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July 2015

The New York Times (July 27)

NY Wins $600 Million Hub for Photonics Research, Development

Vice President Biden at a podium
, whose fortunes have risen and fallen with the demand for futuristic technologies from former powerhouses like Xerox and Kodak, is looking for its next big breakthrough in the field of integrated photonics, a light science with the potential to transform communications, medicine and national defense. Federal, state and local officials on Monday announced the city as the national headquarters for a $610 million research and manufacturing hub dedicated to the emerging field, which could mean thousands of jobs for the region.

(Also reported in: The Washington Post, ABC News, Japan Times, Austin American-Statesman, San Mateo Daily Journal (CA), The Salt Lake Tribune, Wisconsin State Journal, Corning Leader, Oneida Daily Dispatch Albuquerque KRQE News 13, Newsday, KRON Channel 4 San Francisco, Lansing WLNS Channel 6, San Diego Union Tribune, Time Warner Cable News )

The New York Times (July 20)

Studies: Better Sleep May Be Important for Alzheimer's Risk

man sleeping in park in the 1940sTo sleep, perchance to… ward off Alzheimer's? New research suggests poor sleep may increase people's risk of Alzheimer's disease, by spurring a brain-clogging gunk that in turn further interrupts shut-eye. Another hint came a few years ago, when University of Rochester scientists reported that the brain uses sleep to flush out toxic debris. They injected mice brains with amyloid and watched it clear faster while they slept.

(Also reported in: The Globe and Mail, Tifton Gazette (GA), Shanghai Daily, Ontario Record, U.S. News & World Report, ABC News, Fox News, Salina Journal (KS), WBT AM 1110 Charlotte, New Jersey Herald, Providence Journal, San Diego Union Tribune, Lake Wales News (FL), The Washington Post, Newsday, Seattle Times (WA), Edmonton Sun, San Antonio Express-News, Seymour Tribune, El Paso Times)

The New York Times (July 22)

Defense Department Chooses Rochester for Photonics Center

man in dark visor working on photonics equipmentThe Department of Defense has picked Rochester as the location for a sought-after manufacturing hub focused on the field of integrated photonics, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Wednesday, ahead of an official announcement. New York's bid involved a consortium that includes the Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Arizona and University of California at Santa Barbara.

(Also reported by ABC News, WROC-TV, WXXI, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, WHEC-TV, Rochester Business Journal, WHAM TV ABC 13 Rochester , Rochester City Newspaper, Albany Times Union, The Washington Post, Oroville Mercury-Register, San Antonio Express-News, Seattle Post Intelligencer, TMC News,, BioSpace, Ledger Gazette, The Lansing Star )

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (July 26)

Seligman leading UR's evolution

reporters surround Joel Seligman
University of Rochester
President Joel Seligman made his interest in UR getting more involved in the community clear soon after taking office a decade ago. As part of his outreach, Seligman led a group of local community leaders and UR officials to Philadelphia, where he showed how the University of Pennsylvania helped surrounding neighborhoods in that city and told how he wanted to do the same in Rochester.

Discovery News (July 28)

Ancient Huts May Reveal Clues to Earth's Magnetic Pole Reversals

Patches of ground where huts were burned down in southern Africa contain a key mineral that recorded the magnetic field at the time of each ritual burning. Those mineral records teach researchers more about a weird, weak patch of Earth’s magnetic field called the South Atlantic Anomaly and point the way toward a possible mechanism for sudden reversals of the field. “It has long been thought reversals start at random locations, but our study suggests this may not be the case,” John Tarduno, a geophysicist from the University of Rochester in New York and lead author of the paper, said in a statement.

