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June 2014

New York Times (June 16)

Another Factor Said to Sway Judges to Rule for Women’s Rights: A Daughter

judge hugging his daughter
It turns out that judges with daughters are more likely to vote in favor of women’s rights than ones with only sons. The effect, a new study found, is most pronounced among male judges appointed by Republican presidents, like Chief Justice Rehnquist. “Our basic finding is quite startling,” said Maya Sen, a political scientist at the University of Rochester who conducted the study along with Adam Glynn, a government professor at Harvard. The most likely explanation, Professor Sen said, was the one offered by Justice Ginsburg. “By having at least one daughter,” she said, “judges learn about what it’s like to be a woman, perhaps a young woman, who might have to deal with issues like equity in terms of pay, university admissions or taking care of children.”

Also reported in: Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Global Legal Post, Columbus Dispatch, Minneapolis Star Tribune

New York Times (June 6)

I Was Promised Flying Cars

flying cars
As an astronomy-obsessed kid in the 1970s, I subsisted on a steady diet of science fiction. It promised a future filled with technological wonders: talking computers, bionic limbs, flying cars. Forty years later, though much of that future has arrived, it’s still missing what I consider its most important ingredient. Sure, we’ve got the iPhone’s Siri, and the Food and Drug Administration just approved a prosthetic arm controlled by signals from the brain — but where are our smooth-gliding flying machines, our Landspeeders (“Star Wars”) and airborne DeLoreans (“Back to the Future”)?

Adam Frank, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester, is the author of “About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang” and a founder of NPR’s 13.7 Cosmos and Culture blog.

Also reported in: Gizmodo

New York Times (June 26)

That’s So Random: Why We Persist in Seeing Streaks

man watching baseball game with stats on laptop screen
From time to time, athletes get on a streak. Suddenly, the basketball goes through the net every time, or a batter gets a hit in every game. This blissful condition is often known as the hot hand, and players have come to believe it is real — so much so that they have made it a part of their strategy for winning games. “What it suggests is that there’s something going back at least 25 million years,” said Benjamin Y. Hayden, a neuroscientist at the University of Rochester who wrote the study with his graduate student, Tommy C. Blanchard, and a psychologist at Clarkson University, Andreas Wilke.

Also reported in: England Daily Mail, Science Daily, Jagran Post, NDTV

USA Today (June 9)

Study links pollution to autism, schizophrenia

boy wearing mask on a smoggy dayWhen mice younger than 2 weeks old were exposed to very small particles of pollutants, their brains showed damage that is consistent with brain changes in humans with autism and schizophrenia. That's not to say air pollution causes either one, said Deborah Cory-Slechta, professor of environmental medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center and lead researcher in the study published Friday.

Also reported in: Psych Central, Detroit Free Press, Yahoo News UK, US Finance Post

New York Times (June 1)

Google Glass Enters the Operating Room

doctor wearing google glass
At Duke and other hospitals, a growing number of surgeons are using Google Glass to stream their operations online, float medical images in their field of view, and hold video consultations with colleagues as they operate. The Glass projector is slightly above the user’s right eye, allowing doctors to see medical information without turning away from patients. But the display can also be used to see email and surf the web, potentially allowing doctors to take multitasking to dangerous new levels, said Dr. Peter J. Papadakos at the University of Rochester Medical Center, who has published articles on electronic distractions in medicine.

Forbes (June 26)

The Hottest Jobs In IT: Training Tomorrow's Data Scientists

young man with laptop looking at multiple data points on a screen
Perhaps the best indicator of the need for these skills is the number of data science programs springing up around the country. This year new programs have launched or will soon begin at institutions including Indiana University, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Rochester. "We have seen tremendous growth in the number of students taking courses in computer science, both computer science majors and majors in other disciplines," says Henry Kautz, chairman of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Rochester. "Much of this growth can be attributed to the rising interest in data science and big data."

