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August 2014

NBC News (August 14)

'Perfect Storm': Parkinson's Disease May Worsen Depression

depressed man

A push from Parkinson’s disease could have put Robin Williams at risk of a “perfect storm” of depression, medical experts said Thursday. "Parkinson’s and depression have overlapping symptoms, such as a blank facial expression and a monotone voice," Irene Richard explained.

(Also reported in: USA Today, Chicago Tribune,,International Business Times, Tempo, Today's Zaman, WXXI, Time Warner Cable News, WROC TV, Al Jazeera America )

The New York Times (August 24)

Methane Is Discovered Seeping From Seafloor Off East Coast, Scientists Say

bottom of oceanScientists have discovered methane gas bubbling from the seafloor in an unexpected place: off the East Coast of the United States where the continental shelf meets the deeper Atlantic Ocean. Methane is a potent, if relatively short-lived, greenhouse gas, so the discovery should aid the study of an issue of concern to climate scientists: the potential for the release of huge stores of methane on land and under the seas as warming of the atmosphere and oceans continues. "It highlights a really key area where we can test some of the more radical hypotheses about climate change," said John Kessler, a professor at the University of Rochester who was not involved in the research.

(Also reported in: NBC News, International Business Times, The Buffalo News )

Newsday (August 4)

Obstetric Complication Rates Vary Widely Between Hospitals in U.S.

doctor and pregnant patientWhere a woman delivers her baby can make a major difference to her own health — a quality gap that remains largely hidden from mothers-to-be. A new study comparing hospitals nationwide finds that women who delivered at low-performing facilities suffered more than twice the rate of major complications for vaginal births. For cesarean section deliveries, the disparity was even greater: nearly a fivefold difference, according to the study in Monday's issue of Health Affairs. Led by Dr. Laurent Glance, a professor of anesthesiology at the University of Rochester medical school in New York, researchers analyzed billing data for a national sample of more than 750,000 deliveries in 2010.

(Also reported in: ABC News, Intelihealth, Washington Post, MedBroadcast )

The Chronicle of Higher Education (August 18)

Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students by Type of Institution, 2013-14

table with Fulbright bannerThe research institutions on this list whose Fulbright applicants had the highest rates of success were the University of California at San Diego, the University of Rochester, and Arizona State University. U. of Rochester Number of awards: 15 Number of applicants: 32

The Daily Meal (August 13)

75 Best Colleges for Food in America

man shredding cheese over calzoneCollege can be tough, and we mean really tough. With tests and book lists and what seem like endless assignments, college students today have a lot of stress to deal with. Sometimes all they need at the end of a long day is a good meal, but unfortunately, they can’t always get it. Thankfully, though, there are more than a few colleges across the United States that go above and beyond when it comes to their dining services. 6. University of Rochester, Rochester: Ever wondered what it would be like to live in Rochester? Well according to Yelp, it would be pretty darn delicious. University of Rochester had the second-highest Yelp rating of the whole bunch, but what really catapulted it to the front of the pack was all the efforts the dining program makes to be as sustainable, delicious, and just fun as it can be.

(Also reported in: Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, 13WHAM-TV )

Scientific American (August 6)

Particle Measurement Sidesteps the Uncertainty Principle

quantum imagesQuantum mechanics imposes a limit on what we can know about subatomic particles. If physicists measure a particle’s position, they cannot also measure its momentum, so the theory goes. But a new experiment has managed to circumvent this rule—the so-called uncertainty principle—by ascertaining just a little bit about a particle’s position, thus retaining the ability to measure its momentum, too. This same technique of acquiring the minimum amount of information needed for a measurement seemed to offer a way around the uncertainty principle. To test compressive sensing in the quantum world, physicist John C. Howell and his team at the University of Rochester set out to measure the position and momentum of a photon—a particle of light.

