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September 2015

The New York Times (September 11)

Soprano Renee Fleming Taking Post at New York Music School

Renee Fleming and opera studentOpera star Renee Fleming is returning to her western New York roots to conduct master classes and lessons at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. Eastman officials announced Thursday that the renowned soprano has been appointed distinguished visiting artist. Fleming received a master of music degree at Eastman.

(Also reported in: Fox News, The Washington Post, Newsday, San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego Union Tribune, ABC News, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, WHEC-TV, Rochester City Newspaper, Rochester Business Journal, 13WHAM-TV, WROC-TV, Batavia Daily News, WXXI, Finger Lakes Times, Sentinel & Enterprise, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle )

International Business Times UK (September 10)

Scientists succeed in levitating nanodiamonds in a vacuum using lasers

green speck between lensesResearchers from the University of Rochester had previously discovered that it was possible to get nanodiamond particles to levitate in the air using a trapped laser, but their latest research proves that it is possible in vacuum too, which is the first step towards creating a "hybrid quantum system". How does friction operate on tiny objects? "This allows us to exert mechanical control over them. They turn into little harmonic oscillators," said Levi Neukirch, lead author of the paper and a PhD student at University of Rochester. "One of the reasons we're interested in this research is that the position of the crystal in the trap is a very sensitive probe of forces in its environment. Friction is a force we're very familiar with... but what we don't understand is what happens when we shrink objects down to very, very small scales, and how friction operates on objects," said Nick Vamivakas, an assistant professor with the University of Rochester's Institute of Optics who led the researchers.

(Also reported in:, Science Daily, Controlled Environments Magazine, Gizmodo, Gizmodo Australia, IFLScience )

CNN (September 21)

How to improve doctors' bedside manner

angry doctorA doctor's training hasn't historically focused on sensitivity. And too often, while juggling heavy workloads and high stress, they can be viewed as brusque, condescending or inconsiderate.

At the University of Rochester Medical Center in upstate New York, doctors who demonstrate compassion are recognized in monthly notes the department head sends out to the hospital's faculty. Those notes are often based on patient evaluations, which mention, for instance, listening well, spending extra time at a bedside and answering questions in ways the patient can understand.

(Also reported in: PBS Newshour, Medpage Today , Fierce Healthcare, Healthcare Finance News )

The Washington Post (September 3)

The scientific reason your world brightens up when you do

garden gnome and colorful flowersIndeed, how we feel about the world can play a huge role in how we see it, according to a new study in the journal Psychological Science. Feeling sad can keep us from seeing in certain colors, as though we live in Dorothy’s Kansas. But a good mood can bring those colors back into the world, just like a tornado trip to Oz.

Participants in the study, which took place at the University of Rochester in New York, were invited to watch the two-minute scene from “The Lion King” in which Mufasa is killed. To the mournful strains of Elton John’s score, they watched Simba’s eyes widen and fill with tears as he nuzzled against his fallen father. The clip, which apparently is often used in psychology studies, is scientifically proven to induce irresistible sadness at the plight of the orphaned lion cub.

(Also reported in: Time Magazine, Huffington, Fox News, New York Metro, Independent Online, Free Press Journal,, Counsel & Heal, Medical Daily, Science World Report, Channel 15 KPBS, WUIS 91.9 PBR, CNET News, Business Standard, Sydney Morning Herald,,, The Economic Times,, BioSpace, Yahoo News UK, Livemint )

The Chronicle of Higher Education (September 28)

Getting Inside the Mind of an Applicant

contemplate woman with computerLike a growing number of colleges, the University of Rochester tracks each interaction a student initiates, each response to a prompt: That includes clicking email links, calling the admissions office, participating in online chats, and even corresponding with the university via social media. Each interaction ups an applicant’s score: Once it reaches 100, a candidate is considered very serious. Sometimes that information comes into play when an applicant’s strong but not spectacular credentials put him on the bubble. Or when a student who’s said she’s interested in music hasn’t once mentioned the university’s Eastman School of Music. "We might look at a student’s contact history and see that every time we send them an email, they open it up and check it out," says Jon Burdick, vice provost for enrollment initiatives. "That tells us they’re thinking about us throughout the day. That higher level of engagement matters to us."