Time (June 19)

Why Casey Kasem Mattered

By John Covach

old radio
Casey Kasem was one of the most important disc-jockeys in the history of radio. While Alan Freed is often credited with the rowdy rise of rock ‘n’ roll in the mid 1950s and Tom Donahue with the creation of free-form FM radio in the ‘60s, Kasem’s contribution gently defied the increasingly divisive changes in radio that marked the 1970s. This was more than a radio show: it was a gathering of friends. While Kasem also enjoyed a broad range of success as an announcer and voice actor, it is this work as radio host that has made its mark in history.

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

HealthDay (June 17)

Obamacare May Mean Healthier Young Adults, Study Suggests

guys doing handstandsDr. Robert Fortuna, assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., said expanding access to health care likely contributed to the increases in health. Often described as "young invincibles," young adults, in fact, "face many preventable health conditions, and relatively small changes in health care access may have a large impact on overall health," Fortuna explained.

USA Today (June 18)

Congress to demand more answers from GM CEO Barra

General Motors CEO Mary Barra returns to Capital Hill on Wednesday for a new round of grilling by a House panel, joined this time by the former U.S. Attorney who prepared GM's internal report on why it took the company more than a decade to recall 2.19 million U.S. small cars for ignition switches that had a fatal flaw. George Cook, a former Ford Motor marketing executive who is a professor of marketing at Simon Business School at the University of Rochester, says, however, that it will be difficult for the panel to fault Barra's handling of the recall issue, because she moved quickly to ax people involved in the switch debacle, reorganized GM's safety procedures and appointed the global safety chief who has been busily cleaning house by pushing for recalls on issues that might have hung in limbo for further study in the past.

Also reported in: Los Angeles Times

New York Times (June 24)

The Reality of Student Debt Is Different From the Clichés

The deeply indebted college graduate has become a stock character in the national conversation: the art history major with $50,000 in debt, the underemployed barista with $75,000, the struggling poet with $100,000. The anecdotes have created the impression that such high levels of student debt are typical. But they’re not. They are outliers, and they’re warping our understanding of bigger economic problems. If you want to argue that American universities charge too much money for too little education, you can make a pretty good case. But the people paying the real price for those failings aren’t the ones who fit the clichés.

Fox News (June 10)

Autism costs as much as $2.4 million per person, study says

The main drivers of costs among children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) were special education and lost productivity for parents, researchers found. Among adults, the main drivers of costs were residential care and their own lost productivity. “I think they really are the most thorough and trustworthy estimates that we have,” Tristram Smith said. Smith, who was not involved with the new analysis, is an autism specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York.

Fox News (June 23)

How to Find the Right Internship for You

The right internship can change your career forever, but finding it won't be easy. Many colleges -- including Duke University in North Carolina, Carlton College in Minnesota and the University of Rochester in New York -- offer funding to help students complete low or unpaid internships. Professional associations, organizations within your industry and community groups may also have similar programs.

The Wall Street Journal (June 22)

Orchestras Welcome Older Musicians

New Horizons International Music Association in Tarpon Springs, Fla., is a nonprofit group that helps would-be musicians and orchestras find their footing. Started in 1991 by Roy Ernst, a professor emeritus at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., the association has helped set up 29 New Horizons orchestras around the country, involving roughly 1,100 members. (Subscription required)

Dallas Morning News (blog) (June 10)

SMU names new dean of Dedman College, its largest school

Thomas DiPiero is Southern Methodist University’s new dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, university officials announced Tuesday. DiPiero will lead the largest of SMU’s seven colleges and schools and serve as professor in its English and World Languages and Literatures departments. At the University of Rochester, DiPiero is the dean of humanities and interdisciplinary studies in the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering. DiPiero will begin his new role August 12.

Chicago Tribune (June 12)

Poor quality of life may affect teens' diabetes management

In the years after being diagnosed with diabetes, adolescents struggling with social and psychological burdens of managing the disease are likely to do a worse job of controlling it, according to a new U.S. study. Teens who are psychologically stressed are less likely to take care of themselves, which could explain the rise in A1c levels, added Michael Scharf, a psychiatrist at the University of Rochester Medical Center who was not involved in the study. By catching the problem early, it might be possible to keep the disease from getting worse, he told Reuters Health.

