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NPR (November 1)
A few years ago, cognitive scientist Duje Tadin and his colleague Randolph Blake decided to test blindfolds for an experiment they were cooking up. They didn't expect to be able to see, yet both of them felt as if they could make out the shadowy outlines of their arms moving. Being scientists, they wondered what was behind the spooky phenomenon. "We knew there wasn't any visual input there," Tadin says. They figured their minds were instinctively filling in images where there weren't any. Between 50 and 75 percent of the participants in their studies showed an eerie ability to "see" their own bodies moving in total darkness. The research, put together by scientists at the University of Rochester and Vanderbilt University, is published in the journal Psychological Science.
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New York Times (November 8)
By DAVID M. PRIMO
IN the policy world, corporate disclosure is widely seen as an unalloyed good. Publicly traded corporations are under growing pressure to reveal more information about C.E.O. compensation, political spending and even the dangers that climate change poses for the company.
David M. Primo is an associate professor of political science and business administration at the University of Rochester.
The Washington Post (November 5)
[Joshua Tucker: As Americans head to the polls Tuesday, we are pleased to welcome the following guest post from University of Rochester political scientist Lynda Powell based on research from her new book "The Influence of Campaign Contributions in State Legislatures," which was awarded the American Political Science Association's 2013 Richard F. Fenno, Jr. Prize for the best book on legislative politics.]
What voting studies cannot detect are the important, but less observable, pathways where money is more likely to shape legislation. Members have many opportunities, especially in the committee process, to structure the details of legislation to a donor's advantage. My book, "The Influence of Campaign Contributions in State Legislatures," explains these chamber differences in influence. Studying the 99 state chambers rather than Congress allowed me to model how political and institutional features of legislatures, such as term limits, affect the individual choices lawmakers make about how much time to devote to fundraising.
Billboard (November 1)
5. EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC Rochester, N.Y.
The University of Rochester school has thrived on buzz of late, partly for its Institute for Music Leadership, which provides skills and seed money for entrepreneurs. THR's voters like that pragmatic innovation and what dean Jamal Rossi calls "a core of absolute musical excellence." Eastmanites recently played at President Obama's inauguration and won a Fulbright-mtvU Award to teach Iraqi refugee children in Jordan. "The question we grapple with is what a life in music might look like years into the future," says Rossi.
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New York Times (November 16)
Similar reasoning led Celeste Kidd, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Rochester, to ask whether uncertainty itself wasn't to blame. Ms. Kidd created two types of environments: one in which a reliable researcher provided children with a promised reward - a set of art supplies instead of used crayons - and one in which the researcher proved unreliable - he would return and apologize for not having the better reward he'd promised. The children then took part in the traditional marshmallow study, where they could wait for two marshmallows or eat one now. The prior reliability of the experimenter was decisive: those in the unreliable condition waited an average of three minutes, while those who had interacted with a reliable researcher waited 12. Children, Ms. Kidd concludes, are far more rational than we give them credit for.
The New York Times (November 25)
Mivos Quartet, another New York group, brought out an appropriately hallucinatory chill in Robert Honstein's shivering "Arctic." And Eastman BroadBand, based at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, expertly handled the aural illusions of Carlos Iturralde's enigmatic "Fata Morgana," in which a ghostly wind trio in a balcony faintly haunted the knocks, moans and judders of an onstage string trio.
Bloomberg Businessweek (November 22)
Here's a novel way to pay for business school: Win an online game. Now candidates for Simon's part-time and full-time programs will be eligible.
New York Times (November 21)
ON a sweltering August night in New York the young members of the JACK Quartet found themselves playing a gig at the Stone on the Lower East Side, a no-frills performance space: just a small room with black concrete walls, no stage, no bar, and folding chairs for roughly 50 people. In the last two years the quartet has grabbed the attention of critics and audiences internationally. This summer it had a coveted residency at the Darmstadt program for contemporary music in Germany. Things have been going well of late for the gifted and eager performers in JACK, who first played together as students at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester in 2003. They now have an active board and a helpful booking agent, and have been honing their skills at grant writing with increasing success.
