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October 2014

The Washington Post (October 20)

Males may search for sex instead of food because their brains are programmed that way

worm over Sex and Knife & Fork
There are some pretty basic building blocks to the survival of a species: that whole eating thing, and sex. Animals logically focus on both activities. But males prioritize the search for a mate over the hunt for grub, something that may be attributed to how their brains are programmed, according to new research published Thursday in the journal Current Biology. For this study, researchers experimented on a microscopic roundworm (C. elegans) that has been used in labs for decades to understand the nervous system, with lessons applicable across the animal kingdom. They come in two genders: male and "females" (which are technically hermaphrodites since, in some cases, they can self-fertilize). Scientists had previously discovered that the males and "females" end up making different decisions about feeding vs. finding a mate. The hermaphrodites prioritize finding food. But the males will "spontaneously leave a food source" to look for a mate in a lab setting, even "suicidally," ending up dead on a petri dish, said Douglas Portman, a University of Rochester associate professor and lead author of the new study.

(Also reported in: India Hindustan Times, Your Tango, RH Reality Check, Metro, India Times of India, The Telegraph, Medical Daily, International Business Times, 13WHAM-TV )

Discovery News (September 29)

The Invisibility Cloak You've Been Waiting For

man with eye apparently missing behind a lensEveryone from Harry Potter to working physicists are fascinated with cloaking devices. In science fiction, capes can make kids invisible, but in real life, scientists have only been able to hide certain wavelengths of light — and so far those have been in the part of the spectrum we can’t see. But now, researchers at the University of Rochester have used simple, inexpensive, off-the-shelf components to hide objects in the visible spectrum of light. In other words, now you see it; now you don’t.

(Also reported in: BBC News, The Guardian, Reuters Latin America, Huffington Post UK,,, CNET, Mashable,, Engadget, Gizmag, The Post-Standard, Gizmodo UK, Delhi Daily News , The Globe and Mail, Screen Crush, Calgary Sun, Business Insider Australia, HuffPost Live, Belfast Telegraph UK, El Universal, Fox News, Slate Magazine, Tech Times, ScienceAlert, TechnoBuffalo, Moviepilot, Geek Beat via Youtube, Nerdist via Youtube, 13WHAM-TV, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle )

CBS News (October 17)

Broken hearts on the mend

couple on sofaAt the University of Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital, two heart transplant patients are shedding new light on the mechanics of healing. After they got their new hearts, 68-year-old Esther FitzRandolph and 68-year-old Danny Pszczolkowski both suffered from complications and depression. They'd all but given up. But a few months ago, both these patients started improving -- dramatically. Cardiologist Dr. Leway Chen and the rest of the staff here were pleasantly confounded. "And we talked and said, 'Yeah, she's doing better now, I wonder why?'" said Chen. "And' yes, he's been more active and involved in his care, I wonder why."

Wired (October 27)

The Red Effect, in People and Monkeys

On your next date, wear something red. Or just stand in front of a red background. Research shows that people find members of the opposite sex more attractive when they are in close proximity to the color red. For instance, redder faces are perceived as more attractive and individuals wearing red clothing are considered more sexually desirable. This effect extends to extraneous instances of the color red; even black and white photos of people in red frames are rated as more attractive. Benjamin Hayden of the University of Rochester and his colleagues wondered if this red effect reflects cultural influences or if there is a more ancient biological basis to it. In many human cultures, the color red is linked to sex and romance. But if the effect is found in other primates, it could reflect a biologically innate sensory bias. In a new study, Hayden and his colleagues recorded how long rhesus macaques looked at photos of the scrota or hindquarters of opposite sex monkeys on either red or blue backgrounds. Longer gazes indicate more interest in a subject. The researchers also presented the monkeys with a photo of a seashell as a control image.

(Also reported in: Design and Trend )

WXXI (September 27)

Connections: University of Rochester President Joel Seligman

Joel Seligman at a micUniversity of Rochester President Joel Seligman is our guest for this hour. We cover a broad range of topics during his time in-studio.

Wall Street Journal (September 29)

A Political Attack on Shareholder Value

US Capitol and $100 billBy David M. Primo Last week the Center for Political Accountability and the Zicklin Center at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School released the annual "CPA-Zicklin Index," which ranks companies based on disclosure policies for political activities. The more you disclose, the better you score. The aptly named Noble Energy and transportation giant CSX topped the list, while 20 companies, including Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and household names like Netflix, received scores of zero. Shareholders and executives may want to take note, though: A high ranking isn't necessarily good for your company—or for you. Mr. Primo, an associate professor of political science and business administration at the University of Rochester, is an academic adviser to the Center for Competitive Politics.

