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What Apple has learned from ResearchKit so far

What Apple has learned from ResearchKit so far

May 27, 2015

Apple operations chief Jeff Williams says that ResearchKit — the suite of medical research tools for the iPhone that Apple launched in March — has already helped researchers make a lot of interesting discoveries.

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New Golisano Children’s Hospital to open soon

New Golisano Children’s Hospital to open soon

May 27, 2015

The largest capital project in the University of Rochester’s history will soon be open to the community. The new Golisano Children’s Hospital was dedicated Wednesday with media taking a first look at the eight-story, $145 million hospital with 245,000 square feet of new space.

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We mimic the speech patterns of people we agree with

We mimic the speech patterns of people we agree with

May 26, 2015

When people talk, they tend to inadvertently take on each other’s speech patterns, adopting similar pronunciation, rates of speech, posture, and more. The degree to which we fall in with someone else’s speech patterns may have to do with how much we agree with them, and how willing we are to compromise.

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Our school-reform quest

Our school-reform quest

May 26, 2015

In a unique partnership with the Rochester school district, the UR is about to take charge of East High School, which prevents the school from being closed due to its poor academic record. And I’m encouraged by comments that Steve Uebbing, the University of Rochester professor leading the East reform efforts.

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Small business is key in presidential campaign playbook

Small business is key in presidential campaign playbook

May 23, 2015

Small businesses aren’t in the dire straits they were four years ago, but presidential candidates aren’t letting go of an issue they think will get them votes. When candidates say “small business,” they’re talking about creating jobs, telling voters something they want to hear, says David Primo, professor of political science and business at the University of Rochester.

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Community tribute

Community tribute

May 22, 2015

Without question, the new Golisano Children’s Hospital embodies the vision and generosity of Paychex Inc. founder Thomas Golisano. Without his gifts totaling $34 million it’s hard to imagine how the University of Rochester would have built the eight-story tower to be dedicated next week.

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Existing anti-stroke drug also effective treatment for middle-ear infections

Existing anti-stroke drug also effective treatment for middle-ear infections

May 21, 2015

An existing anti-stroke drug is an effective treatment for middle-ear infections, showing the ability to suppress mucus overproduction, improve bacterial clearance and reduce hearing loss, according to researchers at Georgia State University and the University of Rochester.

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Imitation game: we unconsciously mimic the speech patterns of people who think like us

Imitation game: we unconsciously mimic the speech patterns of people who think like us

May 20, 2015

When we talk to a companion, psychologists tell us, we unconsciously mirror their posture, behavior, and speech patterns — monkey see, monkey do. New research from University of Rochester shows how certain social factors can modify this automatic behavior.

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Foundations To SEC: Force corporations to disclose political giving

Foundations To SEC: Force corporations to disclose political giving

May 19, 2015

David Primo, a professor of political science and business administration at the University of Rochester, said the foundations are addressing the wrong agency. “If this is about democracy and not about shareholders, it’s not clear this is a job for the Securities and Exchange Commission,” Primo said in an interview.

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One concept that gives physicists a Casper-like haunting

One concept that gives physicists a Casper-like haunting

May 19, 2015

One of the most profound forms of “quantum weirdness” lies at the heart of our butt/chair/empty space question. It’s called the wave-particle duality. It tells us that something, like an electron, can behave like a particle — if you do experiments that look for particle-like behavior.

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