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May 2012

MSNBC (May 23)

woman and baby with blocksBabies Know What’s Boring, Study Finds

Babies may be sponges for learning new information, but they are indeed active sponges, with new research showing that babies as young as 7 months are able to parse out the too-complex and downright boring, homing in on situations with just the right amount of “wow, how interesting” learning potential. The study results, detailed this week online in the open-access journal PLoS ONE, provide evidence for an idea about baby cognition that makes intuitive sense, said lead study author Celeste Kidd, a doctoral candidate in brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester.  (Also Reported in: MSN, New York Times, Discovery News,, ABC News, Daily Mail, Telegraph, Yahoo! News, Sify, Science Daily, and more)

UPI (May 4)

Stroke patients not getting diagnosed

A study of 40,777 stroke patients found 42 percent underwent brain imaging within the recommended 25 minutes of hospital arrival, researchers say. Lead author Dr. Adam Kelly, a neurologist at theUniversity of Rochester Medical Center, said brain imaging is an essential tool in the diagnosis of a stroke and determines which treatment to pursue. Strokes caused by a blockage in one of the arteries that serve the brain – ischemic strokes – are candidates for the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator, which can restore blood flow and improve clinical outcomes.

New York Times (May 5)

Zvi Zeitlin, Violinist Who Championed Modernist Composers, Dies at 90

Zvi Zeitlin, an internationally renowned violinist known for interpreting the work of contemporary composers, died on Wednesday in Rochester. He was 90. His death was announced by the Eastman School of Music. At his death, Mr. Zeitlin was distinguished professor of violin at the school, which is part of the University of Rochester. Mr. Zeitlin, who had announced his intention to retire from Eastman this summer, had taught there since 1967. Simultaneously maintaining an active concert schedule, he was for decades part of a triumvirate of sought-after violin pedagogues – the others were Dorothy DeLay of the Juilliard School and Josef Gingold of Indiana University – teaching at major American conservatories. Over the years Mr. Zeitlin appeared as a soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras, under conductors including Pierre Boulez, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel and Antal Dorati.  (Also Reported in: NPR, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)