Intelihealth (October 7)

Scientists Aim to Improve Vaccines Against 'Bird Flu'

vaccineTwo groups of researchers report they are refining the vaccine strategies that will be needed if the world ever has to face a "bird flu" pandemic. Scientists suspect that avian influenza could change and easily spread to people with no immunity to it, potentially causing a global pandemic. By experimenting with ways to improve vaccines and boost the human immune response, these researchers hope to mute that threat. Both studies appear in the Oct. 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. This sort of research helps lay the groundwork for the public health response required if a bird flu pandemic breaks out, said Dr. John Treanor, chief of infectious diseases at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, who wrote an editorial accompanying the research.

(Also reported in: Science Daily, Infection Control Today, )

The New York Times (October 12)

Rita Shane, a Met Soprano Known for Range and Intensity, Dies at 78

Rita Shane, a dramatic coloratura soprano admired for the range, flexibility and size of her voice, as well as the intensity she brought to her performances, died on Thursday at her home in Manhattan. She was 78. Ms. Shane made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1973 as the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” a role she sang some 250 times in her career. She used her dark-hued voice and impressive technique to render the character with arresting fury. “She raged through her big aria with power, precision and expressive intensity that left no doubt as to the Queen of the Night’s character,” Allen Hughes wrote in The New York Times. Ms. Shane, who was a professor at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, sang regularly with the Met until 1982. Her last performance at the Metropolitan Opera House was as Berthe in Meyerbeer’s “Le Prophète” in 1979. Her roles included Musetta in Puccini’s “La Bohème,” Pamira in Rossini’s “Siege of Corinth,” the title role in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” and roles in three Verdi operas: Oscar in “Ballo in Maschera,” Violetta in “La Traviata” and Gilda in “Rigoletto.” She appeared in a total of 71 Met performances.

(Also reported in: Slippe Disc )

WXXI (October 26)

Ceremonies Celebrating Appointment Of Eastman Music School Dean

Ceremonies marking the formal appointment of the new Dean of the Eastman School of Music took place Sunday. Jamal Rossi's investiture ceremonies in Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre included a classical saxophone performance by the dean. The ceremonies also included the presentation of the Luminary Award to Martin Messinger, a longtime supporter of the University of Rochester. It's been about a year since the death of former Dean Doug Lowry, and Rossi tells WXXI News that he's in the midst of working with a variety of leaders to talk about how they want to see the Eastman School develop in the next several years. "To still enable that level of depth and excellence while also providing a broader education that will give a student versatility so that they have the capacity to be a great oboist in an orchestra, but they also can play a show, do other things, perhaps teach other things."

(Also reported in: WROC-TV )

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (October 24)

Strong confident it's prepared for Ebola

Strong Memorial Hospital officials on Friday expressed reassurance in Ebola protocols after a New York City physician who had treated patients in Guinea reported that he had symptoms of the disease. Strong is the western regional hub, and Dr. Michael Kamali, head of the emergency department, will brief the media at 2 p.m. Strong officials said Friday there is no change in their plans if they were to receive a case. They were reassured that Spencer followed the established procedure for self-monitoring, and it worked.

(Also reported in: Bloomberg News, New York Daily News, Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Hampton Pilot On-line, WXXI, Canton Daily Ledger, KE NS Channel 5 San Antonio, Finger Lakes Times, WXXI, Time Warner Cable News, WHEC, Rochester Hompage, Rochester Homepage, Time Warner Cable News, WHEC-TV, WROC-TV, WXXI, Gates-Chili Post, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle )

New York Observer (October 27)

Northern Exposure: The Give and Take Between Upstate and Downstate

Then there’s Rochester, which lost jobs because of Kodak. “They are now basically gone,” Mr. Lahiri acknowledges. “However, Rochester is doing pretty good, actually.” Why? Education, with successful schools like the University of Rochester spurring the growth of more technology firms that in turn bolster the local economy almost as well as Kodak did.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (October 17)

College Town marks new era for neighborhood

More than a decade ago, Wegmans closed its smallest and oldest store in the city, leaving a void and an expansive parking lot on Mt. Hope Avenue. There were other signs of decline. More people began traveling through rather than to the neighborhood. Now everything has changed. The city invested $7 million to remake the streets and sidewalks. The University of Rochester has expanded. And millions of dollars were spent redeveloping the east and west sides of the avenue, culminating in a College Town dedication planned for Friday, drawing Sen. Charles Schumer, Rep. Louise Slaughter, Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and other dignitaries to celebrate the transformation.