Also reported in: Yahoo! Canada

Huffington Post (June 6)

Why 'Trust' Should Be a Four-Letter Word

Here's a marshmallow. If you can resist eating it for 15 minutes, I'll give you another one. How hard can it be? In 2012 researchers at the University of Rochester carried out the marshmallow study again, but with one important difference. Twenty-eight children between the ages of 3 and 5 were each given a blank piece of paper to decorate as part of a create-your-own-cup kit, and a container of used crayons. They were then told that if they could wait a few minutes, the researcher would return shortly with a bigger and better set of new art supplies. At this point the experiment diverged down two paths. For half the children the researcher returned after two and a half minutes with an abject apology and helped them open the crayon container. For the other half a full tray of art supplies magically turned up.

Slate Magazine (June 5)

What's the Key to a Better College Ranking From U.S. News ?

What would it take for a well-regarded institution—such as the University of Rochester, and a few dozen more like it—to be among U.S. News & World Report ’s top 20 national universities? Hundreds of millions of dollars and a prayer, according a new peer-reviewed paper co-written by a former Rochester provost and his staff. Ralph Kuncl, a former Rochester provost who is now president of University of Redlands, in California, co-wrote the paper, which was a decade in the making. The paper found that small movements up or down in the rankings are more or less irrelevant. For most universities in the top 40, any movement of two spots or fewer should be considered noise, the paper said.

NPR (June 8)

The Case Against Flying Cars

By Adam Frank I have just written a piece for The New York Times exploring why we don't have "air cars" and by this I mean the sci-fi flying vehicles of movies and books (not a car with wings and a propeller). The reason, I argue, we don't have "hovercars" and their ilk is that we have only no control over the force gravity (as compared with other forces).

Rochester Business Journal (June 25)

Wilmot Cancer Institute awarded $2M for research

A team in the Wilmot Cancer Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center received more than $2 million from the National Cancer Institute for its continued genetic research. The five-year grant will fund a series of new scientific experiments involving a gene known as Plac8. In earlier work, Wilmot investigators showed that by inactivating Plac8 they could stop or slow pancreatic tumor growth in mice and significantly extend survival.

Time Warner Cable News (June 22)

Using a Bionic Pancreas to Help Regulate Diabetes

A new study is showing how people with Type 1 diabetes can better control their blood sugar levels with the help of a bionic pancreas. It is a series of devices hooked up to an iPhone to help monitor glucose. Doctors at University of Rochester Medicine say the device has a sensor to detect glucose levels and then adjusts the amount of insulin versus glucagon that the patient will get.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (June 26)

UR, YMCA join forces for Penfield expansion

The YMCA of Greater Rochester is expanding its facility with the largest membership in a way intended to promote healthy living. A 34,000-square-foot addition to the Eastside Family YMCA in Penfield will be done in partnership with UR Medicine, which will provide health and wellness services in the new part of the complex. "We hope to move into the community," said UR Medicine CEO Bradford C. Berk about UR's outreach.

Also reported in: Time WArner Cable News, 13WHAM-TV, WROC-TV

BusinessWeek (May 30)

Departing Deans on Fundraising, Ethical MBAs, and Cartooning

This year, three long-standing business school deans announced they would step down. Paul Danos, dean of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, has been in his role for 19 years. Mark Zupan has been dean of the University of Rochester’s Simon Graduate School of Business for 10 years, and Bob Bruner has led the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia for nine. As they prepare to depart, taking with them nearly four decades of combined experience, we asked deans Danos, Zupan, and Bruner about how their thinking has evolved when it comes to business schools, MBA students, and fundraising, along with some of their less-dean-like pursuits.

Huffington Post (May 30)

The Rolling Stones: In the Shadow of the Beatles Again?

