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February 2012

New York Times (February 3)

No Rust in Rochester (op-ed)

Rochester skyline at nightAFTER years of decline, Eastman Kodak, once the largest employer in Rochester, filed for bankruptcy protection last month. But rather than following Detroit, Cleveland and other once-bustling industrial cities into decay, Rochester continues to grow at a healthy clip. Why? It also helps that Rochester has a strong higher-education sector, which has likewise been supported by Kodak. The University of Rochester became a leading research center through gifts from Kodak’s founder, George Eastman, who also gave generously to the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Duncan T. Moore is a professor of optical engineering and the vice provost for entrepreneurship at the University of Rochester.

BBC (February 12)

‘Starvation tactics’ used on HIV

Viruses cannot replicate on their own; they must hijack other cells and turn them into virus production factories. A study, published in Nature Immunology, showed how some parts of the immune system destroy their own raw materials, stopping HIV. It is uncertain whether this could be used in therapy, experts caution. Prof Baek Kim, one of the researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center, said: “It makes sense that a mechanism like this is active in macrophages.” Macrophages literally eat up dangerous organisms, and you don’t want those organisms to have available the cellular machinery needed to replicate and macrophages themselves don’t need it, because they don’t replicate.  (Also Reported in: Science Daily)

ABC News (February 6)

Online Dating: Popular and Stigma Is Gone, but Don’t Pay for It

Now researchers confirm that romance and dating has gone digital. It is the second most-popular way of connecting, surpassed only by meeting people through friends. “There is no particular reason for people to use sites that charge a lot of money to offer something they cannot deliver,” said co-author Harry Reis, a nationally known relationship expert and professor of psychology at the University of Rochester. As for what makes a good match, “You can’t quantify it,” Reiss said. “You can define it, but we do not know how it occurs and where it comes from. … Science isn’t there yet.”  (Also Reported in: Daily Mail, Yahoo! News, CBS News, New Glasgow Newspaper, Winnipeg Free Press, Amherst Citizen, CNN, Globe and Mail, CBC, The Guardian, The Telegraph, WebMD, TIME, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and others)