(Also reported in: WXXI, WHAM AM 1180, Time Warner Cable News, 13WHAM-TV, Rochester City Newspaper, Rochester Business Journal, 13-WHAM News ) )

The Guardian (October 21)

How household plastics could ruin your sex life

Phthalates are found in numerous items around the home, and even in food packaging. Research into the effects of phthalates on women’s libido has yielded some strange headlines. Witness the Daily Telegraph’s “Rubber ducks can kill your sex drive”. Apparently, plastic shower curtains – the bath theme is coincidental – are also to blame. These, along with countless other household items, contain phthalates (pronounced THALates), a group of chemicals usually introduced to plastics in order to increase their flexibility. In fact, phthalates – there are around 25 of them – proliferate in daily life to such an extent that they are present even in the enteric coating of some pills. The latest study, led by Dr Emily Barrett at the University of Rochester in New York State, was presented this week to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual conference in Honolulu. Barrett measured the levels of phthalates in the urine of 360 pregnant women. She collected further evidence by interview, asking the same women how often they lost interest in sex in the months leading up to their pregnancy. Asking people to express publicly a memory of their feelings from several months ago may not appear to be the most watertight research method. However, each of the 360 women showed traces of phthalates in their urine. Those with the most were two and a half times as likely to have low libido as those with the least.

(Also reported in: Cosmopolitan, The Australian, The Independant,The Telegraph, The Daily Mail (UK), The Times )

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (October 20)

The making of a research university

How the University of Rochester developed from a small liberal arts college to a major research university is the subject of a new book, Our Work Is But Begun: A History of the University of Rochester: 1850-2005. Go back to 1850, when UR opened its doors in rented space at the United States Hotel, located on what is now West Main Street in Rochester. Seventy students were reported enrolled at UR during its first year. They paid tuition of $70 a year. The faculty consisted of five professors, with a treasurer and a janitor rounding out the staff. Fast forward to today. UR's enrollment total has topped 11,000. And when its health and research facilities are factored in, UR "the biggest employer in the region" has the equivalent of more than 22,000 employees and runs on an annual budget of $3 billion. Almost all the distance from UR's founding days to the present is the road map of the new book by Janice Bullard Pieterse, a freelance writer commissioned by UR to explore this history. "I just wanted to tell a good story about a very important institution," said Pieterse, a former Democrat and Chronicle reporter living in Pittsford.

(Also reported in: WXXI, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle )

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (October 24)

Brooks Landing delivering on long-awaited promise

Up and down Genesee Street, and reaching over to the river, investments and initiatives highlighted on the color-coded map total $75 million in projects completed, ongoing or planned. The Brooks Landing "Urban Village" District sits on the opposite side of the University of Rochester campus as the brand-new, $100 million College Town along Mt. Hope Avenue. It has been longer in planning. It has been longer in construction. And it likely still has a longer way to go to transform a neighborhood in the way many have imagined. "There's 170 students here (at the newly opened Brooks Crossing student apartments), and 400 down the street at Riverview, and then all of the scattered student housing in the neighborhood," Roby-Davison said. "When I go into Boulder (Coffee), the majority of people in there, certainly during the school year, are students or faculty from UR.

New Scientist (October 1)

Watson supercomputer looks for genetic heart danger

SUDDEN cardiac arrests kill someone every 5 seconds. Now the fact-finding power of Watson, IBM's Jeopardy-winning supercomputer, is being harnessed to help assess the genetic risk behind the condition. "Very often," says Matthias Reumann at IBM's research lab in Zurich, Switzerland, "the first symptom of sudden cardiac arrest is death." So he and his colleagues at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and the University of Rochester in New York have turned to supercomputers to help them identify the risk factors leading to fatal arrhythmia.

Rochester Business Journal (October 29)

URMC team gets $6.1 million from NIH for lung research

A University of Rochester Medical Center research team is in line for a $6.1 million grant to fund its part of five-year project to produce a birth-to-death model of human lung functioning. Known as LungMAP, the National Institutes of Healths Human Lung Molecular Atlas Project aims to provide physicians and scientists with a detailed picture of how human lungs develop and fight infections.