(Also reported in: Fox News, New Scientist, UPI, E-Science News, News Africa Tonight Headlines and Global News, Archaeology, University Herald, Science News, Space Daily, Nature World News, Tech Times, Pioneer News, Christian Science Monitor, Bulletin Leader, Guide 2 Nigeria, Vocal Republic, Xbox 360 Asylum )

The Washington Post (July 13)

Do cellphones belong in the operating room?

man in labcoat with a smartphoneIn one 2011 incident, a Texas anesthesiologist was accused of sending text messages and e-mails while monitoring a patient. Her oxygen levels dropped, which the anesthesiologist allegedly didn’t notice for close to 20 minutes, and she died in surgery. The woman’s family sued the anesthesiologist. The case was settled before going to trial. But as people become increasingly glued to their phones, the lack of guidance could have big consequences. Diagnosing the problem is easy, said Peter Papadakos, a professor of anesthesiology, surgery, neurology and neurosurgery at the University of Rochester in New York, who has written extensively on the subject. “Once we get into or start using our cellphones, we separate ourselves from the reality of where we are,” he said. “It’s self-evident: If you’re staring at a phone, you’re not staring at the monitors.”

(Also reported in: The Atlantic, Tulsa Fox 23 Oklahoma, Medpage Today )

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (July 21)

Strong ranks highest locally in 'U.S. News" report

Strong Memorial Hospital sign
UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital
was tied for fourth in New York in the latest hospital rankings from U.S. News & World Report, released Tuesday.

(Also reported in: WHEC-TV, Crain's New York Business, WHAM TV ABC 13 Rochester )

USA Today (July 27)

Biden, Cuomo are hooked on photonics

Vice President Biden at a podium
The new American Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) Photonics, announced officially Monday by Vice President Joe Biden, expects to hire about 100 scientists and other experts and get to work on a handful of research projects within about five months. New York's bid involved a consortium that includes the Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Arizona and University of California at Santa Barbara.

(Also reported in: Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester Business Journal, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester City Newspaper, WXXI, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester Business Journal )

WHAM TV ABC 13 Rochester (July 24)

U of R Study - poor social life affects death risk

A new 30-year study from the University of Rochester found the quality of social interaction can benefit people’s health later on. Researchers found people with few social connections at age 20 put themselves at a higher risk of dying early, similar to the effects of using tobacco. The same effect was true for those who had poor social relationships when they reached age 30.

(Also reported in: The Daily Mail, The Siasat Daily,, Business Standard, University Herald, Medical Xpress )

NPR (July 7)

How Long Would It Take To Drive To Pluto?

By Adam Frank

This week, as a box of electronics called New Horizons prepares to complete a nearly 10-year journey to Pluto, it's a good moment to reflect on just how far away even the objects in our astronomical backyard are from us. So where is Pluto? Unlike the other planets whose tracks around our star are pretty much circles, Pluto's orbit swings in and out on a highly elliptical orbit. It comes as "close" to the Sun as 30 or so AU (inside Neptune's orbit) and as far out as almost 50 AU. At an average distance of 3.7 billion miles from the Sun, wee Pluto lives in a world of perpetual twilight. So, if it's a week to cross the country, how long would it take to drive to Pluto?

Adam Frank is an astrophysics professor at the University of Rochester.

(Also reported in: WVAS 89.5 Public Radio )

WROC TV CBS 8 Rochester (July 2)

East High teachers prepare for U of R takeover

The University of Rochester has officially taken over East High School. 195 teachers, many who are new to the school, are now preparing for their first school year as what many would call a grand experiment. East High was failing resulting in low attendance, high suspension and a low graduation rate. The school was on a path to close before U of R stepped in. This merger is the first of its kind in Rochester and those involved are hopeful the university can help turn the school around. They believe it will be a milestone in urban education.

(Also reported in: WHAM TV ABC 13 Rochester )

WXXI (July 28)

Photonics Adds To UR Goal To Boost Rochester

It may remind you of how Kodak used to lead our community back in the days when it printed money - or rather, film. Now, the University of Rochester, through its 27-thousand member workforce, hopes to create positive change in a manner reminiscent of the old "Kodak town." President Joel Seligman spoke about the effort with WXXI at the announcement Monday of the Photonic Institute award to Rochester.

(Also reported in: Rochester City Newspaper, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)

Forbes (July 6)

A Perfect Blood Test For Pancreatic Cancer?

