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NBCNews.com (January 2)
The first study, published in June in the journal Nature by a team of researchers based at the University of Rochester in New York state, described a substance called hyaluronan that the rodents accumulate between their tissues in a molecularly heavier form than the hyaluronan found in humans and mice. The heavier form of the substance is, in part, thought to help make the rat's skin more elastic. This is particularly useful for animals that spend their days crawling through narrow underground tunnels. The researchers also discovered that when they removed the heavy substance from the rodents' tissues, the animals lost their resistance to tumors.
(Also reported in: Mother Nature Network )
The Christian Science Monitor (January 21)
Scientists in the United States and Scotland say they have greatly improved a method of making direct measurements of quantum states without permanently altering them. In a paper published in the current issue of the scientific journal Nature Communications and titled "Direct measurement of a 27-dimensional orbital-angular-momentum state vector," a team of physicists led by the University of Rochester's Mehul Malik describe how they circumvented a basic principle of uncertainty that requires that some states of a quantum system must be understood poorly if other states are to be understood well.
New York Times (January 25)
At the same time, 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 (snatching the first marshmallow instead of waiting 15 minutes for a promised second). By contrast, when the adults followed through on their promise, most kids passed the test.
Examiner (January 2)
New teenage drivers are more likely to become distracted while driving thereby increasing their risk for crashes, reports a study published January 2. Once they become comfortable driving, novice teen drivers do other tasks while driving such as using a cell phone, eating or looking away from the road, according to researchers from Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. These tasks take the teens' full attention away from driving and make them more likely to crash or have a near miss. The University of Rochester Medical Center recommends that parents and teens sign a driving agreement that includes the following rules.
U.S. News & World Report (January 24)
John Covach, director of the University of Rochester’s Institute for Popular Music and a Beatles historian, says it’s easy to judge McCartney the loser in any comparison with his old band. But the answer, on close inspection, isn’t clear cut.
New York Times (January 29)
John R. Huizenga, a physicist who helped build the world's first atom bomb, solve dozens of atomic riddles and debunk claims that scientists in Utah had achieved nuclear fusion in a jar of water, died on Saturday in San Diego. After World War II, Dr. Huizenga attended famous lectures given in Chicago by Dr. Fermi and soon began a half-century of atomic sleuthing. "John Huizenga conducted research at the forefront of nuclear physics and contributed a host of exceptional insights," said Wolf-Udo Schroder, a professor of chemistry and physics at the University of Rochester and a protégé of Dr. Huizenga's.
(Also reported in: Canada Globe and Mail )
MedPage Today (January 17)
HOT TOPICS 2014: Infectious Disease (Post Date: 1/3/14) (Video interview w/ Dr. John J. Treanor)
(Also reported in: The New York Times )
National Public Radio (January 23)
Philip Guo was on the fast track with his computer programming career. But he says that's because he's Asian and people assumed he was a whiz. He talks to guest host Celeste Headlee about benefiting from racial profiling. HEADLEE: And you're going to be an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Rochester in New York, right? GUO: Yes. HEADLEE: So what will you tell your students? If you have African-American students or Latino students or especially women students, how will you prepare them to deal with this if racial profiling is going to be part of their work life? GUO: That's a great question. So I feel like a big part of my contribution is actually connecting students to my colleagues and friends who have been successful in overcoming these challenges and hoping that they can kind of talk to them as role models.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (January 27)
University of Rochester President Joel Seligman has been reappointed to his current position. Seligman, who has served as president since July 2005, was reappointed by UR's board of trustees. In statement released Monday, board of trustee Chairman Ed Hajim said the board "has enthusiastically endorsed Joel's reappointment."
New York Daily News (January 28)
A library has come up with an unusual way of providing tales - by turning HUMANS into talking books. The "Human Library" project is a quirky upstate New York collaboration between the University of Rochester Library and the Rochester Public Library where guests can pick up a human rather than read a story in a book.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (January 18)
The drugs didn't work. There's no miracle therapy. It's just a matter of time. But oncologists surveyed in a recent University of Rochester Medical Center study attempted to offer the best help they could: compassion in speaking with and listening to their patients.
Rochester Business Journal (January 27)
The Simon Business School at the University of Rochester has been listed among the top business schools in the world by the Financial Times of London. In the list published Monday, the school ranked No. 29 among top business schools in the United States. Its world ranking jumped four spots from last year, reaching No. 55.
TIME (January 8)
A protein could signal the first signs of brain changes due to a concussion. With a finger-stick and a drop of blood, researchers from the University of Rochester say it may be possible to tell whether a player experienced a concussion.