John Covach: Director of the Institute of Popular Music, University of Rochester It's been 50 years since the Rolling Stones released their debut album in the United States. Entitled England's Newest Hit Makers and released on May 30, the LP rose to number eleven during the summer of 1964. This past February witnessed a flurry of activity in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 -- an event that seemed to change pop music forever. Five decades later and after proving themselves one of the most popular and durable rock bands of all time, are the Stones once again taking a backseat to the Liverpool mop-tops?

WXXI PBS News (June 25)

Connections: Jamal Rossi

In this hour, we sit down with Jamal Rossi, the Dean of the Eastman School of Music. Rossi will talk about his vision for Eastman, and his experience with music.

Time Warner Cable News (June 24)

UR Welcomes New Visualization Lab

The University of Rochester previewed a new visualization lab at the Carlson Science and Engineering Library. The lab will help researchers understand and manipulate large, complex sets of information and structures. It is part of a $30 million investment in high performance computing and data science the college has made over the last couple of years. "One of the difficulties that we have is we generate these very large data sets, very complex images and you can't really do justice to them on a printed page or even a good sized computer monitor." Said David Topham, UR professor.

Also reported in: WROC-TV

WHEC TV NBC 10 Rochester (June 2)

More than $4-million raised for Golisano Childrens Hospital

More than $425,000 was raised at the Stroll for Strong Kids walk. Thousands of people took part in the event on Saturday at Genesee Valley Park. The money goes to Golisano Childrens Hospital. It was added to your generous donations to the Golisano Childrens Hospital Telethon Sunday. In all, more than $4-million was raised for the hospital.

Also reported in: WXXI PBS News

Time Warner Cable News (June 1)

Warrior Walk Raises Money for Cancer Survivors

The fighters who have survived their battle with cancer took part in the second annual Warrior Walk hosted by the Wilmot Cancer Institute. The walk around the University of Rochester river campus marked National Cancer Survivors Day. Events ranged from a mile walk to a half-marathon walk. Hundreds took part to raise money for the institute's cancer survivorship program through the Judy DiMarzo Fund.

Also reported in: WROC-TV

Science Daily (June 16)

Trapping light: A long lifetime in a very small place

Physicists at the University of Rochester have created a silicon nanocavity that allows light to be trapped longer than in other similarly-sized optical cavities. An innovative design approach, which mimics evolutionary biology, allowed them to achieve a 10-fold improvement on the performance of previous nano cavities. "Light holds the key to some of nature's deepest secrets, but it is very challenging to confine it in small spaces," says Antonio Badolato, professor of physics at the University of Rochester and corresponding author of the Applied Physics Letters paper.

Also reported in: Tech Times, AZoNano

WHEC TV NBC 10 Rochester (June 6)

Annual Clambake Benefits Golisano Children's Hospital

A local family is holding a clambake to raise money for the Golisano Children's Hospital. Team Ali-Gaiters is holding its 11th annual clambake event to raise money for Golisano Children's Hospital. Ali Klube is a cardiac patient at the hospital.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (June 22)

Jeanne Jolly is no diva

Jeanne Jolly wanted to be the next Renée Fleming, the people's soprano from Churchville, one of the Eastman School of Music's most-revered treasures. "I wanted to go to Eastman soooo bad," Jolly says. She came close — "I got wait-listed" — but ultimately it was no cantata. True, Jolly did find another path leading into that world, singing with orchestras, even touring with trumpet coverboy Chris Botti. But the North Carolina native is not the next Renée Fleming, and probably was never supposed to be.

WHEC TV-10 (June 4)

Makers of HPV vaccine working on stronger version

A stronger vaccine is in the works to protect young people from the Human Papillomavirus. The makers of Gardasil, which was developed at the University of Rochester, say they are working on an experimental vaccine that can protect against nine different HPV strains. Clinical Research Physician Dr. Diane Harper said, “It is a very large increase in the amount of foreign material that's being put into the vaccine in order to accomplish the same thing that another vaccine already has." Doctors stress that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks and that yearly exams are key to catching diseases in the early stages. They are important for all women including those that have had the vaccine.