It’s not often that Nature publishes on a new way of detecting cancer. Recently the journal reported that bits of cancerous cells – tiny blebs containing protein, RNA and DNA – can be measured in blood samples from patients with pancreatic cancer. These particles, exosomes, might serve as tumor indicators, or biomarkers. “I think it’s a really exciting development,” said Dr. David Linehan, a professor and surgical oncologist who heads the Department of Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He specializes in gastrointestinal tumors, including pancreatic cancer and was not involved with the Nature report.

Forbes (July 1)

Why The Most Exciting Thing In Science Is Not Knowing Stuff

Over at NPR, Adam Frank looks at photos of the mysterious white spots on Ceres, and agonizes: Yes, science fiction fans, the mystery spots on Ceres just might be the beginning of one of the great tropes of the genre: alien artifacts in a dim corner of the solar system waiting for humanity to discover and awaken them. “Why is that important? Well, clearly, the question ‘What the hell are those damn bright spots?’ does have an answer. And whatever that answer is, it’s independent of our beliefs or our hopes. In other words, it’s an answer that’s out there right now. We, however, are stuck with ignorance — and the agony of ignorance — that’s particular to science.” Adam Frank is a co-founder of the 13.7 blog and an astrophysics professor at the University of Rochester.

Rochester Business Journal (July 8)

URMC receives two grants for global technology projects

The University of Rochester Medical Center has received two $300,000 grants for technology projects to improve maternal and mental health in low- and middle-income countries, university leaders said Wednesday. The grants are from the National Institutes of Health's Fogarty International Center, as part of its Global Health Research and Research Training eCapacity Initiative. URMC is one of only two institutions in the country to receive multiple grants.

Time Warner Cable News (July 21)

Patients Move Into New Golisano Children's Hospital

This has been a long time coming since the University of Rochester Medical Center began building the $145 million project in September of 2012. Administrators said they have rehearsed the move for weeks and it went incredibly well. Along the way, children participated in a scavenger hunt, were given “Sandy Strong” backpacks and had the chance to cut a ribbon before entering their new rooms.

(Also reported in: WXXI, WROC-TV, WHAM 1180, 13WHAM-TV, WHEC TV NBC 10 Rochester, WROC TV CBS 8 Rochester)

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (July 3)

Study: Stress harms children's brains

Toddlers growing up in unstable or unresponsive families are significantly more likely to have unhealthy levels of a stress hormone linked to poor cognitive ability, according to new research from the University of Rochester. The researchers, led by clinical psychology doctoral candidate Jennifer Suor, gathered a slew of economic and social data points for each pair, watched them interact and swabbed the children to determine their level of cortisol, a hormone the body produces when under stress. "Our findings support the need for an investment in community-based interventions that can strengthen parent-child relationships and reduce family stress very early in a child's life," she said in a statement. "A lot of research that we've done at Mt. Hope Family Center shows that using preventative interventions can help moms parent their children in ways that may lead to improvements in their children's cortisol."

The New York Times (July 13)

'Heading' Bans in Soccer May Not Be Enough to Stop Concussions

Dr. Jeffrey Bazarian of the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York also cautioned that it would be difficult to know how many concussions could be prevented by enforcing current rules.

(Also reported in: Fox News, Canada Globe and Mail, WSNY 94.7 (Columbus), Medpage Today )

Time Magazine (July 7)

4 Mental Blocks That Keep You From Being a Work Superstar

Show your brain who's the boss. But we’re here to help you show your brain who’s boss. How to Outsmart Your Noggin: What you drown out can be just as important to your brain’s efficiency as what you absorb, according to a recent University of Rochester study. Researchers found that people with high IQs were also the best at filtering out background stimuli—suggesting that smart people are good at suppressing information that is less important to the task at hand.

The Huffington Post (July 2)

40 Years of Stanford Research Found That People With This One Quality Are More Likely to Succeed

In the 1960s, a Stanford professor named Walter Mischel began conducting a series of important psychological studies.