Newsday (November 13)
Women who suffer a concussion may heal more slowly if the injury occurs in the two weeks leading up to their menstrual period, a small new study suggests. "The phase of the menstrual cycle when a woman suffers a concussion has a lot to do with the outcome," said study researcher Dr. Jeffrey Bazarian, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Bloomberg Businessweek (November 13)
Health Improvements in U.S. Slow Even as Costs Rise, Study Finds
The $2.7 trillion U.S. health-care system lags behind other nations in improving its citizens' health even as spending has doubled, increasing faster than any other industry over the past decade, researchers said. The analysis was conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins University, The Boston Consulting Group, Alerion, and the University of Rochester (14510MF:US) and drew from publicly available data from the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Slate Magazine (November 14)
If you can believe it, the number of undergraduate veterans at the nation's self-proclaimed most highly selective colleges is significantly fewer than we reported in 2011. Highs: University of Rochester, 16. "Generally devaluing the demonstrated abilities of the men and women who commit to national service is as ugly as the coarsest racism, sexism, etc., that presumably this same leader wouldn't be caught dead expressing. For shame," said Jon Burdick, the University of Rochester's dean of admissions and financial aid. "Anybody who wants to say that should be required to provide proof”including proof that guiding enrolling veterans to success on their campus would be a greater burden than the significant efforts they voluntarily make in guiding their underrepresented minority students, varsity athletes, and legacy children of major donors."
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Rochester Business Journal (November 22)
The University of Rochester is facing growing financial pressures and increased economic uncertainty, but against this backdrop the university's historic capital campaign is pushing forward at a better-than-expected rate. This week the university said the campaign had passed the $1 billion mark. The goal was surpassed thanks to a gift of more than $4 million from James Aquavella M.D., a clinician and researcher at the university's Flaum Eye Institute.
Rochester Business Journal (November 8)
The University of Rochester has big plans for the next five years. Its board approved a new strategic plan in October that aims to improve the quality of education in all of its schools, strengthen its standing among research universities and make significant investments in the burgeoning field of data science.
Innovations Report (November 18, 2013)
The study shows that elevated levels of ammonia in the blood overwhelm the brain's defenses, ultimately causing nerve cells to become overexcited. The researchers have also discovered that bumetanide—a diuretic drug used to treat high blood pressure—can restore normal electrical activity in the brains of mice with the condition and prevent seizures. "Ammonia is a ubiquitous waste product of regular protein metabolism, but it can accumulate in toxic levels in individuals with metabolic disorders," said Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., D.M.Sc., co-director of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) Center for Translational Neuromedicine and lead author of the article.
Reuters (November 20, 2013)
Temp jobs linked to childlessness for women
The likelihood of a woman remaining childless at age 35 increases with each year spent in a temporary position, a new Australian study finds. Dr. Loralei Thornburg cautioned the new study can't prove that having temporary jobs caused women to have children later. She also said women at older ages can still have healthy pregnancies and deliveries. "It's still not a good bet that you're going to have a problem, but it's the age when other risks start to rise," Thornburg said. She is a high-risk pregnancy expert at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, but wasn't involved in the study.
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Examiner.com (November 9)
Screening and identifying depressed minority moms and providing them with relationship-based, short-term therapy during weekly home visits can relieve depression, says a new study by the University of Rochester. Researchers say that the mothers' children also benefit from their mothers' recovery. "Extensive research has shown that young children whose primary caregivers are depressed often begin life on the wrong foot," said psychologist Sheree Toth, lead author of the study and executive director of the Mt. Hope Family Center at the University of Rochester.
The Atlantic Magazine (November 1)
There's an apocalyptic, we're-all-gonna-die-anyway theme that keeps popping up—a YOLO-style message to do whatever you want right now because tomorrow you might be in a box. But John Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester, says youth recklessness and a dramatization of death has always had a place in pop. He points to the "splatter platters" of the 1950s and '60s (songs like "Leader of the Pack" and "Tell Laura I Love Her") and The Who's "My Generation." "If you dig deep enough, not only just in rock culture, but in post World War II youth culture, you can find this kind of attitude of live fast, die young, leave a beautiful corpse," he says. "That part of [pop music] is not new. The die-young, James Dean deal—that goes back to the '50s."
WROC TV CBS 8 Rochester (November 12)
The University of Rochester has a new program to help on-campus veterans. The new program was announced during a luncheon Tuesday. Starting this month, veterans and active members of the military at the U of R will have expanded resources and support services. The services will augment the financial resources veterans get through the Rochester Pledge Scholarship, which provides full tuition scholarships to qualified post 9/11 veterans who want to attend the U of R.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (November 12)
Vasilii Petrenko is on another long and cold research trip to Antarctica. "It's really roughing it; it's a very simple life. We work 12-15 hours per day. We sleep in tents. We don't shower because we have to get our water by melting ice," said Petrenko, 38, an assistant professor in the department of Earth and environmental sciences at the University of Rochester. His team has been making trips to remote glaciers in Antarctica and Greenland to study ancient air trapped deep beneath the snow and in ice that is tens of thousands of years old.