The Wall Street Journal (September 14)

Gluten-Free Diet Has No Benefit for Children With Autism, Study Finds

meal with sign reading gluten-freeThe new work, conducted by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center, examines the gluten-free, casein-free diet and offers what many experts in the field say perhaps the highest-quality evidence to date that eliminating proteins found in wheat and dairy doesn’t improve autism symptoms.

(Also reported in: WHEC TV NBC 10 Rochester )

Science News (September 5)

The magnetic mystery at the center of the Earth

graphic showing earth core segments and a magnetWhile the magnetic field’s future is accounted for, its past still poses a problem. The 2012 conductivity estimates suggest that the inner core started freezing only within about the last 1 billion years. Before then, the sluggish thermal convection in the core could have generated only a weak magnetic field. Yet the rock record shows otherwise. In July, geophysicist John Tarduno of the University of Rochester in New York and colleagues presented in Science the oldest record of Earth’s magnetic field. By measuring magnetic impurities embedded inside ancient Australian crystals, the researchers demonstrated that a relatively powerful magnetic field varying between roughly 12 to 100 percent of its present-day strength enveloped Earth from about 4.2 billion to 3.3 billion years ago.

Wall Street Journal (September 8)

In Search of Low-Volatility Investments

graphic of man running amid currency and upward arrowStudies suggest that low-vol stocks deliver better risk-adjusted returns. However, the returns of purely low-volatility portfolios stand out less when compared with returns of moderately volatile stocks, according to research by University of Rochester professor Robert Novy-Marx.

CNN (September 23)

Saving lives at 18 of the world's suicide 'hot spots'

The researchers found that installing barriers at bridges and railway platforms was associated with a reduction in suicide risk of 93%, and providing signs with help line numbers at these sites could reduce the risk by 61%. "These numbers are phenomenal," said Dr. Eric D. Caine, director of the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Caine was not involved in the new study, but wrote a commentary about it. Both were published on Wednesday in the journal Lancet. However, interventions at suicide hot spots will not have a big impact on the overall suicide rate because they are only involved in a small percentage of suicides overall, Caine said. Of the approximately 40,000 people who take their own lives every year in the United States, most use guns (52%), hanging (25%) or poisoning (16%), and only a small number jump from a tall height (2%) or in front of a moving object (1%).

(Also reported in: KRNV 4 NBC Reno (NV), Health Finder, Pioneer News, Exchange Morning Post, )

Wall Street Journal (September 25)

Anniversary celebration set for Rochester's historic organ

Musicians and scholars will gather in Rochester next month to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the installation of a restored 18th-century Italian Baroque organ. The Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester says the four-day celebration will be held Oct. 22-25 at the university's Memorial Art Gallery.

(Also reported in: Newsday, Bridgeport Connecticut Post, WTEN ABC10 Albany, WHEC-TV )

Tech Times (September 7)

LG's 111-Inch Double-Sided Ultra HD TV Is The Future Of Television

The new double-sided TV measures a massive 111 inches although a closer look would reveal that it is actually made of three 65-inch Ultra HD OLED displays. The display, which is also called Vertically Tiling Display, resembles a room divider that has two folds. As the name implies, both of its sides are viewable and such viewing can be done simultaneously. Dr. Ching W. Tang, a professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and at the University of Rochester in New York, said that OLED TVs are capable of delivering a clearer, crisper and cheaper display compared to anything else that is available in the market today.

(Also reported in: Korea IT Times )

USA Today (September 9)

United CEO Smisek undone by N.J. corruption investigation

United announced Tuesday that Smisek had resigned from his roles as CEO, president and chairman of the board, effective immediately. The airline said that his departure, along with those of two other airline officials, was connected to a federal investigation and internal company inquiry into dealings with the Port Authority, which oversees United’s hub in Newark, as well as New York’s other major airports. “This strikes me as an attempt by United to say ‘Look, we did an internal investigation, (and) we removed the responsible officials when we learned of this activity,’" says David Primo, a professor at the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School, who has written about the airline industry. “This could be an attempt by the airline to insulate itself from potential legal action."