The Marshmallow Experiment

The researcher told the child that he was going to leave the room and that if the child did not eat the marshmallow while he was away, then they would be rewarded with a second marshmallow. However, if the child decided to eat the first one before the researcher came back, then they would not get a second marshmallow. Researchers at the University of Rochester decided to replicate the marshmallow experiment, but with an important twist. Before offering the child the marshmallow, the researchers split the children into two groups.

Rochester Business Journal (July 15)

URMC wins $3.5M grant to study tooth decay in kids

The University of Rochester Medical Center's Eastman Institute of Oral Health has won a $3.5 million grant to investigate the role stress and family dynamics might play in causing tooth decay in small children, URMC officials said Wednesday.

(Also reported in: WXXI )

U.S. News & World Report (July 15)

How Market Timing Creates Investment Chaos

Ask Reno Frazzitta what he thinks of market timing – the theory that you can profitably buy and sell by predicting future stock movements – and he wastes little time with an answer: "With extremely few exceptions, it's a losing battle."

"Market timing is a scam," says Robert Novy-Marx, a professor of finance in the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester. "Timing won't lower expected returns relative to a steady exposure with the same average leverage. But it adds lots of luck, good and bad. You might get it right – and someone always does, and they're happy to tell you what a genius they are. But you are just as likely to sell too early, or get back in too late, or too soon."

(Also reported in: TheStreet )

The Washington Post (July 27)

A new guard is forming at the Federal Reserve

There will be a new face at the Federal Reserve’s policy-setting meeting in Washington this week, the first of a string of turnovers as the central bank prepares for the next phase of the nation’s economic recovery. Change is also coming to the Minneapolis Fed. President Narayana Kocherlakota, who has called for more aggressive support for the economy, will leave his position this year to join the faculty at the University of Rochester. The search for his successor is underway.

(Also reported in: Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette )

The Huffington Post (July 1)

How Avocados Could One Day Help Treat Cancer

Avocatin B, a molecule derived from avocado fat, is now being tested in the battle against acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a deadly blood cancer that often affects the elderly. The authors of a recent study on avocatin B found that it may target AML cells without harming normal cells. According to these researchers, that means avocados could hold not only an effective AML treatment, but one that is easier on the body than current treatments. AML happens when undeveloped white blood cells quickly multiply in the bone marrow and blood. Overall, about 25 percent of patients survive AML, according to the University of Rochester in New York State.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (July 7)

Cuomo signs new sex-assault policies into law

All public and private colleges in New York will have to implement new policies to address sexual assaults on campuses after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Tuesday. Joel Seligman, the president of the University of Rochester, praised the law. "The University of Rochester already has in place many of the policies required in the new "Enough is Enough" law, including the affirmative consent policy, and we now look forward to working with the state and Department of Education to ensure our full compliance," Seligman said in a statement.

(Also reported in: Elmira Star-Gazette )

The Washington Post (July 1)

Glaxo Paid Doctors $15 Million Before Promised End to Fees

Glaxo, the U.K.’s biggest drugmaker, said in 2013 that at the start of 2016 it would end its practice of paying doctors to speak on its behalf or attend conferences. The changes are among reforms implemented by Chief Executive Officer Andrew Witty in the wake of a federal investigation into Glaxo’s sales and marketing practices. The company agreed to pay $3 billion in a settlement. The fees are contained in a Glaxo report on all payments to outside doctors, which totaled $36.4 million. More than half went to the University of Rochester in New York as part of a royalty agreement.

(Also reported in: Bloomberg )

U.S. News & World Report (July 14)

Nursing Home Care Improving for U.S. Minorities, Study Finds

A bump up in Medicaid payments to nursing homes may be paying off in better care for minority residents, new research suggests. "This study shows that recent regulatory, financial and market-driven changes have resulted in an improvement not only in homes with higher numbers of minorities, but across the board," lead researcher Yue Li, an associate professor of public health sciences at the University of Rochester, said in a university news release.