ABC News (November 21)
A new device will let people who communicate through sign language to translate their hand movements into spoken words. Guillaume Chastel, senior lecturer in the American Sign Language Department at the University of Rochester in New York, said that unlike a live interpreter, the device could make mistakes in translating his sign language. Chastel recognizes, however, that a live interpreter is not always available, and that the Sign Language Ring device could help deaf people with such activities as running errands. "We do use gestures or write notes ... [but] writing back and forth takes so long," said Chastel about communicating while at a store. "If you're doing something basic and you can throw on these bracelets, that would be a good option."
The Chronicle of Higher Education (November 7)
To students and their parents, merit scholarships are rewards for doing all the right things in high school. But not all students know what colleges value, or even believe college is within their reach. What if colleges could use merit aid not only to reward students for their behavior, but also to shape it? Jonathan Burdick, dean of college admission and vice provost at the University of Rochester, was "a fan of this idea from the moment I heard about it," he said. Imagine a low-income student who is bused to a school where he can take IB courses, Mr. Burdick said. Seeing money from colleges add up will help that student explain his dedication when friends ask why he bothers.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (November 20, 2013)
Finger Lakes business cooperative moves forward
An effort to create a regional hub in the Rochester area for start-up companies is moving forward, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this weekend. Planners said the effort will coordinate the region's high-tech incubators and technology commercialization services, which include facilities at the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Science Now (November 18)
Richard Eisenberg is Tracy Harris Professor Emeritus and Professor (Research) at the University of Rochester whose research includes photogeneration of hydrogen from water. When a plant uses the sun's energy to split water molecules, it shuttles hydrogen (separated as protons and electrons) into a reaction sequence to help it grow. But when scientists split water molecules in a type of artificial photosynthesis, the goal isn't to grow an artificial plant. It's about storing energy in hydrogen as a fuel. Join chemists John Turner of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Richard Eisenberg of the University of Rochester on Thursday, 21 November, at 3 p.m. EST on this page for a live video chat where we discuss this burgeoning field of research and take your questions.
WXXI (November 1)
Brenda will look at the future of classical music with Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette and Ray Ricker, Acting Director of the Arts Leadership Program (ALP) at the Eastman School of Music.
WROC TV CBS 8 Rochester (November 21)
The holidays can be a stressful time for children coping with loss. That loss can include the death of a loved one or the divorce of parents. Dr. Bonnie Rubenstein, a counseling expert at the University of Rochester Warner School of Education, says it's important for children to express their grief. There are things adults can do to help.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (November 19)
The University of Rochester is the cream of the crop among local women's college basketball teams. That's what nine NCAA Tournament appearances in 11 years (including three Final Four appearances) will do. That's what nine 20-win seasons over that same time frame will do. It's no different this year, but with one hitch: The Yellowjackets are also the walking wounded. "We have to weather the storm," (Jim) Scheible says. "I'm sure no one is feeling sorry for us."
WHEC TV NBC 10 Rochester (November 14)
It's been a long off season for the University of Rochester Mens Basketball Team. The YellowJackets had high aspirations last season, but that came to a crashing end. A tenth of a second was all it took for the University of Rochester to go from national championship contenders to a second round exit against Ithaca. At one point, the YellowJackets were the top ranked team in the country with one of the greatest Division III players. All of that gone including that gut wrenching feeling after the loss. A new season begins Friday. The YellowJackets open the season against Oneonta State Friday night at the Palestra.
Rochester Business Journal (November 15)
Entrepreneurship will be taking a bigger place at the University of Rochester over the next half-decade, and next week UR will kick off its initiative by participating in a worldwide effort to promote innovation. In its most recent five-year strategic plan, approved in October by the board of directors, UR placed a greater emphasis on promoting innovation from students and faculty. These entrepreneurial efforts have taken shape in several areas, including events to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week. Thousands of organizations, including universities, non-profits and government agencies, are holding Global Entrepreneurship Week events. UR will have several, including a webinar sponsored by the Eastman School of Music and titled "How to Build and Expand a Freelance Career in Your City and Beyond," at 8 p.m. Monday.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (November 17)
As part of the Eastman-Ranlet Concert Series at Kilbourn Hall, Rochester's own Ying Quartet today will present the kind of program that is all too underrepresented in classical music today: a thought-provoking combination of well-known favorites by veritable legends and just-born pieces by living composers. Eastman School of Music's Hanson Institute for American Music commissioned the work. "Just knowing Lera's music and the subject matter, it's going to be intense and personal and dark," says David Ying, who plays the cello.
