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Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (March 9, 2014)
UR professor: Time to overhaul U.S. education system
Fixing public education is simple - just stop treating children like dunces. Instead, ask them what they want to learn, then help them learn it.
That's the idea behind Radical Equality in Education: Starting Over in U.S. Schooling, a new book by Joanne Larson, the Michael W. Scandling Professor of Education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education. She argues that the traditional one-way approach to education, in which teachers give and students receive (or don't), needs to be scrapped in favor of a more collaborative method.
Yahoo! News (March 7, 2014)
Guts of Galapagos Volcano Revealed in 3D Images
New 3D images reveal the underbelly and plumbing system of the most active volcano in the Galapagos Islands for the first time, according to a new report.
A team of researchers based at the University of Rochester buried 15 seismometers - tools used to measure the velocity and direction of waves generated by earthquakes - beneath the Sierra Negra volcano, the largest and most active volcano in the Galapagos Islands, located roughly 575 miles (925 kilometers) off the coast of Ecuador. (Also Reported in: Science Codex, Mashable)
LiveScience.com (March 6, 2014)
Guts of Galapagos Volcano Revealed in 3D Images
New 3D images reveal the underbelly and plumbing system of the most active volcano in the Galapagos Islands for the first time, according to a new report. A team of researchers based at the University of Rochester buried 15 seismometers - tools used to measure the velocity and direction of waves generated by earthquakes - beneath the Sierra Negra volcano, the largest and most active volcano in the Galapagos Islands, located roughly 575 miles (925 kilometers) off the coast of Ecuador. Seismic waves travel at different speeds depending on the type of material they pass through, so the researchers were able to use the data to differentiate fresh magma from cold crust beneath the volcano and create 3D images showing the location of different lava sources feeding the volcano. The new images reveal the plumbing of the Sierra Negra volcano for the first time. (Also Reported in: Cambodian Times, Scientific Computing, Orbit)
Christian Science Monitor (March 6, 2014)
Bitcoin roiled by yet more bad news. Can it survive?
As hyperbolic headlines go, the upstart crypto-currency Bitcoin is having what could only be called a seriously bad week.
"I wouldn't write them off yet," says economist Mark Zupan, dean of Simon Business School at the University of Rochester in New York. "It's akin to the Navy, which has what it calls a 'dead sailor rule,' which basically means you have to have something bad happen to learn what needs to be fixed."
Noting that the two exchange failures (the first being MtGox) were the result of theft by hackers, Professor Zupan says exchanges that deal in Bitcoin are going to have to match fire with fire. "It's like the old spy versus spy game; you have to match their game and improve security."
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (March 5, 2014)
UR helps spread the word through dance, music
The University of Rochester used music and dance to encourage acceptance of individuals who are intellectually or developmentally challenged through the national "Spread the Word to End the Word" campaign Wednesday.
During events at the Medical School and River Campus, students asked people to take a pledge to stop using the word "retard" or "retarded." (Also Reported in: Time Warner Cable News, WXXI)
Huffington Post (March 5, 2014)
Saving Relationships, One Movie at a Time!
Before cabin fever sets in, and all the Valentine's Day effort you put in place to re-kindle the romance in your relationship fizzles, couples often need to find ways to keep the passion alive and the love boat sailing along. I came across an article that had a fantastic and easy to enjoy suggestion. With studies proving its effectiveness, I simply had to share.
The University of Rochester completed a number of studies that suggested couples should watch relationship/romance-based movies and discuss the issues, successes and concerns raised in a post-film debrief. Each couple was asked to watch a romance/relationship-based movie once a week over a couple months and asked to analyze and critique the movie's content based on a series of activities. Overall, the idea of discussing a fictionalized relationship from a movie and internalizing that to your own personal one could have positive effects and are unattainable in any other form.
PhysOrg.com (March 5, 2014)
First-ever 3D image created of the structure beneath Sierra Negra volcano
The Galápagos Islands are home to some of the most active volcanoes in the world, with more than 50 eruptions in the last 200 years. Yet until recently, scientists knew far more about the history of finches, tortoises, and iguanas than of the volcanoes on which these unusual fauna had evolved. Now research out of the University of Rochester is providing a better picture of the subterranean plumbing system that feeds the Galápagos volcanoes, as well as a major difference with another Pacific Island chain—the Hawaiian Islands.