Live Science (August 6)

Quantum Particles Take the Road Most Traveled

graphic of a Bloch sphereFor the first time ever, physicists have mapped the path that particles are most likely to take when moving from one quantum state to another. This makes studying quantum particles extremely difficult, because the moment scientists start probing around, the particles' quantum states collapse. However, physicists have developed a way to isolate the wacky quantum world and peer into it in a noninvasive way; this allows them to map the path that particles are most likely to take when changing from one state to another. "It's a great breakthrough in terms of being able to monitor quantum systems," Andrew Jordan, a physicist at the University of Rochester, who worked on the original theory, told Live Science. "We're just scratching the surface of the kinds of physics permitted here."

(Also reported in: Huffington Post )

Bloomberg News (August 11)

Colgate’s Unseen FDA Pages Flag Concerns Over Triclosan

toothpasteThe chemical triclosan has been linked to cancer-cell growth and disrupted development in animals. Regulators are reviewing whether it’s safe to put in soap, cutting boards and toys. Consumer companies are phasing it out. At the same time, millions of Americans are putting it in their mouths every day, by way of a top-selling toothpaste that uses the antibacterial chemical to head off gum disease -- Colgate-Palmolive Co.’s Total. “What I would be concerned about is the amount people are exposed to over time,” said William Bowen, a professor emeritus at the University of Rochester Medical Center, who specializes in oral biology and also served on a subcommittee at the FDA that evaluated dental products in the 1990s.

(Also reported in: Washington Post, Rakyat Times, Chicago Tribune, Financial Chronicle )

Science 360 (August 22)

Alternate mechanism of species formation picks up support, thanks to a South American ant

two antsPictured at left is the queen ant of the parasitic species Mycocepurus castrator. This ant, only found in a single patch of eucalyptus trees on the São Paulo State University campus in Brazil, branched off from its original species while living in the same colony, something thought rare in current models of evolutionary development. “Most new species come about in geographic isolation,” said Christian Rabeling, assistant professor of biology at the University of Rochester. “We now have evidence that speciation can take place within a single colony.”

(Also reported in: Smithsonian, Mobile Examiner, Science Daily, Democratic Underground, World Science, Science 2.0 )

ABC News (August 14, 2014)

Up In Your Head: Can Having Tourette Syndrome Make You a Superior Athlete?

Soccer player Tim Howard, one of the best goalies in the world, became an American hero with his record 16 saves in a match against Belgium at the World Cup last month. But Howard believes his incredible athletic ability is helped by a secret weapon that lies deep inside his brain. The soccer stud suffers from a neurological disorder called Tourette syndrome that causes him to constantly twitch involuntarily. Famed neurologist Oliver Sacks backs up the theory that Tourette’s can supercharge the brain, giving those with the disorder extraordinary quickness and swifter reaction times. However, Dr. Jonathan Mink, who specializes in Tourette syndrome and other movement disorders at the University of Rochester, and is the co-chair of the Tourette Syndrome Association’s scientific advisory board, is more skeptical, citing conflicting studies. “The studies that have been done of people where actually measuring their movements, measuring how fast their movements are and the reaction times show that on average, people with Tourette Syndrome are about the same as people without,” he said.

Newsday (August 19, 2014)

Certain Antipsychotic Meds Tied to Kidney Problems in Elderly

Kidney injury can be added to the list of possible harms related to use of three antipsychotic medications often prescribed to treat behavioral symptoms of dementia in older adults, a new study finds. "The side effect profile with antipsychotics is particularly concerning, so there is ample evidence to worry about their use in older adults unless they're absolutely necessary," said Dr. Anton Porsteinsson, director of Alzheimer's disease care, research and education at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, N.Y. "This is basically just one more weight on the scale in disfavor of using antipsychotics in the elderly."

