Vice President Joe Biden is in Ohio today to tout a new Obama administration plan. The new rule would allow salaried workers making under $47,476 a year across the U.S. to be eligible for overtime pay. Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Bloomberg Business White House correspondent Justin Sink about what that means for workers, businesses, and the 2016 election.

Using goldfish to raise vegetables — and a new generation of scientists

May 18, 2016
Margaret J. Krauss

Until a couple weeks ago, the only species available for observation at Propel Andrew Street High School near Pittsburgh was the typical American teenager.

But on a recent Thursday, ninth-grader Jayden Scapellato was anxious to point out some new arrivals that are upping the school’s biodiversity profile.

“We have our tank on the bottom with a few fish,” she says, explaining the ins and outs of the school’s new aquaponics system — a kind of “aquaculture” that uses fish waste to grow food. “And then we have a pump that pumps water through the top, which has pods of these rock thingies that have plants inside of them.”

St. John Fisher College has appointed a new dean for the School of Business.

She is Rama Yelkur, who comes to Fisher from Saginaw Valley State University where she was dean of the College of Business and Management.

Yelkur had also served as the director of that university's Center of Family Business, which supports family businesses through education, networking, and collaboration.

Ray Shady had been Fisher's interim dean for the School of Business. He had filled the position previously held by David Martin, who left for a job in Connecticut.

The University of Rochester has named a new dean for the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Wendi Heinzelman will become the Hajim School's first female dean and she's been appointed to a five-year term beginning in July.

She currently is dean of graduate studies for Arts, Sciences, and Engineering and is a professor of electrical and computer engineering. 

Heinzelman was appointed to fill the post previously held by Rob Clark, who is now becoming University Provost.

Hackathon teaches youths digital skills

May 16, 2016

Dozens of children boosted their digital skills this weekend during a “youth hackathon.”

The participants — some as young as 8 years old — turned out for the ROC Youth HackFest Powered by AT&T at iCanCode, a training school on Jefferson Road.  

(WRVO) As New York state lawmakers finish up this legislative session, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli hopes one item he’s been pushing for years makes it to the top of the agenda.

M&T pays $64 million in mortage lending settlement

May 16, 2016

The Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today that M&T Bank has agreed to pay $64 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly originating and underwriting mortgage loans insured by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Federal Housing Administration that did not meet applicable requirements.

With the recent announcement by Solar City that job creation at the plant will be drastically reduced, concerns are being raised.

Wegmans CEO Danny Wegman has another leadership title. He's now Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Rochester.

Wegman has been chairman-elect for the past year and he succeeds Ed Hajim.  Wegman will serve a five-year term. He has been a university trustee for more than 15 years.

Danny Wegman and U of R President Joel Seligman had been working together as co-chairs of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council for several years until Seligman stepped down recently.


U.S. Photonics Hub Coming To Rochester

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