Rochester Business Journal (November 13)
The University of Rochester has received a $1 million grant to support a graduate program uniting the study of the humanities with the latest technology. The grant came from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, one of a series of grants the foundation has made with an aim to equip faculty at colleges and university with tools of the digital humanities.
YNN Rochester (November 26, 2013)
Construction on Golisano Children's Hospital continues. URMC gave us a tour of what crews have been working on the last year. The new hospital will be 245,000 square feet that includes eight floors. The interior includes art and landscapes focused on Upstate New York. Each floor has a different theme. The hospital is expected to open in 2015.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (November 10)
Our community can be proud that the University of Rochester is one place where our veterans can excel and train for continuing leadership after the military. The university's Pledge Scholarship, named in recognition of university alumnus Francis Bellamy, author of the Pledge of Allegiance, is one way that the university and the community are partnering to say "thank you" to our veterans for their sacrifice. The Pledge Scholarship, in combination with the GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program (also available for dependent children of veterans), guarantees full tuition to all qualified post-9/11 veterans of the U.S. armed forces with at least 36 months of service, admitted to the University of Rochester (whether the college or the Simon business school) to pursue their degree.
WXXI News (November 11)
Students often face a variety of challenges when adjusting to college life, including academic and emotional issues. The University of Rochester has launched a new program to link students seeking help with the appropriate office on campus that can offer assistance. It's a smartphone or desktop app called the Care Resource Center. Care's main coordinator, Erin Halligan, says all the student has to do is click on the subject listing that describes their situation. "It brings them to the primary office on campus that can help with their concern."
YNN (November 11)
Dozens of ROTC students, representing all branches of the military, gathered well before sunrise on the University of Rochester campus Monday morning. They paid their respects to soldiers who have gone before them, running in formation for the Joint Veterans Day Memorial Run.
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WHEC TV NBC 10 Rochester (November 10)
The holidays are just around the corner and Saturday afternoon some University of Rochester student volunteers were taking part in a gift wrapping session ahead of Veterans Day on Monday.
WROC TV CBS 8 Rochester (November 7)
Slavery ended 150 years ago, but it left behind a political legacy, according to University of Rochester researchers. Maya Sen, Matthew Blackwell and Avidit Archarya studied census data and opinion polls. They found Southern whites in areas that had more slaves had more negative attitudes toward blacks than whites who live in areas that had fewer slaves.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (November 4)
In some ways, Doug Lowry's memorial concert was as it should be. A Viking funeral, with the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre stage bristling with musicians, melancholy and a few tears. The Eastman Philharmonia, the 14-piece Eastman Trombone Choir and, spilling out into an entire section of theater seats, the Eastman Chorale. But that only goes so far. No one said no laughter allowed, and that emotion seemed to resonate equally, if not more. A Renaissance man, Eastman dean since 2007, Lowry gave the day's speakers more than enough material for a nearly 2-½ hour celebration that was largely devoid of something Lowry dreaded, as one of them put it: "Bloated, puffy remarks."
Rochester Business Journal (November 4)
Fairmount Properties and Gilbane Development Co.developers of College Town, a development between Mt. Hope and Elmwood avenueshave announced a list of tenants for the renovated area, slated to open in fall 2014. The list spans both local and national businesses with a complete list of the companies on www.CollegeTownRochester.com. "The vision of College Town as a one-of-a-kind new and vibrant place to live, learn, dine, shop, work and play is confirmed with the addition of these new tenants," said Robert Gilbane, chairman and CEO of Rhode Island-based Gilbane Development.
Huffington Post (November 15)
In an interview with Computerworld, Watson CTO Rob High discussed IBM's plans to open the computer to developers in 2014. "[Watson is] stable and mature enough to support an ecosystem now. We've become convinced there's something very special here and we shouldn't be holding it back," High told ComputerWorld. But even developers uninterested in Watson's unprecedented facility with natural language -- the computer used this ability to win on "Jeopardy!" -- could do some fairly innovative things with the machine. In 2012, students at the University of Rochester Business School suggested Watson could construct a system for optimizing organizational responses in the face of natural disasters. "The idea is to combine weather data with census information so that organizations can prepare for and better manage and allocate resources during weather crises."
