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Rochester Business Journal (December 5, 2013)
Corneal surgeon pledges $4M for URMC professorships
James Aquavella M.D. has pledged $4 million to support two University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry endowed professorships, officials said Thursday.
Aquavella is a David and Ilene Flaum Eye Institute corneal surgeon and UR ophthalmology professor.
The Catherine E. Aquavella Distinguished Professorship in Ophthalmology honors Aquavella's late wife, who as a nurse, educator and administrator played a role in establishing UR's Flaum Eye Institute. The pledge also supports creation of the James V. Aquavella M.D. Professorship in Ophthalmology.
Neurology Today (December 5, 2013)
Eleven New Genes Associated with Alzheimer's Disease
Now that new loci have been identified, researchers still need to determine the amount of risk the genes contribute. It could be that they only contribute to 3 or 4 percent of the population, said David Gill, MD, a behavioral neurologist at Unity Rehabilitation and Neurology and clinical assistant professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Dr. Gill said the study added evidence, both in supporting previous work and targeting potential causal pathways. But it's unclear how the 11 genes are involved and if they increase or decrease the risk.
UPI (December 5, 2013)
'Smart' bra with sensors part of research into overeating triggers
Microsoft is working on a smart bra with sensors to monitor a wearer's mood and trigger a smartphone app to reduce emotional overeating, U.S. researchers said.
Microsoft researchers worked with the University of Rochester and Britain's University of Southampton on the project, attempting to associate emotions with poor eating habits and to determine whether wearable devices can help reduce the resulting weight gains.
U.S. News & World Report (December 3, 2013)
Detroit Bankruptcy Could Affect City Workers Nationwide
A judge has ruled that the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history can proceed, but the fight is nowhere near over, and not just for Detroit. Detroit workers have vowed to press on, but the ultimate ruling could have a significant impact on the security of pensions for city workers around the country.
"They basically didn't really negotiate, only giving 30 days. They basically said, 'Here's what we're going to do, take it or leave it,'" explains Robert Novy-Marx, assistant professor of finance at the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester. However, the court also found that good-faith negotiations with over 100,000 creditors would have been "impracticable."
"I envision public sector workers starting to ask for full funding and under a more reasonable accounting regime," says Novy-Marx. (Also Reported in: Detroit Free Press)
WXXI (December 1, 2013)
Posters Visualize The Fight Against AIDS
To commemorate World AIDS Day December 1, some of the AIDS posters from a global online collection go on display this week at the University of Rochester's Rush Rhees library.
The posters provide a visual history of the HIV/AIDS crisis from 1981 up until today.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (November 30, 2013)
UR professor excited about prospects for leukemia research
After more than three decades in laboratories, Dr. Archibald Perkins has learned two things about research.
One, it's uncertain.
"The rewards are intermittent," said the professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. "The setbacks are hard. Nature is complicated. It doesn't give up its secrets easily."
Seattle Times (November 30, 2013)
Brains flush toxic waste in sleep, study finds
"Sleep puts the brain in another state where we clean out all the byproducts of activity during the daytime," said study author and University of Rochester neurosurgeon Maiken Nedergaard. Those byproducts include beta-amyloid protein, clumps of which form plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. (Also Reported in: Journal of the American Medical Association)
This is Africa (November 29, 2013)
A tribute to the Negritude movement and Laboratoire Agit-Art, Senegal
Professor Cilas Kemedjio, the director of the Frederick Douglass Institute for African & African American Studies at the University of Rochester, puts the creation of the Laboratoire within a broader context:
"The main struggle was that of emancipation from the bondage of colonialism and the recognition of the dignity of African civilizations. Negritude achieved this dignity by reclaiming the indignities of the N word (negre), by proclaiming pride in black identity. It is the most stunning success of Negritude. Negritude was less effective as a political ideology and Laboratoire Agit-Art is born from this side of Negritude."
Red Orbit (November 29, 2013)
Infinity Can Be Seen At The Center Of Our Galaxy
This is no minor distinction either. Scientists require the most accurate theories of star motion in order to better understand current star movements and also how the galaxy formed and has evolved. With its signature spiral shape, the Milky Way has a region of stars in its core referred to as the "bar." In the middle of the bar, so named for its shape, is the "bulge."