(Also reported in: Chicago Tribune )

The Wall Street Journal (August 31)

What to Watch for After Skin Cancer

New research shows a sharp rise in non-melanoma skin cancers, so dermatologists and cancer groups are pushing patients who have a history of even one occurrence to be more vigilant about regular checkups. They are emphasizing the need for continued use of sunscreen, sun avoidance and protective clothing, which can help prevent future malignancies even when sun damage has already been done. Marc Brown, a dermatologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y., says he tells patients with multiple skin cancers to come back every six to 12 months, depending on the extent of their sun damage. Some need to be checked every two months, because they have an almost catastrophic amount of skin cancer and such a substantial burden of disease, Dr. Brown says. (Subscription required)

Washington Post (September 20)

VW Orders Investigation Into Cheating on Diesel Emissions

The German carmaker admitted to fitting its U.S. diesel vehicles with software that turns on full pollution controls only when the car is undergoing official emissions testing, the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday, citing violations that could add up to $18 billion in fines. The company said it has also heard from the Justice Department, which the EPA said could pursue criminal prosecution. “The revelations will damage VW’s sales and destroy its image of being a mythological German company that relies on trustworthy engineering instead of marketing hype,” said Erik Gordon, a business professor at the University of Michigan. Still, VW diesel owners in the U.S. tend to be “pretty cultish,” and the revelation may not deter consumers for long, said George R. Cook, former marketing professor at the University of Rochester, who previously worked at Ford Motor Co. “The real concern is being deceptive, like they were doing here. They were cheating.”

(Also reported in: Bloomberg Business )

NPR (September 22)

The True Meaning Behind The Pope's Rejection Of God As 'Magician'

By Adam Frank It was just about a year ago that Pope Francis made headlines by disparaging the view that God is a magician waving a magic wand. For many, the pope's remarks pointed to a far more subtle perspective on God, science and universe than we, in the U.S., are used to hearing. After decades of sitting through tiresome "debates" with creationists who happily use the fruits of science only to ignore the parts which offend their particular readings of scripture, the pope's blunt statement seemed like a breath of fresh air. All of a sudden there seemed to be opportunity for a truly interesting discussion about science and religion. So, to that end — and in honor of Pope Francis' visit — it's time to ask the big question: What did the Pope mean with that whole "God's not a magician" thing? Adam Frank is an astrophysics professor at the University of Rochester.

(Also reported in: Oregon Public Broadcasting )

The New York Times (September 4)

For Teens in Crisis, the Next Text Could Be a Lifesaver

While the environments that produce these pressures are tough to change in the short run, it’s possible to make it easier for young people to get help. When young people are in distress, the single most beneficial step they can take is to confide in and seek help from a trusted and capable adult. But only 15 percent of high school students who seriously consider suicide do so. Only about half speak with friends. And only 2 percent use telephone crisis hotlines. That’s why researchers are excited about the Crisis Text Line. “Young people have been reluctant to use crisis services,” observes Anthony Pisani, a suicide prevention researcher at the University of Rochester. “The top two barriers are the sense of shame and self reliance. I think the Crisis Text Line has cracked the code on both of them. It offers a layer of protection from the shame of expressing your vulnerabilities. And it lowers the barrier of entry for the proud and self reliant because it’s so easy to experiment with a conversation.”

