Kate O'Connell http://wrvo.org en Nuclear waste facility in political and environmental limbo http://wrvo.org/post/nuclear-waste-facility-political-and-environmental-limbo <div class="wysiwyg-asset-audio-wrapper" contenteditable="false"><div class="wysiwyg-asset-audio" fid="8648" description="" uri="npraudio://201404/Nuclear_Waste_1_-_KO.mp3" contenteditable="false"><div class="audio-player-wrapper"><div class="pi_assets-audio"> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:03:10 +0000 Kate O'Connell 54365 at http://wrvo.org Nuclear waste facility in political and environmental limbo Kodak puts Eastman Business Park on the market http://wrvo.org/post/kodak-puts-eastman-business-park-market <p></p><p>The Eastman Business Park (EBP) in Rochester is officially up for sale, Kodak announced Tuesday.</p><p>Company spokesman Chris Veronda says it’s the right time to hand development of the industrial and technology park over to a new entity.</p><p>"Kodak believes the site can best continue its transformation under the ownership of a firm that’s focused on its redevelopment. And, at the same time, the sale of EBP will allow Kodak to focus on its customers in the commercial imaging business."</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:35:03 +0000 Kate O'Connell 53303 at http://wrvo.org Kodak puts Eastman Business Park on the market Who is making sure school buildings are health environments? http://wrvo.org/post/who-making-sure-school-buildings-are-health-environments <p></p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 13:32:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 52357 at http://wrvo.org Water sale ban appealed http://wrvo.org/post/water-sale-ban-appealed <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Environmental groups won a court injunction last year against the village of Painted Post, preventing them from continuing water shipments for fracking operations in Pennsylvania.</p><p>The case was brought before the State Supreme Appellate Division Court in Rochester recently, with officials from the town in Steuben County vying for a different outcome.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:08:41 +0000 Kate O'Connell 51859 at http://wrvo.org Water sale ban appealed EPA finalizes standards to reduce car emissions http://wrvo.org/post/epa-finalizes-standards-reduce-car-emissions <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency finalized its <a href="http://www.epa.gov/otaq/tier3.htm" target="_blank">federal emission standards</a> for cars and gasoline Monday, putting them in line with programs already in place in California.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:49:25 +0000 Kate O'Connell 52224 at http://wrvo.org EPA finalizes standards to reduce car emissions Low radiation imaging comes to upstate New York http://wrvo.org/post/low-radiation-imaging-comes-upstate-new-york <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Young patients with spinal problems in upstate New York now have local access to imaging technology that substantially decreases their exposure to radiation. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:04:52 +0000 Kate O'Connell 51330 at http://wrvo.org Low radiation imaging comes to upstate New York University at Buffalo to tackle global environmental issues http://wrvo.org/post/university-buffalo-tackle-global-environmental-issues <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>A new institute designed to tackle complex environmental issues across the globe has been launched in upstate New York. This month, the University at Buffalo announced the launch of the RENEW (Research and Education in Energy, Environment, and Water) program.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:05:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 51585 at http://wrvo.org University at Buffalo to tackle global environmental issues Potential flood risk causes citation at upstate nuclear plant http://wrvo.org/post/potential-flood-risk-causes-citation-upstate-nuclear-plant <p></p><p>The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a citation to the owners of the&nbsp;Ginna&nbsp;nuclear power plant in upstate New York. Preliminary inspection findings released Tuesday cited the plant for failure to address a long-standing flood risk. The issue is considered a low-to-moderate level safety concern.</p><p>It all comes down to an improperly sealed manhole at the plant, which could have allowed flood waters to breach the rooms housing emergency batteries.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:19:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 51569 at http://wrvo.org Potential flood risk causes citation at upstate nuclear plant On-the-job injuries higher for public sector http://wrvo.org/post/job-injuries-higher-public-sector <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>New data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows New York state and local government employees experienced a much higher rate of injury and illness than workers in any other industry during 2012.</p><p>It may not be something you’ve ever considered, but a lot of the time, there’s an inherent risk associated with jobs in the public sector.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:58:39 +0000 Kate O'Connell 51322 at http://wrvo.org On-the-job injuries higher for public sector Possible treatment for Parkinson's developed upstate http://wrvo.org/post/possible-treatment-parkinsons-developed-upstate <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Researchers in upstate New York have developed a new cell therapy that could treat Parkinson’s disease, a neurological disorder which affects motor function. The study from the University of Rochester Medical Center suggests this new approach could not only halt progression of the disease, but also reverse its impact on the brain. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:07:37 +0000 Kate O'Connell 51215 at http://wrvo.org Possible treatment for Parkinson's developed upstate Study finds healthcare providers overlooking costs http://wrvo.org/post/study-finds-healthcare-providers-overlooking-costs <p></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:42:45 +0000 Kate O'Connell 51209 at http://wrvo.org Stem cell discovery sets science community abuzz http://wrvo.org/post/stem-cell-discovery-sets-science-community-abuzz <p></p><p>The science community was buzzing this week with news of a breakthrough in stem cell research. Stem cells have the potential to transform into any tissue in the body, and are being explored as treatment options for trauma and degenerative diseases.</p><p>When we’re born, our cells are programmed to carry out a specific role. They automatically become muscle cells, skin cells, nerve cells, and that role can’t be changed.</p><p>But stem cells can be manipulated to become any kind of cell, offering the potential for regeneration in the body.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:25:47 +0000 Kate O'Connell 51199 at http://wrvo.org Stem cell discovery sets science community abuzz Upstate communities tackle pollution in the Genesee River http://wrvo.org/post/upstate-communities-tackle-pollution-genesee-river <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Community members from across western New York came together in Rochester Thursday to address the issue of pollution in the Genesee River, and create an action plan for the immediate future.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 19:59:06 +0000 Kate O'Connell 51041 at http://wrvo.org Upstate communities tackle pollution in the Genesee River Biden promotes reinvention of workforce training upstate http://wrvo.org/post/biden-promotes-reinvention-workforce-training-upstate <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>In his State of the Union address President Barack Obama tapped Vice President Joe Biden to lead a reform of the country’s training programs to ensure the skills in the workforce match employers’ needs.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:49:16 +0000 Kate O'Connell 50627 at http://wrvo.org Biden promotes reinvention of workforce training upstate Researchers pinpoint where in the brain Alzheimer's begins http://wrvo.org/post/researchers-pinpoint-where-brain-alzheimers-begins <p></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:00:26 +0000 Kate O'Connell 50570 at http://wrvo.org Investigation launched into student debt relief industry http://wrvo.org/post/investigation-launched-student-debt-relief-industry <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s newly formed Student Protection Unit has launched an investigation into the student debt relief industry.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:22:54 +0000 Kate O'Connell 50470 at http://wrvo.org Investigation launched into student debt relief industry FDA reviews antibacterial soaps and washes http://wrvo.org/post/fda-reviews-antibacterial-soaps-and-washes <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has started a review of the safety and effectiveness of antibacterial products across a range of industries.</p><p>The first stage of the process will focus on antibacterial soaps and body washes. Despite some heavy marketing, FDA officials say very little is known about the long-term effects of these products.</p> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 50341 at http://wrvo.org FDA reviews antibacterial soaps and washes Antimicrobial glass for smart devices created upstate http://wrvo.org/post/antimicrobial-glass-smart-devices-created-upstate <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Upstate glass manufacturer Corning Inc. has developed the first <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egU8GLD7MG8&amp;list=UUGyKit14usd5PNw_nZ-8gKQ&amp;feature=c4-overview" target="_blank">antimicrobial glass </a>for our proliferating smart devices, lap tops, and TVs. The glass is more resistant to bacteria but, doubts are emerging about the benefits of antibacterial products.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:37:42 +0000 Kate O'Connell 50337 at http://wrvo.org Antimicrobial glass for smart devices created upstate Budget paves way for statewide information sharing for police http://wrvo.org/post/budget-paves-way-statewide-information-sharing-police <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Tuesday’s executive <a href="http://publications.budget.ny.gov/eBudget1415/fy1415littlebook/BriefingBook.pdf" target="_blank">budget proposal</a> address included a $10 million initiative from the Cuomo administration to create a statewide police information database.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:02:06 +0000 Kate O'Connell 50227 at http://wrvo.org Budget paves way for statewide information sharing for police Sheriff's departments air concerns over SAFE Act http://wrvo.org/post/sheriffs-departments-air-concerns-over-safe-act <p><span id="primaryContentDepotPortlet.contentDescription">One year after the passage of the New York SAFE Act, sheriff’s departments across the state are still struggling to wrap their heads around the law, and some have gone so far as expressing personal opposition to the new laws.</span></p><p>Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn says there are facets of the law that make sense, but that there are many problems. These problems, according to many upstate New York sheriffs, could have been avoided if they'd been more involved from the start.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 15:13:08 +0000 Kate O'Connell 50147 at http://wrvo.org Sheriff's departments air concerns over SAFE Act Experiment developed by upstate students heads to International Space Station http://wrvo.org/post/experiment-developed-upstate-students-heads-international-space-station <p></p><p>High school students in upstate New York watched as a rocket carrying one of their science experiments was launched Thursday. Its destination is the International Space Station orbiting the earth over 200 miles above us.