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Max Schulte / WXXI News

You could hear the bells, bouncing off the brick buildings and the frozen Genesee River. Students from the University of Rochester Carillon Society rang them from high atop the University of Rochester’s Rush Rhees Library. Twelve rings a minute, 500 in total, to honor the half-million Americans who died of COVID-19 so far.

Sophomores Valerie Battista and Kayla Gunderson and senior Claire Janezic played them. 

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Ibram X. Kendi, best-selling author and anti-racist activist, addressed recent pain and anger in Rochester over the Daniel Prude investigation during a talk on Wednesday night.

The author of "How to Be an Antiracist" gave a virtual talk as part of the University of Rochester’s 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address.

Kendi commented on this week’s announcement that a grand jury will not indict the Rochester police officers involved in the incident last year where Daniel Prude suffocated and later died.

The University of Rochester Medical Center is ending its Executive Health and special patient services programs, which provide exclusive and extensive care to wealthy patients. The decision came after widespread outrage that major donors were allowed access to a vaccine clinic meant for employees. Among those calling for change were members of the Strong Hospital Ethics Committee. They wrote a letter to UR and URMC leadership, calling for an end to programs of privilege.

This hour, we’re joined by members of the committee to discuss equity in health care. Our guests:

  • Marjorie Shaw, J.D., Ph.D., member of the Strong Hospital Ethics Committee, and associate professor in the Department of Medical Humanities and Bioethics
  • David Kaufman, M.D., member of the Strong Hospital Ethics Committee, and professor in the Departments of Surgery, Medicine, Urology, Medical Humanities and Bioethics, and Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
  • Jessica Shand, M.D., member of the Strong Hospital Ethics Committee, and associate professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medical Humanities and Bioethics
  • Rev. Lawrence Hargrave, community member of the Strong Hospital Ethics Committee, and American Baptist Pastor


The University of Rochester said is committing to setting its minimum wage at $15 an hour by December 2022.

University of Rochester President Sarah Manglesdorf said the commitment to the $15 an hour minimum wage is an acknowledgment of the university’s obligation as the area’s largest employer and also being committed to efforts at dealing with structural racism.

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The University of Rochester is reversing some of the cost-saving measures they had to implement over the last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A letter sent out to the UR community said that faculty and administrators who had salaries reduced will see their salaries reinstated to their full amount, with the exception of some senior administrators who will continue to receive a reduced salary through June.

An official at the University of Rochester is cautioning people in the campus community about a recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

Vice provost and director of University Health Service, Dr. Ralph Manchester, said in a letter posted to the UR website that coronavirus cases continue to grow rapidly among the undergraduate student population.


Members of Strong Memorial Hospital’s Ethics Committee are calling for an end to “programs of special privilege” at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

How are local colleges and universities handling the 2021 spring semester during the pandemic? Nazareth College has shifted the start of its spring semester to February 1 due to the rise in COVID-19 cases after the holidays, while continuing to offer classes online. Monroe Community College resumed on-campus classes on Monday, but nearly 80 percent of its courses are being delivered remotely. The University of Rochester restarts most of its classes on February 1, offering both in-person and remote options.

This hour, we hear from representatives from all three institutions about plans for the spring semester, including access to courses, testing protocols, dorm life, and more. Our guests:

  • Beth Paul, Ph.D., president of Nazareth College
  • Katherine Douglas, Ed.D., interim president of Monroe Community College
  • Jeff Runner, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts, Sciences & Engineering at the University of Rochester

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

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COVID-19 is having a financial impact on local and state governments. New York state projects a loss of nearly $63 billion through the 2024 fiscal year. The state budget division says that’s a direct consequence of the pandemic.

But while the federal government is allowed to run a budget deficit, states and local jurisdictions can’t. Financial impacts on state and local governments depend on vulnerability factors like where the revenue comes from.