(Also reported in: HealthDay, WebMD )

The Chronicle of Higher Education (August 4, 2014)

What Really Stoked the Spirit of 1776

Thomas P. Slaughter, the most recent in a long line of talented men and women who have taken up the challenge posed by Adams, seeks an answer in a return to basics. He takes seriously the words of the North American colonists who left the British Empire in 1776. Readers will find little in his new Independence: The Tangled Roots of the American Revolution (Hill and Wang) about republican ideology, consumer culture, slavery, native peoples, Atlantic trade, or other topics that have preoccupied recent historians. Slaughter, a professor of history at the University of Rochester, appreciates that scholarship. But he does not see how it explains why 13 clocks struck at once.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (August 28, 2014)

UR Starts New School Year with Community Service

About 1,450 UR students — almost all first-year students — began this year's Wilson Day activities by gathering in the early afternoon at the Goergen Athletic Center on UR's River Campus. UR President Joel Seligman told of Wilson's legacy and how this day gave students an opportunity to learn about the community. "There is an an insoluble link between this university and the city of Rochester," Seligman said. UR Students' Association President Antoinette Esce told the students how Wilson Day was a chance to learn more about each other as well as get to know the community and the opportunities for service. "We're challenging students to be engaged," added Glenn Cerosaletti, director of the Rochester Center for Community Leadership at UR.

ABC News (August 3, 2014)

Hospital Killings Shows Safety Gap in Mental Health

Mental health professionals are often especially vulnerable to injury because their first impulse is to help, said Dr. Michael Privitera, a psychiatrist at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York state. "There is this conflict in your thinking right away," said Privitera, editor of a book on workplace violence in mental health facilities. "What you're trained to do is to try to help the person. To make it click in your mind — that you are under threat now — it takes a while."

(Also reported in: Cadillac News , Harrisburg Patriot News, Longview News, New Orleans NOLA Live, Philadelphia Daily Times )

Politico Magazine (August 18, 2014)

“To Be a Man Here, You Have to Go to the United States.”

Ten years ago, I visited a one-room schoolhouse in a remote village in Honduras—a community with no electricity, where most families eked out a living as small-scale coffee farmers. I asked a group of students who, if anyone, planned to migrate to the United States. I expected a few hands to go up. Instead, every single child in the room raised his or her hand. One of the most important revelations of the current border crisis is that many Hondurans consider the possibility of asylum as a glimmer of hope. People are willingly turning themselves in to the Border Patrol with the mere hope that they will be able stay here legally, after what is likely to be a long period in a detention center. That alone should indicate just how desperate Hondurans are for some path to legal entry in the United States. Daniel Reichman is professor of anthropology at the University of Rochester and author of The Broken Village: Coffee, Migration, and Globalization in Honduras.

The New York Times (August 1, 2014)

An M.B.A. Your Way

Best for: Recent graduates who have taken only a handful of undergraduate business courses and are hoping for an edge in breaking into a specific field. The degree also appeals to applicants not ready for an M.B.A. program. It used to be that schools would take M.B.A. applicants straight out of college, said Mark Zupan, dean of the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School. “But when schools get ranked on the basis of starting salary, they have incentive to look toward older candidates.” Convincing evidence: The mean age of G.M.A.T. examinees sending scores to specialized master’s programs in accounting is 24 and in finance 23. A more typical M.B.A. applicant is a 27-year-old with five years’ work experience who wants to move into management.

The Scientist (August 19, 2014)

PubPeer Threatened with Legal Action

PubPeer, the post-publication peer review forum in which users can anonymously point out alleged flaws in the published scientific literature, has “recently received a legal threat,” according to a comment published by the site’s moderators yesterday. Paul Brookes from the University of Rochester Medical Center, former operator of the site, which was shuttered after legal threats, told The Scientist that it can be difficult to determine the severity of such warnings. “Without knowing who is making the threat (and what their financial resources are), it’s difficult to say how this will pan out,” Brookes wrote in an e-mail.

Huffington Post (August 18, 2014)

We Don't Really Know How to Treat Depression and Alcoholism at the same time

A person with an alcohol dependence is 3.9 times more likely to have a major depressive disorder than someone without alcohol dependence and there's even some evidence that the genes which make someone susceptible to depression are related to the genes that put people at risk for alcoholism. "That's why it's so critical for us to think about how to weave in treatment for depression in chemical dependency settings, and on the flip side of that begin to more sensitively assess and treat in a non-confrontational manner, problematic or risky drinking [in depression patients],” said Stephanie Gamble, Ph.D., an assistant psychiatry professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center. “So we can nip these things in the bud before they grow into a full-blown problem." Approaching the conditions simultaneously, according to Gamble, may turn out to be the most effective way to treat both.