Rochester Business Journal (September 28)

2015 class chosen for Forty Under 40

Recipients of the 21st annual Rochester Business Journal Forty Under 40 awards have been chosen. The honorees are professionals younger than 40 who demonstrate leadership in the workplace and in the community. The 2015 honorees are:

  • Mathew Devine, Highland Family Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Shaquana Divers, Center for Community Health, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Bryan ODonovan, University of Rochester Medical Center

Los Angeles Times (September 8)

Hillary Clinton's secret weapon in campaign finance reform: Shame

Hillary Rodham Clinton knows her plan to stop big businesses from secretly funneling tranches of cash into politics may not fly with the Supreme Court and Congress, so she has a backup plan: publicly shame the companies. The public has a right to know about where money comes from for campaigns, and investors have a right to know how company resources are being spent, said David Donnelly, president of the advocacy group Every Voice. Clinton's announcement comes as the Securities and Exchange Commission is under pressure to do exactly what she is demanding. Supporters of this say they want what is best for shareholders, but there is lots of information at firms that shareholders do not have access to, said David Primo, a professor of political science and business administration at the University of Rochester in New York. Shareholders cannot micromanage every decision a CEO or their team makes.

(Also reported in: Chicago Tribune, Hartford Courant )

Houston Chronicle (August 29)

Upstate tour helps new NY speaker find his footing

The trip highlights the big differences between New York City and the rest of the state, where cities such as Utica and Buffalo have lost roughly half of their populations as the local economy sputtered and manufacturing plants closed. For much of the state's history New York City leaders have complained of interference by Albany while upstate residents protested New York City's outsized influence. "The upstate-downstate divide is one of the oldest features of the state's political system, said University of Rochester political scientist Gerald Gamm. "What the speaker is going to see (upstate) is that the challenges facing upstate are in many ways fundamentally different than those facing New York City, Long Island and the suburbs."

(Also reported in: Newsday, Steuben Courier, Canandaigua Daily Messenger, Troy Record, Oneida Daily Dispatch, Auburn Citizen, Saratoga Springs Saratogian )

Rochester Business Journal (September 2)

URMC secures $6 million for study on slowing early Parkinson's

The University of Rochester Medical Center will receive $6 million for a clinical study on slowing early Parkinson's disease.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (September 12)

Eastman Institute for Oral Health awarded $3.5 million

The UR Medical Center’s Eastman Institute for Oral Health has been awarded a $3.5 million grant to reduce the health disparities among people with special needs. The five-year program will train more than 100 pediatric and general dentists, plus numerous hygienists, dental assistants and other staff, in treating the adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Advances in medicine have led to increases in life expectancy for patients with childhood congenital or acquired diseases. The current system is unequipped to provide high quality dental care for this growing population of patients as they enter adulthood, according to a University of Rochester statement. (Also reported in: Rochester Business Journal )

The Washington Post (September 28)

Prestige schools team up on redesigned college application

More than 80 of the most selective colleges and universities are teaming up to design a new application system that aims to deepen engagement with high school students, especially those from low-income families. The coalition announced Monday includes 52 private and 31 public schools. Its membership spans the Ivy League and other highly selective liberal arts colleges and research universities, as well as public flagship universities in states, such as Florida, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina and Virginia. Officials said the timetable for adopting the new application could vary from school to school. Here is the full list of coalition members: University of Rochester

(Also reported in: Inside Higher Education )

WXXI (September 1)

Connections: What Can We Do With $500 million?

What would you do with $500 million? The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council is competing for that state money, a taxpayer-infused boost for the winning regions. Three will be chosen; four will not. On Tuesday, we sit down with the people leading the effort to land the cash. What are the plans? What is the strategy? In studio: Joel Seligman, president of the University of Rochester

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (September 18)

Seligman: A victory for Rochester

By Joel Seligman

Thursday’s announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo of a path forward for photonics in Rochester represents a signal victory for our City, the Finger Lakes region and New York State. No one deserves more credit for this wise and balanced approach to the future of photonics in Rochester than Governor Cuomo.

At decisive moments, virtually every key leader in Rochester articulated support for this type of approach to the future of photonics. It is because of this broad consensus on this and other issues that the Regional Economic Development Council will entitle its Upstate Revitalization Plan, “United for Success.” Together as a community we are ready for the 21st century. We have the talent, the ambition and the energy to develop one of our nation’s great knowledge economies. Together we will succeed.

