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Culture Corner Television Review: “Da Vinci’s Demons” (Starz network; Fridays at 9:00 p.m.)

by Bernie Langs Having seen the previews, I decided to watch the first episode of the British-exported television series “Da Vinci’s Demons” with the idea in mind of writing a scathing review of the show for its comic book depiction … Continue reading

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Stopping to Smell the Rhododendron

by Jessica Phippard A sense of calm overcomes me as I enter campus each morning, the street sounds fading out as the stresses of the morning commute melt away. It is the landscaping on campus that does this to me. … Continue reading

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New York State of Mind

This month Natural Selections interviews Leslie Church, Assistant Editor in the Communications and Public Affairs Office. Country of origin: United States. 1. How long have you been living in New York? I have been living in New York City for … Continue reading

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An RU Graduate Looks Back

by Mayla Hsu What was it like to start graduate school at RU during the Kennedy administration? I had a glimpse of the past when I spoke to Nicholas H. Acheson, RU Class of 1969, who is now an Emeritus … Continue reading

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Life on a Roll

The Basilica of Sacré-Coeur by Elodie Pauwels Stairs in Montmartre by Elodie Pauwels, http://elodiepphoto.wordpress.com June 2013

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Hideyo Noguchi’s Bust Is Back in Welch Hall

by Joseph Luna A version of this article previously appeared on the blog The Incubator. There’s much to see in the newly opened Welch Hall library. For some, it will be a wholly new introduction to such an important campus … Continue reading

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Creating Space

by Carly Gelfond On a recent evening in April, I sat in a bar in Brooklyn across from an old friend from college. She’d quit her job the week before, citing stress and a lack of career advancement. She’d also … Continue reading

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Memorial Day: A Brief Overview

by Daniel Briskin A few years ago, I found myself sitting with friends before class. We were discussing the upcoming exam schedule and our study plans, when one of us pointed out an approaching three-day weekend. Quickly, we realized that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

by Jerry Melchor Read these two scenarios and note how you would answer the questions: 1) The Linda experiment: Linda is thirty-one years old, single, outspoken, and very bright. She majored in philosophy. As a student, she was deeply concerned … Continue reading

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New York State of Mind

This month Natural Selections interviews Amanda Martinez, Associate Director of the Women & Science initiative in the Development Office. Country of origin: USA. 1. How long have you been living in New York? I have lived in New York for … Continue reading

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For Your Consideration—Cannes Edition

by Jim Keller In this installment, For Your Consideration kicks off the 2013 Oscar season with a look at the films to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. This year’s festival, overseen by Jury President Steven Spielberg, will open on … Continue reading

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Culture Desk Exhibition and Book Review The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry, and Politics in Seventeenth-Century China (at The Asia Society through June 2, 2013) Confucius: Confucian Analects, The Great Learning & The Doctrine of the Mean (translated with notes by James Legge)

by Bernie Langs When reading certain philosophers that are difficult to understand, those of us who were never formerly trained as students of the genre often ask, “Why am I putting myself through this?” But in the case of reading … Continue reading

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Life on a Roll

Tiptoe Through the Tulips by Jim Keller Times Square by Elodie Pauwels – http://elodiepphoto.wordpress.com May 2013

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Fiscal Cliff: The Next Big Challenge for Science

by Christina Pyrgaki A version of this article appeared on The Incubator blog on February 14, 2013. For the last 35 years, the University of Lake Superior has published a list of banished words—words in the English language that are … Continue reading

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RU Art—Architecture Edition

by Carly Gelfond For years, every morning on my way to work, as I hurried along the white marble pathway leading from the driveway to the buildings on the North end of The Rockefeller University’s campus, I stared uncomprehendingly at … Continue reading

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In Our Good Books

The reading suggestions have been kindly provided by staff members of the downtown bookstore McNally Jackson. Fated by S.G. Browne From the acclaimed author of Breathers—an irreverent novel about fate, destiny, and the karmic consequences of getting involved with humans. … Continue reading

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Hitting the Paywall

by Daniel Briskin Approximately two years ago, in March 2011, The New York Times introduced their paywall, the digital barrier against accessing more than 20 articles per month without subscribing (subsequently, access has been further reduced to only ten articles … Continue reading

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New York State of Mind

This month Natural Selections interviews Sara Schaafsma, a postdoctoral associate in the Laboratory of Neuroscience and Behavior.  Country of origin: The Netherlands.

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Culture Desk Book review: The Melancholy of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai Interview: George Szirtes (translator of The Melancholy of Resistance)

by Bernie Langs After years of feasting on nonfiction books, I find myself binging on works of fiction these days, and most recently, of all things, Hungarian prose. Having read the German W.G. Sebald and the Austrian Thomas Bernhard, who … Continue reading

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