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The New York Times (February 10)
A University of Rochester study found that couples who watched and talked about issues raised in movies like "Steel Magnolias" and "Love Story" were less likely to divorce or separate than couples in a control group. Surprisingly, the "Love Story" intervention was as effective at keeping couples together as two intensive therapist-led methods. "A movie is a nonthreatening way to get the conversation started," said Ronald D. Rogge, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Rochester and the lead author of the study. "It's really exciting because it makes it so much easier to reach out to couples and help them strengthen their relationships on a wide scale."
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The Washington Post (February 24)
For more than a century, lawmakers from big cities have complained that their voices are ignored in state legislatures. And, it turns out, they're right. "Big-city people had an explanation, and their explanation was this is hostility," one of the researchers, University of Rochester professor Gerald Gamm, said. But it turns out that explanation was only partly true, he said.
(Also reported in: Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
NPR (February 26)
SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: The American Bar Association's ratings are presented as advice to the White House and the Senate, but they carry real weight. The ratings produced by a senior ABA panel actually influence whether nominees become judges, says University of Rochester political scientist Maya Sen. MAYA SEN: Receiving a low rating is devastating to the candidate. Candidates who receive a rating of not qualified, that's more or less the equivalent of an F, are something like 30 percent less likely to be confirmed.
NBC News.com (February 8)
Vaccines have wiped out smallpox and they've nearly eradicated polio. Vaccination can control measles and mumps, and they protect travelers against yellow fever and cholera. "One reason that it's hard to study the issue of prior vaccination is that it's not considered ethical to do a randomized study - one in which people are randomly assigned to either get a vaccine or not and then watched to see if they get sick," says Dr. John Treanor of the University of Rochester in New York, who helps develop and test flu vaccines.
CBS News (February 13)
Another key finding was evidence that energy created by the fusion reaction was going back into the remaining fuel, a "bootstrapping" process that is key to boosting the energy output. The sign of bootstrapping is "really a wonderful result," said fusion expert Robert McCrory of the University of Rochester, who was not involved in the research. "There's a lot more that needs to be done" to reach the point where the reaction produces more energy than the lasers deliver, but "this was absolutely necessary."
(Also reported in: Washington Post, CNBC, Fox News, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, ABC News, FOX News, NPR, The New York Post, Newsday, Yahoo! South Africa News, Science Magazine, Physics World, Wired)
Chicago Sun Times (February 5)
And then they invoked the marshmallow experiment, writing: "If members of a group learn not to trust the system, if they don't think people like them can really make it, they will have little incentive to engage in impulse control. Researchers at the University of Rochester recently reran the famous marshmallow test with a new spin. Children initially subjected to a broken promise - adults promised them a new art set to play with, but never delivered - almost invariably "failed" the test... By contrast, when the adults followed through on their promise, most kids passed the test."
(Also reported in: Biloxi Sun Herald, Chicago Tribune )
Fox News (February 7)
By John Covach This month marks 50 years since The Beatles made landfall in America. Had it not been for a very fortuitous convergence of events, however, Beatlemania might never have erupted.
John Covach is the director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester. He teaches a free online course entitled "The Music of the Beatles" and is the author of the book "What's that Sound? An Introduction to Rock and its History."
ABC Science (February 18)
The mystery behind how a spherical star can produce aspherical nebula may have been solved, according to a new study. "Most stars in the universe die this way," says the study's lead author, Professor Eric Blackman of the University of Rochester in New York. "Astronomers are interested in how stars are born and how they die, and this gets to the mystery of how they die."
(Also reported in: Astronomy Magazine )
USA Today (February 10)
Psychologist Harry Reis, who is familiar with the research and studies attachment and intimacy at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., says the message is clear. "One of the ways couples can add novelty to their lives is to become acquainted with new couples - so make new friends," he says.
USA Today (February 13)
"If someone is exposed (to a blast) and outwardly looks all right, what we don't know is whether that blast is doing something to their brain, to their heart, to their lungs, to their liver, that is going to cause a problem down the line," says Jeffrey Bazarian, a panelist and associate professor at the University of Rochester School Medicine and Dentistry.
NPR (February 11)
By Adam Frank Questions ... questions ... So many big questions ... Everybody has them. We are born cute but clueless, come of age through the ignominy of high school; shoulder the burden and joys of adulthood and then - BAM - it's over. And all around us is this space of infinite beauty and sorrow and weirdness. How can you not have questions?
