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September 20, 2013

Making headlines

“The triumph of Western science led most of my professors to believe that progress was inevitable. While the bargain between science and political culture was at times challenged—the nuclear power debate of the 1970s, for example—the battles were fought using scientific evidence. Manufacturing doubt remained firmly off-limits. Today, however, it is politically effective, and socially acceptable, to deny scientific fact.”
—Adam Frank, professor of physics and astronomy, in a New York Times op-ed.

“The innovation deficit—the widening gap between needed and actual U.S. federal investments in research and higher education—is jeopardizing our nation’s role as a global innovation leader and our scientific progress at a time of extraordinary opportunity,”
—President Joel Seligman in a guest essay for the Democrat and Chronicle.

“Here we have world-class musical outlets, yet there are some in the neighborhoods who have not had the same chance at experiencing the joy of playing an instrument,”
—Marissa Balonon-Roson ’14, who is pursuing a degree in Urban Youth Studies at the College and a music theory degree from the Eastman School, in a Huffington Post article about her Pianos for Peace project. The project brings music and art to Rochester neighborhoods with a goal of fostering discussion and community building.

“The University of Rochester Medical Center is a treasure trove of ideas,”
—Greg Gdowski, executive director of the Center for Medical Technology and Innovation, in a Democrat and Chronicle article. A collaboration between the School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Hajim School brings together students and medical clinicians to develop new tools to improve medical care.

“It is hard to distinguish whether Twitter (or other social media) activity simply reflects existing interest (the person talks about the show because of an interest in watching or plans to watch) rather than causes it,”
—Mitchell Lovett, assistant professor of marketing at the Simon School, in a New York Times article about a study on Twitter television correlations.

“The rise of social media and the burgeoning field of data science provide powerful tools to find high-precision, real-world answers with little cost or effort,”
—Henry Kautz, professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science in a New York Times op-ed. Kautz’s research group has analyzed Twitter postings from millions of cellphone users in New York City to develop a system to monitor food-poisoning outbreaks at restaurants.

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