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Toptica: German firm at center of optics world

Toptica: German firm at center of optics world

November 30, 2014

German-based Toptica Photonics could brag about all the global scientific and industrial applications for its precision lasers, including those by a dozen Nobel laureates in physics. “We have the best right here in Rochester,” President Mark Tolbert said.

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Area women’s basketball overview

Area women’s basketball overview

November 25, 2014

The University of Rochester usually rules the roost known as local Division III women’s basketball. Nine NCAA Tournament appearances and three Final Fours speak to that. UR figures to be improved, but so do St. John Fisher and Geneseo in what figures to be a highly competitive race to be the top team in the Rochester area. Here’s a look at local college women’s basketball for 2014-15.

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FDA doesn’t ban morcellation

FDA doesn’t ban morcellation

November 24, 2014

The husbands of two Rochester-area women who died after their undetected uterine cancer was worsened by morcellation said the Food and Drug Administration lacked courage Monday for not banning the procedure after months of deliberation. “It’s very, very sad,” he said. “I would have thought the FDA had the courage to stand up and help women. Now more women will suffer tragic death as result of a government agency that has failed to do the job they are employed to do.”

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UR’s Joanna Scott finds novel in family history

UR’s Joanna Scott finds novel in family history

November 22, 2014

Joanna Scott set out to write a family biography. But two years of researching her great-grandfather’s mysterious disappearance led her to more questions than answers, a possible new twig on her family tree — and, ultimately, to last month’s release of her new novel, De Potter’s Grand Tour.

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Curt Smith talks about President George H.W. Bush | Part 1(video)

Curt Smith talks about President George H.W. Bush | Part 1(video)

November 19, 2014

Curt Smith joins us. Curt Smith is the author of the new book George H.W. Bush: Character at the Core. There’s a look at the book, and you got a brief glimpse at our friend, Curt, who joins us this morning from the University of Rochester where he is actively pursuing the melding of young minds in terms of English and presidential leadership and communications.

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Connections: George H. W. Bush’s new biography written by Curt Smith

Connections: George H. W. Bush’s new biography written by Curt Smith

November 19, 2014

Curt Smith, the author, lecturer, and former presidential speechwriter, is our guest this hour to talk about his new biography on President George H. W. Bush. Smith was a speechwriter for the 41st President of the United States. He’s written 16 books and was a speechwriter for, among other people, George H.W. Bush.

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A citizen’s guide to buying political access

A citizen’s guide to buying political access

November 18, 2014

“The dollar amount it takes to become a significant donor — where at least a staff member will talk to you if you call up the office — varies a lot across the states,” said Lynda W. Powell, a political science professor at the University of Rochester, whose study on the topic was published in her book “The Influence of Campaign Contributions in State Legislatures.”

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How the search for aliens could save us from environmental collapse

How the search for aliens could save us from environmental collapse

November 18, 2014

It’s an open question as to whether or not climate change poses an existential risk to the human species, but it’s not looking good. But what if we could study other civilizations — alien civilizations — who have already dealt with these problems?

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“Our Work is But Begun”

“Our Work is But Begun”

November 17, 2014

Did you know tuition to the University of Rochester was just $30 a year in 1852 or that Susan B. Anthony convinced the Board of Trustees to admit women in 1900? These are just some of the important facts you’ll learn while reading the new book just released called Our Work is But Begun — a history of the University of Rochester.

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Top spenders on Capitol Hill pay billions, receive trillions

Top spenders on Capitol Hill pay billions, receive trillions

November 17, 2014

All of this might imply that donors are the driving force on Capitol Hill, but David Primo, a professor of political science and business administration at the University of Rochester, doubts that. “The conventional wisdom out there is that businesses are going to Washington, writing checks and expecting big returns,” he says.

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