(Also reported in: WCBE )
The Wall Street Journal (February 24)
Mystery symptoms can be frustrating for doctors and patients alike. Patients can feel like their concern is being dismissed as all in their heads. Doctors may feel there is little they can do - and may resent the time these patients take. "Most people don't want to hear 'I don't really know,' but the truth is often we don't really know," says Susan H. McDaniel, associate chair of the department of family medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York.
Christian Science Monitor (February 12)
Advocates of Bitcoin, the crypto-currency that has gained popularity at the fringes of international commerce, say they are unperturbed by setbacks this week that have sent the digital money plunging to half its former value on currency exchanges – and to its actual removal from one exchange. "This is the equivalent of hackers finding their way into the federal Reserve" and shaking confidence in the underlying monetary system, except at a much smaller scale, says Mark Zupan, an economist and the dean of Simon Business School at the University of Rochester in New York. "How the Bitcoin community responds and provides meaningful assurances will be key to their survival."
The Christian Science Monitor (February 4)
While a shot to relieve labor pains is known to increase the time it takes for women to deliver babies, a new study says the increase may be longer than originally thought. Researchers found some women who received epidural anesthesia during labor took more than two hours longer to deliver their child, compared to women who didn't get the pain reliever. Dr. Christopher Glantz cautioned that although the health of babies in the epidural and non-epidural groups was similar, mothers tended to have more complications if they had longer labors. Glantz was not involved with the study but is a high-risk pregnancy specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York.
ArsTechnica (February 20)
Believe it or not, playing this game could be a good treatment for lazy eye, according to preliminary research. At this year's meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the University of Rochester's Daphne Bavelier described her work on how video games affect the visual system. Bavelier's work focuses on action games and goes back over a decade. In that span, she has generated lots of evidence that the games are capable of improving the visual system by enhancing the functions of the brain regions that process sight.
The Scientist (February 1)
Nearly 10 years ago, Vanderbilt University cognitive neuroscientist Randolph Blake and his postdoc Duje Tadin needed to give their study participants the experience of complete darkness. They were testing their new transcranial magnetic stimulator (TMS) and developing protocols for a series of experiments involving the generation of phospheneslight experienced by subjects when there is none. A few years later, running his own lab at the University of Rochester, Tadin told the story to graduate student Kevin Dieter, who encouraged Tadin to give the project another shot. They devised a conservative experimental setup in which they attempted to control the subjects expectations: they told study participants that one blindfold had little, imperceptible holes that might allow them to see through, while another blindfold would successfully keep out all light.
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (February 16)
By Joel Seligman A presidential symposium at the University of Rochester on Feb. 4 focused on how to begin to turn around these poor results, especially highlighting programs that work, including some charter schools, extended learning and surround care. Mayor Lovely Warren delivered the keynote address and announced a commitment to an Early Learning Commission, with the goal of building a universal prekindergarten program in Rochester and partnering with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to provide support for the Rochester region.
(Also reported in: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 2-16-14 )
WXXI (February 19)
Violinist Itzhak Perlman will be awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Music by the University of Rochester when he performs in a sold-out concert in Rochester this weekend.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (February 23)
When Joel Seligman was selected to be president of the University of Rochester almost a decade ago, the job came with a mandate: UR's endowment "urgently needs to grow." But then the recession sank in. UR's endowment, which had risen to $1.75 billion in 2008, plummeted to $1.37 billion in 2009, while RIT's endowment, which rose to $671.5 million in fiscal 2008, headed south, dropping $141 million in a year. The two schools' endowments dwarf those of any of the region's other colleges. In the years since, both colleges have seen their endowments rebound to pre-recession levels. UR solidified its position - centered around its Medical Center - as the top employer in the region; RIT's enrollment surpassed 18,000.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (February 14)
Eastman School of Music students this week will have a rare opportunity to work with one of the masters. Pianist Leon Fleisher, who is a 2007 Kennedy Center Honor recipient, will be conducting classes and also will perform Brahms' Piano Quintet in F Minor in a sold-out Kilbourn Hall concert at 3 p.m. Februar 23 with the Ying Quartet. "Such a distinguished musician, as well as a gentleman," says the quartet's cellist, David Ying, excited himself for the opportunity set up by Eastman School of Music. "I think the thing that is most significant is that he is a mentor and inspiration to so many musicians, and I think that we will all understand why when he visits. I am excited that he will teach extensively while he is here, in addition to playing."