National Public Radio (March 4, 2014)
Should Kindergarteners Stop Finger Painting And Start Learning French?
Teachers and parents are wondering how early is too early to focus on academics in school. This week's parenting panel looks how the classroom is changing for young children.
Also with us, Lynn Gatto. She's the director of elementary education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (March 3, 2014)
Rochester leaders lobby in Albany
The Rochester community presented a united front during a lobbying trip to Albany Monday. The eight-member contingent from the Rochester Community Coalition met with representatives of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the local state Senate and state Assembly delegations, and the leaders of each house.
"It went well. We're very optimistic," said University of Rochester President, Joel Seligman, a member of the coalition and co-chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council. (Also Reported in: WXXI, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
WXXI (March 3, 2014)
Connections: Science Roundtable
Every month we welcome a new panel of local researchers, doctors, and scientists to discuss a range of science-related issues. This month we welcome Dr. Wendi Heinzelman, Dr. Jody Manley, and Dr. Bob Beckman to discuss various topics including What's really in the water in West Virginia? and How could we donate part of our cell phones to science research?
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (February 27, 2014)
Sean Lahman: Turning research into jobs
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. The businesses benefit by receiving access to cutting-edge research, while the academic faculty are given the chance to transfer their technologies to industry. CEIS provides matching funds to help support these collaborations.
The Washington Post (February 24, 2014)
Why big cities so often lose in state legislatures
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.
The Wall Street Journal (February 24, 2014)
Mystery Medical Symptoms Hit a Surprising Number of Patients
Mystery symptoms can be frustrating for doctors and patients alike. Patients can feel like their concern is being dismissed as all in their heads. Doctors may feel there is little they can do - and may resent the time these patients take. "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.
Environmental Research Web (February 24, 2014)
Laser fusion passes milestone
Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California have achieved a "fuel gain" of greater than one at the National Ignition Facility (NIF). Using NIF's ultra-powerful laser to crush tiny pellets of deuterium–tritium fuel, they have produced more energy from fusion reactions than was deposited in the fuel.
Robert McCrory, director of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester in upstate New York, sounds a cautious note, however. Like other researchers working on fusion, he says it is not yet clear whether NIF will be able to achieve ignition, arguing that "the latest results are probably about as far as this high-foot approach can be pushed". While he "applauds the current result", he adds that "we must wait and see if we can achieve the understanding required to not only get ignition, but robust reliable gain from a fusion target".
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (February 23, 2014)
Funding the future: Endowments grow at UR, RIT
When Joel Seligman was selected to be president of the University of Rochester almost a decade ago, the job came with a mandate: UR's endowment "urgently needs to grow." But then the recession sank in.
UR's endowment, which had risen to $1.75 billion in 2008, plummeted to $1.37 billion in 2009, while RIT's endowment, which rose to $671.5 million in fiscal 2008, headed south, dropping $141 million in a year. The two schools' endowments dwarf those of any of the region's other colleges.
In the years since, both colleges have seen their endowments rebound to pre-recession levels. UR solidified its position - centered around its Medical Center - as the top employer in the region; RIT's enrollment surpassed 18,000.
Rochester Business Journal (February 21, 2014)
Community Agenda sets priorities for Rochester's prosperity
The University of Rochester has proposed a Center of Excellence for Data Science, the first of its kind in New York State. The center will focus initially on three domains: predictive health analytics, cognitive systems and analytics on demand. The Community Coalition seeks a state designation and an appropriation on par with those for other statewide centers of excellence.
ArsTechnica (February 20, 2014)
How action games can improve our visual skills
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. Bavelier's work focuses on action games and goes back over a decade. In that span, she has generated lots of evidence that the games are capable of improving the visual system by enhancing the functions of the brain regions that process sight.
ABC Science (February 18, 2014)
How stellar death leads to twin celestial jets
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.
