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When the ‘new normal’ is not enough

Neurorestoration is an infant field, with life-changing potential for people like Medical Center CEO Bradford Berk. Now he’s on a quest to make Rochester an early leader in an effort to bring new treatments to patients with spinal cord injuries.

November 24, 2014

In the Headlines

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FDA doesn’t ban morcellation

The husbands of two Rochester-area women who died after their undetected uterine cancer was worsened by morcellation said the Food and Drug Administration lacked courage Monday for not banning the procedure after months of deliberation. “It’s very, very sad,” he said. “I would have thought the FDA had the courage to stand up and help women. Now more women will suffer tragic death as result of a government agency that has failed to do the job they are employed to do.”

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November 24, 2014
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UR’s Joanna Scott finds novel in family history

Joanna Scott set out to write a family biography. But two years of researching her great-grandfather’s mysterious disappearance led her to more questions than answers, a possible new twig on her family tree — and, ultimately, to last month’s release of her new novel, De Potter’s Grand Tour.

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November 22, 2014
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Curt Smith talks about President George H.W. Bush | Part 1(video)

Curt Smith joins us. Curt Smith is the author of the new book George H.W. Bush: Character at the Core. There’s a look at the book, and you got a brief glimpse at our friend, Curt, who joins us this morning from the University of Rochester where he is actively pursuing the melding of young minds in terms of English and presidential leadership and communications.

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November 19, 2014

Science & Technology

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New tool allows researchers to target rare brain disease

Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy is a rare brain disease found in patients with compromised immune systems. Until now, it has been almost impossible to track the disease or test treatments. But a new model developed at the Medical Center allows researchers to study the disease in mouse brains that contain both animal neurons and human glia cells.

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November 17, 2014
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Sustainability, astrobiology combine to illuminate future of Earth’s technological civilization

How long can a technological civilization last? Will human-caused climate change or species extinctions threaten its collapse or can industrial development continue without restrictions? In a new paper, two astrophysicists argue that these questions may soon be resolvable scientifically.

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November 6, 2014
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Congenital herpes tied to lower developmental test scores in infants

A new Medical Center study showed that babies with congenital human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) scored several points lower than those without the infection. Scores for the infected babies were similar to those exposed to lead or cocaine in the womb.

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November 4, 2014

Society & Culture

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Will we one day ‘visit’ the past?

Faculty and students at Rochester are turning to increasingly available imaging, 3-D visualization, and immersive world technology to imagine virtual spaces. They allow researchers to simulate experiences and conduct experiments that would not otherwise be possible, and may offer insights into ways to preserve ancient objects and structures.

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November 19, 2014
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Playing action video games can boost learning

A new study shows for the first time that playing action video games improves not just the skills taught in the game, but learning capabilities more generally.

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November 10, 2014
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Haitian filmmaker leads discussion on post-quake reconstruction

The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies will host Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck for a screening and discussion of his film, Fatal Assistance.

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November 4, 2014

Photo of the Week

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Falling for engineering

November 24, 2014

Sophomores Claire Kaiser, biomedical engineering, Ibrahim Akbar, electrical and computer engineering, and Marina May, biomedical engineering, are buried in leaves instead of work on Eastman Quad.

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Student Life

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Student group aims to change conversation around mental health

Stigma and taboo can keep individuals suffering from mental illness from getting help. The University’s chapter of Active Minds hosts a variety of events to encourage a dialogue about mental health and to combat misconceptions about common mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

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November 12, 2014
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Salute to University’s veterans

Financial economics major Mark Constable ’16 is one of more than 80 military veterans currently enrolled as students at the University. This Veterans Day, we recognize and honor the commitment of our students, faculty, and staff who serve or have served in our nation’s armed services, and share just a few of their stories.

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November 10, 2014
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‘WWOOF’-ing away summer in Puerto Rico

How did English major Nina Listro ’17 spend her summer vacation? Learning about organic farming with the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms organization in Puerto Rico.

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November 10, 2014

The Arts

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: International Theatre Program presents Venus

The play is based on the true story of Saartijie Baartman, a South African woman taken from her home in 1810 and brought to London where she becomes an overnight sensation on the freak-show circuit. Later dubbed the “Venus Hottentot,” Baartman’s image became known in popular culture as a symbol of sexuality.

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November 14, 2014
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Famed Vienna Boys Choir to perform holiday concert

Renowned for what the New York Times has described as “the gorgeousness of the singing,” the ensemble is appearing as part of the Eastman School of Music’s new “Eastman Presents” series.

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November 11, 2014
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2014 Polish Film Festival marks Poland’s move toward democracy

This year’s Polish Film Festival celebrates Eastern Europe’s move toward freedom, and the 20th anniversary of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, which organizes the annual festival.

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November 5, 2014

University News

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Allan Greenleaf named a fellow of American Mathematical Society

The AMS awards fellowships to recognize “members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics.” Greenleaf is being singled out for his “contributions to inverse problems with applications to cloaking, as well as for service to AMS.”

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November 24, 2014
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URMC names new CFO

The University of Rochester Medical Center has named David A. Kirshner as chief financial office. Kirshner will join URMC in January, succeeding Michael Goonan who will retire in December after more than 30 years of service.

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November 20, 2014

Simon launches master’s degree in health care management in New York City

The Simon Business School is launching a new part-time, specialized program for health care professionals who are seeking an accelerated graduate health care management degree.

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November 19, 2014
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