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CNN International (March 9)
Overall, the blood test predicted who would get Alzheimer's or mild cognitive impairment with over 90% accuracy. "We were surprised," said Mark Mapstone, a neuropsychologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center and lead author of the study. "But it turns out that it appears we were looking in the right place."
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Bloomberg Businessweek (March 12)
By Eric Fredericksen and Mark Zupan Over the past year at the University of Rochester, we have taught this type of online course in partnership with Coursera. What we discovered suggests-at least for now-that these virtual courses complement, not replace, the traditional campus experience. Eric Fredericksen is associate vice president for Online Learning and visiting assistant professor in Educational Leadership at the University of Rochester. Mark Zupan is Dean of the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester.
Also reported in: Economic Times
National Public Radio (March 4)
Teachers and parents are wondering how early is too early to focus on academics in school. This week's parenting panel looks how the classroom is changing for young children. Also with us, Lynn Gatto. She's the director of elementary education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.
New York Times (March 13)
At the Golisano Children's Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., one cuddler is a young man born there prematurely long ago. He "just wants to come and give back," said Chris Tryon, a child life specialist at the hospital, part of the University of Rochester Medical Center.
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New York Times (March 21)
In 1984, Mike Neer, then the coach at the University of Rochester, needed a full-time assistant, somebody to get out on the road and recruit, but the 23-year-old sitting in the interview had experience with neither. The interviewee, Jay Wright, had spent the previous year hawking season tickets for the Philadelphia Stars of the now-defunct United States Football League, looking at a lifetime in sales. His coach at Bucknell, Charlie Woollum, had given him a nice recommendation, but Neer still had his doubts.
U.S. News & World Report (March 27)
Palliative care that minimizes suffering and improves quality of life should be provided to patients who've survived a stroke, experts say. The care should be a team effort involving patients, families, stroke specialists and health care providers such as neurosurgeons, neurologists, primary care doctors, nurses and therapists, according to the new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA). "The majority of stroke patients need access to some form of palliative medicine," statement lead author Dr. Robert Holloway, chairman of the neurology department at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y., said in an AHA/ASA news release.
Also reported in: Newsday
The New York Times (March 7)
By Adam Frank In his previous book, "Physics of the Future," Kaku took readers on a whirlwind tour of science fictions he believes are poised to become science realities: space travel and nanotech medical robots. In "The Future of the Mind," Kaku ushers us to even stranger territory - the science of consciousness. Kaku claims the mysteries of the mind will soon be mysteries no more. It's an audacious assertion backed up, he says, by a flood of new neuroscience technologies. Adam Frank is an astrophysics professor at the University of Rochester and the author of "About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang."
Huffington Post (March 25)
Back in the 1960s, Stanford University researcher Walter Mischel conducted a famous study about self-control. Dubbed 'the marshmallow test', Mischel's experiment was quite simple. His team gave hundreds of four-year-old children the choice to eat a single marshmallow on a table in front of them, or to wait 15 minutes until researchers returned to the room to get the reward of two marshmallows instead of one. A 2012 study at the University of Rochester suggested that the children's behaviours in Mischel's study may have been influenced by the degree to which they trusted the researchers' intention to actually come back in the room with the bonus marshmallow. The more they doubted the promises of the researchers, the greater the chance was that they would indulge in the immediate gratification of the marshmallow in front of them.
NPR (March 26)
Nine days ago, the unbelievable became believable as an enthralled scientific community heard the announcement of an amazing experimental result: For the first time, astronomers detected signals from events dating back to the origin of the universe. Scientists heard the first echoes of creation. Our own Adam Frank wrote about it as the news broke. Nature produced this nice explanatory video, too:
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"There are two aspects of breastfeeding - the actual human milk, which has some, but very little, ability to promote tooth decay," said William Bowen, professor emeritus in the Center for Oral Biology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. "The second is the physical aspect of breastfeeding, or even bottle-feeding, and that's where the problem arrives," he said.