Reuters (February 20)
Dr. Stephen Kates, an orthopedic and rehabilitation specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, told Reuters Health it's important to recognize that not all hip fracture patients are alike. Kates, who was not involved in the new study, said future research should focus on which people recovering from a broken hip at home are the best candidates for this type of exercise. "It's probably the patient who's a little bit marginal for staying home," he said, adding that broken hips will become more of a problem as the population ages. "It's just going to become more of a problem for our health system and for all of us to deal with," Kates said.
(Also reported in: The Baltimore Sun )
New York Times (February 13)
American physicians, worried about changes in the health care market, are streaming into salaried jobs with hospitals. Dr. Howard B. Beckman, a geriatrician at the University of Rochester, who studies physician payment incentives, said reimbursements for primary care doctors must be improved to attract more people into the field. "To get the kinds of doctors we want, the system for determining salaries has to flip faster," he said.
WHEC TV NBC 10 Rochester (February 20)
It's a project to make traffic going to and around the University of Rochester a little smoother and bring more jobs to the Rochester area. While in town Thursday, Governor Cuomo announced funding to build phases of the 390 ramp expansion has been secured. The full project includes new exit ramps, expanded lanes and a new bridge at Route 390 and Kendrick Road. You've probably seen work being done in that area lately. The $70 million project has brought thousands of construction jobs to our area. UR officials say besides making travel in that area smoother, it will also create thousands of jobs for the university itself.
(Also reported in: 13WHAM-TV )
WHEC-TV (February 4)
Rochester City School officials are teaming up with community leaders, including Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and RCSD Superintendent Bolgen Vargas, to brainstorm ways to revitalize education in Rochester. Officials from the University of Rochester, the Rochester City School District, the City of Rochester and other invited guests will attend a Presidential Symposium Tuesday at the University of Rochester's Interfaith Chapel.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (February 4)
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren announced Tuesday the formation of an Early Education Commission tasked with detailing the need for pre-kindergarten in the city and bringing in funding from Albany. Warren, speaking Tuesday morning at a K-12 education symposium at the University of Rochester, said the city lacks a comprehensive strategy for aligning pre-K students and their families with quality programs and for increasing the number of available seats with state and federal funding.
USA Today (February 19)
In the new study, 14 of the 16 adults who received the cell therapy experienced a "complete remission," with no detectable leukemia cells left, and seven were healthy enough to undergo a bone-marrow transplant, the study says. "The effects of this innovative immunotherapy are quite striking," says Marshall Lichtman, a professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, who wasn't involved in the new study. "Certainly this is a step forward for patients facing death." (Also reported in: St. Petersburg: WTSP Ch. 10, FL )
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (February 2)
Renee Fleming, a Rochester native and Eastman School of Music graduate, sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Fleming made the history books by becoming the first opera singer to sing the national anthem at a Super Bowl.
(Also reported in: WHEC-TV, Buffalo News, New York Daily Star, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 2-3-14, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 2-6-14, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 2-2-14, Rochester Business Journal, 13WHAM-TV, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle )
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (February 4)
Rochester-area residents who have been minding their blood pressure have a few more items to add to their heart-healthy list.Taken together, heart disease and stroke surpass cancer as the leading causes of death in Monroe County. Bennett, director of the Center for Community Health at the University of Rochester Medical Center, said the Million Hearts initiative piggybacks on health promotion activities. URMC, along with the Monroe County Department of Public Health and some community organizations, have a five-year, $3.6-million grant to improve health through policies that make healthy choices easier. A collaborative launched a few years ago by the Rochester Business Alliance and the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency that focuses on blood pressure is geared more toward patients.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (February 1)
Sydney Barrett is a 14-year-old from Perinton determined to become a doctor - and is paving the path for such a career at an early age. Barrett has participated in STEP (Science and Technology Entry Program) offered by the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry to help increase the number of underrepresented groups in the medical field. Working with the medical school's Center for Advocacy, Community Health, Education and Diversity, the UR student group contacted local high schools and colleges - and is especially interested in getting students from groups underrepresented in the medical field to attend.
WHEC TV NBC 10 Rochester (February 15)
It was an emotional moment Saturday for a Geneseo mother and daughter at Wilmot Cancer Center. After receiving a discouraging cancer diagnosis, Denise Szafran was treated to a special last wish ceremony Saturday afternoon. Denise's daughter Christine is close to graduating with her masters degree in education from Buffalo State College. But both mom and daughter realized Denise would likely not live to see her graduate. But that changed Saturday as the college and hospital joined together to let Christine to hold an early graduation ceremony.
