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A Hard Day’s Night: from loophole to surprise hit

A Hard Day’s Night: from loophole to surprise hit

July 2, 2014

There are many surprising elements to the story of A Hard Day’s Night, however, not the least of which is that the contracts for the movie were signed before The Beatles had any hint of success in America, and that the movie itself was not initially considered the most valuable part of the deal. In fact, the entire project ended up paying off in unexpected ways, and far more richly and extensively than anyone involved in it at the start could have imagined.

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$5M state grant for U of Rochester computer center

$5M state grant for U of Rochester computer center

July 1, 2014

A University of Rochester project on the use of computers for health research has won $5 million in state economic development funds. The grant was one of 11 state investments totaling $22 million announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday.

The university is partnering with IBM on the supercomputer project, known as the Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation.

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UR, city school district submit East High proposal

UR, city school district submit East High proposal

July 1, 2014

If it is approved by the New York State Education Department, as expected, the plan will put Rochester’s largest university and employer in charge of the city’s largest high school. Warner School of Education professor Steve Uebbing, the former superintendent of Canandaigua Central School District, would have ultimate responsibility.

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Meliora sets UR record

June 27, 2014

The University of Rochester just completed the best fundraising year in its history, pulling in $118 million through June 19 to put the university within reach of its $1.2 billion capital campaign goal.

UR president Joel Seligman noted the milestone in an address this week, calling the year a success on many fronts. The strong fundraising year now puts UR at $1.09 billion for the Meliora Campaign, 91.1 percent of the goal, Seligman said.

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That’s so random: why we persist in seeing streaks

That’s so random: why we persist in seeing streaks

June 26, 2014

Dr. Wilke’s latest experiment sought to test whether the hot hand bias was even more universal.

“The strongest test to see if it’s evolutionary is to find it in another species,” said Dr. Hayden, who studies how monkeys make decisions.

So, he and Dr. Wilke developed a game for monkeys to play.

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The hottest jobs in IT: training tomorrow’s data scientists

The hottest jobs in IT: training tomorrow’s data scientists

June 26, 2014

Perhaps the best indicator of the need for these skills is the number of data science programs springing up around the country. This year new programs have launched or will soon begin at institutions including Indiana University, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Rochester.

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Four reasons to take your workout outdoors

Four reasons to take your workout outdoors

June 26, 2014

Swap your morning cup of Joe for a sunny sweat session. A study from the University of Rochester found that just 20 minutes outside can have the same pick-me-up effect as a cup of coffee. Put that $4 toward a new pair of running shoes.

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Connections: Jamal Rossi

Connections: Jamal Rossi

June 25, 2014

In this hour, we sit down with Jamal Rossi, the Dean of the Eastman School of Music. Rossi will talk about his vision for Eastman, and his experience with music.

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UR welcomes new visualization lab

UR welcomes new visualization lab

June 24, 2014

The University of Rochester previewed a new visualization lab at the Carlson Science and Engineering Library.

The lab will help researchers understand and manipulate large, complex sets of information and structures. It is part of a $30 million investment in high performance computing and data science the college has made over the last couple of years.

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Why Casey Kasem mattered

Why Casey Kasem mattered

June 20, 2014

Casey Kasem was one of the most important disc-jockeys in the history of radio. While Alan Freed is often credited with the rowdy rise of rock ‘n’ roll in the mid 1950s and Tom Donahue with the creation of free-form FM radio in the ‘60s, Kasem’s contribution gently defied the increasingly divisive changes in radio that marked the 1970s.

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