WXXI (October 2)

A Conversation with Jonathan Binstock

This is a year of transition for the Memorial Art Gallery. Founded in 1913, the gallery just marked its first 100 years. And now, there's a new leader. Jonathan Binstock is settling into his role as director. We met with him in his new office Wednesday. He talks about his perspective and vision as he takes the helm from Grant Holcomb, who served for nearly 30 years.

WHEC-TV (October 1)

UR receives funding to research new ways to treat schizophrenia

The University of Rochester is getting $6-million in funding to take a look at new ways to treat schizophrenia. The funding is coming from the National Institute of Mental Health. The funds will support research being led by Dr. Steve Goldman and Dr. Maiken Nedergaard -- who are currently looking into the role played by support cells in the brain known as "glia" in the disease.

(Also reported in: HealthCanal )

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (October 27)

Woman to watch: Colleen McCarthy

Colleen McCarthy has long been interested in serving her community. In her role as director of local government and community relations for the University of Rochester, she has had ample opportunity to do so. A self-described "connector," she "brings together the appropriate stakeholders to partner on areas of mutual interest and concern," McCarthy says. More simply put, "I'm the face of the university at the grass-roots level," she says. Working closely with UR staff, neighborhood leaders and government partners, she helps the university's neighbors with their issues and concerns and connects them with resources. She appreciates that her job gives her the opportunity to positively affect people's lives, and is particularly proud of her involvement in the College Town project, one of the largest development projects in Rochester history.

Rochester Business Journal (September 30)

URMC center gets $4.5 million in CDC funding

The University of Rochester Medical Center's National Center for Deaf Health Research has won $4.5 million in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding, URMC officials said Tuesday. The CDC funding begins with an immediate $750,000 grant and continues for five years. The money is marked to support a second clinical trial of the Deaf Weight Wise program.

Providence Journal (October 12)

Book review: When the American Revolution really began

In “Independence,” University of Rochester history professor Thomas Slaughter details a 150-year story covering the cultural and political transformation that led to American independence from the British Empire. Slaughter is the author of numerous works, including the classic “Whiskey Rebellion: Frontier Epilogue to the American Revolution.” In an 1818 letter to Hezekiah Niles, the editor of a popular weekly news magazine, John Adams wrote that the American Revolution had been “in the minds and hearts of the people” since 1763. “This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American revolution,” according to Adams. The prominent Massachusetts statesman dated the origins of the Revolution to the end of the French and Indian War and the beginning of a new series of British taxation measures. In May 1765, an anonymous writer calling himself “plain yeomen” informed the readers of the Providence Gazette that if upholding an “argument against the levying of taxes upon us without our consent” amounted to independence, then so be it. Slaughter argues, however, that what Adams and the Providence writer (possibly Stephen Hopkins) “saw” as a straight-line “revolutionary process” was much more tangled. According to Slaughter, Adams “romanticized the spirit of sixty-three, minimizing how greatly it was based on habit, idealization, and the presence of the French on the northern border.” Indeed, Slaughter begins his story with the rivalry between New Englanders and French colonists over the valuable timber, fur and fishing industries in Nova Scotia.

WROC-TV (October 22)

Extraordinary People: Alexander Pena

Rochester is in many ways a city of the arts - and its wealth of classically-trained musicians is one reason why. One of them is violist Alexander Pena. Pena is the director of RocMusic -- a non-profit that teaches music to children who live downtown. "You cross here into the inner loop into this side of town and it's almost a musical desert," Pena said. For Pena, directing RocMusic is a natural fit. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music and performs regularly in the local ensemble, Sound Exchange. He proudly introduced the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra when the RPO played at the Gantt Community Center. Many of the RocMusic students and their families were in the audience.