This new insight into star movement was arrived at with the creation of a new mathematical model developed by Alice Quillen, professor of astronomy at the University of Rochester, along with her colleagues. (Also Reported in: Softpedia)
Science 2.0 (November 29, 2013)
Spirals, Figure 8's And Peanut Shells: Go Home Milky Way, You're Drunk
In the new paper Alice Quillen, professor of astronomy at the University of Rochester, and collaborators created a mathematical model of what might be happening at the center of the Milky Way. Unlike the Solar System where most of the gravitational pull comes from the Sun and is simple to model, it is much harder to describe the gravitational field near the centre of the Galaxy, where millions of stars, vast clouds of dust, and even dark matter swirl about. In this case, Quillen and her colleagues considered the forces acting on the stars in or near the bulge. (Also Reported in: Space Daily)
Photonics (November 28, 2013)
Institute of Optics Director Named AAAS Fellow
University of Rochester Institute of Optics director Xi-Cheng Zhang has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his contributions to the generation and detection of broadband terahertz waves.
PhysOrg.com (November 27, 2013)
Figures of eight and peanut shells: How stars move at the center of the galaxy
In the new work Alice Quillen, professor of astronomy at the University of Rochester, and her collaborators created a mathematical model of what might be happening at the center of the Milky Way. Unlike the solar system where most of the gravitational pull comes from the Sun and is simple to model, it is much harder to describe the gravitational field near the center of the galaxy, where millions of stars, vast clouds of dust, and even dark matter swirl about. In this case, Quillen and her colleagues considered the forces acting on the stars in or near the bulge. (Also Reported in: Universe Today, The Almagest, E-Science News, Science Daily, NetIndia123.com)
YNN Rochester (November 26, 2013)
A Look Into the Future of Golisano Children's Hospital
Construction on Golisano Children's Hospital continues. URMC gave us a tour of what crews have been working on the last year.
The new hospital will be 245,000 square feet that includes eight floors. The interior includes art and landscapes focused on Upstate New York. Each floor has a different theme.
The hospital is expected to open in 2015. (Also Reported in: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, WROC-TV, 13WHAM-TV, WXXI News)
The New York Times (November 25, 2013)
Antiviral Drugs, Found to Curb Flu Deaths in Children, Fall in Use
The flu can lead to serious complications, even death, in children, but relatively few studies have assessed the effectiveness of antiviral treatments in young patients hospitalized with the infection.
Since 2009, the year of the H1N1 flu pandemic, the C.D.C. has recommended prompt treatment with antiviral drugs for all hospitalized patients with suspected or confirmed influenza. The directive includes children, especially those who have conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart disease that heighten their risk of severe influenza.
"When the pandemic occurred, there was a lot of publicity, and physicians were being hit over the head with, 'This is a severe disease; you need to be on top of it,' " said Dr. John Treanor, the chief of infectious diseases at University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. Now, he added, "people aren't talking about it."
Bloomberg Businessweek (November 22, 2013)
Want a Scholarship to the Simon School of Business? Play This Game
Here's a novel way to pay for business school: Win an online game.
The University of Rochester's Simon School of Business is expanding a program that awards scholarships to executive MBA applicants who excel at an online game that simulates running a business. Now candidates for Simon's part-time and full-time programs will be eligible.
Rochester Business Journal (November 22, 2013)
UR raises $1B as campaign is ahead of plan
The University of Rochester is facing growing financial pressures and increased economic uncertainty, but against this backdrop the university's historic capital campaign is pushing forward at a better-than-expected rate.
This week the university said the campaign had passed the $1 billion mark. The goal was surpassed thanks to a gift of more than $4 million from James Aquavella M.D., a clinician and researcher at the university's Flaum Eye Institute.
ABC News (November 21, 2013)
New Ring Device 'Reads' Sign Language Out Loud
A new device will let people who communicate through sign language to translate their hand movements into spoken words.
Guillaume Chastel, senior lecturer in the American Sign Language Department at the University of Rochester in New York, said that unlike a live interpreter, the device could make mistakes in translating his sign language.
Chastel recognizes, however, that a live interpreter is not always available, and that the Sign Language Ring device could help deaf people with such activities as running errands.