Seligman is president of the University of Rochester and co-chairman of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council. (Also reported in: Time Warner Cable News, 13WHAM-TV, WXXI )

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (September 25)

URMC gets $3 million to develop HIV vaccine

A researcher at the University of Rochester Medical Center has received $3.1 million to try and make a vaccine for HIV, the disease that causes AIDS.

(Also reported in: WHAM AM 1180, Rochester Business Journal )

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (August 31)

UR professor lands grant for laser work

University of Rochester professor Chunlei Guo has developed a laser that puts either super-absorbent or super-repellent material on metals. It was such an impressive advancement that the U.S. Army Research Office and the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency have decided to hand him $430,000 to keep working on it. Rep. Louise Slaughter announced Monday that Guo landed the grant -- $330,000 from the Army and $100,000 from the development agency.

(Also reported in: WXXI, Rochester Business Journal) )

WXXI (September 30)

Connections: How Effective Is This Year's Flu Shot?

Will the flu shot be effective this year? Last year, the strains mutated, rendering some of the vaccines ineffective. We'll get a preview of flu season, and examine why the medical community expects this year to be different. And we'll answer listener questions about the flu vaccine: supply, how it's created, and more. Our guest: Dr. John Treanor, chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital

(Also reported in: 13WHAM-TV )

NPR (September 1)

Science, Knowledge And Darkness

By Adam Frank The auditorium lights were low as the high school students filed in — and I was on the stage with the teachers who led the school's honor society. My job was to give a short speech to the new inductees whose grades and activities earned them their place in the auditorium. There were notes for the speech in my pocket but when the teacher lit a candle on the table with the student's certificates, I felt something shift. "See that candle," I told the students when it was my turn to speak. "It represents knowledge. It represents the free pursuit of knowledge and its free exchange. It represents a light in the darkness for all of us." "But," I told them, "that light can be extinguished. In fact, many times it has. Those times are what we call 'dark ages' and they are blanketed with suffering. Your job, from this day forward, is to ensure the light continues to burn." Adam Frank is an astrophysics professor at the University of Rochester.

(Also reported in: WAMC Albany FM 90.3 )

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (September 2)

Beals give $2M to Eastman for film music study

As Eastman School of Music Dean Jamal Rossi noted, the building came full circle last spring when Jeff Beal, Class of ’85, returned to conduct an orchestra of students playing his music for House of Cards as scenes from the Netflix hit played on a screen over the Kodak Hall stage. Beal and his wife Joan, a singer and ’84 graduate of Eastman, gave the 21st-century art of soundtracks one more big push Tuesday, when Rossi announced that the Beals were giving $2 million to the school to establish the Beal Institute For Film Music and Contemporary Media.

(Also reported in: WXXI, Rochester Business Journal, 13WHAM-TV, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle )

Rochester First (September 18)

How to push blood pressure even lower

Doctors have long known that systolic blood pressure below 120 was considered normal and meant a lower risk of heart disease and kidney problems. But they would often only treat patients if that top number crept above 140, the threshold for officially having high blood pressure.

"This is notable because there (are) a lot of people out there with blood pressure in the 130s that we might previously have left alone, but if the results of this trial (are) as we think they are, it might be reason to try to get them to 120," said Dr. John D. Bisognano, professor of medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center and president-elect of the American Society of Hypertension. (September 3)

Optics, Photonics Programs Are Lighting the Way

While schools nationwide are welcoming students for the start of the new academic year, we profile three of the country’s top university optics and photonics programs — oldest to newest — that are shaping the future of the photonics industry. New York, Arizona and Florida boast three of the best optics programs in the U.S. — the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, the University of Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences, and the College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida. All are among the top 14 optics programs in the country, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report in 2014.