The Hill (February 26)
Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and David Vitter (R-La.) are probing allegations that members of the pharmaceutical industry paid big money to meet with members of the Food and Drug Administration ahead of the agency's approval of a controversial painkiller. The senators sent a letter on Wednesday to the Dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester, Dr. Mark Taubman, after reports surfaced that the school arranged for members of the pharmaceutical industry to sit with FDA officials at conferences at a cost of between $25,000 and $35,000 each.
Chicago Tribune (February 25)
The players met as students at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, where their teacher was the renowned percussionist-pedagogue Michael Burritt, who's now head of the percussion department of the Eastman School of Music. "Michael was an amazing teacher and a really great mentor for us," says Skidmore, who doubles as the ensemble's executive director. "We basically fell in love with the percussion repertory he was teaching us and decided we wanted to make a living doing it as a group."
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (February 16)
A stroke alone is enough to land a person in an intensive care unit. To make things worse, the event can trigger other problems that complicate treatment. But a new, more holistic way to treat stroke patients is being implemented at Strong Memorial Hospital. Developed initially in the fall and continuing to expand, the neurointensive care unit puts neurologists, neurosurgeons and anesthesiologists and other providers who are trained across disciplines in one place to provide comprehensive care.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (February 17)
William Henry Seward settled in the Cayuga County community of Auburn in the early 1820s and went on to serve as a state senator and governor of New York, U.S senator and President Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of State. More than 150,000 pages of letters, diaries and other documents concerning Seward and his immediate family are housed in the University of Rochester's Rare Books and Special Collections at the Rush Rhees Library. A $360,000 grant to UR from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation, which is a family-based charity in Auburn, will provide a big boost to digitizing part of this archive - and make the collection much more accessible to the public as a user-friendly online archive.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (February 7)
By Stephen Dewhurst Universities are rightly viewed as an innovation engine and as a source of fresh ideas and talent that can feed business development and corporate partnerships. But too often, these innovations don't find their way out of the ivory tower. And too often, potential private-sector partners struggle to find the front door at universities. So how to solve this disconnect, and how to build a university that is truly open for business? Stephen Dewhurst is the chair of microbiology and immunology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Huffington Post (February 18)
It's no secret that reading is the best exercise for your brain. Nowadays, 75 percent of Americans read e-mails with their smartphones. By adding intellectually-stimulating reading material to your inbox, you can get the brain workout you deserve. These 10 thought enriching newsletters will have your brain thanking you. Futurity.Org: Futurity provides daily updates from top research universities in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. The non-profit newsletter features the latest scientific discoveries from universities such as Carnegie Mellon, King's College London, McGill University, and the University of Queensland. Launched in 2009, Futurity.org shares research with the public directly. It's a great way to keep up-to-date on today's scientific advances all while keeping your mind sharp.
WXXI (February 7)
A conversation about the role of arts and artistic endeavor in all of our lives, regardless of career or college major, focusing on arts initiatives taking place throughout the University of Rochester. Guests are Nigel Maister (Artistic Director of the UR International Theatre program) and choreographer/dancer Missy Pfohl Smith, who is artistic director
WXXI (February 4)
Evan Dawson talks with UR Medicine concussion expert Dr. Jeff Bazarian about concussions in youth sports.
Rochester Business Journal (February 5)
A University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry research team has won $2.9 million as its share of a $9 million National Institutes of Health grant supporting research into a leading cause of sudden death in young people.
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (February 5)
"The economy is on firmer footing than it has been for a number of years," Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Charles I. Plosser told a crowd gathered Wednesday for the 35th annual Economic Seminar. The event, put on by University of Rochester's Simon Business School and JPMorgan Chase & Co., attracted close to 300, mostly from the local banking, wealth management and insurance industries, and featured Plosser and JPMorgan Chase senior economist James E. Glassman giving their prognostications for 2014.
WHAM TV ABC 13 Rochester (February 11)
13WHAM News spoke with a representative with UR Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital about the nonsurgical process used. They said the nonsurgical technique involves the patient's blood being filtered into an LDL Apheresis Machine that removes cholesterol from the plasma before returning it to the patient's body,
Rochester Business Journal (February 21)
The University of Rochester has proposed a Center of Excellence for Data Science, the first of its kind in New York State. The center will focus initially on three domains: predictive health analytics, cognitive systems and analytics on demand. The Community Coalition seeks a state designation and an appropriation on par with those for other statewide centers of excellence.
