Students at RIT are making international news for a discovery they made related to medieval manuscripts. The students developed a system that uses ultraviolet-florescence imaging to read text that's invisible to the naked eye. In their process, they discovered lost text on a 15th-century manuscript, revealing it was a palimpsest -- a manuscript on parchment with multiple layers of writing. The discovery and the system the students created will help libraries around the world learn more about medieval texts and collections.

The RIT project was a collaboration with the University of Rochester, where faculty and students are also making advancements in textual science. Is Rochester becoming a hub for this kind of work?

Our guests discuss the recent project, its impact, and what's next in the field of textual science locally and around the world. Our guests:

  • Roger Easton, professor at RIT's Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
  • Gregory Heyworth, associate professor of English and Textual Science at the University of Rochester
  • Lisa Enochs, second-year student double majoring in motion picture science and imaging science at RIT
  • Zoë LaLena, second-year imaging science student at RIT
  • Madeline Rose, Take 5 Scholar in English literature, computational linguistics, and classical mythology and ethics at the University of Rochester


A software company is expanding in Rochester and expects to create up to 100 new jobs over the next five years.

Officials with Calero-MDSL officially opened their new headquarters on University Ave, moving from Henrietta, which is where the company was founded more than 20 years ago. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul was in town for the opening.

We talk about screen time and raising kids in the digital age. How much screen time is too much? How can we create and model good habits for kids?

Devorah Heitner is the author of "Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive and Survive in Their Digital World." She’s in town as a guest of the Harley School, but first, she joins us on Connections to talk about tech-positive parenting. 

A number of new and evolving technologies were discussed at last week's Consumer Electronics Show. Facial recognition technology and location mapping were among them. 

RIT professor Steve Jacobs attended the show and will share what he learned. We also discuss the ethical and legal implications of those controversial technologies. In studio:

  • Steve Jacobs, professor in the College of Computing and Information Sciences at RIT
  • Larry Torcello, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at RIT
  • Scott Malouf, attorney whose practice is focused on the intersection of social media and the law


Tinder debuted in 2012, and since then, it – and other mobile and online dating apps – has revolutionized dating culture. Research on the subject is still in its early stages, but scientists say the multi-billion dollar industry has taught us a lot about human nature, what people look for in potential partners, and how technology can help or impede the process.

This hour, we sit down with people who have used the apps to discuss the pros and cons, and we hear from researchers about how Tinder, Match.com, and other sites have changed the landscape of dating. Our guests:

  • Dennis O’Brien, Rochester resident who uses mobile dating apps
  • Ouliana Nikolaeva-Hir, Rochester resident who met her husband on Tinder
  • Ronald Rogge, associate professor of psychology at the University of Rochester
  • Harry Reis, professor of psychology and dean’s professor in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at the University of Rochester

The future of the local economy will strongly feature the tech sector. So what does it look like in Rochester and the Finger Lakes?

The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce has put together a regional tech conference, and it will include the following themes: clean technology; diversity in the workforce; millennials in tech; making a start-up successful; and more. We preview the conference with our guests:

We have a discussion about how technology changes…with kids! We ask our guests about phone booths, fax machines, answering machines, and other devices that are no longer part of our everyday experience. We ask what those devices are and what they did, how they’ve been replaced, and what our guests think the future of technology looks like.

In studio:

  • Natalia Barone, incoming 7th grader at School of the Arts
  • Brielle "Breezy" Graham, 6th grader who is homeschooled
  • Calina Hernandez, incoming 8th grader at Spry Middle School
  • Ethan Moyer, incoming freshman at Brockport High School
  • Paul Moyer, professor of American history at the College at Brockport

Local students are teaming up with nationally-recognized artists to learn how to use art and technology to convey messages about social justice and self-identity. It’s a partnership between the George Eastman Museum and the Out Alliance.

We hear from students in the program about what it means to use social media to express themselves, and how digital tools can make a difference in shaping causes they care about. In studio:

  • Nate Larson, artist with Larson Shindelman
  • Marni Shindelman, artist with Larson Shindelman
  • Reese Simons, recent graduate of Victor Senior High School
  • Hannah Sarnov, rising senior at Hilton High School

Some brands are using CGI in their advertising, and consumers can’t tell that the images are not real humans. Is that ethical? Will CGI define the future of advertising?

We talk to experts about this trend. Our guests:

  • Scott Malouf, attorney whose work focuses on the intersection between social media and the law
  • Anne Esse, creative director and change strategist
  • Dan Mulcahy, creative director for Bush Communications
  • Jennifer Grygiel, assistant professor of communications at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

If you’re a smartphone user, have you ever considered switching back to a “dumb” phone? According to the Pew Research Center, 95 percent of Americans own a cellphone, and the share of those that own a smartphone is 77 percent. But new research shows that there are a growing number of people who have ditched the smartphone for flip phones or other phones not connected to the Internet.

While it’s unlikely that we’ll ever be back to the days of brick phones or landlines, experts say the reasons behind the dumb phone gaining popularity – security, financial, mental health – are worth discussing. This hour, we have a conversation about technology, boundaries, and how our devices impact our health (and you can stream it on your smartphone). In studio:

  • Caitlin Whyte, reporter and host of Weekend Edition at WXXI
  • Dr. Eric Caine, M.D., former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester
  • Mike Johansson, senior lecturer of communication at RIT, and social media consultant with Fixitology
  • Mark Sample, professor of history at MCC, and self-identified “dumb” phone user