"Astronomers are interested in how stars are born and how they die, and this gets to the mystery of how they die." (Also Reported in: Astronomy Magazine)
Fox News (February 18, 2014)
Air pollution exposure may increase risk of autism, schizophrenia
According to the organizer of the panel, Dr. Deborah Cory-Slechta, air pollution is a cocktail of various metals and gases, often consisting of many different sized particles. The larger particles typically do not pose a risk to the body, as they are often coughed up and disposed, but the very small particles are the ones that health experts say pose the biggest health threat.
"The component people worry about the most are the smallest particles - the ultrafine particles," Cory-Slechta, professor in the department of environmental medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, told FoxNews.com. "And the reason is because those go all the way down into the bottom of the lung. Once they get to the bottom of the lung, they can be absorbed into the blood stream."
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (February 17, 2014)
UR profs theory: Couples can avoid divorce by watching movies
Nearly half of couples divorce in the first four or five years. That's a startling statistic, and one that therapists, ministers and psychologists have been trying to improve. Could the answer be as easy as popping some popcorn and watching movies?
Ronald Rogge, associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Rochester, has been testing that theory, asking couples to watch five movies that explore relationships in one month's time and then discuss them.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette (February 16, 2014)
Study: More 'big-city bills' fail
It's an age-old question in a Legislature divided among rural, suburban and urban lawmakers: 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.
"Big cities lose so often because size leads to damaging divisions," said the study by Gerald Gamm, an associate professor of political science and history at the University of Rochester, and Thad Kousser, associate professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego.
The study found big-city bills (from cities with more than 100,000 people) failed at higher rates than bills from smaller places.
Rochester Business Journal (February 14, 2014)
UR gets $300,000 to study impact of wood smoke
The University of Rochester is getting $300,000 to study wood smoke in the community and its link to cardiovascular disease, officials announced Friday. The funding is part of $3 million awarded to 18 research institutions, technology developers and biomass fuel businesses to encourage high-efficiency, low-emission wood-fired heating equipment, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
Previous studies by the University of Rochester Medical Center found 30 percent of wintertime fine particulate matter is from wood smoke, officials said. (Also Reported in: Hispanic Business)
Los Angeles Times (February 14, 2014)
Found! Scientific proof that RomComs can save your relationship.
In fact, viewing and discussing about five sappy flicks a month can be as effective as more intensive couples therapy, according to Ronald Rogge, associate professor of psychology at the University of Rochester and lead author of the study.
"The results suggest that husbands and wives have a pretty good sense of what they might be doing right and wrong in their relationships. Thus, you might not need to teach them a whole lot of skills to cut the divorce rate," Rogge said. "You might just need to get them to think about how they are currently behaving. And for five movies to give us a benefit over three years - that is awesome."
New York Times (February 13, 2014)
Apprehensive, Many Doctors Shift to Jobs With Salaries
American physicians, worried about changes in the health care market, are streaming into salaried jobs with hospitals.
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. "To get the kinds of doctors we want, the system for determining salaries has to flip faster," he said.
Air Force Times (February 13, 2014)
Roadside bomb blasts' effects on brain still a mystery
Too little is known about how or whether bomb blasts cause long-term damage to the human brain and body, according to a scientific panel focusing on wounds caused by roadside bombs, the most common enemy weapon used in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"If someone is exposed (to a blast) and outwardly looks all right, what we don't know is whether that blast is doing something to their brain, to their heart, to their lungs, to their liver, that is going to cause a problem down the line," says Jeffrey Bazarian, a panelist and associate professor at the University of Rochester School Medicine and Dentistry. (Also Reported in: The Leaf Chronicle)
USA Today (February 13, 2014)
Roadside bomb blasts' effects on brain still a mystery
"If someone is exposed (to a blast) and outwardly looks all right, what we don't know is whether that blast is doing something to their brain, to their heart, to their lungs, to their liver, that is going to cause a problem down the line," says Jeffrey Bazarian, a panelist and associate professor at the University of Rochester School Medicine and Dentistry.