The Atlantic (January 29)
Fast forward 400,000 years and now we send red roses and Valentine's cards, put on red lipstick and skirts, and go to red light districts when the former strategies don't work out. A University of Rochester team, led by professor of psychology Andrew Elliot and psychology graduate student Adam Pazda, has worked on a series of studies that have shown that women dressed in red are more attractive to men than women dressed in any other color. Of course, it would be one thing if these results were culturally or geographically bound, but it turns out that the "come hitherness" of red cuts across peoples. In a 2012 study, Elliot and Pazda found that the red was equally powerful as an attractant in Burkina Faso - where the color actually carries explicitly negative connotations - as it is in the U.S. The discovery led the team to conclude that red "may operate as a lingua franca in the human mating game."
Rochester Business Journal (January 17)
Peter Lennie was thousands of miles from his home in London, making his first visit to America as an undergraduate student in 1968 and looking at the prospect of a long summer in an unfamiliar place. So to pass the summer months, Lennie purchased a "99 days for $99" bus ticket at Greyhound that let him travel around the country. He remembers it as a transformative experience, seeing the rich diversity of America and the expansive national parks in the West. Diversity is something Lennie, 65, has gotten used to during his long career in academia. He has taken a long path that started with fellowships at Northwestern University and King's College in Cambridge and has led through various phases of academia to the dual role he occupies today at the University of Rochester: provost and dean of the faculty of arts, sciences and engineering.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (January 21)
Eastman School of Music graduate Renee Fleming will become the first opera singer to sing the national anthem at a Super Bowl. Fleming, who grew up in Churchville and was awarded the National Medal for the Arts in 2012 by President Obama, is a Grammy Award winner and is a regular leading soprano at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and other top opera houses around the world.
(Also reported in: Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 2/2/14, , Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 1/24/14, WXXI, WHAM TV ABC 13 Rochester 1/27/14, WHAM TV ABC 13 Rochester 1/31/14, WHEC-TV, WHEC-TV 1/24/14 )
Fox News (January 10)
"When I see patients who are concerned about weight gain, I start looking at their medications," says Dr. Steven D. Wittlin. clinical director of the endocrine-metabolism division at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. "That's a biggie. Some may affect appetite; some may affect metabolism." Others may simply make you feel better and thus regain your lost appetite.
Rochester City Newspaper (January 22)
For many teenagers in Mexico, the book "Pedro Paramo" by Juan Rulfo is required reading. But for Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, the story became more than homework; it became an obsession. On January 24, Zohn-Muldoon's work, titled "Comala," finally comes to Rochester, in a production including Eastman BroadBand, Alia Musica, and PUSH Physical Theatre. The performance will mark the end of a short tour at various venues in the United States and Mexico, including at the Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico. Zohn-Muldoon is an associate professor and chair of the composition department at the Eastman School of Music.
The New York Times (January 16)
"Sleep is such a dangerous thing to do, when you're out in the wild," Maiken Nedergaard, a Danish biologist who has been leading research into sleep function at the University of Rochester's medical school, told me. "It has to have a basic evolutional function. Otherwise it would have been eliminated."
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (January 26)
Maria Schneider, an Eastman School of Music graduate who previously won a Grammy for "Cerulean Skies" and another for best large jazz ensemble recording, won this year's best contemporary classical competition award for "Winter Morning Walks." Martha Cluver, a 2003 graduate who studied viola, and Eric Dudley, who received his bachelor's in composition in 2001, are members of the vocal group Roomful of Teeth, which won for best chamber music/small ensemble performance. Bob Ludwig, who could still win as part of the album and record of the year as master engineer, was also part of the team for the Rolling Stones' "Charlie Is My Darling."
Chicago Tribune (January 14)
"It's a really interesting thing," Dr. Loralei Thornburg said. "The baby and the placenta kind of want to make you diabetic." Thornburg was also not involved with making the new recommendation. She is a high-risk pregnancy expert at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York.
Associated Press (January 27)
Forget being sneezed on: Government scientists are deliberately giving dozens of volunteers the flu by squirting the live virus straight up their noses. 'It's all going to add up to a better understanding of what you need to have to be protected against the flu,' said Dr. John Treanor, a flu specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center who is closely watching the work.