Syracuse Post-Standard (June 29)

CNY's First Artificial Heart Transplant Recipient At Home Awaiting Transplant after 8 Months in Hospital

When strangers encounter Ron Fontana and wonder why he is tethered to a noisy suitcase-sized machine, the Camillus man is ready with a wisecrack. "I'm a heartless SOB," he says. Fontana returned home earlier this month from Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester where doctors removed the 64-year-old man's diseased heart and replaced it with a total artificial heart. The high-tech device is designed to keep him alive until a real donor heart becomes available for transplant.

Also reported in: WSRY

Vox (June 16)

The end of aging: Do naked mole rats have the secret to long, healthy lives?

Last year, the prestigious journal Science named the naked mole rat it vertebrate of 2013. That unlikely designation was mostly based upon a string of striking discoveries made by the husband-and-wife biologist team Vera Gorbunova and Andrei Seluanov, who have a colony of about 100 of the animals at the University of Rochester. "They're so much more interesting than mice. A mouse sits in a corner and eats," Seluanov says. "These are intensely social, highly intelligent creatures."

The Guru Investor (June 12)

Trying To Crack Buffett’s Code

Can individual investors replicate the strategy used by Warren Buffett? In a recent piece for Brush Up On Stocks, Michael Brush looks at several strategists who try to do just that, including Validea. Brush talks about the work AQR Capital Management has done in trying to replicate Buffett’s performance, as well as the research Dr. Robert Novy-Marx of the University of Rochester has done in trying to quantify the economic moat concept Buffett is known for.

Bloomberg Businessweek (June 4)

Seeking a Less Crowded Field, MBAs Find Success in Manufacturing

The small slice of MBAs looking for work in the manufacturing industry (7 percent) will jump into a field that’s gone overlooked in recent years and mired in misconceptions, says Karen Dowd, assistant dean of career management and corporate engagement at Rochester’s Simon Business School.

New York Times (June 4)

Via Tablet or Smartphone, Learning With MOOCs

When you’re already taking part in a course, you can view its lecture videos through Coursera’s app. These can be streamed or, if you plan ahead, downloaded in advance so that you don’t burn through your mobile data allowance while traveling. Because the app is connected to your account, the videos you’ve viewed will be marked as already seen when you log in later through your computer. Photo caption: A screenshot of Coursera’s app. (John Covach, Ph.D., Professor of Music Theory, Director of the Institute for Popular Music, History of Rock, Part Two)

Live Science (June 27)

Future of Fertility Treatment: 7 Ways Baby-Making Could Change

Newer screening technologies can detect more of these genetic abnormalities, said Dr. Bala Bhagavath, of the Strong Fertility Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. Currently, about 40 to 45 percent of women under age 35 who undergo a single cycle of IVF in the United States become pregnant, Bhagavath said. "We wanted to know, what would lead to 100 percent success?" Bhagavath said.

Time Warner Cable News (June 18)

Bills to Combat Heroin Epidemic Draw Positive Reaction

Dr. Tim Wiegand is the director of toxicology with University of Rochester Medicine. He says the legislation is a good step but there's more to go. "What we need is more beds, more detoxification facilities to help through the early withdrawal part of this, to transition onto opioid maintenance therapies, for primary care facilities to say this is as much as primary care as hypertension," said Wiegand

Religion and Politics (June 3)

“Orange Is the New Black” and the Difficulty of Portraying Prison Religion

Josh Dubler, an assistant professor of religion at the University of Rochester, says the image of Pennsatucky fits with common secularist imaginings of religion, in which piety, particularly in prison, is either a con or the last defense of the pitiable. Dubler, who wrote a book called Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison, describes in an interview with C-SPAN2 these two types as the “bad man”—the murderer and rapist who is faking his fidelity to a god—and the “poor man,” whose belief is seen as a lamentable condition, explained away by a lack of freedom and options. Dubler said in an interview, “It’s easy to get tripped up on the implicit Protestant theory of religion, which is of faith, and what one holds in one’s heart. Because when we’re thinking about prisoners and their religion, it all becomes mere performance. We tend to stereotype prisoners on the basis of their crime.” (June 2)