Rochester Business Journal (October 28)

Former URMC CEO Evarts pledges $1M for orthopedics department

Retired University of Rochester Medical Center CEO McCollister Evarts M.D. has pledged $1 million to establish an endowed chair in the university’s orthopaedics department. John Gorczyca M.D. is slated to be the first to occupy the Dr. C. McCollister Evarts Professorship in Orthopaedics, URMC officials said Tuesday. Gorczyca, director of URMC’s orthopaedics residency program, has headed the Division of Orthopaedic Trauma since 2009

(Also reported in: WXXI )

Fox News (October 9)

Women can request epidural anytime during labor, researchers say

“I think there are still providers that were trained in the earlier era, when they preferred their patients to receive an epidural in the later stages of labor,” said Dr. Neil Seligman. Seligman, who was not involved in the new analysis, is a maternal and fetal medicine expert at University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. "The literature has been fairly consistent that epidurals do not meaningfully prolong labor," he said. "There may be a small difference but there is no meaningful difference."

(Also reported in: New York Daily News,, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Asiaone Your Health, Huffington Post )

Fox Rochester (October 22)

Putting a Sweater on the U. of R. Campus

It's a day filled with yarn-bombing on Good Day Rochester - Hannah's live with the Society of Crocheting and Knitting Students to look at how they're turning fiber art into street art. University of Rochester is looking a bit warmer this time of year. That's because the student club SOCKS is clothing the campus, yes the campus, like the actual grounds and benches in knitwear.

(Also reported in: part two, part three )

WXXI (October 28)

FDA Warns Against Mixing Supplements and Medications

This week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a consumer update warning against the potential danger of mixing supplements and pharmaceuticals. Curtis Haas, URMC Director of Pharmacy, explained it’s important to ask about any interactions. “I think it's important, before starting certain supplements to just speak to the pharmacist or your physician or other provider about any potential interactions between some of the supplements and the drugs that you might be taking,” said Haas.

WalletHub (October 16)

2014′s Best and Worst States for Student Debt

Ask the Experts Jonathan Burdick Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, University of Rochester What tips can you offer to students for minimizing the amount of their student loan debt? Students should borrow only as much as they really need. Even in college you can plan your budget and know how much you need. As much as possible they should maximize how much they borrow from the government sources (Direct Lending and Perkins, plus some states offer government-supported lending). Private banks, credit cards, and even sometimes the loan programs from colleges themselves offer higher interest rates and penalties.

Nanowerk (October 28)

Laser experiments mimic cosmic explosions and planetary cores

Researchers are finding ways to understand some of the mysteries of space without leaving earth. Using high-intensity lasers at the University of Rochester's OMEGA EP Facility focused on targets smaller than a pencil's eraser, they conducted experiments to create colliding jets of plasma knotted by plasma filaments and self-generated magnetic fields, reaching pressures a billion times higher than seen on earth. In two related experiments, researchers used powerful lasers to recreate a tiny laboratory version of what happens at the beginning of solar flares and stellar explosions, creating something like a gigantic plasma tsunami in space. Much of what happens in those situations is related to magnetic reconnection, which can accelerate particles to high energy and is the force driving solar flares towards earth.

WXXI (October 13)

Researchers: Smoking Causes Even More Illness Than Previously Thought

A new report on the harmful effects of smoking says an estimated 480,000 deaths are caused by tobacco use in the United States each year. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, said there were 14 million Americans who suffered from at least one serious smoking-induced illness in 2009. This is despite the fact that smoking rates among adults and teens are dropping. Scott McIntosh, associate director of the Smoking Research Program at the University of Rochester, says that is not a contradiction. Because the problems caused by smoking can happen years later and can permeate throughout every organ of the body, so it's an ongoing problem,” McIntosh said. “For example, in cancer-related morbidity and mortality, it can be up to twenty years later when you start to see those numbers go down to mimic when the smoking prevalence has gone down."

(Also reported in: Time Warner Cable News )

Rochester City Newspaper (October 22)

MUSIC/FILM | Organ and Film Festival

This weekend, the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative and Film/Music cluster of the University of Rochester will host the Organ and Film Festival. This four-day event is a celebration of the art of organ accompaniment to silent film, and will feature silent film presentations from the early 1900's at a different Rochester location on each of the four nights. The festival begins with a screening of several short films "Mozart's Last Requiem" (1909); "King Lear" (1910); and "The Birth, the Life, and the Death of Christ" (1906) at the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Avenue) on Thursday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m. with accompaniment by Edoardo Bellotti on the Italian Baroque Organ. Presentations and discussions exploring film and music studies will also be held before each screening. Festival goers will be able to take a guided tour of the George Eastman House and the Eastman School of Music's photoplay organ practice room.