The Wall Street Journal (August 15, 2014)

Book Review: 'Bluff City Pawn' by Stephen Schottenfeld

Huddy Marr, the protagonist of Stephen Schottenfeld's debut novel, is one such hustler. He runs Bluff City Pawn on one of Memphis's more rapidly declining streets. He self-righteously sees his work as crime prevention, rather than being a glorified fence for stolen goods. Huddy loans people bits of cash on their belongings—everything from gold to guns—to keep them from doing worse. But he's a man with just enough ambition and naiveté to be compromised. Editor's note: Stephen Schottenfeld is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Rochester. (Subscription required)

Rochester Business Journal (August 28, 2014)

URMC to share $3.4 million grant for AIDS research

Drugs to fight HIV infections independently developed at the University of Rochester Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Medical Center could prove to be a potent new cocktail to curb the AIDs-causing virus. Teams of URMC and UNMC scientists have jointly won a $3.4 million National Institutes of Health grant to explore the effectiveness and safety of drugs each team has been independently developing for several years as a combined treatment, URMC officials said Thursday.

(Also reported in: Time Warner Cable News, WROC TV )

Rochester Business Journal (August 19, 2014)

URMC gets $4 million for cardiology research

A University of Rochester Medical Center cardiology research team has won a $4 million National Institutes of Health grant to study a genetic disorder that causes heart arrhythmias and can lead to sudden death, URMC officials said Tuesday. Led by Arthur Moss M.D., the cardiology team plans a five-year study of Long QT Syndrome, type 3. Researchers at Columbia University New York Presbyterian Hospital are also involved.

Nature (August 28, 2014)

Entangled photons make a picture from a paradox

Physicists have devised a way to take pictures using light that has not interacted with the object being photographed. This form of imaging uses pairs of photons, twins that are ‘entangled’ in such a way that the quantum state of one is inextricably linked to the other. While one photon has the potential to travel through the subject of a photo and then be lost, the other goes to a detector but nonetheless 'knows' about its twin’s life and can be used to build up an image. Robert Boyd, a physicist at the University of Rochester in New York, says that the experiment is so intriguing he wishes he had thought of it first. "That's the greatest compliment that a scientist can give," he says.

Rochester Business Journal (August 8, 2014)

UR receives $3.7 million for cancer research

The University of Rochester has received $3.7 million in federal funding to conduct clinical trials aimed at improving cancer control and protection. The grant was announced Friday by Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both D-N.Y. The funding supports the University of Rochester Cancer Center, which has been a part of the National Cancer Institutes Community Clinical Oncology Program.

(Also reported in: WXXI )

Chicago Tribune (August 13, 2014)

Trouble sleeping could be a suicide risk for older adults

Some experts believe that sleep problems are due to underlying depression, which then increases suicide risk, so the fact that sleep problems were linked in this study to suicide even without symptoms of depression is important, said Wilfred R. Pigeon, who directs the VA Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention Research and the University of Rochester Sleep Research Lab. "What is even more interesting is that the risk imparted by poor sleep is even stronger than that imparted by depression," he told Reuters Health by email.

(Also reported in: Fox News, South Florida Sun-Sentinel )

Newsweek (July 25, 2014)

Study Finds That Men Like Nice Women, But Not The Other Way Around

Researchers from the University of Rochester, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya in Israel investigated a possible mechanism explaining why women and men differ in their sexual reactions with receptive opposite-sex strangers.

NPR (August 5, 2014)

Boil, Burn Or Explode? How You Die In Space

By Adam Frank I found myself asking the same question the other night after watching Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy (best movie ever). I won't issue any spoilers that intimate how this question comes up. It just does, OK? In its wake, my friends and I were left running through the various scenarios for what would kill you if you were unprotected in space. Being the only astrophysicist in the group meant everyone expected me to know the answer. While I could have worked up a healthy dose of Male Answer Syndrome, I had to admit that while I knew you wouldn't explode, I wasn't sure about the timescales determining which of the other space dangers would get you first. So that's why I offer this Smithsonian video.