Also reported in: England Daily Mail
The Chronicle of Higher Education (March 24)
By Aaron W. Hughes In 1848, Leopold Zunz, a central figure among a generation of secular Jews who sought to study Judaism academically as opposed to religiously, approached the leaders of the University of Berlin with a proposal to create a chair in Jewish history and literature. After brief consideration, they returned with a negative, if disingenuous (they were in the habit of training Christian ministers), decision: The university should not be in the business of training rabbis. Aaron W. Hughes is a professor of Jewish studies at the University of Rochester. He is the author, most recently, of The Study of Judaism: Authenticity, Identity, Scholarship (State University of New York Press, 2013). He is working on an intellectual biography of Jacob Neusner.
Los Angeles Times (March 24)
You need a biopsy, or some other kind of minimally invasive treatment, and you are feeling anxious. Nothing is likely to go wrong, but you're still worried. "Whether they were watching a children's movie or nature show, patients wearing video glasses were successful at tuning out their surroundings," said David L. Waldman, chairman of the department of imaging sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y., and lead author of the study. "It's an effective distraction technique that helps focus the individual's attention away from the treatment."
Bloomberg (March 17)
George Cook, professor at the University of Rochester, says General Motors Co.'s recall probe was a positive response and new Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra did the right thing. Cook talks with Bloomberg's Tom Keene and Michael McKee on Bloomberg Radio's "Bloomberg Surveillance."
Newsday (March 27)
When people with diabetes are depressed, their odds of developing chronic kidney disease nearly double, a new study suggests. "There is an association right now but we don't know what the mechanisms are," said Dr. Martin Zand, a professor of medicine and medical humanities at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y. "But these findings are very consistent with a lot of studies in other areas that show depression affects cardiovascular health, medication adherence, inflammatory markers and stress hormones, all things which have been shown to affect kidney disease," said Zand, who was not associated with the study. Zand said he thinks the impact of depression is both physiological and psychological.
Also reported in: Health Finder
Forbes.com (March 7)
In a mail survey of GMAT-takers at the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School, the 750 respondents were asked to divide up 100 points among 10 attributes to indicate the relative importance of each attribute when choosing a business school. The researchers expected that MBA Starting Salary would be the most important attribute and were surprised when Prestige of the MBA School emerged as twice as important as any other attribute, a difference that was statistically highly significant.
Forbes.com (March 12)
Gary's personal experiences are backed up by research. Harry Ries, a social psychologist at the University of Rochester, has been studying intimacy within relationships for over two decades. When doing a review of all the different studies in the field, he noticed an interesting pattern. Researchers were converging on the same conclusions on what caused intimacy, but they were using different terms. Reis combined the central ideas and coined an all-encompassing term that would describe a root cause of intimacy in relationships; perceived partner responsiveness.
Huffington Post (March 5)
Before cabin fever sets in, and all the Valentine's Day effort you put in place to re-kindle the romance in your relationship fizzles, couples often need to find ways to keep the passion alive and the love boat sailing along. I came across an article that had a fantastic and easy to enjoy suggestion. With studies proving its effectiveness, I simply had to share. The University of Rochester completed a number of studies that suggested couples should watch relationship/romance-based movies and discuss the issues, successes and concerns raised in a post-film debrief. Each couple was asked to watch a romance/relationship-based movie once a week over a couple months and asked to analyze and critique the movie's content based on a series of activities. Overall, the idea of discussing a fictionalized relationship from a movie and internalizing that to your own personal one could have positive effects and are unattainable in any other form.
Los Angeles Times (March 11)
The longlist includes authors of widely varied profiles, from little-known debut novelists to two Nobel Prize winners. There are 23 publishers on the list, from the world's largest, Random House, to Tam Tam Books, a small independent press based in Los Angeles. Three Percent, now run out of the University of Rochester and in conjunction with the translation publishing house Open Letter Press, will post arguments for each of its longlisted finalists during the weeks leading up to the awards, which will be held April 15.
Rochester Business Journal (March 28)
The University of Rochester has been awarded $2.9 million grant to study allergies and infectious diseases, officials announced Friday. The grant, from the National Institutes of Health, will be used specifically to study influenza, said Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Perinton. The University of Rochester does amazing research on infectious diseases, and I'm glad they have been selected by the National Institutes of Health to continue this critical work on combating influenza, Slaughter said in a statement.
WROC TV CBS 8 Rochester (March 3)
The Wilmot Cancer Center debuted its newest addition Monday. The center opened its five-floor in-patient unit. It will serve post-surgery cancer patients. The new floor features 28 private rooms and many light-filled spaces with panoramic views of Rochester. The rooms provides a home-like atmosphere for patients.