WXXI (September 15)

Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, September 16th

First hour: Astrophysicist Adam Frank on the civilization-saving benefits of climate science

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (September 16)

Cuomo: Deal reached on photonics center

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that a deal has been reached on where to locate the headquarters for a $600 million photonics center in Rochester. Cuomo said the sides recently struck an accord, but he didn't divulge the details of the agreement. University of Rochester president Joel Seligman had led a group of local leaders in recommending the Sibley Building as the photonics center's home base after the federal and state governments announced the project with Vice President Joe Biden in July.

(Also reported in: WXXI, Elmira Star-Gazette, Penn Yan Chronicle Express )

WXXI (September 22)

Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, September 22nd

Second hour: Cultural critic Gerald Early Then, we'll talk race and American culture with Gerald Early, a scholar, professor, and a cultural critic. Early will come to Rochester on Thursday to help open the new Humanities Center at the University of Rochester. We'll talk with him about his research and writing, and we'll preview his Thursday presentation, which will center on his research on the African-American community in Philadelphia. Also joining us will be Joan Rubin, history professor and the interim director of the new Humanities Center.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (September 15)

Andreatta: Children get cancer, too

I had the privilege of getting to know one of CURE's families around this time last year for a report on pediatric palliative care. They're the Conrows, of Rochester, and one of their five children, Amanda, had brain cancer. Amanda died in February at 6 years old. Their story and that of Dr. David Korones, who heads the Pediatric Supportive Care Team at UR Medicine's Golisano Children's Hospital and was the doctor primarily responsible for treating Amanda, touched thousands of readers.

WXXI (September 14)

Connections: Science Roundtable on Grants

In our Monthly Science Roundtable, we examine the state of science funding in the United States. NPR reports that labs across the country are grappling with a boom-and-bust cycle, and scientists can wait years for grants to be approved. So is the process working? We'll talk to some very experienced local leaders from the University of Rochester about this issue, and about the kinds of work that are, indeed, getting funded: Rob Clark, Senior VP for Research; Dean of the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences Gloria Culver, dean of the School of Arts & Science Steve Dewhurst, vice dean for research at the School of Medicine and Dentistry; chair of Microbiology & Immunology

WXXI (September 1)

Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, September 1st

First hour: Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council pushes for $500 million In studio: Joel Seligman, President of the University of Rochester

WXXI (September 23)

Coming up on Connections: Thursday, September 24th

Second hour: National Women's Hall of Fame 2015 inductees In our second hour: On October 3rd, ten women will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls. We'll talk to one of the inductees, an award-winning researcher from the University of Rochester who discovered how bacteria communicate to attack human cells and initiate disease. And we'll talk to several inductees from past years, including a woman whose name landed on a major piece of federal legislation. Our guests: Barbara Iglewski of the University of Rochester, 2015 inductee

Rochester City Newspaper (September 2)

JAZZ | Eastman Jazz Faculty

Picture pianist Harold Danko, trumpeter Clay Jenkins, saxophonist Charles Pillow, guitarist Bob Sneider, bassist Jeff Campbell, and drummer Rich Thompson on stage together. That group could be called one of the finest sextets in jazz today. Or it could be just part of the line-up of excellent musicians teaching Jazz Studies at the Eastman School of Music. All of the above and several others will be on hand at Kilbourn Hall as the jazz faculty struts its stuff.

Rochester Business Journal (September 18)

Center at URMC gets high scores on NIH grants

The Center for Musculoskeletal Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center could receive more than $15 million in federal research funding for the year—making it its best year ever, officials said Friday.

Rochester City Newspaper (September 16)

Let there be light and music "...and Light"

When Dave Rivello takes the Kilbourn Hall stage to conduct a new multimedia piece in celebration of the International Year of Light, audience members will not suspect that the work was written in the dark of night. "My best hours have always been from 11 p.m. to 4 or 5 a.m.," says Rivello, professor of Contemporary Media Composition at the Eastman School of Music. In fact, when the late Fred Sturm hired him at Eastman, he called Rivello "Nosferatu."