The Wall Street Journal (January 17)
By Kenneth Gross Crucial to Shakespeare's power is his ability to bring the situation of the actor into his plays, to make the work of "playing" interior to the being and minds of his characters, to make it an ever stranger thing. Clarifying such collaboration is beyond the scope of this book, but a gathering of interviews at the very end—talks with directors and actors who have mounted productions of these curious plays—begins to hint at the shape of the mystery and adds to the volume's appealing mosaic. —Mr. Gross, a professor of English at the University of Rochester, is the author of "Shylock Is Shakespeare" and "Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life."
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (January 5)
Joel Seligman For more than 160 years, the University of Rochester and the city have been inextricably connected. The university is a major economic, social and cultural contributor to our community. As one of the nation's leading universities, it contributes to the welfare of our citizens primarily through faculty research, the education we provide our students, and patient care.
ABC News (Good Morning America) (January 30)
With Explorer of the Seas in port and preparing for the next sail, passengers describe the horrific outbreak at sea. Professor John Treanor: Noroviruses are very tough, they're hard to eradicate. The virus can remain viable on surfaces for quite a long time.
WHAM TV ABC 13 Rochester (January 1)
Lovely Warren was sworn in in the first few minutes of 2014. Warren took the oath of office just after midnight at Strong Memorial Hospital at her grandfather's beside. Cecil McClary has been at Strong since suffering a massive stroke last week.
U.S. News & World Report (December 31, 2013)
Houses. This is good or bad news, depending whether you're a seller or a buyer. "Home prices are on the rise and should continue the upward trend due to the previous downturn over the past several years," says George Cook, executive professor at the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y.
(Also reported in: Yahoo! News )
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (January 18)
Starting this summer, the University of Rochester's athletic facilities will begin a major renovation project thanks to a generous gift from an alumnus in honor of his parents.
(Also reported in: Liberty League )
WHAM TV ABC 13 Rochester (January 2)
An athlete all her life, Sally Wilkins has come to rely on vitamins. "All my life I've heard vitamins are good for you," Wilkins said. But in a recent study says otherwise. In it, two researchers say vitamins have no proven benefit and in some cases can cause harm. The researchers even go as far to say consumers who buy multivitamins are wasting their money. But Sarah Guilbert, a dietitian with the University of Rochester Medical Center makes the argument that vitamins are very much needed. "I like to view vitamins as ways to fill in the gap, maybe you're someone who doesn't have a balanced diet, so maybe taking a multivitamin would be good for you," Guilbert said.
Rochester City Newspaper (January 1)
The Greater Rochester area is full of smart, talented people. People who make this a great place to live. While it would be impossible to shine the spotlight on all of them, this project - the Rochester 10 - is designed to bring some of the hard-working background players in our local scene into the forefront. MEDICAL: Dr. Michael Keefer Earlier this year, the National Institutes of Health named the University of Rochester a Center for AIDS Research. The designation came with $7.5 million for H.I.V./AIDS research, and elevated the UR to the national stage when it comes to finding treatments and prevention routes for the disease. The competition for the CFAR designation is tough and only universities that already have considerable funding and research under way are seriously considered. The UR is now one of 18 CFAR institutions in the United States, and some of the credit for reaching this important milestone goes to Dr. Michael Keefer.
WROC TV CBS 8 (January 29)
The University of Rochester Simon School of Business' Simon Games was the focus of our Why ROC segment Wednesday on News 8 at Sunrise. Carin Conlon, the Assistant Dean of Executive and Professional Programs at the Simon School, discussed the initiative and its unique qualities. She said the Simon Games is the online business simulation scholarship competition for the MBA programs at the Simon School of Business. The online competition makes you the CEO of your own firm, with capital to invest and all of the decisions to make for the company over the equivalent of two years of business.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (January 25)
Leadership comes in different styles and abilities, and it also comes with secrets. Benjamin Todd Jealous, the former president and CEO of the NAACP, shared some of the secrets Friday night during the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address at the University of Rochester's Strong Auditorium.
(Also reported in: YNN )
Rochester City Newspaper (January 15)
From Java's to Kilbourn Hall to Kodak Hall in just 10 years. Cello-rock band Break of Reality emerged from Eastman School of Music as a student start-up and has grown into a modern instrumental ensemble with a list of accomplishments practically the length of Gibbs Street. That's particularly impressive when you consider that this young group has succeeded at a time when established orchestras have filed for bankruptcy, and the ones that have persevered still struggle to fill seats.
Rochester Business Journal (January 16)
University of Rochester scientist Lynne Maquat was named the 2014 Athena Award recipient at a luncheon Thursday. A research pioneer, Maquat is a professor of microbiology and biophysics at the University of RochesterSchool of Medicine and Dentistry, where she holds the J. Lowell Orbison endowed chair.