WHAM TV ABC 13 Rochester (March 30)
The University of Rochester said one of its students died on campus Saturday morning. Juliette Richard, a 19-year-old freshman from Bolton, Massachusetts, was found dead by Rochester Police Officers, who were responding to a report of a woman not breathing. The University’s flag will fly at half-mast Monday in her memory.
Tech Page One (March 26)
“The physics is a breakthrough,” said physicist Riccardo Betti of the University of Rochester in an interview with Wired. “If fusion will ever become a viable source of energy, we may look back and say that in 2013, for the first time, a plasma produced more energy out than it took in.”
U.S. News & World Report (March 24)
Back in the old days of the 20th century, people hated doing their taxes with the power of a thousand suns. But now, with the advent of technology, there are a number of gadgets, websites, apps and tools that make tax preparation easier and faster. “The IRS website not only gives you all the details about everything, but it also allows for free federal filing for income below $58,000. This lists software providers that you can use to file your federal return for free, says Heidi Tribunella, clinical associate professor of accounting at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester.
Also reported in: Yahoo! Finance
WHAM TV ABC 13 Rochester (March 25)
The University of Rochester Medical Center will limit a common procedure that is used in many hysterectomies due to concerns that, in rare cases, it can spread cancer. "This involves a very small percent of women (at risk)," said Dr. Bob Panzer, chief quality officer for URMC. "Yet more information is coming out about the need for restrictions to make it safer." The procedure is called morcellation. It involves using powered devices to break apart growths called fibroids so they can easily be removed through small incisions in the abdomen.
Also reported in: WHEC-TV
CIO Magazine (March 15)
Now that e-commerce is no longer an experiment, business executives understand that an integrated enterprise is critical to online success, says Edieal Pinker, assistant professor with the W.E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester. "As the role of e-commerce in these firms has matured, you no longer need this special figure [of an e-commerce unit leader] trying to educate the organization about e-commerce and trying to promote it," says Pinker, who has studied e-commerce operations at 35 large companies.
LiveScience.com (March 6)
New 3D images reveal the underbelly and plumbing system of the most active volcano in the Galapagos Islands for the first time, according to a new report. A team of researchers based at the University of Rochester buried 15 seismometers - tools used to measure the velocity and direction of waves generated by earthquakes - beneath the Sierra Negra volcano, the largest and most active volcano in the Galapagos Islands, located roughly 575 miles (925 kilometers) off the coast of Ecuador. Seismic waves travel at different speeds depending on the type of material they pass through, so the researchers were able to use the data to differentiate fresh magma from cold crust beneath the volcano and create 3D images showing the location of different lava sources feeding the volcano. The new images reveal the plumbing of the Sierra Negra volcano for the first time.
WHEC TV-10 (March 13)
More than 2,400 people in the Rochester area are living with HIV/AIDS. But a million dollar grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is headed to UR Medicine to help in the fight.
U.S. News & World Report (March 5)
Taking a MOOC with a business-related theme or quantitative emphasis can't hurt your chances of being accepted into business school, says Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions and student engagement for the Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at University of Rochester.
Also reported in: Yahoo! News
WXXI PBS News (March 25)
Most of the area leaders WXXI News spoke with said they were not surprised about Tuesday's announcement from Eastman Kodak that it plans to look for a buyer for the Eastman Business Park. University of Rochester President Joel Seligman is a co-chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council which consistently has named the development of Eastman Business Park as its top priority. Seligman is hopeful a buyer will be found who can bring this park to the next level: "Now we need someone to administer the park who understands how to advertise and promote it throughout the country and who can work with the number of very significant unoccupied buildings to fill it up with great potential tenants."
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (March 28)
Columbia University President Lee Bollinger left an audience at the University of Rochester annual Diversity Conference on Friday urging remembrance of the civil rights battles of the past but also with a plea for a renewed civil rights movement today. "What we are talking about goes to the heart of the values and ideals of America. And unless we can reconnect those two things — our policies and deepest values — we are going to lose what everyone in this room views as one of the greatest achievements of America," said Bollinger to a crowd of about 300 people.