Time (August 18, 2014)

How Men and Women Should Behave on a First Date

Does it pay to play nice in the dating game? It does if you’re a lady, according to a new study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. “Sexual desire thrives on rising intimacy, and being responsive is one of the best ways to instill this elusive sensation over time,” explains the study’s lead researcher, Gurit Birnbaum, PhD. She and her team of researchers from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, the University of Rochester, and the University of Illinois hypothesized that responsiveness might be perceived differently by different sexes and in different contexts, and so they devised a series of scenarios to investigate.

(Also reported in: Bustle )

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (August 18, 2014)

URMC gets $2 million for Alzheimer's professorship

A family with a long history of philanthropy toward the University of Rochester Medical Center has given $2 million for a professorship with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease, according to the hospital system. The gift comes from the Robert Fine Trust and is the third professorship in the family’s name. The Fine family “has battled with numerous neurological conditions,” according to URMC, and the newly funded academic position will be dedicated to research and patient care in that field. The gift is among 82 endowed professorships created as part of UR’s current $1.2 billion fundraising effort.

(Also reported in: Rochester Business Journal )

Time Warner Cable News (August 18, 2014)

New Study Shows Alarming Amount of Cancer Survivors Continue to Smoke

According to a new study from the American Cancer Society, an alarming amount of cancer survivors continue to smoke. "Undergoing cancer treatment is very stressful and they look at tobacco use as a way to cope with this diagnosis," said Chunkit Fung, Wilmot Cancer Institute. It's the amount that these individuals are smoking that really got the attention of many doctors. Among those cancer survivors smoking, 83 percent light up every day and nearly 80 percent of that group reported smoking 15 cigarettes a day on average.

(Also reported in: WHEC TV,WXXI )

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (August 26, 2014)

Susan B. Anthony Letters a major find for UR

The University of Rochester has purchased a "newly discovered" collection of letters between Susan B. Anthony and her friend and fellow women's rights activist, Rachel Foster Avery. The materials in the collection, which date from 1881 through the turn of the century, include more than 60 autographed and typed letters, signed cabinet cards and photographs, and other related material, and will supplement an existing collection of letters between the two women held in the school library's Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation.

(Also reported in: Time Warner Cable News, 13WHAM-TV, WHEC-TV, WROC TV, WXXI, Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, Science Daily, WXXI PBS News, San Francisco Chronicle )

R&D Magazine (August 28, 2014)

Duality principle is 'safe and sound'

Decades of experiments have verified the quirky laws of quantum theory again and again. So when scientists in Germany announced in 2012 an apparent violation of a fundamental law of quantum mechanics, a physicist at the University of Rochester was determined to find an explanation. “You don’t destroy the laws of quantum mechanics that easily,” said Robert Boyd, professor of optics and of physics at Rochester and the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Nonlinear Optics at the University of Ottawa.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (August 20, 2014)

Staying Well and Getting Well Aren't the Same

Medicine is what happens inside a doctor's office. Health is everything that happens outside that office. Medicine is out of your hands. Health is more in your control. But we can exert some influence. Dr. Marielena Velez de Brown of the UR General Preventive Medicine and Public Health Residency program, explained during the most recent Talk and Walk with a Doc at the Westside Farmers Market on Genesee Street.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (August 18, 2014)

Strong West Opens Tuesday

A new kind of hospital emergency room is opening at the former Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport on Tuesday. An off-campus emergency department, the first such site in upstate New York, is opening at UR Medicine's Strong West location at 156 West Ave. As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, Strong West's urgent care operation will become Strong West Emergency. Strong Memorial Hospital Chief Operating Officer Kathy Parrinello said Monday that the new ER will benefit the Brockport area, which hasn't had a full-service emergency room since Lakeside closed last year.