(Also reported in: Doctors Lounge, HealthDay, Philadelphia Inquirer )

The Washington Post (July 1)

Celgene's $138,000 Doctor Payment Left Off Study Disclosures

John Bennett, a professor emeritus at New York’s University of Rochester, requested a correction from the journal Leukemia on Tuesday after being contacted by Bloomberg about the omission, which he said was an oversight. In the paper, published last year to review the performance of Celgene’s blockbuster Revlimid drug for a blood cancer known as MDS, Bennett declared that he had “no conflict of interest” in the matter. Between August 2013 and the study’s publication in print in May 2014 Bennett received $138,986 in consulting fees and travel compensation, according to data published Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In all, he received more than $145,000 in cash and goods between August 2013 and the end of last year. CMS data only covers the last five months of 2013.

NPR (July 21)

Does Mindfulness Mean Anything?

By Adam Frank

According to Time, The Huffington Post and a host of other media outlets, mindfulness and meditation are having their moment in the spotlight. From hospitals to corporate wellness programs, mindfulness is — supposedly — a new path to relieving stress, lifting depression and increasing happiness. But, depending on your perspective, the advent of mindfulness and meditation in America is either a milestone in the evolution of the culture — or a mighty avalanche of hype.

Adam Frank is an astrophysics professor at the University of Rochester.

(Also reported in: Oregon Public Broadcasting, WCBE 90.5 FM )

Albuquerque Journal (July 9)

U.S. must rebuild middle class to regain greatness

America’s middle-class origins were central to our success as a nation, but our future greatness is in grave jeopardy because the middle class is now so weak. The United States wasn’t the richest country in the world – or even the richest New World colony. Places like Cuba and Haiti were richer, but the wealth America had was relatively evenly distributed, and this made all the difference in our development. As Kenneth Sokoloff, the late economic historian from the University of California-Los Angeles, and Stanley Engerman, an economist at the University of Rochester, explained: “Nearly all of the New World economies were sufficiently prosperous by the beginning of the 19th century to establish a widespread network of primary schools.” But “few actually made investments on a scale sufficient to serve the general population.”

(Also reported in: Online Athens, Kearney Daily Hub, South Bend Tribune, Palm Beach Post, The Gulf Today )

Fox Rochester (July 15)

Young Artists International Piano Competition at Eastman - Pt 1

Pop your head into Eastman's Kilbourn Hall this week and you'll hear the sounds of talented young musicians. It's the 14th Young Artists International Piano Competition. 21 teenagers from around the world are chosen to play.

(Also reported in: Part 2 Fox Rochester, Part 3 Fox Rochester, Part 4 Fox Rochester, Part 5 Fox Rochester )

WXXI (July 19)

Maryland Teen Wins Top Prize At Eastman Young Artists Competition

A 17 year old virtuoso from Silver Springs, Maryland has won the top prize in the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition.

The New York Times (July 16)

David M. Raup, Who Transformed Field of Paleontology, Dies at 82

Mr. David Raup attended Colby College in Maine, majoring in geology but also studying math and accounting. After two years he transferred to the University of Chicago, where he earned a bachelor’s. He did his graduate work, culminating in a Ph.D. in geology, at Harvard. He taught at numerous places, most prominently at the University of Rochester and the University of Chicago.

(Also reported in: Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Bend Bulletin )

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (June 30)

America's Biolabs Need Greater Scrutiny

Make no mistake, having a biolab in your backyard is usually a good thing. There are more than 300 of them at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Several hundred of your neighbors show up to work in the labs each day, and a few thousand others are supporting the research in some way, shape or form. For these folks, “doing a good job” means helping the world come up with new treatments or cures for some pretty awful diseases. But this week, some federal lawmakers and health experts started demanding much better oversight of biolabs across the country. We think our members of Congress should all be on board, supporting measures that give communities like Rochester more information about the toxins in their midst, and a heads up when things go awry in the local biolab.