Wylam Named Head Coach at Rochester

She knows high-level competition, she knows high level academic achievement, and she brings a deep familiarity with a national private research university. Emily Wylam is a perfect fit as the head coach of men's and women's swimming at the University of Rochester. Wylam's appointment to the position was announced by George VanderZwaag, the University's Director of Athletics and Recreation.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (June 28)

Rochester's new 'Big 3' focus on health care, groceries

A new Big Three is now firmly in place, having grown slowly but steadily while those iconic firms have shrunk locally. The University of Rochester/Strong Health, Wegmans Food Markets Inc. and Rochester General Health System combined employ more than 44,000. And when RGH merges with Unity Health System next month, it will add 5,500 employees to its ranks. Meanwhile, the heads of the new Big Three arguably represent the new power structure in town. Wegmans President Danny Wegman and UR President Joel Seligman co-chair the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council - the state-created body that helps decide what items on the area's want list actually get money.

WHEC TV NBC 10 Rochester (June 28)

What is the fate of East High?

Hundreds of students graduated from East High on Saturday morning, but it was also a big day for the school itself. Its the last graduating class to walk across the stage before East High School undergoes some major changes. Tuesday marks the deadline for the University of Rochester to submit its plan to take over the school, but School Board President Van White says he hopes good news will come on Monday. He says negotiations between the school district and University of Rochester are wrapping up.

Also reported in: WHEC-TV, WROC-TV, Time Warner Cable News

OleanTimes Herald (June 18)

Olean girl one of 1st scoliosis patients in US to get new treatment

A 7-year-old Olean girl is one of the first scoliosis patients in the United States to receive a newly approved "growing rod" device that can be adjusted externally, without surgery.It means a significant reduction in the number of operations Lauren Gumtow will need to keep her spine straight as she grows to adulthood. Lauren's medical odyssey began with diagnosis of a congenital heart defect when she was just two days old. She had open heart surgery at UR (University of Rochester) Medicine's Golisano Children's Hospital, where she would return for periodic checkups.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (June 27)

UR profs study soccer's impact on Latin America

Pablo Sierra and Molly Ball take the World Cup competition seriously, not only because they enjoy the sport but also because they teach Latin American history at the University of Rochester. "It is very hard to understand Latin America if you don't understand that national identities are built around soccer," said Sierra. He will be teaching a course this fall, "History of Latin America through Soccer," which explores the importance of this sport.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (June 25)

Race Riots exhibit at UR is a must-see

The 50th anniversary of the 1964 race riots is rapidly approaching on July 24, and with it, there will be a variety of activities and discussions about that time, progress made and what we've learned. One don't-miss activity is an exhibit in the main lobby at the Rush Rhees Library at University of Rochester. The exhibit is called: "Beyond Rochester's '64 Race Riots: 50 Years Seeking to Make One City out of Two."

WHAM TV ABC 13 Rochester (June 25)

3D Mammograms can detect deadly cancer sooner

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that 3D mammograms can detect deadly forms of breast cancer sooner. The screening offers a better look at the layers of breast tissue and can reveal hidden tumors, according to Dr. Avice O'Connell, of the UR Medicine Women's Imaging Center. The downfall is that it is expensive. O'Connell said not all facilities can offer this to women. UR Medicine Imaging and Highland Breast Imaging have had the new technology for the past year.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (June 15)

Despite flaws, deep pride at East

Monday is the last day of classes at East High School. When students start again in the fall, it will be under the terms of a partnership with the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education, yet to be finalized. In May, the state gave preliminary approval to a collaboration between the district and the University of Rochester for a takeover at East. As the educational partner organization, or EPO, UR's Warner School of Education would serve as superintendent of East, with authority to change scheduling, curriculum and other aspects of the school, with the money allotted to it by the school board.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (June 13)