Fortune (September 2)

In major reversal, Rochester's Simon School cuts MBA tuition

In an unprecedented move for a highly ranked business school, Simon Business School at the University of Rochester announced on Wednesday that it is cutting the total tuition of its full-time, two-year MBA program by 13.6% to $92,000. The lower rate, falling from the $106,440 it is charging students coming into the 2015-2016 academic year, will be effective for MBA candidates entering in the fall of 2016.

(Also reported in: Poets and Quants, Inside Higher Education )

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (September 10)

Director of new UR institute named

A prominent rock music historian at the University of Rochester has been named director of the university's newly created Institute for Performing Arts. John Covach, professor at UR's Department Music and professor of music theory at the Eastman School of Music, heads the institute, which is one of the initiatives that UR President Joel Seligman said was essential to the success of students.

(Also reported in: Rochester Business Journal, WXXI )

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (September 15)

URMC psychiatrist talks about healing after trauma

Healing the Hurt, a series of community conversations about the effect of violence on mental health, continues with a discussion about physical, emotional and spiritual recovery from trauma. Dr. Marcus Burrell, a Rochester native who is on a fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, will provide coping strategies for when feelings of anger or fear don't seem to go away. Registration for the free event is at 5 p.m., and the discussion starts at 5:30 Thursday at Wilson Magnet High School, 501 Genesee St.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (September 19)

Chenoweth's star to shine at Eastman Theatre

Audiences might think they know Kristin Chenoweth. Her acting and singular voice have thrilled Broadway (You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Wicked and On the Twentieth Century), her voiceovers have livened up films such as Tinkerbell and Rio 2, and her stints on TV series such as Glee, The West Wing and Pushing Daisies made her a recognizable star. Keith C. Elder, director of concert activities at Eastman School of Music, called Chenoweth "an incredibly versatile and accomplished talent," making her one of the standouts in the Eastman Presents Concert Series.

WHEC TV NBC 10 Rochester (September 3)

Perkins loan set to expire, could that be a good thing?

Paying for college can keep parents up at night. Now, a federal student loan program that helped 50,000 students in New York last year is on the verge of going away. They're called Perkins loans. They expire on September 30 -- the end of the federal fiscal year. The loans help a lot of kids go to and stay in college after they exhaust other federal loans. At the news conference, Berkeley Brean asked, So if this loan went away, wouldn't tuition at your schools go down and therefore be equally as affordable? The college presidents didn't exactly jump to answer the question. But UR President Joel Seligman finally did. The simple answer is the cost of higher education increases because the quality is necessary to graduate students who can get jobs.

(Also reported in: Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, WXXI, 13 WHAM-TV, WHAM AM 1180, Rochester Business Journal )

Huffington Post (September 25)

Heather Higginbottom

Heather Higginbottom was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2013. In her current role, she shares in the global responsibilities for U.S. foreign policy and has broad management and programmatic oversight responsibilities for both the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Ms. Higginbottom, the first female to become Deputy Secretary, most recently served as Counselor to the Secretary of State, advising him on policy, personnel, and management issues. Ms. Higginbottom holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester and a Masters degree in Public Policy from the George Washington University.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (September 22)

Help region win by showing support

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he was going to change the way New York state invests in its economy and job creation. He set up 10 economic development councils across the state, including one here in the Finger Lakes, and told them each to develop a regional strategy for growth. Fortunately, the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council is well-positioned to capture this coveted prize. There has been a tremendous amount of collaboration in producing a promising plan for the initiative. But it is important for our entire community to acknowledge this show of unity. We have to help young people see there is a future here," council co-chair and Wegmans CEO Danny Wegman told our Editorial Board. He and his co-chair — University of Rochester President Joel Seligman — make a fairly convincing argument that the Finger Lakes region is poised for takeoff. And they say the $500 million will be the "booster shot."

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (September 8)

East High's first day marks a new era

From May 6, 2014, when the University of Rochester announced it would consider a partnership with East High School, until this summer, when students and staff went through intensive training and orientation, the question lingered: would this really be any different? Those students have now taken their seats for their first-period classes on the first day of school, so the question can be answered in part. For one morning, at least, yes. It was different.