</p><p>Vicki Aman and Cheyanne Jeffrey are in their senior year at Rochester Early College International High School (RECIHS). The team is hoping their research will contribute to our growing knowledge of life in space.</p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 49741 at http://wrvo.org Experiment developed by upstate students heads to International Space Station Cuomo outlines emergency preparedness initiative http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-outlines-emergency-preparedness-initiative <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>In his annual <a href="http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/2014-SOS-Book.pdf" target="_blank">State of the State address</a> Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined a major initiative to ramp up New York’s capacity for dealing with natural disasters.</p><p>Part of the multi-million dollar proposal involves installing a state-of-the-art weather detection system to provide more accurate, real time warnings.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:47:09 +0000 Kate O'Connell 49710 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo outlines emergency preparedness initiative Smartphone app can check cholesterol in 60 seconds http://wrvo.org/post/smartphone-app-can-check-cholesterol-60-seconds <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Researchers in upstate New York have created an <a href="http://www.cornell.edu/video/smartphone-app-uses-camera-to-check-cholesterol-level" target="_blank">app that will allow users to test their cholesterol </a>levels through a blood sample that’s analyzed directly through their smartphone. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 10:36:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 49251 at http://wrvo.org Smartphone app can check cholesterol in 60 seconds Refugee communities diversify upstate business environment http://wrvo.org/post/refugee-communities-diversify-upstate-business-environment <p>The desire for familiar food, clothing, and other products from home is spurring refugee communities in upstate New York to start their own businesses. In response, a group in Rochester has organized a six-week startup business training course to help the Somali refugee community navigate the process.</p><p>“They can actually create their own little local economy where they can exchange, similar to what they had in Somalia,” says David Dey, president and CEO of the <a href="http://www.institute4se.com/" target="_blank">Institute for Social Entrepreneurship</a>.</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 12:06:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 48996 at http://wrvo.org Refugee communities diversify upstate business environment Public Service Commission to be sued over withheld information http://wrvo.org/post/public-service-commission-be-sued-over-withheld-information <p>The state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) is coming under fire yet again with claims that the body’s proceedings lack transparency.</p><p>A group of elected officials, ratepayers, and environmental groups announced Thursday that they’re filing a <a href="http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/Verified-Petition_Memo-Law.pdf" target="_blank">lawsuit</a> in state Supreme Court against the PSC in an attempt to gain access to documents relating to the future of two power plants in upstate New York.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:37:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 48864 at http://wrvo.org Dunkirk power plant to switch to natural gas http://wrvo.org/post/dunkirk-power-plant-switch-natural-gas <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Many of New York’s power stations are reaching the end of their operating lives, with coal-fired plants becoming less viable from both a business and environmental standpoint.</p><p>This week, <a href="http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/12152013-dunkirk-power-plant" target="_blank">Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced</a> a $150 million deal that will see the coal-fired power plant in Dunkirk converted to burn natural gas.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:28:42 +0000 Kate O'Connell 48863 at http://wrvo.org Dunkirk power plant to switch to natural gas Fracking chemicals can disrupt hormones http://wrvo.org/post/fracking-chemicals-can-disrupt-hormones <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Chemicals used in the process of hydraulic fracturing can disrupt the body’s normal hormone function according to new research published recently in the <em>Journal of Endocrinology</em>.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:58:26 +0000 Kate O'Connell 48798 at http://wrvo.org Fracking chemicals can disrupt hormones Human-on-a-chip http://wrvo.org/post/human-chip <p></p><p>In a handful of labs around the U.S., researchers are creating human tissue from stem cells and manipulating them to replicate the functions of human organs, all on platforms about the size of a thumb drive. This research platform is known as a "human-on-a-chip," and it has the potential to change the nature of medical treatment.</p><p>Dr. Harry Salem has been involved in his fair share of exciting scientific breakthroughs, including the creation of the breathalyzer, the infant incubator, and Nyquil.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:57:34 +0000 Kate O'Connell 48507 at http://wrvo.org Human-on-a-chip State subsidy system lacks transparency at regional level http://wrvo.org/post/state-subsidy-system-lacks-transparency-regional-level <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:15:21 +0000 Kate O'Connell 48359 at http://wrvo.org State subsidy system lacks transparency at regional level Researchers investigate link between water pollution and NY property values http://wrvo.org/post/researchers-investigate-link-between-water-pollution-and-ny-property-values <p></p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:25:23 +0000 Kate O'Connell 48271 at http://wrvo.org Researchers investigate link between water pollution and NY property values