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April 17, 2013

Making headlines

A sampling of some recent news stories featuring members of the University community

“People just never stop to think that their body’s responses can be good in these situations,” — Jeremy Jamieson, assistant professor of psychology, in an Innovation Trail report about his recent study. He says that people interpret feelings of stress before speaking in public, like butterflies in the stomach, as a sign that something bad is about to happen. It is this interpretation that needs to change, says Jamieson.

“It might be the case that brain scans from a four-year-old-child could reveal that they are going to, in the future, potentially have some mathematical difficulties, so that’s one advantage of having this neural imaging data,” —Jessica Cantlon, assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences, says in an Innovation Trail report about her research using brain scans to add to our understanding of how humans comprehend numbers.

“Organs are so wildly different, for an organist to play so many styles of musical instruments, you want to have an experience with all of these organs,” —David Higgs, professor of organ and chairman of the Organ and Historical Keyboards Department at the Eastman School, in a Democrat and Chronicle article about the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative.

“You really only have to be exposed to a couple of viral particles to get sick. This makes it very contagious because when you have norovirus, you are dispersing literally millions of particles. When it only takes one or two to make the next person sick, it translates into very high contagiousness,” —John Treanor, chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at the Medical Center, said about the norovirus in Time magazine. Treanor is working on a vaccine to protect against the virus.

“It’s a big step in our lives and our relationship, and we’re excited for this adventure,” —Medical student Rachel Waldman Williams, daughter of David Waldman, professor and chair of the Department of Imaging Sciences at the Medical Center, in a 13WHAM-TV piece about Match Day at the Medical Center.

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