The Conversation (July 2)

Battling the British Invasion: Mr Tambourine Man and the fight for American pop independence

Fifty years ago, in the first half of 1965, the British invasion was officially under way – at least, in music. It seemed like all the biggest hits on the American pop charts came from British bands. Ever since The Beatles' pivotal first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show in February 1964, the American shores had been flooded by a steady stream of English bands with matching suits, moptop haircuts, endearing accents and catchy tunes. The UK acts didn’t completely eclipse the Americans during the height of the moptop mania. The Supremes, for instance, had hit the top of the US charts with five consecutive singles by the summer of 1965, and the Righteous Brothers' You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin' topped the charts in early 1965. The British success was significant enough, however, to force the American music business to recalibrate. By the summer of 1965, an American pop music revolution was underway.

John Covach is the Director, Institute for Popular Music at University of Rochester

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (July 10)

24 teen pianists vie for $10,000 Eastman award

Accomplished young musicians from eight countries are visiting Rochester for a highly esteemed piano competition this week. The 24 talented teenage pianists, ages 15 to 18, will vie for prestige and a $10,000 top prize in the 14th Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition, scheduled through Saturday at the Eastman School of Music.

(Also reported in: Rochester City Newspaper, Time Warner Cable News, WHAM TV ABC 13 Rochester )

Phys.Org (July 21)

Drawing a line between quantum and classical world

Quantum theory is one of the great achievements of 20th century science, yet physicists have struggled to find a clear boundary between our everyday world and what Albert Einstein called the "spooky" features of the quantum world, including cats that could be both alive and dead, and photons that can communicate with each other across space instantaneously. In the new paper, published in the July 20 edition of Optica, University of Rochester researchers show that a classical beam of light that would be expected to obey Bell's Inequality can fail this test in the lab, if the beam is properly prepared to have a particular feature: entanglement

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (July 11)

Need a greater focus on healthy aging in America

By Dr. Susan M. Friedman How society cares and provides for older Americans both now and into the future is a major topic on the national agenda, and is important for the wellbeing of caregivers and families. In Monroe County and across the U.S., the combination of an increased life expectancy and an aging baby boomer population means the number of people over 65 is growing rapidly. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 500 New Yorkers will turn 65 every day in the next few years. In 2010, 1 in 7 people in Monroe County was over age 65, and in 2035 it is projected to be one in five. Dr. Susan M. Friedman is an associate professor of medicine at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

NPR (July 13)

Now You See It, Some Day You Won't: Scientists Get Closer To Invisibility

Using lenses and meta-materials, science is finding new ways to bend or reroute light. Like Harry Potter's cloak or H.G. Wells' chemical concoction, it could make an object impossible to see.


An invisible man can rule the world. He can hear every secret. He can rob, rape and kill (laughter). Now that's an evil laugh. John Howell is not a mad scientist. He's a regular scientist studying invisibility at the University of Rochester. He was inspired by another movie. JOHN HOWELL: We want to make a Harry Potter cloak. (July 6)

Space-Based Optics Are Taking Off

A mixture of advancements in optical technology, more efficient manufacturing processes, and innovative scientists and ideas are propelling the optics industry to new heights. And the demand for innovative optics technologies is growing. The National Science Foundation’s Center for Freeform Optics (CeFO) – a cooperative research center that includes founding members Ball Aerospace, the University of Rochester in New York and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte – is advancing freeform optics in order to bring associated design tools, manufacturing and affordability levels to positions “similar to where axially symmetric aspheric optics are at today,” according to Whiteaker.

WXXI PBS News (July 10)

FDA Strengthens Warning on Pain Medication

The FDA is issuing a stronger warning on both prescription and over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen. "The people who are most at risk for heart attacks and strokes have more risk for heart attack and stroke when they take these NSAIDs. However, it also turns out that people who have less risk of heart attack and stroke also might be affected by these compounds as well" , said Dr. Charles Lowenstein, chief of cardiology at UR Medicine.

