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UR trustee donates $3M to Children’s Hospital

UR trustee donates $3M to Children’s Hospital

May 18, 2015

Richard “Rick” T. Aab, a University of Rochester trustee, has made a $3 million commitment to the Golisano Children’s Hospital Building Fund. The new Golisano Children’s Hospital will be dedicated on May 27 and will open on July 14. Funding came from more than 8,500 individuals and community groups.

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Could a robot write the perfect pop song?

Could a robot write the perfect pop song?

May 15, 2015

If pop songs can so easily be written and then distributed into an unbreakable cycle of hits, can’t they also be reverse engineered and reproduced? Not if you want the song to find an audience, says John Covach, the director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester.

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The technology that saved ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’

The technology that saved ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’

May 15, 2015

It’s been 50 years since The Rolling Stones released “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” The song’s iconic guitar riff—those three irresistibly fuzzy notes—came to Keith Richards in a dream. “On the road, he would use the little cassette machines with the batteries to put his song ideas on the cassette,” the music historian John Covach told me.

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Danny Wegman named chairman-elect of UR board

Danny Wegman named chairman-elect of UR board

May 14, 2015

The CEO of the area’s largest grocery store chain has been picked as chairman of one of the area’s largest universities. Danny Wegman of the Gates-based Wegmans Food Markets was elected to a five-year term as chairman of the University of Rochester Board of Trustees recently.

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Don’t dump on the humanities, they help us think creatively

Don’t dump on the humanities, they help us think creatively

May 13, 2015

Today, it is hard to imagine that the national government would spend millions of dollars to put unemployed artists to work for the good of the country. But that is precisely what happened in the United States at the height of the Great Depression.

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UR takeover of East nears

UR takeover of East nears

May 13, 2015

In a little over a month, the University of Rochester will be handed the keys, so to speak, to East High School. The State Education Department approved the UR-East deal last year in an attempt to turn around one of the state’s lowest performing schools.

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Climate denialists in congress acting as NASA’s kryptonite

Climate denialists in congress acting as NASA’s kryptonite

May 12, 2015

If you are intent on convincing people there is no climate change, then the last thing you want is NASA — with all its heroism and accuracy — telling folks climate change is real. So, faced with this dilemma, climate denialist’s have come up with a clever solution: Get NASA out of climate change science.

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Why law graduates are being taught to think like MBAs

Why law graduates are being taught to think like MBAs

May 12, 2015

In April, New York Law school announced it would make room in its building for an offsite location for the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School, making it easier for law students to take B-School classes.

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UR joins national sport concussions study

UR joins national sport concussions study

May 12, 2015

University of Rochester researchers have joined what is billed as the largest sports concussion study in history – an expansive, nationwide effort that seeks to understand how the brain recovers in the near-term and over a lifetime.

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Without a humanistic inquiry, we will lose our creativity

Without a humanistic inquiry, we will lose our creativity

May 11, 2015

Today it is hard to imagine that the national government would spend millions of dollars to put unemployed artists to work for the good of the country. But that is precisely what happened in the United States at the height of the Great Depression.

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