Also reported in: WXXI News
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (March 30)
Improving health also means improving education and housing. It's valuing health as a right, living that belief and having the political will to demand elected officials make the healthy choice the accessible choice for everyone. "I think sometimes there's a tendency to say, 'That's not my problem,' " said Dr. Nancy Bennett, director of the Center for Community Health at the University of Rochester Medical Center. " 'I run a business here, I live in Pittsford and my health status is really good. Why is it my concern?' "
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (March 29)
By Cary M. Jensen In response to the March 20 editorial "Perceptions of racial injustice," which invited community input on the question, "What can be done?" I believe promoting and expanding opportunities for honest, open and respectful dialogue among those affected will increase mutual understanding where it is desperately needed. I also believe that the principles and practices of restorative justice will help forge lasting connections between fragmented subgroups within our community. More fundamentally, however, we need to increase our sensitivity to how differently different people perceive justice in its most elemental form — fundamental fairness. Jensen is senior counsel and director of the International Services Office at the University of Rochester, where he also teaches a course on approaches to conflict resolution.
WXXI (March 10)
Students at a University of Rochester computer science class have developed a free app that's designed to help their classmates who are learning how to sing at the Eastman School of Music. Professor of Voice at Eastman, Katherine Ciesinski, says vowel shaping is an important component in classical singing, and a new computer app is helping students learn how to sing their vowels.
WHAM TV ABC 13 (March 18)
Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly met with doctors in New York City Monday after learning his cancer has returned. "The vast majority of recurrent tumors do happen within the first year," said Matthew Miller, M.D. of the Wilmot Cancer Center. Miller isn't treating Kelly but tells us that generally, patients with Kelly's type of cancer are screened regularly for the first year they are cancer free.
Rochester Business Journal (March 14)
The University of Rochester is getting a $1.1 million federal grant to research the prevention of HIV in minority communities, officials announced. The funding comes from the Center for Disease Control and Preventions National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention. It is the first round of funding for a five-year program for health departments.
WXXI (March 3)
Every month we welcome a new panel of local researchers, doctors, and scientists to discuss a range of science-related issues. This month we welcome Dr. Wendi Heinzelman, Dr. Jody Manley, and Dr. Bob Beckman to discuss various topics including What's really in the water in West Virginia? and How could we donate part of our cell phones to science research?
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (March 3)
The Rochester community presented a united front during a lobbying trip to Albany Monday. The eight-member contingent from the Rochester Community Coalition met with representatives of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the local state Senate and state Assembly delegations, and the leaders of each house. "It went well. We're very optimistic," said University of Rochester President, Joel Seligman, a member of the coalition and co-chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council.
Time Warner Cable News (March 8)
Guests at the 11th Ugly Disco bash got their groove on in support of UR Medicine's Golisano Children's Hospital Saturday night.
Rochester City Newspaper (March 19)
By Robert L. Holmes The U.S. should cool the rhetoric and promote negotiations that include all of the relevant parties, including the Crimeans (whose claim to self-determination we don't recognize) and the Ukrainians (whose new government the Russians don't recognize). We could then provide a model of world leadership the American people could be proud of and just perhaps avert disaster. Robert L. Holmes is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Rochester.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (March 22)
In a wide-ranging forum designed to inform and pose solutions to social and criminal justice issues mainly affecting African-American youth, the University of Rochester on Friday played host to "America's Most Wanted: Hip Hop, the Media, and the Prison Industrial Complex," at its Hubbell Auditorium.
Also reported in: Time Warner Cable News
Surgical Products Magazine (March 18)
The presence – or absence – of complications following surgery is a strong indicator of which patients are likely to be readmitted to the hospital in the 30 days following their procedure, according to a study published in JAMA Surgery. Predicting which patients are most likely to experience complications using a simple online tool may allow healthcare professionals to flag patients at high risk of readmission in real time and alter care to reduce expensive trips back to the hospital. "If a patient's predicted risk of complications is high, which we've shown puts them at greater risk of readmission, a physician might decide to move the patient to the intensive care unit or a step-down unit after surgery, as opposed to a regular hospital unit that manages less sick patients," said Laurent G. Glance, M.D., lead study author and professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Rochester City Newspaper (March 19)
Scott Healy may be best known as the keyboard player in the "Conan" (O'Brien) show's Basic Cable Band. He's also recorded and performed with top artists like Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, and Al Green. But when he joins Eastman Chamber Jazz and director Dave Rivello Thursday, the Eastman School of Music alum will be showcasing another side of his musical talent. Healy will be concentrating on the evocative tone poems of city life from his 2014 Grammy Award-nominated album, "Hudson City Suite."