(Also reported in: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle )

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (October 14)

Rochester fares well in college ranking

Take lots of college students "about 90,000" and give them plenty of places to go for arts and recreation. Make sure the colleges are of high quality, with a couple of them attracting big research dollars and a good number of students from abroad. On top of that, put these colleges in a region that is fertile ground for entrepreneurial activity, with a high-tech workforce. The Rochester region did well enough in these categories that it was ranked sixth-best among the 30 mid-size metro areas for college students by the American Institute for Economic Research, a nonprofit based in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. That's five notches higher than the year before. The University of Rochester is a prime example of the clout a college can exercise. In addition to the 11,020 students enrolled this semester, UR has the equivalent of 22,451 employees making it the largest employer in the region.

WXXI (October 9)

URMC Gets $4 Million Grant To Study Sepsis

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have received a $4 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to study sepsis. That's an immune response to an infection which leads to organ failure and death in about one third of patients. Beyond administering antibiotics and other supportive measures, doctors have no specific treatment to stop the syndrome.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (October 11)

Former UR president Robert Sproull dead at 96

Robert L. Sproull, who was president of the University of Rochester for 14 years, died Thursday, according to the UR. He was 96. A physicist, he was instrumental in the establishment of UR's Laboratory for Laser Energetics. In 2005, it was renamed the Robert L. Sproull Center for Ultra High Intensity Laser Research. Mr. Sproull was president from 1970 to 1984, during a time of widespread campus unrest. And as president, he faced criticism from some corners for everything from the university having activist Eldridge Cleaver speak on campus to its investment portfolio including holdings in companies doing business with apartheid-era South Africa. In a statement, UR President Joel Seligman said it has lost a giant, one of its treasures. Bob Sproull was president of the University when the nation suffered through double-digit inflation and recession.

(Also reported in: Time Warner Cable News, WXXI )

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (October 31)

Young scientists present work

Members of East High School’s Science STARS (Students Tackling Authentic and Relevant Science) club presented the results of their investigations Thursday during an event at the school. The students worked with prospective science teachers from the University of Rochester Warner School of Education. Projects included measuring bacteria around the school and determining the impact of music on attention span and emotional well-being.

(Also reported in: Time Warner Cable News )

WXXI (October 9)

URMC Researcher Awarded Highest Honor for Young Investigators

The National Institutes of Health's awarded a University of Rochester cancer researcher their highest honor for young investigators. Michelle Janelsins, of UR Medicine's Wilmot Cancer Institute, recently accepted a 2.3 million dollar grant to continue her research on so-called "Chemo-brain."

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (October 20)

Memory of 9/11 widow, UR field hockey star lives on

After being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer in 2002, Nancy Melvin-Taylor compiled a "to-do"list: • Potty train her son, Dean. • See her infant son walk and talk. • Get her will in order. • And return to the University of Rochester, the place of so much glory, for her induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. "It wasn't easy for her," says her former coach, Jane Possee. "She wasn't well enough to come in 2002 (when she was first selected), but she came back the next year. She made it."

Rancho Santa Fe Review (October 24)

Alumni and Advancement Center named for longtime supporters Larry and Cindy Bloch of Rancho Santa Fe

The University of Rochester’s Alumni and Advancement Center in Rochester, N.Y. has been renamed the Larry and Cindy Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center in recognition of the couple’s support of the university and, in particular, its Advancement programs. In a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 15, UR President Joel Seligman formally dedicated the center in honor of the Blochs, who live in Rancho Santa Fe.

WROC-TV (October 8)

Extraordinary People: Dr. Walter Cooper

You can't write about Rochester history without a chapter on Dr. Walter Cooper. Cooper helped lead the city through momentous social change beginning in the 1950's. These days, you're likely to find him in a place he holds dear to his heart - School No. 10, in the heart of the 19th ward. Long before these students were born, Cooper was working to make their world a better place. In 1956, Cooper was the first African American to earn a PhD in chemistry from the University of Rochester.

Rochester Business Journal (October 7)

Wilmot Cancer Institute researcher wins $2.3M award

A researcher at the University of Rochester Medical Center's Wilmot Cancer Institute has won a $2.3 million National Institutes of Health prize. Brain biologist Michelle Janelsins is a recipient of the five-year NIH grant as a winner of the 2014 NIH Directors New Innovators Award. She is one of 49 young research scientists nationally to win the prize.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (October 8)

Nobel Prize for chemistry awarded

Two Americans are among the winners of this year's Nobel Prize for chemistry. William Moerner of Stanford University and Eric Betzig of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute are among the three winners - awarded the prize for work on super-resolved fluorescence microscopy, the Nobel committee announced via social media. German researcher Stefan Hell was the third winner. University of Rochester researcher Ching Tang had made the shortlist for this year's prize for his work with organic light-emitting diodes.