Time Magazine (February 13, 2014)
Forget Couples Therapy, Just Watch a Romance Movie
Couples therapy is notoriously painful - and expensive. Sure, it can be cathartic and having professional intervention helps a lot of people stay together, but therapy is sort of like the root canal of relationships. Just ask those miserable couples on VH1's Couples Therapy reality show.
Now, however, there might be an alternative - or at least a first course of treatment before you make that dreaded first appointment. According to a new study out of the University of Rochester, couples who watch lovey-dovey movies together and then talked about them had lower divorce and separation rates than those who didn't. And, better yet, the researchers found that the movie method was at least as effective as two therapist-led approaches that focus on acceptance and communication. (Also Reported in: USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Discovery Health, Huffington Post, Argentina Star, Journal Star)
The Washington Post (February 12, 2014)
Nuclear fusion project takes key step in lab test
Scientists say they've taken a key step toward harnessing nuclear fusion as a new way to generate power, an idea that has been pursued for decades.
The sign of bootstrapping is "really a wonderful result," said fusion expert Robert McCrory of the University of Rochester, who was not involved in the research. "There's a lot more that needs to be done" to reach the point where the reaction produces more energy than the lasers deliver, but "this was absolutely necessary." (Also Reported in: ABC News, FOX News, NPR, The New York Post, Newsday, Yahoo! South Africa News, Science Magazine, Physics World, Wired)
Sydney Morning Herald (February 12, 2014)
Could watching a romcom together save your marriage?
But now, ladies (and any gentlemen who do not happen to fit the romcom-loathing-male-stereotype), it's our time to shine. A new study conducted by the respectable University of Rochester in New York suggests that couples who watch romcoms together are better at relationships and less likely to get divorced.
USA Today (February 10, 2014)
Party of four? A double date can rev up your romance
Psychologist Harry Reis, who is familiar with the research and studies attachment and intimacy at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., says the message is clear.
"One of the ways couples can add novelty to their lives is to become acquainted with new couples - so make new friends," he says.
The New York Times (February 10, 2014)
Movie Date Night Can Double as Therapy
A University of Rochester study found that couples who watched and talked about issues raised in movies like "Steel Magnolias" and "Love Story" were less likely to divorce or separate than couples in a control group. Surprisingly, the "Love Story" intervention was as effective at keeping couples together as two intensive therapist-led methods.
"A movie is a nonthreatening way to get the conversation started," said Ronald D. Rogge, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Rochester and the lead author of the study. "It's really exciting because it makes it so much easier to reach out to couples and help them strengthen their relationships on a wide scale." (Also Reported in: Today.com)
WXXI (February 10, 2014)
Local Researchers Develop Possible Treatment for Parkinson's
Researchers in Rochester have developed a new cell therapy that could treat Parkinson's disease, a neurological disorder which affects motor function. The study from the University of Rochester Medical Center suggests this new approach could not only halt progression of the disease, but also reverse its impact on the brain.
"So we can think of them as a work crew that delivers multiple tools at the same time, each of which can target a different cell population," says lead author Chris Proschel.
Fox News (February 10, 2014)
Should baby boomers worry about the health hazards they grew up with?
"We've all had exposures to a lot of potentially hazardous chemicals," Dr. William J. Hall, a professor of medicine at the University of Rochester and director of the Highland Hospital Center for Healthy Aging, told FoxNews.com.
"Particularly for someone who grew up in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s, they probably have had as much as any group of humans because of industrial growth after World War II. There were no restrictions around."
NBC News.com (February 8, 2014)
Flu Shot Fail: Why Doesn't the Vaccine Always Work?
Vaccines have wiped out smallpox and they've nearly eradicated polio. Vaccination can control measles and mumps, and they protect travelers against yellow fever and cholera.
"One reason that it's hard to study the issue of prior vaccination is that it's not considered ethical to do a randomized study - one in which people are randomly assigned to either get a vaccine or not and then watched to see if they get sick," says Dr. John Treanor of the University of Rochester in New York, who helps develop and test flu vaccines.
Fox News (February 7, 2014)
The Beatles -- why band will still be fab in 50 years
By John Covach
This month marks 50 years since The Beatles made landfall in America. Had it not been for a very fortuitous convergence of events, however, Beatlemania might never have erupted.