"We do use gestures or write notes ... [but] writing back and forth takes so long," said Chastel about communicating while at a store. "If you're doing something basic and you can throw on these bracelets, that would be a good option."
WXXI News (November 21, 2013)
Tackling 'Rape Culture' on College Campuses
Morgan Levy, Director of Equal Opportunity at the University of Rochester, and Emily Sumner '16, President of UR SEGway, appeared on WXXI-TV's Need to Know Rochester on Thursday night to discuss how the University tackles sexual assault on campus.
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (November 20, 2013)
UR surpasses $1B in fundraising campaign
The University of Rochester has surpassed the $1 billion mark in the biggest fundraising campaign in the college's history.
UR President Joel Seligman made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday that included a recap of the importance of the $1.2 billion Meliora Challenge. (Also Reported in: WXXI)
New York Times (November 20, 2013)
Improvising in Total Darkness
ON a sweltering August night in New York the young members of the JACK Quartet found themselves playing a gig at the Stone on the Lower East Side, a no-frills performance space: just a small room with black concrete walls, no stage, no bar, and folding chairs for roughly 50 people.
In the last two years the quartet has grabbed the attention of critics and audiences internationally. This summer it had a coveted residency at the Darmstadt program for contemporary music in Germany.
Things have been going well of late for the gifted and eager performers in JACK, who first played together as students at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester in 2003. They now have an active board and a helpful booking agent, and have been honing their skills at grant writing with increasing success.
Rochester City Newspaper (November 20, 2013)
Sight without light
Most people would likely agree that humans cannot see in total darkness. But spelunkers, people who study and explore caves, have made anecdotal observations for years disputing that assumption. And they may now have data on their side.
A new University of Rochester study shows that some people have the ability to see their own bodies move in total darkness.
Through a series of experiments involving more than 100 subjects, Duje Tadin, a professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the UR, and Kevin Dieter, a post-doctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University, found that roughly 50 percent of people can see their hands move in total darkness. Their findings were recently reported in the journal Psychological Science.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (November 19, 2013)
UR women lead way again
The University of Rochester is the cream of the crop among local women's college basketball teams.
That's what nine NCAA Tournament appearances in 11 years (including three Final Four appearances) will do. That's what nine 20-win seasons over that same time frame will do.
It's no different this year, but with one hitch: The Yellowjackets are also the walking wounded. "We have to weather the storm," (Jim) Scheible says. "I'm sure no one is feeling sorry for us."
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (November 19, 2013)
Holcomb to step down as Memorial Art Gallery director
Grant Holcomb, director of the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, called Monday's announcement of his retirement bittersweet. But it was driven by two factors: 29 years is long enough, he says, and it's time for him to do some serious writing.
"I feel good about the decision, for both me and the gallery and the university," says Holcomb. He'll stay in the position until July 1, giving the museum's board of directors a half year to find the seventh director in the museum's 100-year history. (Also Reported in: Rochester Business Journal, Rochester City Newspaper, WXXI, WHAM 1180)
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (November 18, 2013)
State officials praise Finger Lakes economic group
The state assessment team charged with grading the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council's 2013 program praised the council's effort Monday while stressing the importance of workforce development, neighborhood improvement and other urban issues.
"Ours is an economy in transition," council co-chair and University of Rochester president Joel Seligman told the assessment team. "The region's transformation is well underway." (Also Reported in: WROC-TV)
Science Now (November 18, 2013)
Live Chat: Splitting Water to Store Energy
Richard Eisenberg is Tracy Harris Professor Emeritus and Professor (Research) at the University of Rochester whose research includes photogeneration of hydrogen from water.
When a plant uses the sun's energy to split water molecules, it shuttles hydrogen (separated as protons and electrons) into a reaction sequence to help it grow. But when scientists split water molecules in a type of artificial photosynthesis, the goal isn’t to grow an artificial plant. It's about storing energy in hydrogen as a fuel.
Join chemists John Turner of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Richard Eisenberg of the University of Rochester on Thursday, 21 November, at 3 p.m. EST on this page for a live video chat where we discuss this burgeoning field of research and take your questions.
New York Times (November 16, 2013)
You're So Self-Controlling
Similar reasoning led Celeste Kidd, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Rochester, to ask whether uncertainty itself wasn't to blame. Ms. Kidd created two types of environments: one in which a reliable researcher provided children with a promised reward - a set of art supplies instead of used crayons - and one in which the researcher proved unreliable - he would return and apologize for not having the better reward he'd promised.
