p.m.: Statements from U of R President Joel Seligman and RCSD Supt. Bolgen Vargas are located at the end of this story)

The State Education Department is giving its tentative approval to a collaboration between the University of Rochester and the city school district for a plan to help East High School. But the state wants a quicker timeline.

Head injuries and athletics are back in the news. This time, it's not because of one big hit, one dangerous concussion. A new study indicates that smaller hits -- hits that might seem innocuous at the time -- can add up to serious damage. We talk with Dr. Jeff Bazarian, among others, on what parents and athletes should know about it, and Eric Rozen, head athletic trainer at the University of Rochester.

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