John Covach is the director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester. He teaches a free online course entitled "The Music of the Beatles" and is the author of the book "What's that Sound? An Introduction to Rock and its History." (Also Reported in: PBS, Forbes, Yahoo! Music, Japan Times, MPNnow)
The Atlantic (February 7, 2014)
Study: Feeling In Control Prolongs Life
We know from previous research that more education and a sense of control over one's life are both good things for your health. There's a link between education and mortality - namely that people's risk of dying is higher with fewer years spent in formal education, perhaps because of economic disadvantages that often go hand in hand with less education.
So, in a new study published in Health Psychology, researchers from Brandeis University, the University of Rochester and the German Institute for Economic Research set out to find if control could account for these individual differences. (Also Reported in: The Almagest)
WROC TV (February 7, 2014)
What Makes a Gift Romantic?
What makes a Valentine's Day gift romantic? Do you have to spend a lot of money?
University of Rochester visiting professor Dr. Marie Joelle Estrada has done research on these issues. She said the key is to give a gift that has personal meaning. It does not have to cost a lot of money. You could even make a nice dinner, but probably not macaroni and cheese!
Good Morning America/Yahoo! News (February 7, 2014)
When Beatlemania stormed the Coliseum
The first time the British invaded Washington, in the War of 1812, they torched the White House. When they returned, on February 11, 1964, they stormed the Coliseum.
Two days after their historic US television debut, Liverpudlian rockers the Beatles took a train through a snowstorm from New York to Washington for their first concert in North America.
Up until that point, "American popular music, rock 'n' roll, had become pretty conservative," said John Covach, who teaches rock music history at the University of Rochester in New York. (Also Reported in: The Huffington Post)
WHEC TV NBC 10 Rochester (February 5, 2014)
URs Simon Business School holds economic outlook
2014 is shaping up to be a good year for the U.S. Economy. That's the message delivered at the University of Rochester's Simon Business School.
Chicago Sun Times (February 5, 2014)
Marshmallow experiment an ingredient in group success
And then they invoked the marshmallow experiment, writing:
"If members of a group learn not to trust the system, if they don't think people like them can really make it, they will have little incentive to engage in impulse control. Researchers at the University of Rochester recently reran the famous marshmallow test with a new spin. Children initially subjected to a broken promise - adults promised them a new art set to play with, but never delivered - almost invariably "failed" the test... By contrast, when the adults followed through on their promise, most kids passed the test."
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (February 5, 2014)
Economists: Expect a 2014 slightly better than 2013
"The economy is on firmer footing than it has been for a number of years," Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Charles I. Plosser told a crowd gathered Wednesday for the 35th annual Economic Seminar. The event, put on by University of Rochester's Simon Business School and JPMorgan Chase & Co., attracted close to 300, mostly from the local banking, wealth management and insurance industries, and featured Plosser and JPMorgan Chase senior economist James E. Glassman giving their prognostications for 2014. (Also Reported in: WXXI)
ABC News (Good Morning America) (February 4, 2014)
Can RomComs Save a Marriage?
In a bona fide scientific study in Rochester, New York, 174 newlywed couples were told to watch five romantic movies including "Love Story." Among this group of movie watchers, the divorce rate fell from 24% to just 11%. It does seem simple but at the same time it's brilliant.
Associate Professor Ronald Rogge, PhD (lead author of study, University of Rochester): We never anticipated that just from watching five movies, having five discussions focused on your relationship that we would be able to cut the divorce rate in half. (Also Reported in: MSN, New York Magazine, Redbook, Yahoo! Singapore News, Headlines & Global News, MyDaily UK, Parent Herald, CTV News, WXXI)
World Magazine (February 4, 2014)
Teacher wins Grammy for Glee-like success
Those current and former students convinced The GRAMMY Foundation and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to select (Kent) Knappenberger last month from more than 30,000 nominated teachers to win its inaugural Music Educator Award.
Drawing on his Master's degree from Rochester's Eastman School of Music, he often writes his own musical arrangements, using the money saved to slowly build up needed equipment. Westfield now boasts handbells, steel drums, and a battery of folk instruments, along with other instruments.