The children then took part in the traditional marshmallow study, where they could wait for two marshmallows or eat one now. The prior reliability of the experimenter was decisive: those in the unreliable condition waited an average of three minutes, while those who had interacted with a reliable researcher waited 12. Children, Ms. Kidd concludes, are far more rational than we give them credit for.
UPI (November 14, 2013)
Elderly not driving healthcare costs, professional services do
Treating the elderly didn't drive the U.S. increase in healthcare cost from 2000; 91 percent was from professional services, drugs and devices, researchers say.
Dr. Hamilton Moses III of the Alerion Institute in North Garden, Va., and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and colleagues from The Boston Consulting Group and University of Rochester said their findings contradict several common assumptions. (Also Reported in: Businessweek, ThirdAge)
WHEC TV NBC 10 Rochester (November 14, 2013)
UR Mens Basketball prepares for new season
It's been a long off season for the University of Rochester Mens Basketball Team. The YellowJackets had high aspirations last season, but that came to a crashing end.
A tenth of a second was all it took for the University of Rochester to go from national championship contenders to a second round exit against Ithaca. At one point, the YellowJackets were the top ranked team in the country with one of the greatest Division III players. All of that gone including that gut wrenching feeling after the loss. A new season begins Friday.
The YellowJackets open the season against Oneonta State Friday night at the Palestra.
YNN Rochester (November 14, 2013)
Study Looks at Women, Concussions and Menstrual Cycles
Researchers at the University of Rochester have conducted extensive studies on sports-related concussions, and there's a disparity between how they impact males and females.
"Boys and girls playing the same sport, like lacrosse or soccer, the girls actually have a higher risk of having the concussion than the boys," said Dr. Jeff Bazarian.
Bazarian and other researchers set out to find out why, and during research, determined that the severity of a woman's concussion, and her ability to recover, may depend on that time of the month. (Also Reported in: 13WHAM-TV, WROC-TV, Davenport KWQC)
CNN (November 13, 2013)
The Beatles of myth, the Beatles of reality
The story of the Beatles has taken on the power of myth.
They were also known to adapt American favorites for cover versions or to give them ideas for originals. Those kinds of talents are what set the Beatles apart from their competition, says John Covach, the director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester, who's taught courses on the group.
Rochester Business Journal (November 13, 2013)
UR secures $1 million grant for grad program
The University of Rochester has received a $1 million grant to support a graduate program uniting the study of the humanities with the latest technology.
The grant came from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, one of a series of grants the foundation has made with an aim to equip faculty at colleges and university with tools of the digital humanities.
Newsday (November 13, 2013)
Time of Month May Affect Women's Concussion Recovery
Women who suffer a concussion may heal more slowly if the injury occurs in the two weeks leading up to their menstrual period, a small new study suggests.
"The phase of the menstrual cycle when a woman suffers a concussion has a lot to do with the outcome," said study researcher Dr. Jeffrey Bazarian, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. (Also Reported in: Science Daily)
WXXI (November 13, 2013)
Local Study Shows Hope for Minority Mothers Struggling With Depression
Researchers at the University of Rochester's Mt. Hope Family Center tracked a 14-week intervention for overwhelmed mothers that screened for depression and offered therapy right in the women's own homes.
Pyschologist Sheree Toth, lead author of the study and executive director of the Mt. hope Family Center, said the research showed that the women receiving home based therapy saw an improvement in their depression following treatment and it continued to improve eight months later.
The Huffington Post UK (November 13, 2013)
The Life Cycle Of The Flu (INFOGRAPHIC)
While flu season in the U.S. is typically at its worst in January and February, the beginnings of the virus typically start to appear as early as October. While we wouldn't wish the misery of the flu -- read: sneezing, sore throat, fever and general miserableness -- on anyone, if you are one of the unlucky ones to fall ill, there are some things you should know about what's happening inside your body.
We talked to Gregory A. Poland, M.D., a professor of medicine and expert in vaccines and infectious disease at the Mayo Clinic, and John J. Treanor, M.D., chief of infectious diseases at the University of Rochester Medical Center, to find out what exactly happens in your body when you have the flu.