WXXI PBS News (July 7)

Connections: The Science and Dangers of Heroin

Continuing the discussion around heroin as part of our Heroin at Home series, we learn about the science and the dangers of heroin, and what we can do about it. We'll have sound clips from Jim Wesley, supervisor of the chemistry section of the Monroe County Public Safety Laboratory and more info from our panel: Dr. Timothy Wiegand, professor of emergency medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center

(Also reported in: WXXI )

Indiana Public Media (July 20)

Plectrums, Pizzicato, And Plucks

We’re devoting this edition of Harmonia to instruments of the plucked variety. Lutes, guitars, harps and harpsichords will pick and pizz us through the hour. Plus, a special tribute from Paul O’Dette for friend and fellow lute player Pat O’Brien who passed away in 2014, and a feature release from Armonia Celeste called Lover’s Beware. We invited Paul O’Dette to remember Pat in a tribute, which he recorded at the studios of Eastman School of Music where he teaches in Rochester, New York.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (July 27)

Sibley Building likely photonics headquarters

The headquarters for the new photonics center announced Monday will likely be in downtown Rochester, not at the Canal Ponds location in Greece, as had been previously discussed.

Seligman pointed to major commitments from both UR and the Rochester Institute of Technology to make the Sibley Building an incubator and center for start-up businesses. It's part of the innovation zone project being spearheaded by the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, which he co-chairs.

WXXI (July 14)

Finger Lakes REDC Hears Workgroup Updates for Economic Competitions

At a public meeting at Wegman's Conference Center, leaders from over 15 workgroups pitched some of their best projects so far to the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council. So far, the projects are as varied as they are plentiful (The Entrepreneurship and Innovation group's plan for a Start Up Accelerator is a little flashier than Infrastructure and Transportation's idea for a new intersection.) but Chairman Joel Seligman says all these diverse industries have a contribution to make to the competition.

(Also reported in: Rochester Democrat & Chronicle )

CNET (July 24)

Could 'Harry Potter'-like invisibility cloaks really exist?

There are a few ways such cloaking techniques could work, the video explains. A team of researchers at Duke University is working on methods of making light avoid an object altogether using metamaterials, engineered materials that don't exist in nature but can be created and crafted to make things such as more-powerful antennas and, perhaps, invisibility cloaks. The folks at Duke even came up with a way to 3D print a sort of cloaking device, though not necessarily a practical one. Another technique, being developed at the University of Rochester, uses four standard glass lenses to create a limited region of invisibility that renders a fixed object invisible. You can see that in action in this video from the university. While arguably not as game-changing as metamaterials are for the development of cloaking devices, this technology could be used to create things like medical gloves that let doctors see through their hands while performing surgery, or help drivers better see objects in the car's blind spot.

(Also reported in: Business 2 Community )

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (July 9)

Cuomo's 'Capitol' tour listens, doles out funds

It's one thing to hear how close together signs of promise and decline can be in Marketview Heights, a neighborhood surrounding the Rochester Public Market. It's entirely different to see them up close, from vacant lots to vibrant community gardens. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and nearly two dozen senior members of his cabinet were supposed to see these disparities firsthand during a daylong visit Thursday as part of his new "Capital for a Day" initiative. Efforts to fight local poverty were a common theme. At one session, leaders of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Council — University of Rochester President Joel Seligman and Wegmans Food Markets Chief Executive Officer Danny Wegman — formally acknowledged the link between their effort to win millions of dollars for the region and the work of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative.

Rochester Business Journal (July 13)

UR, RIT students win awards at Tibetan Innovation Challenge

The Tibetan Innovation Challenge is a new intercollegiate social entrepreneurship business plan competition. It was organized by the University of Rochester with the goal of improving the lives of Tibetans living in refugee camps. The ideas presented at this competition may be truly transformative for the Tibetan refugee population, UR president Joel Seligman said. Additionally, the competition represents a collaboration among diverse institutions uniting under the singular goal of furthering social good a core value of the University of Rochester in our ongoing quest to embrace the university's motto of Meliora, or ever better.