Smithsonian (blog) (November 8)
The mapping technology is quite different, as is the disease, but there's a certain similarity between Snow's map and a new project conducted by a group of researchers led by Henry Kautz of the University of Rochester. By creating algorithms that can spot flu trends and make predictions based on keywords in publicly available geotagged tweets, they're taking a new approach to studying the transmission of diseaseâ€”one that could change the way we study and track the movement of diseases in society.
WROC TV CBS 8 Rochester (November 26, 2013)
The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology released a new set of guidelines to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Doctors are now being encouraged to treat high cholesterol differently. The biggest change- ignore the numbers. For years the goal was to get the bad cholesterol leve (LDL) below 100 using a statin medication. Now that number is eliminated in the new guidelines. Instead, specific risk factors will determine who should be treated with the drugs. "These medications lower risks and it can lower risks in pretty much anyone," Dr. Robert Block said. "Someone may not have high levels of cholesterol, but if their estimated risk is high because of the fact that maybe they smoke, maybe they have high blood pressure as an example; and also men have risks higher at an earlier age than women, then yes the medication still applies and would be good for you."
Los Alamos Daily Post (November 6)
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced Tuesday, that the Omega Laser Facility, a national user facility for NNSA that is located at and operated by the University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) in Rochester, N.Y., recently conducted its 25,000th experiment to create and study extreme states of matter. "The University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics plays an important role in advancing NNSA's national security missions. It has made significant contributions to the Stockpile Stewardship Program," said NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Don Cook. "The Laboratory operates Omega as a very effective user facility. I congratulate the Omega team on this accomplishment and thank LLE for its sustained contributions to the stockpile mission."
Rochester City Newspaper (November 27)
OSSIA has been a student-run ensemble at the Eastman School of Music since the mid-1970's. Chances are, even if you've heard of it or gone to one of its concerts, you haven't been behind the scenes to learn that it is more than just an ensemble — it's an incubator in arts management. With our eye on the state of the classical music economy, we met up with Matt Evans, this year's president of OSSIA, to ask him how to sustain a successful classical music organization in the most challenging of classical genres: new music.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (November 23)
As a biomedical researcher and educator, one of my most important jobs is to help train young scientists - with the goal that they will become the next generation of leaders in my field. But what exactly does leadership mean in this context? And what are the teachable skills that a new leader will need? A good example is the pioneering work that David Williams is doing at the University of Rochester. Dave is interested in imaging individual cells within the human retina, because this is important for understanding disease progression and developing new treatments for blindness (including age-related macular degeneration). So he and his colleague Steve Feldon, at the UR's Flaum Eye Institute, put together an interdisciplinary team of physicians, vision experts, neuroscientists, engineers and optical scientists to attack this problem - creating the Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance (ARIA). That's leadership.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (November 25)
For Gowie and many of the 36,000 others currently looking for work in the Rochester region, the Affordable Care Act - colloquially known as Obamacare - will provide a health insurance safety net come Jan.1. If the legislation works the way it is meant to, this means one fewer worry for job seekers. "That's one bill in the budget you don't have to worry about, and you can go about looking for a job without worrying that you need health care," said George Cook, professor of marketing and consumer psychology at the University of Rochester's Simon Business School.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (November 19)
Grant Holcomb, director of the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, called Monday's announcement of his retirement bittersweet. But it was driven by two factors: 29 years is long enough, he says, and it's time for him to do some serious writing. "I feel good about the decision, for both me and the gallery and the university," says Holcomb. He'll stay in the position until July 1, giving the museum's board of directors a half year to find the seventh director in the museum's 100-year history.
YNN Rochester (November 18)
Bridget Maio is a teacher at School 58 in Rochester. She was nominated a year ago for Touchdown for Teachers, an initiative started by the Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank to honor teachers who give back to their community. A music teacher, but not a singer, Maio wanted to start an a capella group for her students. With the help of the Yellow Jackets from The University of Rochester, Maio's youngsters were able to perform in two concerts at the Eastman Theatre. "It was a big, huge to do. We even raised money for a student at our school who had cancer at the time."
YNN Rochester (November 6)
Catherine Cerulli is director of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's studies at the University of Rochester. She says Warren's victory, while inspiring, also highlights the struggles women still face, in both politics, and in general. "I think that women have to continue to prove themselves in ways that men don't necessarily," Cerulli said.
WXXI (November 5)
Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman will be coming back to Rochester. He will perform with the Eastman School of Music's Philharmonia orchestra on Saturday, February 22nd at 8pm at the Eastman Theatre. Perlman was last here in January of 2012, playing with the RPO.
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Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (November 4)