University of Rochester

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.

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Researchers at the University of Rochester have identified the chemical that leads to cancer resistance in laboratory animals: naked mole rats.

The discovery could eventually lead to new cancer treatments, and even the ability for cancer resistance in humans according to the authors.

Students Showcase Innovative Solutions

May 2, 2013

Seniors at the University of Rochester's Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have spent much of the school year in problem solving mode. 

Students have partnered with local companies to solve real world engineering problems in the fields of medicine, alternative energy, optics and communications.

Wayne Knox is Associate Dean of Education and New Initiatives, he describes the students' innovations that are currently on display as part of the Hajim School Design Day.



Five students at the University of Rochester have designed a tricycle control system that allows some people with disabilities to steer, brake and shift gears with one hand.

The project is getting international recognition and is a finalist for a da Vinci Award this month. Martin Szeto is one of the students behind the MonoMano system. They worked under the guidance of Professors Laurel Carney and Amy Lerner at the U of R's Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. 

Kids Break Ground for New Children's Hospital

Sep 10, 2012

In 2015  Rochester will be home to a new state-of-the-art children's hospital. WXXI's LeShea Agnew was there for the groundbreaking and has this story.

One "Shot" Away From a Stomach Flu Vaccine

May 9, 2012

University of Rochester scientists are gearing up to test a new vaccine designed to stop the norovirus, the microbe behind most cases of what people commonly call the stomach flu.

The U.S. government is keeping a close eye on the vaccine's test study as well. The symptoms include nausea, abdominal cramps and vomiting. The illness usually only lasts a day or two but affects more than 20 million Americans each year.