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And now for something completely different

And now for something completely different

July 22, 2014

While other vocal competitions just ask singers to sing, the Lenya Competition asks its contestants to create their own one-person musical narrative out of found materials and make us believe that it is all true.

On Saturday, April 12, from eleven o’clock in the morning until well after ten at night, the finals of the Lenya Competition, 2014 edition, ground through fourteen capaciously gifted young performers in the wood-paneled precincts of the Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Hall up in Rochester, New York.

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When virtual job interviews go horribly wrong

When virtual job interviews go horribly wrong

July 21, 2014

Enough companies now interview for jobs and internships over Skype (MSFT) that career offices have started to train business students in the art of conversing on video chat.

Karen Dowd, assistant dean of career management and corporate engagement at University of Rochester’s Simon Graduate School of Business, says one student during a virtual interview last year wore all the right things—but only above the belt.

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U of R scientists awarded $9 million to study immune system in action

U of R scientists awarded $9 million to study immune system in action

July 19, 2014

A nine million dollar grant could help University of Rochester researchers find better ways to treat cancer and HIV.
The money from the National Institutes of Health will focus on immune system research. During the five year study, a team will examine images of immune system cells and see how they respond to inflammation and infection in mice.

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Connections: Healthy Friday – medical marijuana

Connections: Healthy Friday – medical marijuana

July 19, 2014

This hour of “Healthy Friday” is coincides with the public television health series “Second Opinion LIVE!”. We discuss the controversial topic of medical marijuana, which just became legal in New York State. With us is Dr. Timothy Quill from the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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Love people, not pleasure

Love people, not pleasure

July 18, 2014

In 2009, researchers from the University of Rochester conducted a study tracking the success of 147 recent graduates in reaching their stated goals after graduation. Some had “intrinsic” goals, such as deep, enduring relationships. Others had “extrinsic” goals, such as achieving reputation or fame.

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UR medical interns train inside a moving ambulance

UR medical interns train inside a moving ambulance

July 17, 2014

Doctors and paramedics worked side by side Thursday with UR Medical interns at Henrietta Ambulance on Calkins Road in Henrietta, all to give them a sense of what happens before a patient hits the hospital.

“We work hand in hand with paramedics and EMTs and firefighters, and understanding what they do in the field is really helpful for us,” said Dr. Elizabeth Murray.

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Why building relationships is vital in school reform

Why building relationships is vital in school reform

July 16, 2014

? The authors of the following post, Kara S. Finnigan and Alan J. Daly, explain research they have done that underscores the importance of the relational element in reform, and they draw on social network research as a way to highlight the importance of relationships as conduits through which valued resources flow and can bring about system wide change.

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Bringing music to the neighborhood

Bringing music to the neighborhood

July 16, 2014

When Alexander Pena asks about 15 students to show him their “ready” position, the students sit up straight in their seats. Pena, a thin young man with scrolls of long dark hair, is the director of RocMusic, and the students are participating in the summer session.

The program, which launched in 2012, is a partnership of the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, Eastman School of Music, Eastman Community Music School, Rochester school district, and the City of Rochester.

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Women wearing red are viewed as more sexually threatening by other women

Women wearing red are viewed as more sexually threatening by other women

July 14, 2014

Wearing red doesn’t only draw attention from members of the opposite sex, it can provoke sexual rivalry in women, researchers say. A new study claims that a woman wearing red sets off “mate-guard” impulses in other women, and that a woman is less likely to introduce a woman wearing red to her boyfriend or spouse.

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The strange social science of the color red

The strange social science of the color red

July 13, 2014

“I don’t think it’s the case that women who wear red are always advertising sexual interest,” says Adam Pazda, a social psychologist at University of Rochester who led the study. “But there is evidence that people make judgments about other people in general based on clothing. You can see how color might easily fit into that.”

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