Rochester tries to grow with photonics industry

"Rochester has been, since 1853, since the founding of Bausch + Lomb, the center of the optics industry in the United States," said Paul Ballentine, deputy director of the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences at the University of Rochester. "We don't want to say we are trying to get on the map, that would be a grave injustice to the community." In the area, photonics and related fields such as optics and imagining account for about 17,000 jobs at more than 75 companies. Statewide, the industry supports more than 25,000 jobs at 300 companies across New York state. The global market is about $500 billion with the Finger Lakes region accounting for about 1 percent of that market. The optics industry is "morphing into something more broad called photonics," Ballentine said.

Rochester Business Journal (June 20)

Coveted 'Manufacturing Community' designation will benefit region

The Finger Lakes region, led by the city of Rochester, recently received a federal “Manufacturing Community” designation. The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership distinction provides resources to accelerate the region’s manufacturing resurgence, leading to additional job opportunities for residents. University of Rochester president Joel Seligman, the FLREDC co-chairman and an RBA board member, called the IMCP a critical designation. He said: “We are proud to partner with Mayor Warren and thank her for her leadership in galvanizing the community to develop a comprehensive plan to help overcome challenges and revitalize our region’s manufacturing sector. By building on our region’s strengths, particularly in optics, photonics and imaging optics, we can foster innovation, spur economic growth and create jobs.”

Rochester Business Journal (June 13)

McQuaid students win national entrepreneurs competition

McQuaid Jesuit High School students Riley Benner and Luke Zaremski have won the 2014 National YEA! 6th Annual Saunders Scholars Competition. Their company, Phoenix Haberdashery LLC, beat out five other teams for the top prize. The business is centered on reversible ties. The students attended classes at the Young Entrepreneurs Academy at the University of Rochester to get their business started.

Also reported in: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Rochester City Newspaper (June 12)

UR has new sex misconduct policy

The University of Rochester has updated its student sexual misconduct policy to be clearer about consent and incapacitation, says Morgan Levy, director of equal opportunity compliance and Title IX coordinator for the UR. "Those are two areas where we felt that our students needed more clarification," she says. The standard that the university uses, Levy says, is whether a sober, reasonable person in the same position should have known that the other party was incapacitated and incapable of consenting to sexual activity.

Also reported in: WXXI News

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (June 12)

Student loan reforms put focus on debt

Students at 11 local colleges borrowed $336.8 million in federal loans during the 2011-12 school year, according to the latest data available from the federal government. The local school that had the largest total was Rochester Institute of Technology, where students took out $71.3 million in federal loans that school year. University of Rochester followed, with students borrowing $45.5 million. Jonathan Burdick, vice provost and dean of college admissions at UR, was among the college administrators who welcomed Obama’s plan, but Burdick said that “we don’t have a student loan crisis.” Rather, Burdick said: “We have a need for thoughtful public policy and wise long-term investment strategies.”

WXXI PBS News (June 11)

Connections: Following The Money Around Common Core

When Bob Smith hosted this show, a frequent guest was David Hursh, a University of Rochester professor of education. Recently, Hursh spent nine weeks in New Zealand and Australia, two countries that are just beginning to expand standardized testing. Hursh was asked to advise schools about the impact of standardized tests. Now back in Rochester, he's trying to follow the money surrounding Common Core standards. Who's paying to promote Common Core and what can we learn by following the money?