(Also reported in: Yahoo! News, Chemical & Engineering News, Austin American Statesman )

Brighton Pittsford Post (October 13)

Professor’s influence was life changing

His former students traveled from Iceland, Hong Kong, South Korea, Mexico and throughout the U.S. to pay tribute to the man that changed their lives. Widely regarded as one of the world's foremost educators in orthodontics, Dr. J. Daniel Subtelny, who passed away Sept. 17, was the chair of Eastman Dental's Orthodontic Division for more than 50 years and a longtime resident of Pittsford. His influence was life-changing for most of his students. "To be a part of this program was a privilege," said Roger Hennigh, DDS, who traveled from Virginia. He was a tough educator who had a profound effect on our lives.

WXXI (October 10)

Celebrating Andre Previn at 85

A new work by Andre Previn will receive its world premiere by the Eastman Wind Ensemble this evening at the Eastman School of Music. "Music for Wind Orchestra: No Strings Attached" will be performed as part of a series of events this week celebrating Mr. Previn's 85th birthday. The all-Previn program will feature several of the composer's chamber music pieces, and an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from the University of Rochester will be awarded to Mr. Previn during the concert.

(Also reported in: WXXI 10-9-14 )

Rochester Business Journal (October 3)

Scientists shared vision for optics technology

Optical engineers Robert Hopkins and John Bruning were a generation apart in age. But when it came to transferring their work from the research lab to the marketplace, they were visionaries aligned. The late Hopkins, a revered University of Rochester professor widely considered to be the father of optical engineering, co-founded Tropel Corp. in Fairport 61 years ago. The company is still in business in the same community, thanks in large part to former president and CEO Bruning, who helped bring Tropel back from down times and eventually sell the operation to Corning Inc.

WHEC-TV (October 3)

UR Medicines offers free mammograms for uninsured women

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, UR Medicine says they will offer free mammograms to uninsured and underinsured women. If you need a mammogram, the event runs from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, October 11 at Highland Breast Imaging (500 Red Creek Drive, Suite 130, Henrietta) and at Strong West in Brockport.

(Also reported in: Gates-Chili Post, Time Warner Cable News )

Fox Rochester (October 7)

Eastman School and UR combining opera and comic books

A series of events called “The Veils of Salomé,” at both the University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music, studies the intersections between religion, the arts, and gender over the centuries. Matthew Brown, professor of Music Theory at Eastman School of Music and Emil Homerin, professor of Religion and Chair of Arts, Sciences & Engineering at University of Rochester, explain how it will all come together October 8-11.

WXXI (October 29)

Connections: Stephen Greenblatt; Upcoming Talk by Stephen Salaita

First a conversation with Stephen Greenblatt, then a talk with Joshua Dubler. We open with a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Harvard scholar Stephen Greenblatt. He’s coming to the University of Rochester tomorrow to talk about Lucretius and “intolerable ideas.” His book, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, is remarkable, by the way. Then we’ll talk to Joshua Dubler, a U of R professor who is organizing a talk by controversial scholar Stephen Salaita, who was recently fired from his job at the University of Illinois for “anti-Israel tweets.”

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

WXXI (October 15)

Connections: Should We Really Honor Christopher Columbus?

How should we teach about Columbus and his expeditions? It's the week of Columbus Day, and several American cities (led by Seattle) are abandoning the official holiday in lieu of various forms of diversity appreciation. What about here? Columbus exploited and killed the people he encountered; why do so many school children have such a rosy view? We talk about this with our guests: Pablo Sierra, history professor at the University of Rochester

Rochester Business Journal (October 10)

Leader goes beyond the numbers

A lot has changed, Michael Goonan concludes as he considers a three-decade career overseeing the finances for the University of Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital and medical center. Goonan, 61, URMC's chief financial officer, is slated to retire at the end of this year. He leaves the medical center in the best financial shape it has been in for some time. (See page 10 for story)

WXXI (October 6)

Connections: Science Roundtable

It's our monthly Science Roundtable. We check in with the research world's biggest star, the naked mole rat. What are we learning about the science of aging, and curing disease? In studio from University of Rochester Medical Center are: * Vera Gorbunova: professor of Biology; associate professor of Oncology; co-director of the Rochester Aging Research Center * Dirk Bohmann: professor of Biomedical Genetics; co-director of the Rochester Aging Research Center * Andrei Seluanov: assistant professor of Biology

Rochester La Voz (October 6)

got health?