(Also reported in: Rochester Business Journal, 13WHAM-TV, Time Warner Cable News, WXXI, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester Business Journal )

City Newspaper (August 13, 2014)

Warm Reception

As an increasing number of studies are showing, the stress that comes with being a college student can often be a heavy burden. Worries come not only from school work, but the prospect of moving to a new city, meeting new people, and generally continuing to grow as a person. For many LGBTQ youth entering college, there's can also be worries about acceptance and feeling comfortable on your campus. Just about every college and university in the Rochester area has at least one LGBTQ-oriented club, resource room, or organization. For example, the Rochester Institute of Technology has OUTSpoken, the Q Center, and the RIT Gay Alliance. Nazareth College has the Lambda Association. And the University of Rochester has the Pride Network.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (August 24, 2014)

Campuses struggle with sex assault cases

When the University of Rochester begins its new school year next week, a 21-year-old senior will be attending a different school — unhappy with how the college handled her sexual abuse case. While a UR disciplinary proceeding resulted in the suspension of the UR student accused of the assault, the woman was frustrated by what she felt was an unfriendly grievance process and harsh questioning by UR officials. Colleges, including UR, are doing more outreach to their students — making a greater effort to inform them of the complaint process for filing grievances about sexual assault and trying to dissuade victims from blaming themselves for an assault. UR has already issued an update of its sexual misconduct policy, saying it is moving toward an "affirmative consent" model, which requires explicit consent from both individuals engaged in sexual activity. The college also tries to hammer home the importance of consent with a skit, "Red Light, Green Light," which will be performed as part of this week's orientation for first-year students.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (August 12, 2014)

Woman to Watch: Nancy Goldsmith Zawacki

Returning to Rochester in 2002, Goldsmith Zawacki worked in marketing and communications for a variety of nonprofits. She currently works for the University of Rochester. In 2012, she first worked as the university's director of marketing for the George Eastman Circle, a philanthropic group of annual donors. She currently is the university's senior director of strategic marketing initiatives and annual giving programs. "We are fortunate to have so much research done at the university," she says. "We have a great medical facility so we can bring people on-site and have them view our research labs, firsthand. It's a great way to engage donors."

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (August 13, 2014)

Memory lapses may signal depression

By Kathi L. Heffner, Ph.D. - an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Forgetfulness can be a normal part of life. It signifies nothing more than busy days filled with distractions that keep us from attending fully to what we are doing in the moment. What is not normal is when it is also difficult to shake a low mood for a few weeks. In this case, ongoing cognitive difficulties may signal a mood disorder - specifically, depression. Just as it is normal to have memory slips, it is normal to feel down sometimes. But when poor memory or rumination is ongoing, it is time to seek input from a health care professional.

Time Warner Cable News (August 21, 2014)

UR Medicine Now Offers Free Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs

UR Medicine will now offer opioid overdose prevention programs to the general public free of charge. This comes after the drastic increase in the number of overdoses across the state. Once the hour-long training class is completed, participants will receive a free overdose reversal kit. UR Medicine already provides these training programs to organizations throughout the region. Strong Recovery will offer the program the first Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

(Also reported in: 13WHAM-TV )

Time Warner Cable News (August 26, 2014)

New Students Begin to Move In at University of Rochester

More than 1,300 new students at the University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music began arriving Tuesday to begin college. The students are moving into five residential halls and will soon begin orientation to get ready for the upcoming semester. The incoming class represents 75 countries, with more than 340 international students.

(Also reported in: 13WHAM-TV, WHEC-TV )

WROC TV CBS 8 Rochester (August 25, 2014)

Eastman School of Music Welcomes New Freshman Class

Monday was move-in day for students at the Eastman School of Music. The back-to-school season brings thousands of musicians and their instruments to the downtown Rochester campus. Freshmen moving into the dorms today say they can't wait to be a part of the Eastman community. "I'm looking forward to finally being in a place where everyone loves classical music and is excited about a thing you are, so I'm just looking forward to being a part of this community," said student Maxwell Adler.

