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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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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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