WXXI PBS News (June 11)

Connections: Talking Football and the World Cup

Do you have World Cup fever? We have some fun and talk football -- is the USA's German coach leading a change away from the old "American style" of play? What are our chances in the Group of Death? More seriously, we'll dive into Brazilian culture, politics, and controversy with a panel that has great experience in this area: * Pablo Sierra, assistant professor of history, University of Rochester * Molly Ball, adjunct professor of history, University of Rochester

WXXI PBS News (June 2)

Connections: The Science Roundtable

It's our monthly science roundtable. We take a look at the science of self-control and addiction with professors from the University of Rochester. On the roundtable today: Celeste Kidd and Benjamin Hadyen, assistant professors of brain and cognitive sciences; and Dr. Geoffrey Williams, professor of general medicine and associate professor of clinical/social psychology.

WXXI (June 5)

Connections: Digitally Recreating Rochester's Train Station; Changes In TV Entertainment

In the first part of the show, we take a look at a new project designed to digitally recreate Rochester's old train station. With us is Joan Saab, one of the people trying to create a 3-D online model of Rochester's Third New York central station.

Rochester City Newspaper (June 4)

WORKSHOP | International Trombone Festival

Now in its 43rd year, the International Trombone Festival brings together masters of the instrument from around the world to perform and teach. More than 30 participating artists, Eastman School of Music faculty, and ensembles will host classes, concerts, exhibits, and scholarly talks exploring the potential and future of the trombone. Participants include principal trombone for the Black Dyke Band Brett Baker, John Engelkes of the San Francisco Symphony, and principal trombonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Jorgen Van Rijen. The International Trombone Festival will be held Wednesday, June 4, through Saturday, June 7, at the Eastman School of Music.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (June 3)

UR's Joel Seligman returns after lung surgery

University of Rochester President Joel Seligman has returned to work after having lung surgery 11 days ago. No chemotherapy or radiation will be necessary. "I have largely recovered from the surgery," Seligman added. Doctors had been aware of the nodule since 2007, when they began monitoring Seligman's non-Hodgkins lymphoma, which was successfully treated seven years ago. Seligman plans to ease back into his normal schedule in the weeks ahead.

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Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (June 3)

Area eyes optics/photonics manufacturing institute

The first step to establish an optics/photonics manufacturing institute in the Rochester region has been taken with the Department of Defense issuing a request for information this week from academia and industry seeking to be the site for such an institute. Locally, the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster, which includes representation from industry as well as the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology, is expected to submit a request for proposal.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (June 7)

Celebrating the neighborhood in the 19th Ward

Sofya Bravve, a part-time jewelry maker from Fairport, heard about the fair through an artisan organization and signed up to exhibit. She works at the University of Rochester but said she hadn't spent much time in the 19th Ward. "It's a nice neighborhood," she said. "I'm a fan of diversity. The mix of people is very nice. The different cultures are very nice."

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (June 11)

D&C coverage: Heroin abuse on the rise

Reporter David Andreatta has done a number of stories in 2014 related to the local rise in heroin abuse, which has become a national issue. Check out the stories he's written below: April 4, 2014 UR asks student heroin users to get help In the wake of the death of a University of Rochester student that has gripped the campus and underscored the dangers of heroin, the university's president on Friday implored students who may be using drugs to seek treatment.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (June 2)

Film on supercollider to be screened at Little Theatre

A new documentary film, Particle Fever, will have a special screening at 7 p.m., Tuesday, at the Little Theatre, 240 East Ave., with a University of Rochester physicist present afterward to answer questions related to the film. The film focuses on the supercollider, called the Large Hadron Collider, based in Geneva, that was instrumental in the experiments proving the theory of how subatomic particles get mass. UR physics professor Regina Demina, who will be at Tuesday's event to answer questions, worked on one of the teams that did research at the supercollider.

Mangalorean (June 9)

Better tissue healing with 'dissolving' hydrogels

Regenerating bone tissue through stem cells can now be easier and more precise. Researchers at University of Rochester, New York, have developed a technique to keep the stem cells from moving away, resulting in faster and better tissue regeneration. "Our success opens the door for many and more complicated types of bone repair," said Danielle Benoit, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at University of Rochester. The polymers used by Benoit and her teams are called hydrogels because they hold water which is necessary to keep the stem cells alive.