Walk Your Way to Good Health: When was the last time you took a leisurely walk in your neighborhood? With all of the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we may not take the time to experience the beauty of our city neighborhoods, speak to our neighbors, or visit a local point of interest. After managing the complexities in our days including work, taking care of kids and/or aging parents, school and worship, we may neglect taking care of ourselves. But, believe it or not, one of the best things we can do for our loved ones is to take a little time for ourselves. And, taking a walk could be a great way to do that. Rochester Walks! is a City of Rochester initiative designed to get residents walking in their neighborhoods. Through the efforts of the Center for Community Health of the University of Rochester Medical Center and Action for a Better Community in collaboration with neighborhood associations and block clubs, eight (8) walking routes have been marked in four neighborhoods: Beechwood, Marketview Heights, Dewey / Driving Park, and Jefferson.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (October 15)

Beer & Food Pairing to benefit Strong patient care

The Friends in Good Taste Beer & Food Pairing will benefit patient care at Strong Memorial Hospital. The second annual fundraiser, hosted by Friends of Strong, will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Lovin' Cup Bistro & Brews, 300 Park Point Drive, Suite 101, Henrietta.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (October 16)

Goodwin's lessons of leadership at UR

As a historian who has written a host of biographies about presidents, Doris Kearns Goodwin has strong credentials to give a keynote address about American presidents and leadership lessons of history. Goodwin, who is the featured speaker Saturday at the University of Rochester's annual Meliora Weekend, has looked at how various presidents have handled the challenges confronting them.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (October 16)

Jason Alexander in Rochester Friday

Musical theater and television star Jason Alexander, best known for playing George Costanza on the hit NBC series Seinfeld, is bringing his one-man show to Rochester. "Don't worry, I won't break out into any arias," kids Alexander, whose stand-up/theater/improv/singing show opens the new Eastman Presents concert series at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St.

Rochester City Newspaper (October 15)

JAZZ | Eastman Jazz Café with Larry Koonse

Guitarist Larry Koonse is just as comfortable soloing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra as he is playing with jazz greats like Lee Konitz and Charlie Haden or pop stars like Rod Stewart and Linda Ronstadt. Not only will his fingers be racing over the fret board at the Eastman School of Music's Jazz Cafe, he'll also be a guest of Trio East (drummer Rich Thompson, trumpeter Clay Jenkins, and bassist Jeff Campbell plus pianist Harold Danko) when the group records a new CD at Kilbourn Hall on Thursday. (8 p.m., October. 16. $10.)

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (October 4)

Rochester to compete for $200M in photonics funding

Rochester is well-positioned to compete for a leading role in a $200 million national manufacturing initiative in photonics — an industry that already has a strong local foothold, federal and business leaders for the region said Friday. The Obama administration announced Friday that it would establish an Institute for Manufacturing Innovation on photonics, or the science of using light in everything from advanced manufacturing to transmitting data. The industry and related fields such as optics and imaging already account for an estimated 17,000 jobs in this region. Photonics is behind everything from fiber-optic communications to the touchscreen displays on smartphones, said Rob Clark, senior vice president for research and dean of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Rochester. The technology has important military applications, too, including night-vision goggles and laser-guided targeting systems, said Clark, who spoke Friday with Slaughter at the federal building in Rochester.

(Also reported in: Time Warner Cable News, WXXI, Ithaca Journal, Rochester Business Journal, Press & Sun Bulletin )

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (October 28)

Grammy Winner and Cuban Jazz Legend Arturo Sandoval comes to Rochester

10 time Grammy winner, Emmy Award and 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom Arturo Sandoval will perform with his band at the Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theater on Sunday November 2nd at 3:00 pm. This event is part of the Eastman School of Music's new "Eastman Presents" series of guest artists. "Sandoval is considered one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, and has been seen by millions performing with Celine Dion at the Oscars, with Justin Timberlake at the Grammy Awards, and with Alicia Keys at the Billboard Awards. He has also performed with John Williams and the Boston Pops, and at the Super Bowl with Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle.