Ashley Hirtzel http://wrvo.org en Why Common Core? The controversy over standardized tests http://wrvo.org/post/why-common-core-controversy-over-standardized-tests <p></p><p>A major part of Common Core learning standards is a standardized testing system. A system that many have taken issue with.</p><p>“I’m all for setting the bar high, but you are setting the bar so high that you are going to defeat a group of people and they’re going to drop out of school,” said parent Lisa Arnone. “As a middle school teacher I already hear them talking. They say ‘they’ll never pass those tests and they’re done.’ And that will be a shame that they will be defeated by these tests.”</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 10:46:00 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 53233 at http://wrvo.org Why Common Core? The controversy over standardized tests Why Common Core? Expectations for students, teachers http://wrvo.org/post/why-common-core-expectations-students-teachers <p></p><p>In classrooms across New York, students are being taught under the Common Core learning standards, requirements that specify what students should know in English Language Arts and math based on grade level.</p><p>Students are expected to read and more thoroughly analyze nonfiction text as part of the English requirement. In math, students must have a deeper understanding of concepts and memorize certain formulas.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:44:15 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 53229 at http://wrvo.org Why Common Core? Expectations for students, teachers Why Common Core? How the controversial program came to NY http://wrvo.org/post/why-common-core-how-controversial-program-came-ny <p></p><p>The Common Core Learning Standards in New York state have caused a great deal of confusion and controversy. But where did Common Core come from and why was it implemented?</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:29:28 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 53218 at http://wrvo.org Why Common Core? How the controversial program came to NY Off-the-shelf football gear offers same protection as custom-built http://wrvo.org/post/shelf-football-gear-offers-same-protection-custom-built-0 <p></p><p>Special mouth guards and helmets marketed to help reduce concussions may not actually provide any additional protection for football players <a href="https://aap.confex.com/aap/2013/webprogrampress/Paper22211.html">a new report claims.</a> The findings are from a 2012 study that followed 1,332 high school athletes during a season.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 13:58:43 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 47837 at http://wrvo.org Off-the-shelf football gear offers same protection as custom-built Research group praises wind energy's production, health impact http://wrvo.org/post/research-group-praises-wind-energys-production-health-impact <p></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:38:42 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 47530 at http://wrvo.org Research group praises wind energy's production, health impact Refugees revitalize Rust Belt city of Buffalo http://wrvo.org/post/refugees-revitalize-rust-belt-city-buffalo <p></p><p><em>Upstate New York cities take in around 90 percent of all current refugee resettlements in the state. All this week, The Innovation Trail is taking a look at how that diverse population has weaved its way into the region’s changing economy.</em></p><p>In Buffalo, a handful of students from countries all over the world are sitting in a class at <a href="http://jersbuffalo.org/">Journey’s End Refugee Services. </a>They are learning how to become janitors for local businesses. The group nods as a student explains an assignment to them.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:35:45 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 47373 at http://wrvo.org Refugees revitalize Rust Belt city of Buffalo Researchers work to develop wireless Internet underwater http://wrvo.org/post/researchers-work-develop-wireless-internet-underwater <p></p><p><a href="http://Buffalo.edu">University at Buffalo </a>researchers are developing an underwater internet system. The wireless network aims to improve the detection of tsunamis and could potentially save lives. The deep-sea system integrates acoustic underwater networks with the Internet.</p><p>A network of acoustic sensors placed on the ocean floor collects data. That information is then sent up to a buoy on the surface, where it’s converted into radio waves.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:07:25 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 46344 at http://wrvo.org Researchers work to develop wireless Internet underwater Land Bank law amended, counties can now buy vacant properties http://wrvo.org/post/land-bank-law-amended-counties-can-now-buy-vacant-properties <p></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 11:44:26 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 45149 at http://wrvo.org Proposed legislation expected to boost apple production in NY state http://wrvo.org/post/proposed-legislation-expected-boost-apple-production-ny-state <p>Sen. Charles Schumer and a group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are pushing a bill that would lower the federal tax on hard apple cider. New York is the second largest apple grower in the nation, and the idea behind the bill is to give another source of income for small apple growers.<br /><br />At LynOaken Farms in Medina, General Manager Darrell Oakes explains there are roughly 300 varieties of apples in the self-harvest section.<br /> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:55:48 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 44917 at http://wrvo.org Proposed legislation expected to boost apple production in NY state Historic architecture improved with new technology http://wrvo.org/post/historic-architecture-improved-new-technology-0 <p></p><p>A western New York business is creating terra cotta architectural features with the help of the latest technology. The objects are an important element in restoring and maintaining historic buildings, and building new ones.</p><p><a href="http://www.bostonvalley.com/">The work done at Boston Valley Terra Cotta dates </a>back to the late 1800's. The gargoyles, statues, and feature tiles they create can be seen on buildings like Grand Central Station, the Philadelphia Public Library, and the Poptahof in the Netherlands.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:14:01 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 42936 at http://wrvo.org Historic architecture improved with new technology Lockport residents continue waiting for Eighteenmile Creek cleanup plan http://wrvo.org/post/lockport-residents-continue-waiting-eighteenmile-creek-cleanup-plan <p>The Environmental Protection Agency outlined its plans to clean up a heavily polluted creek at a public meeting in Lockport on Tuesday. But some residents in the western New York community are concerned that the plans won’t happen fast enough, with an official decision not scheduled until the end of September.<p>Eighteenmile Creek is a 15-mile waterway that runs into Lake Ontario, and has been designated an area of concern by the agency because of its history as an industrial discharge outlet. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 12:15:17 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 42665 at http://wrvo.org Lockport residents continue waiting for Eighteenmile Creek cleanup plan Floating USGS lab continues monitoring of Great Lakes http://wrvo.org/post/floating-usgs-lab-continues-monitoring-great-lakes <p></p><p>The Great Lakes Fishery Commission estimates that more than 40 million people in the U.S. and Canada depend on the Great Lakes for food, drinking water and recreation. A state-of-the-art research vessel, called the “Muskie,” is currently making its way through Lake Erie collecting data samples for the U.S. Geological Survey.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 10:07:11 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 42562 at http://wrvo.org Floating USGS lab continues monitoring of Great Lakes The EPA weighs cleanup options for Eighteenmile Creek http://wrvo.org/post/epa-weighs-cleanup-options-eighteenmile-creek <p></p><p>Eighteenmile Creek in Lockport, N.Y. has been a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency <a href="http://www.epa.gov/grtlakes/aoc/eighteen/index.html" target="_blank">designated area of concern</a> for decades. Because of recent flooding, the EPA is now weighing the option of permanently relocating people living closest to the creek ahead of a massive site cleanup.</p><p>Affected residents say a solution can’t come soon enough.</p> Sat, 03 Aug 2013 12:34:00 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 41632 at http://wrvo.org The EPA weighs cleanup options for Eighteenmile Creek Upstate health care centers funded to get uninsured into Affordable Care Act http://wrvo.org/post/upstate-health-care-centers-funded-get-uninsured-affordable-care-act <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>As delays pile up in the implementation of components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded&nbsp;$150 million to the nation’s health care centers as part of an outreach and enrollment program for patients with low incomes.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:10:36 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel & Kate O'Connell 41318 at http://wrvo.org Upstate health care centers funded to get uninsured into Affordable Care Act Nationwide research project enlists public to help collect water data http://wrvo.org/post/nationwide-research-project-enlists-public-help-collect-water-data <p>Mobile technology has created some new opportunities for citizen scientists to play an active part in research, especially with tighter budgets. Now a nationwide project is enlisting the public to gather up-to-date information on water levels.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:03:57 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 40494 at http://wrvo.org Nationwide research project enlists public to help collect water data Casino revenue to be used for multiple initiatives in Niagara Falls http://wrvo.org/post/casino-revenue-be-used-multiple-initiatives-niagara-falls <p>The City of Niagara Falls is set to receive a lump sum of $89 million after the settlement of a long-standing dispute between New York state <a href="http://www.niagarafallsusa.org/mayor.cfm">and the Seneca Nation over gambling revenues</a>.</p><p></p><p>The first order of business for the city is to pay back over $22 million borrowed from its general fund that’s been depleted over the past several years while the state and Senecas were at odds.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 19:57:57 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 39893 at http://wrvo.org Casino revenue to be used for multiple initiatives in Niagara Falls Seneca casino deal releases 100% of disputed revenues, windfall for localities and state http://wrvo.org/post/seneca-casino-deal-releases-100-disputed-revenues-windfall-localities-and-state <p>The lengthy dispute over casino royalties was resolved in Niagara Falls on Thursday with the signing of new deal between the state of New York and the Seneca Nation of Indians.&nbsp;</p><p>This deal is the third in 30 days between the state and upstate Indian nations since the governor launched his initiative to push for additional casinos (or as he calls them "resort destinations"), in upstate.</p><p>What's in it for the Seneca? Support from Albany to uphold their rights to run exclusive gaming operations in western New York.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 19:06:37 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel & Matthew Leonard 39580 at http://wrvo.org Seneca casino deal releases 100% of disputed revenues, windfall for localities and state State legislature moves one step closer to dissolving Peace Bridge Authority http://wrvo.org/post/state-legislature-moves-one-step-closer-dissolving-peace-bridge-authority <p>A bill that could bring the dissolution of the bi-national peace bridge authority one step closer has passed through the New York State Assembly and Senate.</p><p>Under the bill proposed by <a href="http://www.senatormarkgrisanti.com/">Sen. Mark Grisanti</a> and <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Sean-Ryan">Assemblyman Sean Ryan</a> the Peace Bridge Authority will have until July, 2014 to get its affairs in order. Ryan says the bill also brings the authority back in line with similar state entities.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:21:29 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 39470 at http://wrvo.org State legislature moves one step closer to dissolving Peace Bridge Authority Bill aims to increase number of 'green' homes built in state http://wrvo.org/post/bill-aims-increase-number-green-homes-built-state <p><a href="http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S1710-2013" style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill passed in the State Senate</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> aims to increase the number of green homes built in New York state.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The legislation would give municipalities the power to grant tax exemptions for green home construction in their district.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:27:00 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 39253 at http://wrvo.org Statewide program hopes to boost math and science teacher performance http://wrvo.org/post/statewide-program-hopes-boost-math-and-science-teacher-performance <p>It’s an initiative that aims to boost student interest in Science, Technology, Math and Engineering across the state. <a href="http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/05202013-20-nys-master-teacher-program">The Master Teachers program</a> also hopes to ensure teachers perform at their highest level.</p><p>More than 250 current math and science teachers will be chosen from the Mid-Hudson, North Country, central New York and western New York regions to participate in the program, where they’ll mentor undergraduate education students and early career teachers.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:30:27 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 38874 at http://wrvo.org Statewide program hopes to boost math and science teacher performance Mobile app prototype targets readmission rates, aims to lower ER and insurance costs http://wrvo.org/post/mobile-app-prototype-targets-readmission-rates-aims-lower-er-and-insurance-costs <p>A new mobile app is expected to help improve the quality of patient care across the nation. &nbsp;A team of University at Buffalo students have created it to help reduce hospital readmission rates.</p><p>Currently in the prototype stage, the <a href="https://www.gequest.com/c/hospital/visualization/352" target="_blank">“Discharge Roadmap”</a> app will help patients once they leave the hospital but allowing them and their caregivers to fully participate in the discharge planning process.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 20:08:05 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 38577 at http://wrvo.org Farming or high-tech park? One community weighs the options http://wrvo.org/post/farming-or-high-tech-park-one-community-weighs-options <p>The quiet western New York farming community of Alabama sits among acres of farm and wetland. It’s also the site chosen for a new Science Technology and Manufacturing Park, known as STAMP. The high-tech park has also been the subject of some public scrutiny, as Genesee county rates highly amongst top agricultural producers in the state. The project is also an example of when the values of agricultural communities are starting to rub up against an upstate development agenda focused around high-tech manufacturing.</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 13:01:33 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 38501 at http://wrvo.org Farming or high-tech park? One community weighs the options Senecas are remaining holdout to reach a casino deal with NY state http://wrvo.org/post/senecas-are-remaining-holdout-reach-casino-deal-ny-state-0 <p>The governor is optimistic Oneida and Madison Counties will go along with the deal he struck last week with the Oneida Indian Nation over casino gambling. The state also reached a deal with St. Regis Mohawk leaders this week. The Seneca Nation is the remaining holdout tribe still in dispute with the state over gambling</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 13:31:56 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Ashley Hirtzel 38386 at http://wrvo.org Senecas are remaining holdout to reach a casino deal with NY state Event showcases student innovation and creativity http://wrvo.org/post/event-showcases-student-innovation-and-creativity <p>More than 100 kids showcased their ideas at the 11th annual <a href="http://www.wnykidsinvent.org/index.html">Western New York Invention Convention</a>, held recently at <a href="http://medaille.edu">Medaille College in Buffalo</a>. It was created to promote creative thinking and encourage scientific problem solving. Sat, 11 May 2013 12:36:00 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 37649 at http://wrvo.org Event showcases student innovation and creativity Program aims to promote manufacturing careers to students http://wrvo.org/post/program-aims-promote-manufacturing-careers-students <p>A new program aims to promote high-tech manufacturing careers in high schools across Western New York.&nbsp;<em> Dream it, Do it </em><em>WNY</em> educates high school students about the broad range of &nbsp;careers available in the industry. Fri, 10 May 2013 21:11:25 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 37160 at http://wrvo.org Program aims to promote manufacturing careers to students SUNY program aims to boost entrepreneurship in region http://wrvo.org/post/suny-program-aims-boost-entrepreneurship-region <p>The SUNY Research Foundation will give funds to several of its institutions to help foster entrepreneurship, including the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and Upstate Medical University. Thu, 09 May 2013 20:33:58 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 37531 at http://wrvo.org SUNY program aims to boost entrepreneurship in region Maid of the Mist construction resumes with much opposition http://wrvo.org/post/maid-mist-construction-resumes-much-opposition <p>The Maid of the Mist tour boats have been working around&nbsp;Niagara Falls for 167 years. Development has just resumed on the operation’s new maintenance dock, after delays caused by local opposition. Thu, 09 May 2013 14:52:56 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 37526 at http://wrvo.org Maid of the Mist construction resumes with much opposition Farm run-off is polluting Lake Erie, says new report http://wrvo.org/post/farm-run-polluting-lake-erie-says-new-report <p>A new report called Taken By Storm released by the National Wildlife Foundation is highlighting the issue of excessive fertilizer runoff into Lake Erie. The resulting algal blooms can seriously impact the health of those who rely on its water. Thu, 02 May 2013 19:19:00 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 37159 at http://wrvo.org Farm run-off is polluting Lake Erie, says new report Ammonium nitrate storage closely regulated in New York http://wrvo.org/post/ammonium-nitrate-storage-closely-regulated-new-york <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The chemical responsible for the death of 14 people and injury of over 200 in West, Texas, is in wide use. Leaving many upstate New Yorkers wondering how ammonium nitrate is regulated in New York state.</span> Wed, 01 May 2013 11:10:00 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 37051 at http://wrvo.org State approves funding for upstate food and agriculture projects http://wrvo.org/post/state-approves-funding-upstate-food-and-agriculture-projects <p><a href="http://esd.ny.gov/index.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Empire State Development approved funding</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for two upstate food and agriculture related measures in their meeting Friday.</span> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:48:00 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 36951 at http://wrvo.org State approves funding for upstate food and agriculture projects