(Also reported in: KCBC (NBC) 11 - Lubbock, Bezinga)

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (July 16)

At Ontario Beach, a carousel with suspect imagery

But for all of that time, a panel atop the spinning carousel has featured a painting with crude racial caricatures of two black children. Though plainly visible to anyone who looked, the panel has been largely unnoticed and unremarked upon — until now. Whether any African-American residents or others objected to the image when the carousel was erected isn’t known. Fewer than 1,000 black people lived in the city when the carousel at that time, according to census records, though Ontario Beach wasn’t formally segregated, so black children in theory could have ridden the carousel. But Victoria Wolcott, a former University of Rochester professor who authored a book about American amusement parks and race, doubts many black kids climbed aboard in those days.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (July 16)

Rochester Musicians Elevate Theater Scene

Rochester musicians are some of the best in the world. I am not just talking about members of the RPO and the big names like Renee Fleming that we induct into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame. I'm talking about the unknown names that are teachers, play in local bands and play in "the pit" for theater productions. Many of these are a product of the Eastman School of Music. Eastman not helps define Rochester as a music city, but it also attracts and trains amazing musicians who stay in our area after they graduate.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (July 19)

Latinos present a vision at event hosted by UR

Donato Rosario spent this past week on the University of Rochester's River Campus, first brainstorming about possible visions for the Latino community and then submitting a proposal for what his vision might be. Rosario, 16, who lives in nearby Albion, was joined by 108 participants all high school students from various states and nations as far away as the Dominican Republic for a week of mock government sessions run by the National Hispanic Institute.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (July 8)

URMC acts to ensure privacy of patient health data

The University of Rochester Medical Center will be reminding its doctors, nurses and other care providers that they must adhere to strict rules set up to protect patients’ private health care information. “There are do’s and don’ts, and those are being very clearly spelled out in the policy guidelines that we’re drafting,” said David Kirshner, senior vice president and chief financial officer for the medical center.

WXXI (July 20)

WATCH: A Look At Pediatric Care In ROC As The New Golisano Children's Hospital Prepares To Open

The new Golisano Children’s Hospital will open its doors in a matter of days. It serves more than 74,000 kids across the region each year. Need to Know guest, Dr. Nina Schor, Pediatrician-In-Chief at the hospital says there is “nothing like it anywhere else in upstate New York.” On this edition of Need to Know we ask: as the hospital expands, how has its vision, role and purpose expanded?

(Also reported in: WHEC-TV )

WHEC TV NBC 10 Rochester (July 14)

New law makes it easier to have end-of-life conversations

One of the most difficult conversations you're ever going to have in your life may now be a little easier -- at least it should be easier to get the conversation started. The difference is your doctor is going to get reimbursed by Medicare for it. Starting now, as long as you are Medicare-eligible, you can set up an appointment specifically to have an end-of-life conversation. That wasn't true a week ago. Dr. Tim Quill says, "So one could come in as a patient and say, 'Look I want to have a conversation with you about these issues. Can we set up an appointment for that?'" Doctor Quill, of the University of Rochester Medical Center, says people who have these conversations, and set up living wills and healthcare directives, save their children from making gut wrenching decisions.

Charlotte Observer (July 17)

Passion: Online learning that will shake your hips

After having taken several free rock ‘n’ roll music courses online, I’m here to testify that the best of the lot – and they’ve all been a blast – is “The Music of the Rolling Stones. 1962-74.” The on-demand offering, composed of seven two-hourish videos, follows the boys from their beginnings as an American Blues cover band through the pinnacle of their “Exile on Main Street” masterpiece, ending with “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll.” The class, engagingly taught by University of Rochester professor John Covach, focuses on the music – as opposed to celebrity worship – but includes plenty of context that helps you fully grasp their command of blues, gospel, country, R&B and early rock that came to form their signature sound.

Rochester City Newspaper (July 1)

JAZZ | Paul Hofmann and Chris Ziemba

When two superb pianists, Paul Hofmann and Chris Ziemba, team up at Kilbourn Hall, it will be a CD release celebration for their new album, "Who Knows?" Hofmann, a long-time favorite on the Rochester jazz scene, has played with Ron Carter, Steve Gadd, Karrin Allyson, Dianne Reeves, and many more. Ziemba, a former student of Hofmann has been a guest on Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz," and won the prestigious Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. Paul Hofmann and Chris Ziembawill perform Wednesday, July 8, at Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs Street. 7:30 p.m. $10 (free with UR ID). 274-1100;