WROC TV CBS 8 Rochester (November 12, 2013)
U of R Introduces New Program For Vets
The University of Rochester has a new program to help on-campus veterans.
The new program was announced during a luncheon Tuesday. Starting this month, veterans and active members of the military at the U of R will have expanded resources and support services. The services will augment the financial resources veterans get through the Rochester Pledge Scholarship, which provides full tuition scholarships to qualified post 9/11 veterans who want to attend the U of R.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (November 12, 2013)
UR prof on trip to learn about planets atmosphere
Vasilii Petrenko is on another long and cold research trip to Antarctica.
"It's really roughing it; it's a very simple life. We work 12-15 hours per day. We sleep in tents. We don't shower because we have to get our water by melting ice," said Petrenko, 38, an assistant professor in the department of Earth and environmental sciences at the University of Rochester.
His team has been making trips to remote glaciers in Antarctica and Greenland to study ancient air trapped deep beneath the snow and in ice that is tens of thousands of years old.
Inside Higher Ed (November 11, 2013)
Annual Veterans Count, 2013
Veterans Can't Do the Work?
Why so few veterans at selective colleges? "Veterans can't do the work," an Ivy League president told me a few years ago. Not at a press event. Not an interview. I won't out the individual.
"Generally devaluing the demonstrated abilities of the men and women who commit to national service is as ugly as the coarsest racism, sexism, etc., that presumably this same leader wouldn't be caught dead expressing. For shame," said Jon Burdick, University of Rochester's dean of admissions and financial aid, when told of the president's quote.
"Anybody who wants to say that should be required to provide proof -- including proof that guiding enrolling veterans to success on their campus would be a greater burden than the significant efforts they voluntarily make in guiding their underrepresented minority students, varsity athletes, and legacy children of major donors."
WXXI News (November 11, 2013)
Need Help Adjusting to College Life? There's an App For That
Students often face a variety of challenges when adjusting to college life, including academic and emotional issues.
The University of Rochester has launched a new program to link students seeking help with the appropriate office on campus that can offer assistance.
It's a smartphone or desktop app called the Care Resource Center. Care's main coordinator, Erin Halligan, says all the student has to do is click on the subject listing that describes their situation. "It brings them to the primary office on campus that can help with their concern."
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (November 10, 2013)
Guest Essay: New UR scholarship will help area veterans
Our community can be proud that the University of Rochester is one place where our veterans can excel and train for continuing leadership after the military.
The university's Pledge Scholarship, named in recognition of university alumnus Francis Bellamy, author of the Pledge of Allegiance, is one way that the university and the community are partnering to say "thank you" to our veterans for their sacrifice.
The Pledge Scholarship, in combination with the GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program (also available for dependent children of veterans), guarantees full tuition to all qualified post-9/11 veterans of the U.S. armed forces with at least 36 months of service, admitted to the University of Rochester (whether the college or the Simon business school) to pursue their degree.
Examiner.com (November 9, 2013)
Minority moms living in poverty benefit from depression therapy
Screening and identifying depressed minority moms and providing them with relationship-based, short-term therapy during weekly home visits can relieve depression, says a new study by the University of Rochester.
Researchers say that the mothers' children also benefit from their mothers' recovery. "Extensive research has shown that young children whose primary caregivers are depressed often begin life on the wrong foot," said psychologist Sheree Toth, lead author of the study and executive director of the Mt. Hope Family Center at the University of Rochester.
New York Times (November 8, 2013)
By DAVID M. PRIMO
IN the policy world, corporate disclosure is widely seen as an unalloyed good. Publicly traded corporations are under growing pressure to reveal more information about C.E.O. compensation, political spending and even the dangers that climate change poses for the company.
David M. Primo is an associate professor of political science and business administration at the University of Rochester.
Market Watch (November 8, 2013)
Healthy sleep could ward off Alzheimer's
As we learn more about potential ways to ward off dementia and Alzheimer's disease as we age, from exercise to diet to web surfing to marijuana use, a new study makes the case that getting a good night's sleep just might be the most important thing we can do.
Researchers had suspected that this self-cleaning went on in our heads each night, but the new study put the process, and its intensity, in far clearer focus. For example, the team witnessed that when the mice slept, brain cells actually shrunk in size, expanding the spaces in between them by as much as 60% and facilitating the flushing of waste.
