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February 09, 2016

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The Conversation logo“Colleges and universities must work to secure their claim to superior expertise, not within the ivory tower but within the culture at large. MOOCs are very useful in spreading the word about the fantastic thinking and teaching that goes on inside of universities.”
—John Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music, writes in an essay that appeared in The Conversation about what he’s learned teaching massive open online courses (MOOCs).

WROC logo“On the facade of the Eastman Theatre it says ‘erected for the enrichment of community life.’ This is a part of the fabric of the school. The school was not built, necessarily, just to prepare professional musicians but to have an impact in the Rochester community. This is just another extension of that.”
— Jamal Rossi, Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music, tells Rochester’s WROC-TV after an announcement that the Eastman School is partnering with local organizations to provide free concert tickets for Rochester City School District students.

PBS Newshour logo“It’s really one of the only policy tools we have right now. This kind of program that allows kids to cross district boundaries whether it’s through Urban-Suburban kind of program or through interdistrict magnets. These are the only opportunities we have to really address some of the inequities around opportunity and outcomes because of the boundaries.”
—Kara Finnigan, associate professor of educational leadership at the Warner School, tells PBS Newshour in a piece about Rochester’s Urban-Suburban program, the country’s oldest voluntary school desegregation program.

Time magazine logo“Even in very mundane everyday things that doctors do, we have so many opportunities to recognize suffering and use very simple language to quickly address it. We just have to be attuned to it.”
—Ronald Epstein, professor of family medicine and of psychology, tells Time magazine. Epstein is coauthor of an essay in the Journal of the American Medical Association that asserts that a more compassionate, patient-focused kind of medicine starts when the doctor asks one simple question: “What’s the worst part of this for you?”

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