WHEC TV NBC 10 Rochester (August 8, 2014)

New federal report on sexual assaults on college campuses

A federal database ranks two local colleges high on the number of reported cases of sexual assault in New York. The report comes from the U.S. Education Department. It ranks RIT as number two and the University of Rochester as number four among colleges with the most sex offenses. But per capita, the schools are much lower on the list. RIT comes in at 31 and the U of R at 23. A spokesperson at the University of Rochester says that the sexual offenses also included incidents at Strong Memorial Hospital. In some of those cases, employees complained they were inappropriately touched by patients

ABC News (August 19, 2014)

Doctors blast Rob Schiender's Parkinson's Drug Rant

Comedian Rob Schneider's Twitter rant blaming Parkinson's drugs for Robin Williams' death has highlighted the delicate balance between the risks and benefits of the prescription drugs millions of people take every day. But Parkinson's disease experts say Schneider is out of line. "Suicide is of no more concern in patients with Parkinson's versus those who don't have Parkinson's," said Dr. Irene Richard, a professor of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center and a science adviser to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

(Also reported in: Brighton Pittsford Post )

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (August 6, 2014)

Eastman, African School connect through music

Matthew Langford has enjoyed a lifetime of top-notch musical instruction, most recently at the Eastman School of Music. What he heard during a mission trip to Burundi four years ago put that experience in some perspective. During a visit to a church, he was impressed by the singing of the pastor, Apollinaire Habonimana, and the playing of the church band. He was further impressed to learn that Habonimana had written the songs himself, and that none of the band members - indeed, hardly anyone among 10 million Burundians - had ever received any formal musical training. There were no music schools in the entire country. This summer, Langford coordinated with the Eastman school for Habonimana to come free of charge for a two-week course in music education, taught by professor Christopher Azzara.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (August 6, 2014)

Thomas Farrell to lead fundraising efforts at UR

The University of Rochester on Thursday named Thomas Farrell as its senior vice president and chief advancement officer. Farrell, who replaces James Osterholt, will oversee the overall fundraising efforts of the university. He is expected to start the position Nov. 1. "Tom Farrell is a highly experienced star in advancement," university president Joel Seligman said in a statement. "He brings strong Rochester connections as an alumnus." Farrell will take over the University of Rochester's $1.2 billion Meliora Challenge, the biggest fundraising campaign in the college's history. As of this week, the Meliora Challenge has raised more than $1.1 billion.

(Also reported in: 13WHAM-TV, Champaign News Gazette )

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (August 6, 2014)

Finger Lakes Council finishes wish list for state funds

In a process more private than public, the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Wednesday unanimously approved long lists of preferred projects, including priorities that maintain the council's emphasis on Rochester's Eastman Business Park. The council opened the meeting following hours of closed-door discussion about the relative merit of dozens of local projects, ranging in size and heft from a $25 million biotechnology enterprise at the Eastman Business Park to plans to fix a porch and colonnade at the George Eastman House in Rochester. "This is the result of a lot of hard work," council co-chair Joel Seligman told the audience of more than 100 at Monroe Community College. "There were 19 work groups involving 400 people. More than 1,500 people participated in public events. This program achieves the governor's top priority of 'jobs, jobs, jobs.'"

(Also reported in: 13WHAM-TV, Time Warner Cable News )

WROC TV CBS 8 Rochester (August 12, 2014)

Roc Well Report: Back to School Sleep

Doctor Heidi Connoly is the director of sleep services for Golisano Children's Hospital. She says sleep is critical to a child's growth and development and adjusting that schedule can be a challenge. "I kind of think of it like jet lag - you know, when you fly somewhere, and you've changed time zones. It's hard for your body to adjust to that. What's happening with school starting is the same thing except you're not going anywhere." Adjusting your child's bedtime maybe 15 or 20 minutes a night is the best way for an easy transition.

WHAM TV ABC 13 Rochester (August 8, 2014)

URMC researching e-cigarettes

How e-cigarettes are eventually regulated could be partially determined by a study being done at the University of Rochester Medical Center. URMC received a $2.1-milllion grant to research e-cigarettes that started on August 1st. "We're trying to be relatively open-minded and just assess the responses and the risk associated with those responses in the context of the disease risks we're aware of with traditional cigarettes," said Tom Mariani, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine and Environmental Medicine at URMC.

