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Berk to step down as URMC CEO to head new research institute at UR

Berk to step down as URMC CEO to head new research institute at UR

September 18, 2014

University of Rochester Medical Center CEO Bradford Berk M.D. plans to step down at the end of this year to establish and head a new UR research organization, the Rochester Neurorestorative Institute, officials said Wednesday.

The university has named Mark Taubman M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry, to take over as medical center CEO.

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Wilmot Cancer Institute receives $18.5 million grant

Wilmot Cancer Institute receives $18.5 million grant

September 18, 2014

The National Cancer Institute has awarded an $18.5 million grant to the University of Rochester’s Wilmot Cancer Institute, officials said Thursday.

Marked for the institute’s Cancer Control and Survivorship program, the five-year grant will fund a study of cancer-related side effects.

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Fracking wells tainting drinking water in Texas and Pennsylvania, study finds

Fracking wells tainting drinking water in Texas and Pennsylvania, study finds

September 15, 2014

The researchers, who hailed from Duke, Ohio State, Dartmouth, the University of Rochester and Stanford, traced the presence of noble gases in the methane that emerged in peoples’ houses in fracking regions in Pennsylvania and Texas to distinguish between gas from natural seeps and drilling sites. Noble gases like helium, neon, and argon “stick” to natural gas and move with it, unchanged, as it passes through different layers of earth.

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Facts, lies and artifacts

Facts, lies and artifacts

September 12, 2014

For Armand de Potter in Joanna Scott’s new novel, “De Potter’s Grand Tour,” the compulsion to collect has a simple explanation: He wants people to admire him. His initial fascination with the objects he dredges from New York Harbor — a woman’s shoe, an old pair of handcuffs — stems from an interest in “the forgotten history of the world.”

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Absurd Creature of the Week: The naked mole rat could one day save your life

Absurd Creature of the Week: The naked mole rat could one day save your life

September 12, 2014

Biologist Vera Gorbunova studies these creatures at the University of Rochester. She says naked mole rat societies, which can reach 300 individuals, are more like dictatorships than monarchies because anyone with the gumption can ascend the throne.

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Eastman School of Music students perform in News 10NBC studio

Eastman School of Music students perform in News 10NBC studio

September 12, 2014

A bassoon quartet from the University of Rochesters Eastman School of Music performed in the News 10 NBC studio on Friday, after a video of them performing the theme song of Late Night with Seth Meyers appeared on the NBC show.

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The power of sleep

The power of sleep

September 11, 2014

“I was nervous when I went to my first sleep conference,” says Dr. Maiken Nedergaard, the chatty and inquisitive co-director of the Center for Translational Neuromedicine at the University of Rochester. “I was not trained in sleep, and I came to it from the outside.” In fact, as a busy mother and career woman, she saw sleep the way most of us probably do: as a bother. “Every single night, I wanted to accomplish more and enjoy time with my family, and I was annoyed to have to go to bed.”

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UR receives $1.2M for center to study rare genetic disorder

UR receives $1.2M for center to study rare genetic disorder

September 9, 2014

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry plans to establish a center to study myotonic dystrophy type 2, UR Medical Center officials said Tuesday.

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The most economically diverse top colleges

The most economically diverse top colleges

September 9, 2014

To measure top colleges’ efforts on economic diversity, The Upshot calculated a College Access Index, based on the share of freshmen in recent years who came from low-income families (measured by the share receiving a Pell grant) and on the net price of attendance for low- and middle-income families. Colleges with a four-year graduation rate of 75 percent or higher in 2011-12 are included.

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The economics of reclining your airplane seat aren’t so simple

The economics of reclining your airplane seat aren’t so simple

September 8, 2014

Social scientists often advance statistical analyses that are hedged about with confidence intervals or theoretical arguments that trade upon precise initial conditions. Unfortunately, journalists are apt to invoke such analyses in ways that ignore such qualifications.

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