Science World Report (February 4, 2014)
Feeling Out of Control? Getting a Grip on Life Increases Longevity
Researchers from Brandais University and the University of Rochester found that for those with less education in particular, those who were able to meet their goals and endure less hardships often lived longer lives.
To further examine findings of why those with less education may be at a greater risk for mortality in some cases, researchers found that regardless of education, those who perceived themselves in higher control of life had a mortality rate that was three times lower than those with a lower sense of control.
Marketplace (February 4, 2014)
Watch five romance movies to save your marriage
Want to stay married? Simply watch five movies with your spouse. A just-published study by UCLA and University of Rochester looked at three ways to help couples stay together. Intensive therapy sessions to help manage conflicts worked. So does compassion and acceptance training. But what also works just as well, is way quicker, and could actually be fun is watching five movies in one month about relationships. Movies and a little discussion cut the divorce or separation rate from 24 to 11 percent after three years. (Also Reported in: The Nordic Page - Norway, Chatelaine, Daily Messenger)
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (February 3, 2014)
Renee Fleming, UR ad popular Super Bowl trends
Though the Denver Broncos couldn't get out of their own way during Sunday's Super Bowl, the University of Rochester did pretty well.
So did Bob Dylan and Chrysler. And Renee Fleming. And Doritos.
Locally, the two ads from the University of Rochester Medical Center heralding the new name for its clinical operations - UR Medicine - won strong praise. The spots attracted more than 60 positive tweets, according to the Roberts report. (Also Reported in: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 2-2-14, Rochester Business Journal, 13WHAM-TV)
Musicology Now (February 3, 2014)
Let's Make a Deal: The Beatles, Ed Sullivan, and the British Invasion
by John Covach
New York promoter Sid Bernstein called himself "the man who brought the Beatles to America."<1> Bernstein's oft-told story of how he came to book the Beatles for two performances in Carnegie Hall on February 12, 1964, however, has been questioned by at least one expert.<2> The chief point of contention regarding Bernstein's account is that he booked the Beatles before Ed Sullivan approached them to appear on his Sunday-night variety show. The Beatles appeared on Sullivan's show three weeks in a row; the first broadcast on February 9-fifty years ago this Sunday-regarded as historic, drawing more than 70 million viewers and launching the British invasion.
John Covach is Director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester, where he is also the Mercer Brugler Distinguished Teaching Professor and Professor of Theory at the Eastman School of Music.
Fox Rochester (February 2, 2014)
Celebrating the Beatles' arrival in America
On February 9, 1964 the Beatles performed for the first time in the United States on the Ed Sullivan Show. As part of their "In Performance" series, The University of Rochester will host a concert honoring the Beatles February 9 at 8 p.m. in Strong Auditorium on the University River Campus. It will feature performances by faculty, students, and Rochester-area 60s band the Smooth Talkers. Joining us with more details is John Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester.
England Telegraph (February 2, 2014)
Rom coms could save your marriage
Ronald Rogge, associate professor of psychology at the University of Rochester in New York and lead author of the study, said: "The results suggest that husbands and wives have a pretty good sense of what they might be doing right and wrong in their relationships.
"Thus, you might not need to teach them a whole lot of skills to cut the divorce rate. You might just need to get them to think about how they are currently behaving." (Also Reported in: England Daily Mail, Huffington Post, WHAM 1180, Psych Central, Times of India)
The Scientist (February 1, 2014)
Feeling Is Believing
Nearly 10 years ago, Vanderbilt University cognitive neuroscientist Randolph Blake and his postdoc Duje Tadin needed to give their study participants the experience of complete darkness. They were testing their new transcranial magnetic stimulator (TMS) and developing protocols for a series of experiments involving the generation of phospheneslight experienced by subjects when there is none.
A few years later, running his own lab at the University of Rochester, Tadin told the story to graduate student Kevin Dieter, who encouraged Tadin to give the project another shot. They devised a conservative experimental setup in which they attempted to control the subjects expectations: they told study participants that one blindfold had little, imperceptible holes that might allow them to see through, while another blindfold would successfully keep out all light.