Photonics (March 24)
Nick Holonyak Jr. Award: Ching Tang (University of Rochester), for discovery of efficient thin-film organic light-emitting diodes, which has led to novel display and lighting products. David Richardson Medal: Jannick P. Rolland (University of Rochester), for visionary contributions and leadership in optical design and engineering, enabling noninvasive optical biopsy.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (March 27)
The death this week of Buffalo Bills founder and owner Ralph Wilson Jr. will intensify efforts by leaders in the public and private sectors to keep the NFL team in Buffalo and resist money-laden suitors from other cities in America without a team. "Typically, people overestimate the impact of things like this," Ronald Schmidt, a professor at the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester, said. "If people didn't have the game to go to or watch, they'd do something else." Schmidt predicted a regional effort to keep the Bills, but he wasn't sanguine about its chances. "As for spending public money on the stadium, there are a lot better uses for the money," he said. "How about better roads? I'm more worried about the state of taxes here than keeping the Bills."
WXXI (March 18)
Scientists have discovered evidence of the origin of our universe. The announcement this week has shaken the scientific world, and we asked two astrophysicists to join us and explain: Adam Frank of the University of Rochester, and Brian Koberlein of RIT.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (March 11)
Angela Clark-Taylor, program manager of the University of Rochester's Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies, delights in the seamless integration of her personal and professional worlds.
WHEC TV-10 (March 5)
The University of Rochester is teaming up with the Special Olympics and the Golisano Foundation to end the use of the word "retarded." Members of the "Spread the Word to End the Word" campaign will hold an event aimed at educating the public on the effect hurtful words have on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The event will take place Wednesday at the University of Rochester's Medical Center Café starting at 9 a.m.
Rochester Business Journal (March 11)
Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester are getting praise for their academic programs, with two national lists singling them out among the nation's best.
Also reported in: WHEC News10
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (March 9)
Fixing public education is simple - just stop treating children like dunces. Instead, ask them what they want to learn, then help them learn it. That's the idea behind Radical Equality in Education: Starting Over in U.S. Schooling, a new book by Joanne Larson, the Michael W. Scandling Professor of Education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education. She argues that the traditional one-way approach to education, in which teachers give and students receive (or don't), needs to be scrapped in favor of a more collaborative method.
Time Warner Cable News (March 7)
In two upcoming sessions, representatives from our area colleges will help parents and students understand and navigate the often complicated financial aid process. The University of Rochester will be at the event. At somewhere between $50,000-$60,000 a year for tuition and room and board, many students feel the school is not an affordable option. Leaders say that's not true. "I was one of those students. I come from New York City. I'm from an inner city, single-parent home, first generation to be able to attend college," said University of Rochester financial aid counselor Hysha Robinson Nesmith. "If you have the academics, and doesn't have to be the highest score and you don't have to be the valedictorian, but if you're involved in other activities and you are putting the effort forward, then you can be successful in college and it is accessible for many students who don't believe that they are through achievement, through seeking out programs and through filling out the application first and foremost."
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (March 5)
The University of Rochester used music and dance to encourage acceptance of individuals who are intellectually or developmentally challenged through the national "Spread the Word to End the Word" campaign Wednesday. During events at the Medical School and River Campus, students asked people to take a pledge to stop using the word "retard" or "retarded."
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (March 1)
A harpsichord is in this fourth-floor room. So is a chamber organ. Oddly shaped cases of music instruments are stacked against the walls: Trebel, tenor and bass viola da gambas. Baritone guitar. Recorders. Baroque cello. And, of course, lutes. Paul O'Dette stands in the midst of this cache of professorial driftwood, talking about how the Swedes "put herring in a can and toss yeast in it and seal it and eat it a year later, and it is basically rotten." Yes, this is the lair of Renaissance music at the Eastman School of Music.