Bloomberg (February 24)
Joe Abrams, Special Adviser to the Simon School of Business, on Bloomberg Television's "In The Loop": "I am on the board at the school of business at the University of Rochester. When I started doing work there maybe 15 years ago, the number one job situation was in investment banking. Over the last 15 years, things have changed. When I go back there, the number one thing people want to be are entrepreneurs. Isn't that interesting? I don't know if it was magnified by the financial crisis. Right. The university responded to the students and now there are joint programs in entrepreneurship with the medical school and with the engineering school."
Rochester City Newspaper (February 5)
When we think of Japanese printmakers, the Edo Period's large woodblock prints of courtesans, actors, samurai, and landscapes with the ever-present Mount Fuji immediately come to mind. The current exhibit at Memorial Art Gallery illustrates the diversity of work being created by contemporary Japanese artists, including wood-block prints, photographs, and some sculptural works that severely stretch the parameters of what may be considered a "print."
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (February 18)
When a person with Alzheimer's is agitated, so is their caregiver. Agitation affects about one-quarter of people with Alzheimer's and is a major source of caregiver burnout, said Dr. Anton P. Porsteinsson, director of the Alzheimer's Disease Care, Research and Education Program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He said options are limited, and some drug therapies had serious side effects. Porsteinsson led research that found the commonly prescribed antidepressant citalopram could quell agitation without the serious side effects of other medications that have been used.
WROC TV CBS 8 Rochester (February 28)
It is a sign of progress at the Eastman Business park as another tech company is moving in as an anchor tenant. The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council wants to bring 1,800 jobs to the Eastman Business Park in five years. "We recognized this is an extraordinary treasure. This is a property of great size, great potential and great opportunity," co-chairman Joel Seligman said. (Also reported in: SpecialChem )
WROC TV (February 10)
"I think what's really promising is that the Board of Regents is responding to some of the concerns that they have heard from teachers and parents and students and community leaders to slow down the Common Core. It does not have to be the way it is, and most states around the nation have not implemented Common Core as fast as New York State has," said Cindy Callard, University of Rochester Warner School of Education.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (February 27)
How do we add jobs to our local economy? That's the same question that Paul Ballentine wrestles with. Ballentine is the deputy director of the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences (CEIS) at the University of Rochester. The organization supports new research by matching university researchers with corporate partners. The businesses benefit by receiving access to cutting-edge research, while the academic faculty are given the chance to transfer their technologies to industry. CEIS provides matching funds to help support these collaborations.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (February 27)
Something encouraging happened Wednesday night at Rochester School District headquarters: A group of involved community members presented a fresh batch of solutions to the district's most pressing problems, and several dozen students listened, gave feedback and were listened to in turn. "The goal is to stop talking at you and start talking with you," said Joanne Larson, a University of Rochester education professor and member of the student achievement committee.
Rochester City Newspaper (February 12)
In its fourth year of success, the inspireDANCE Festival at University of Rochester fills six days with more than 20 workshops and performances of various dance styles. The festival, which runs Thursday, February 13-Tuesday, February 18, features New York City choreographer and dancer Heidi Latsky, as well as various choreographers from the area.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (February 13)
While attending Penfield High, Chris Doser found himself drawn to three areas: music, swimming and math. So he asked himself: Why not pursue all three? Now a senior at the University of Rochester, Doser carries a 3.65 grade-point average as a triple major in applied math, saxophone performance and music education. He's also a member of the UR swim team and will compete this week in the UAA Championships at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland. He'll race in the 50, 100 and 200-yard freestyles and on the 200, 400 and 800 free relays.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (February 13)
Two down, one to go as UR Medicine's Strong Memorial Hospital continues to transform the former Lakeside Memorial Hospital into an outpatient hub. Strong received approval Thursday from the state Department of Health to open an outpatient surgery center at 156 West Ave., Brockport. Construction at UR Medicine's Strong West Ambulatory Surgery Center is expected to begin in April. The center is expected to open mid- to late summer and would join the urgent care center that opened in September 2013.
WHAM AM 1180 Rochester (February 27)
TV host Chris Matthews has accepted an invitation to give the spring commencement address at the University of Rochester. University President Joel Seligman calls Matthews "a respected voice in American politics." Matthews will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree at the ceremony May 18th, pending formal Board of Trustees approval.
WHAM TV ABC 13 Rochester (February 14)
Totals for The Drive for Miracles for Golisano Children's Hospital are in. $327,426 was raised during this week's drive, about $100,000 more than last year's drive.