"It's like opening and closing a faucet," said University of Rochester neurosurgeon Maiken Nedergaard, who directed the study.
At minimum, the research highlights the potential importance of regular sleep in slowing dementia, as well as the possible neurological risks of consistently getting too little sleep.
Rochester Business Journal (November 8, 2013)
UR creates its new blueprint for the future
The University of Rochester has big plans for the next five years.
Its board approved a new strategic plan in October that aims to improve the quality of education in all of its schools, strengthen its standing among research universities and make significant investments in the burgeoning field of data science.
The Chronicle of Higher Education (November 7, 2013)
With New Microscholarship Site, Colleges Aim to Shape Student Behavior
To students and their parents, merit scholarships are rewards for doing all the right things in high school. But not all students know what colleges value, or even believe college is within their reach. What if colleges could use merit aid not only to reward students for their behavior, but also to shape it?
Jonathan Burdick, dean of college admission and vice provost at the University of Rochester, was "a fan of this idea from the moment I heard about it," he said. Imagine a low-income student who is bused to a school where he can take IB courses, Mr. Burdick said. Seeing money from colleges add up will help that student explain his dedication when friends ask why he bothers.
New Scientist (November 7, 2013)
Five fascinating things revealed by Twitter data
1. Tweet for the sick
You can use tweets to track the spread of disease. Adam Sadilek at the University of Rochester in New York and his colleagues used Twitter to follow the spread of flu virus in New York City. They used machine learning algorithms to search 4.4 million tweets for signs that people were feeling unwell. The system could differentiate between actual and metaphorical sickness, so "I'm sick of this traffic", for example, wouldn't register as illness.
Combining this with location data, the team was able to see how the flu was travelling and predict when twitter users would fall ill. It could, perhaps, one day be used to warn people when they're about to enter an area with a high infection rate.
YNN Rochester (November 6, 2013)
Lovely Warren Makes History
Catherine Cerulli is director of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's studies at the University of Rochester. She says Warren's victory, while inspiring, also highlights the struggles women still face, in both politics, and in general.
"I think that women have to continue to prove themselves in ways that men don't necessarily," Cerulli said.
Psychology Today (November 6, 2013)
Cleaning the Brain
How Does the Brain "Cleanse"?
Researchers under Maiken Nedergaard at the University of Rochester last year discovered the "glymphatic system" in the brain of the mouse. It does much of what lymph does in other tissues - transport loads of stuff that blood does not carry. Some are nutrients, some are difficult to obtain proteins. Other substances pumped through the system are waste products—including clumps of amyloid and other proteins that many think help produce major neurodegenerative diseases—like Alzheimers, other dementias, and Parkinsonism.
Last week the same team announced the glymphatic system - at least in mice - is ten times more active in sleep than during wake.
The Washington Post (November 5, 2013)
How money talks in state legislatures
[Joshua Tucker: As Americans head to the polls Tuesday, we are pleased to welcome the following guest post from University of Rochester political scientist Lynda Powell based on research from her new book "The Influence of Campaign Contributions in State Legislatures," which was awarded the American Political Science Association's 2013 Richard F. Fenno, Jr. Prize for the best book on legislative politics.]
What voting studies cannot detect are the important, but less observable, pathways where money is more likely to shape legislation. Members have many opportunities, especially in the committee process, to structure the details of legislation to a donor's advantage.
My book, "The Influence of Campaign Contributions in State Legislatures," explains these chamber differences in influence. Studying the 99 state chambers rather than Congress allowed me to model how political and institutional features of legislatures, such as term limits, affect the individual choices lawmakers make about how much time to devote to fundraising.
Scientific American (November 4, 2013)
Why you can see in the dark: it’s just a bunch of hand-waving
Our nervous systems are good at establishing connections. You learn your boss's name on your first day at work and from then on associate it with her face. You enjoy a new food at a restaurant and start ordering it when you go out to eat. Repeated experiences such as these strengthen neural connections and form the bases for powerful expectations about our sensory experiences.
A team of scientists at the Universities of Rochester and Vanderbilt has found that study participants can see, and follow with their eyes, a ghostly image of their hand, when they wave it in front of their completely occluded eyes. (Also Reported in: i09)