(Also reported in: Time Warner Cable News, WROC TV, WHEC-TV, WXXI, Rochester Business Journal )

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (August 4, 2014)

River, lake serve as summertime classrooms

Last week was an opportunity to get hands dirty - for Rochester teenagers, mucking around in the Genesee River, and for the beginner University of Rochester graduate teaching students who brought them there. Both participated in a program called Get Real!, where science teachers in training at the UR Warner School of Education paired with summer students ages 12 to 15 at the NEAD Freedom School on North Goodman Street for student-designed experiments related to water quality in the river and Lake Ontario.

WHAM TV ABC 13 Rochester (August 1, 2014)

Tenure challenge takes center stage in NY

David Hursh, a professor at U of R’s Warner School of Education points to the historic background of tenure and unions. “Until the rise of teacher unions and tenure, in many communities, teachers were hired on political, familiar and personal connections. Sometimes to make room for those new hires, other teachers were fired, teachers could be fired because of their race, ethnicity, religion or because board members and administrators did not like what they taught,” said Hursh.

WXXI PBS News (August 28, 2014)

Connections: Why we love music from our childhood

In this hour, why do we still love the songs we loved in middle school. Even if they're awful. Why is that? And why do kids tend to loathe their parents' music? We look at the psychology of music from our childhood, and yes, we'll play some guilty pleasures with our panel: John Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester; Dick Storms, partner at Record Archive; Andrea Levendusky, artist, writer for 585

WROC TV CBS 8 Rochester (August 5, 2014)

Nurse home visits Roc Well

A new study shows life saving benefits when first-time low-income mothers receive at-home visits from a registered nurse. That study is thanks in part to University of Rochester researchers. Ali Touhey has more on the study and its significance in today's Rocwell Report.

WHEC TV NBC 10 Rochester (August 25, 2014)

New York State Exposed Education: The future of U of Rs takeover of East High School

It was a shock last week when Johns Hopkins University said it was pulling out of its commitment to help turn around two struggling Buffalo city schools. Its the same commitment that the University of Rochester made to East High School. We want to know what is to stop the same thing from happening here. The U of R is working to formalize a plan to operate East High. The school doesn't technically take over until next year. The university came in after the state ordered East High to change because of terrible attendance and worse graduation rates.

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Rochester Business Journal (July 25, 2014)

RBJ 75: Predicting Fastest Growing Sectors Is Difficult

With the long-term decline of manufacturing, health care and education have grabbed the spotlight for job creation here. But other industries could be positioned to emerge from the shadows. “(Growth is) going to be (in) professional and business services,” said Delores Conway, faculty associate dean for master’s programs at the University of Rochester. “There’s a new field emerging, which is the field of big data, and (we are) really poised for growth in that area.”

The Daily Californian (July 31, 2014)

Researchers map most likely trajectory of superconducting circuit, illuminate Schrodinger’s cat principle

Researchers have taken a peek into the box containing Schrodinger’s cat with the publication of a study Thursday that mapped the most likely trajectory of a superconducting circuit. In the study, co-authored by UC Berkeley researchers and published in the journal Nature, the team confirmed its theory about the most likely trajectory, which allows scientists to understand how quantum systems change until they reach a permanent condition. By probing circuits as they moved from an initial state to a final state, researchers came to a discovery that represents a significant advance for the world of quantum physics. “Even though not every student takes that path, enough students take that path so that a path forms,” said Andrew Jordan, an associate professor of physics at the University of Rochester and a co-author of the study.

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Stroudsburg Pocono Record (August 8, 2014)

The big leap to high school

Soon, summer vacation will come to a close and school doors will open. For students transitioning to high school, the change in the learning and social environment will be significant. "Students today are more stressed out than they have ever been," said Bonnie Rubenstein, professor of education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education. "We have so many complex problems including heightened economic pressures, changes in family structure, persistent violence and cyber-bullying, but fortunately, more resources to deal with these problems," Rubenstein said.