Innovation Trail

3:46 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Young Entrepreneurs; Smart Energy Grids

In this hour, we join some school-age local business entrepreneurs who’ve been part of the RochesterWorks! Summer Youth Employment Program, a partnership between the City of Rochester/Summer of Opportunity program and Action for a Better Community.  They took part in a business competition, similar to the TV show "Shark Tank". We talk with judges from the competition, Viet Ngyuen and Lattrell Liptrott of Phu Concepts, and young entrepreneur Malquam Duyton.

Then we round out the program,  with a look at how the internet and access to data about energy could help consumer and businesses save money and support renewable energy strategies. We chat with Ingrid Akerlind, a fellow at the Clean Energy Program of Third Way about this topic.

3:34 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - ROC Maker Faire; What is Tech Good For?

In the first part of the show, we call out for all 'makers' to take part in the Rochester Mini Maker Faire in November. Co-chair Dan Schneiderman joins us to tell us about the event, and who can take part (spoiler: anyone!). Then, Xanthe Matychak from the Ithaca Generator joins us to tell us what happens at the generator (spoiler: they make stuff!). 

In the latter part of the show, we're joined by Kara Miller of WGBH's Innovation Hub. We talk with Kara bout technology in education, our offices, and in the casino. 

Innovation Trail
11:15 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Crestwood, Opponents Up The Ante in LPG Storage Facility Battle

Credit H. Michael Miley/via Flickr


Both sides in the long-running battle over a proposed gas storage facility next to Seneca Lake are looking to moving on to the next stage.

Houston-based Crestwood Midstream has submitted a construction plan to federal regulators. The company says they are waiting on approval of the construction plan from federal regulators before beginning work.

The Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that it will hold an issues conference this fall to hear concerns from both sides before signing off on the project.

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3:37 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Economic Benefit of the Erie Canalway Trail; Nuclear Secrets

Are you a user of that length of waterway, the Erie Canal? Maybe you’re a cyclist, a dog walker or a boat owner, or maybe you’re business depends on it? Someone’s finally got around to measuring the economic benefit of the historic waterway which now has a today-dollar value, and it might surprise you. Fran Gotcsik, director of programs and policy for Parks and Trails New York chats with us about the stats.

Then we head into the Nuclear Vault…a repository of formerly classified national security documents curated by the National Security Archive at George Washington University. This week, newly released documents provide surprising insights into what nuclear conflict would have meant to the U.S. half a century ago. We chat with the Archive's senior analyst, Dr. William Burr.

3:36 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Connections - Innovation Friday: Preserving Upstate's Heritage; Health Insurance

We start by looking at measures designed to provide incentives for preserving and repurposing upstate’s industrial heritage, and leveraging the region’s changing demographics. We discuss this with the President of the Preservation League of New York State Jay DiLorenzo. 

Then, It’s been a big week in the nation’s courts of appeal with conflicting rulings on the legality of Federal health insurance subsidies. What does it all mean? We’ll talk to Researcher Kev Coleman from the website about the developments that have the potential to unpick the Affordable Care Act. 

2:28 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Air Guard's Drone Crash in Lake Ontario Caused by Multiple Malfunctions

MQ-9 Reaper Drone
Ryan Delaney/WRVO

Multiple communication and navigation failures on 174th Air National Guard Attack Wing's MQ-9 Reaper unmanned drone flying over central New York last November caused it to crash in Lake Ontario.

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Home Rule
4:09 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Court of Appeals Rules Towns Can Ban Fracking Within Their Borders

The two cases involved a natural gas producer, originally Anschutz Exploration before Norse Energy took over, and a Cooperstown-area landowner named Jennifer Huntington, challenging drilling bans passed by the Towns of Dryden and Middlefield.

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2:52 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Medical Interpreting and Reporters Roundup

In this hour of Innovation Friday we’re to find out about the importance of medical interpreting. The rollout of the Affordable Care Act has created a huge demand for interpreters working in the healthcare sector where LEP or Limited English Proficiency is one of the biggest issues driving readmission rates.

We’ll talk to a locally based trainer, and interpreters themselves about the challenges, and we’ll wrap up the show with a roundup of stories from the Innovation Trail including a nod to National Homeowners Month. 

2:48 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Paperless Offices and Eco-friendly Road Paving

If you’ve ever cheered your way through that famous scene in the movie "Office Space" where a frustrated user demolishes a malfunctioning laser printer, you’ll enjoy the first hour of "Innovation Friday" when we ask, whatever happened to the paperless office? We’ll talk to the originator of a Rochester-based company about how something as basic as printing a document becomes the subject of innovation. It’s a long way from the Xerox photocopier to printing from the Cloud.

Then, if you’ve never stopped to think about it…what’s environmentally unfriendly about road surfacing? We'll highlight a company that makes an eco-friendly road seal.

4:12 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Local E-Health Records Sharing System Informs Statewide Plan


Hospitals have been working for years to digitize patient’s medical records, but now New York state is expanding a system to centralize the record-keeping of multiple hospitals.

A patient’s medical history may be in the computer at their primary care doctor’s office. And their records may be digitized at the hospital they’ve been treated at, "however, many of those systems can’t easily or fluently communicate with one another," says Dr. Rainu Kaushal, who chairs the Weill Cornell Medical College’s healthcare policy program.

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