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June 2013

New York Times (June 19)

A Homely Rodent May Hold Cancer-Fighting Clues

naked mole rat in blue-gloved hand
Even the strangest creatures may hold a valuable surprise. And in the latest issue of the journal Nature, Vera Gorbunova, Andrei Seluanov and their colleagues report a particularly fascinating surprise: Naked mole rats produce a unique compound that appears to block them from getting cancer.  

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New York Times (June 21)

There’s a Fly in My Tweets (opinion)
By Henry Kautz

fly on image of tweetclouds over a city
For example, my research group at the University of Rochester has analyzed Twitter postings from millions of cell phone users in New York City to develop a system to monitor food-poisoning outbreaks at restaurants.
Henry Kautz is the chairman of the computer science department at the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Rochester. (June 7)

This ‘invisibility’ cloak could conceal satellites – or hide your kids

boys hiding behind mirrored images
In a paper submitted to the American Journal of Physics, University of Rochester physicist John Howell and his 14-year-old son, J. Benjamin Howell, say such cloaking devices can conceal high-flying satellites. Or Harry Potter. For real.  

Also reported in: Mashable, Yahoo! News, Geeky Gadgets, ScienceNews, England Daily Mail, Technology Review

Reuters (June 11)

J&J’s Stelara effective in psoriatic arthritis trial

Stelara, known chemically as ustekinumab, is already approved to treat psoriasis. The medicine is currently under review for a psoriatic arthritis approval in the United States and Europe.

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Yahoo! News (June 1)

Will MOOCs Change Higher Education for the Better?

Professor John Covach teaches a MOOC class about the history of rock music at the University of Rochester. Never heard of a MOOC? It stands for massive open online course. Using innovative technology, MOOCs open up a free learning platform that defies brick and mortar classrooms and the traditional teaching methods such as lectures. Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music at the university, told TakePart that MOOCs open up higher education to the world. “A lot of people first think that college students would be the most likely students for these courses,” he said. “But if you think about it for a second, you’ll realize that those students already have access to college-level courses. Those who benefit the most are those who are not currently in school, either because they are already in a career or because they perhaps cannot afford school, or maybe just cannot commit the time to regularly-scheduled classes.”

U.S. News & World Report (June 21)

Look Beyond the Sun for Skin Cancer Culprits, Doctors Warn

doctor examines arm for skin cancer
Think “skin cancer” and blame immediately goes to the sun. Justifiably so – though not totally, skin doctors say. “Hands down, sun exposure is the biggest risk factor for skin cancer,” said Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim, an assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York.

Also reported in: WebMD

National Public Radio (June 26)

Old Safe Reveals Historical Relics For Women’s Suffrage Group

man cracking old safe
Perhaps the loveliest items were six small panels, replicas of huge wall murals of women that were commissioned for the Chicago World's Fair in 1933. Catherine Cerulli, the director of the Susan B. Anthony Center at the University of Rochester, pointed out that one woman is clearly a Red Cross worker.

Also reported in: ABC News, Newsday, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Las Vegas Sun, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, USA Today and others

WXXI (June 6)

$1 Million Dollar Donation For The Eastman School of Music

Eastman School of Music
Dean of the Eastman School, Doug Lowry, says the high cost of running a large orchestra has helped lead to the development of smaller ensembles. “There will always be a very robust demand for orchestra music, but I think most people in the business would agree that the business model is, if not flawed, than certainly in need of some correction.”