WROC TV CBS 8 Rochester (January 15)
Experimental work happening at the University of Rochester could one day lead to less dependence on foreign oil. The work at the U of R Laboratory for Laser Energetics has been underway since the 1970s. It is work that relies on millions of dollars in federal funding, and it will receive $5 million more than last year. It is what happens inside the equipment that is so critical to the future of science and our nation's energy future.
Rochester Business Journal (January 30)
The University of Rochester Medical Center plans to launch an ad campaign meant to rebrand the medical center as UR Medicine with locally placed Super Bowl halftime ads, URMC officials said Thursday. The rechristening is meant to put URMC's various branches - which include Strong Memorial, Highland hospitals, Thompson Health in Ontario County and other area health facilities - under a single, easily identified name evoking the entirety of the URMC complex, URMC chief marketing officer Karl Withers said.
The Huffington Post (January 15)
Another advantage of visiting the school is the possibility of talking with someone from admissions. Contact the admissions office to see if your school considers personal interviews when making decisions. "Sometimes a college or university may want to interview the applicant before rendering a final decision," says Mark Wells, assistant dean for undergraduate admissions at the University of Rochester. Having an interview is a good way to show your continued interest in a school and, if possible, provide them with new information.
Victor Post (January 3)
Submitted By Kari Anderson-Pink One week before Christmas, my 8-year-old daughter, Hannah, said decidedly, "I've saved up $37, and I want to give it to the Children's Hospital. And I want to go caroling to raise more. I bet I could raise $100!" I work in Stewardship at the University of Rochester Alumni and Advancement Center, so Hannah was well aware of the new Golisano Children's Hospital being built. She had been inspired by Tom Golisano's $20 million gift, and in the past she had suggested having a lemonade stand or garage sale at our house to raise money for the hospital. Living on a busy road with no sidewalks or foot traffic, I was doubtful these ideas would work for us.
WXXI (January 6)
To a person, officials of Rochester General Health System, the University of Rochester Medical Center and Unity Health System who were interviewed for this article see more good than ill in the health law. Measures meant to move the criteria for paying health care providers away from quantity and toward quality will ultimately help correct some of the U.S. health care system's most vexing deficits, they believe. Changes in the way Medicare pays doctors and hospitals, which in turn are being adopted by some private payers, have been working to remake the local health care system since 2010, says Steven Goldstein, CEO of URMC's Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals.
Inside Higher Ed (January 22)
With a blizzard sweeping the East, AccuWeather.com released a list of the "10 snowiest colleges in the U.S.," and loyal alumni of those institutions started boasting about the rankings. We couldn't help but ask some questions about the methodology when we noticed that Syracuse University was listed as tied for second, while the State University of New York Upstate Medical University (literally across the street) didn't make the list. And it didn't make sense that the University of Rochester could be third on the list but its neighbors, such as Monroe Community College and Rochester Institute of Technology, could have so much less snow so as not to make the list at all. AccuWeather responded that it "could not include all the colleges in the surrounding areas without being repetitive in the same region," so "we choose those colleges that we believed the most people would know."
The Huffington Post (January 14)
And before you go second-guessing the power of heartbreak, know that science suggests a broken heart really can take a toll on your health. According to the University of Rochester's Christine Thompkins, "broken heart syndrome," or acute heart failure triggered by stress such as heartbreak or the loss of a loved one, is a real condition that can happen to healthy people with otherwise healthy hearts. Its symptoms include chest pain and life-threatening arrhythmias, but it can be treated and reversed.
PhysOrg (January 8)
"When I was speaking to some of the families the kids could understand Desano but were not able to speak with me in the language, so, unless we do something, in a couple of generations Desano will be lost," Alva said. Her research trip was funded by USC Dornsife's Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) and undertaken with the guidance of her mentor Khalil Iskarous, assistant professor of linguistics at USC Dornsife. In Brazil, Alva worked with the University of Rochester's established field linguist, Wilson De Lima Silva.
ABC TV 13 WHAM (January 13)
Rochester, N.Y. -- There have been 90 confirmed cases of the flu in Monroe County, but the Health Department warns that the numbers are likely much higher than that since most people are not tested. We are definitely in flu season, said Dr. Michael Kamali, URMC Chairman of Emergency Medicine. We don't think it's peaking yet...definitely get your flu shot. It is still effective and it works.