(Also reported in: 13WHAM-TV, WXXI )

North Country Public Radio (September 7)

They can help, but are there enough doctors to treat heroin addiction?

There's such a need. I remember down in Florida, going into the detoxes, everyone was in there for opioid addiction, said Seth Skinner, 28, who moved to Rochester almost four years ago. It was another couple years before he got into treatment for opiate addiction. I think it was hard for the providers, the doctors and the therapists to try to fulfill that need. His doctor, Timothy Wiegand, director of toxicology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, said it takes a team to help his patients stay off heroin. The physician is like the quarterback in this setting, working with a lot of really important individuals: the counselors that are running the groups and the individual sessions, the social workers, the care managers, said Wiegand.

Rochester City Newspaper (September 30)

Photonics: What? Why? How?

Rochester is undeniably excited about photonics, even if much of the community doesn't know what it is. The following is a sort of FAQ on the photonics center, with much of the information culled from conversations with two governing board members: Rob Clark, University of Rochester's senior vice president for research; Michael Liehr, SUNY Polytechnic Institute's vice president of research; as well as Alan Willner, chair of the National Photonics Initiative industry consortium. We're not going to tell people they must perform manufacturing here," says University of Rochester President Joel Seligman. "We're going to make it irresistible for those interested in pursuing manufacturing not to be here."

Rochester Business Journal (August 28)

The Loop

Knock, knock In October, Open Letter Books, the University of Rochester’s press for translated literature, will publish “Rochester Knockings,” a novel of the Fox Sisters and the Spiritualist movement in Rochester. The local ties appear throughout and range from a mention of the family dog, Irondequoit, to an array of local details—from High Falls and the Genesee River to the Fox & Fish Spiritualist Institute frequented by “all the polite Rochester society.” *** Messages from Susan B. Susan B. Anthony this week hit social media via Twitter. The Susan B. Anthony Center at the University of Rochester on Wednesday brought the famous suffragist into the 21st century with the #SueBSays hashtag.

Chula Vista Examiner (September 28)

Virginia Tech says 'no' to old SAT for high school class of 2017

Much to the surprise of some members of the high school class of 2017, Virginia Tech has decided not to accept the “old” SAT for fall 2017 admission. Taking a position that is somewhat at odds with the majority of colleges and universities in the country, Tech will only accept the new or “redesigned” SAT (rSAT) or the ACT for applicants to Hokie Class of 2021. Jonathan Burdick, Vice President and Dean of College Admission at the University of Rochester, agrees, “We will prefer the new test over the old at Rochester because it’s a better test of the skills we value.”

Huffington Post (September 21)

What Jamie Dimon Gets Wrong About iPhones and Inequality

Dimon’s argument that income inequality isn’t actually bad because the iPhone exists, cars are better and Americans, on average, live three years longer than they did two decades ago is similarly misguided. It’s not as crass and mean-spirited as the idea that poverty isn’t bad anymore simply because of the tautology that cheap things are affordable to many people. But it’s the polite-company corollary to Fox News’ poverty trutherism. Dimon argues that what economists refer to as consumption inequality, a measure of the gap in how much people spend, mitigates rising income inequality. But unfortunately, that's not the case; consumption inequality “closely tracked” income inequality from 1980 to 2007, research from Mark Aguiar and Mark Bils, both of the University of Rochester, shows. That means that the gap in how much Americans spend has grown, not narrowed, just like the gap in how much money they make.

WXXI (September 8)

Study Considers Multi-Family Therapy for Adults With Eating Disorders

The University of Rochester School of Nursing is recruiting adults between the ages of 18 and 40 who have been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa for a study on multifamily therapy. Mary Tantillo, professor of clinical nursing, says having multiple patients in a therapy session can open the lines of communication. "For example, what's going on at a mealtime that makes them scared? They can build on each other's voices in multi-family group in a way that you can't do when you're sitting in an individual family setting,” Tantillo said. “You don't have another family or another patient to turn to."