University of Rochester

It's our monthly science roundtable! A University of Rochester chemistry professor just received a $1.5 million dollar NIH grant to study an alternate method of manufacturing pharmaceuticals. The results could lead to more options for patients -- a better chance to find something that works. It's also possible that we'll see cheaper drugs on the market, easier drug testing and trials, and more. We discuss the impacts of this with our panel:

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.” 

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

How did George Eastman decide to give so much money to the University of Rochester? How did the U of R make a difference in the outcome of World War II? These are just a couple of the stories I've enjoyed in the new book "Our Work is But Begun". Freelance journalist Janice Pieterse tells the story of the founding of the U of R and is with us to talk aobut the book, along with U of R Vice President Paul Burgett, and Rochester Collections Librarian Melissa Mead.


It's our monthly science roundtable. We take a look at the science of self-control and addiction with professors from the University of Rochester. On the roundtable today: Celeste Kidd and Benjamin Hadyen, assistant professors of brain and cognitive sciences; and Dr. Geoffrey Williams, professor of general medicine and associate professor of clinical/social psychology.

(Update, 6:00p.m.: Statements from U of R President Joel Seligman and RCSD Supt. Bolgen Vargas are located at the end of this story)

The State Education Department is giving its tentative approval to a collaboration between the University of Rochester and the city school district for a plan to help East High School. But the state wants a quicker timeline.

Head injuries and athletics are back in the news. This time, it's not because of one big hit, one dangerous concussion. A new study indicates that smaller hits -- hits that might seem innocuous at the time -- can add up to serious damage. We talk with Dr. Jeff Bazarian, among others, on what parents and athletes should know about it, and Eric Rozen, head athletic trainer at the University of Rochester.

More than 27,000 people around the world have signed up for the free online Beatles music class conducted by the University of Rochester’s Professor John Covach.

The class starts on February 9, which is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The University of Rochester is hosting a number of free events surrounding the anniversary, culminating in the launch of the class.

On this edition of Need to Know Rochester:

  • Uninsured Monroe County residents can start shopping for health insurance on October 1st. The experts break down what folks need to know about the new health exchanges.
  • Jobs are plentiful in the building trades and advanced manufacturing field, but a skilled workforce in this arena is lacking. We look at how vocational schools can help fill in the gap.
  • Some of the key players in the Fringe Festival performance, Anomaly, stop by the WXXI Studios to talk about the message behind their multi-art show.
  • We’ve got the details on a computer program that can help improve your social skills. It was developed by a new University of Rochester faculty member.

UR Employees Targeted by Scam Emails

Jul 5, 2013
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Staff and employees at an upstate university are being warned to stay alert for what are known as phishing attacks - fake, but official-looking emails and websites that try to acquire secure information like passwords and social security numbers.

The problem, explains Matt Bernius, facilitator of social group Hacks and Hackers, is that  these electronic attempts to steal personal information are so simple and convincing, they’re difficult to stop.