Fast Company (January 13)
How do you know if you have SAD? As University of Rochester psychiatry professor Michael R. Privitera told us, you may experience symptoms of depressive moods during the fall and winter that are frightening for you, your waistline, and your colleagues. On top of weight gain and excessive sleepiness during the daytime he says, SAD can cause your mood to swing, which can alter your productivity. Plus, he notes, decreased energy and disrupted sleep can compound those difficulties.
Rochester Business Journal (January 16)
University of Rochester scientist Lynne Maquat was named the 2014 Athena Award recipient at a luncheon Thursday. A research pioneer, Maquat is a professor of microbiology and biophysics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where she holds the J. Lowell Orbison endowed chair.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (January 17)
The University of Rochester Medical Center and White Plains Hospital are among the New York hospitals that have expressed early interest in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to legalize medical marijuana on a trial basis. So far, 10 hospitals or medical networks across New York have been in contact with the state about the program, a spokesman for the state Department of Health said Thursday.
Inside Higher Ed (January 7)
New Programs: Africana Studies, Nursing, Music Technology, Liberal Studies, Dance, Education, LGBT Studies, Community Health, Photographic Preservation Read more: http://www.insi
University of Rochester, in collaboration with the George Eastman House, is starting a master's degree in photographic preservation.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (January 14)
The bill also would set aside money for the laser laboratory at the University of Rochester, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute for Technology, and a new Air Force combat search-and-rescue helicopter expected to sustain 250 existing and new jobs in Owego, Tioga County. The laser lab would get $64 million, an increase of $1.25 million. NTID would get $66.9 million, an increase of $4.29 million. UR President Joel Seligman issued a statement thanking the Rochester-area delegation in Congress. "With around 1,000 individuals involved in its program, the continued investment in the Laboratory for Laser Energetics preserves its status as a unique national resource ...," he said in the statement.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (January 1)
Stressing the importance of academic freedom, University of Rochester President Joel Seligman has criticized a national education association's call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.
Strategy & Business (January 21)
I have, on occasion, had to wake up early for work. I don't do it willingly; I do it out of obligation to my employer. On the contrary, I have happily woken up at 4 a.m. on numerous occasions to go mountain biking. Behavioral economists call this phenomenon, when one form of motivation replaces another, "crowding out." Or, as this University of Rochester report on the work of experimental psychologists Edward Deci and Richard Ryan puts it: "Deci's and Ryan's most startling finding was that rewards such as prizes and money were not only less effective than behavioral psychologists had long supposed, but under some circumstances could actually diminish people's feelings of engagement and motivation."
The Huffington Post (January 12)
What's more, people with chronic insomnia report a less-fulfilling family and social life, marital problems, poor job satisfaction and productivity, as well as increased absenteeism, according to a study by the University of Rochester.
WROC TV CBS 8 Rochester (January 13)
In a studio at the Eastman School of Music, Philip Glick practices for his upcoming college auditions. Glick is the lead trombonist for the Eastman Youth Jazz Choir. He's also the principal trombone for the prestigious Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Philip is a senior at Victor High School and loves to play in school musicals. He also plays in a host of local pit orchestras, and is a member of the ROC Trombone Choir. "We rehearse once a month, and it's really nice because it's all these retired band directors playing trombone, and then there's me," he says. "And it's really fun to sit around with all these guys that have been to college, had careers with trombone, or are amateur players. It's a lot of fun."
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (January 10)
2. William Warfield: A Legacy in Music, a concert supporting William Warfield Scholarship Fund, begins at 4 p.m. Sunday in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. It features this year's recipient, soprano Joel Dyson, as well as Thomas Warfield, Sean McLeod Dance Experience, Mt. Hope World Singers, Reenah Golden and the Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church Male Chorus.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (January 20)
Collaboration continues in Rochester's arts community, and dance, probably by its nature, continues to lead the way. At 8 p.m. Friday in Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St., PUSH Physical Theatre joins Eastman Broadband and Pittsburgh-based Alia Musica to stage Comala, a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist composed by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, associate professor and chair of composition at Eastman School of Music.
WROC TV CBS 8 Rochester (January 18)
Thirty young women selected from more than a dozen area high schools performed simulated surgeries Saturday at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The students got to try fixing a broken leg and repairing a damaged shoulder rotator cuff. The hands-on program was designed to interest young women in orthopedics. "We just want them to know that the opportunity is there," orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stephanie Siegrist said. "Perhaps someone is very driven and very much sees themselves as a surgeon in the future. In 10th grade do you really know what that lifestyle is like? We want to give them more information about that."