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Rochester leaders lobby in Albany

Rochester leaders lobby in Albany

March 3, 2014

The Rochester community presented a united front during a lobbying trip to Albany Monday. The eight-member contingent from the Rochester Community Coalition, including University President Joel Seligman, met with representatives of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and the local state Senate and state Assembly delegations.

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Turning research into jobs

Turning research into jobs

February 27, 2014

How do we add jobs to our local economy? That’s the same question that Paul Ballentine wrestles with. Ballentine is the deputy director of the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences (CEIS) at the University of Rochester. The organization supports new research by matching university researchers with corporate partners.

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Minority aspirants to federal bench are hindered by underrating

Minority aspirants to federal bench are hindered by underrating

February 26, 2014

The American Bar Association’s ratings are presented as advice to the White House and the Senate, but they carry real weight. The ratings produced by a senior ABA panel actually influence whether nominees become judges, says University of Rochester political scientist Maya Sen.

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The galaxy In your toilet bowl

The galaxy In your toilet bowl

February 25, 2014

Our resident physicist, Adam Frank, likes to point out the great science happening around us all the time. Even there in your toilet bowl, that whirl of water is similar to a spiraling galaxy.

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Why big cities so often lose in state legislatures

Why big cities so often lose in state legislatures

February 24, 2014

For more than a century, lawmakers from big cities have complained that their voices are ignored in state legislatures. And, it turns out, they’re right. “Big-city people had an explanation, and their explanation was this is hostility,” one of the researchers, University of Rochester professor Gerald Gamm, said. But it turns out that explanation was only partly true, he said.

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Mystery medical symptoms hit a surprising number of patients

Mystery medical symptoms hit a surprising number of patients

February 24, 2014

Mystery symptoms can be frustrating for doctors and patients alike. “Most people don’t want to hear ‘I don’t really know,’ but the truth is often we don’t really know,” says Susan H. McDaniel, associate chair of the department of family medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York.

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How action games can improve our visual skills

How action games can improve our visual skills

February 20, 2014

Believe it or not, playing this game could be a good treatment for lazy eye, according to preliminary research. At this year’s meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the University of Rochester’s Daphne Bavelier described her work on how video games affect the visual system.

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How stellar death leads to twin celestial jets

How stellar death leads to twin celestial jets

February 19, 2014

The mystery behind how a spherical star can produce aspherical nebula may have been solved, according to a new study. “Most stars in the universe die this way,” says the study’s lead author, Professor Eric Blackman of the University of Rochester in New York.

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Study: More ‘big-city bills’ fail

Study: More ‘big-city bills’ fail

February 17, 2014

Who rules in Harrisburg? One recent multi-state study suggests large, urban delegations are less effective at moving bills in their legislatures — and as the size of the delegation from a city grows, so does the potential for political infighting.

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Apprehensive, many doctors shift to jobs With salaries

Apprehensive, many doctors shift to jobs With salaries

February 14, 2014

Dr. Howard B. Beckman, a geriatrician at the University of Rochester, who studies physician payment incentives, said reimbursements for primary care doctors must be improved to attract more people into the field.

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