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2:31pm

Fri October 3, 2014
Tech

New RIT manufacturing lab aims to be state focal point

Credit RIT supplied photo

 

Officials at RIT have unveiled a multimillion dollar high-tech lab designed to help companies and innovators convert their ideas into prototypes and eventually new products.

The new Digital Manufacturing and Product Realization lab is located at the university's Golisano Institute for Sustainability. The $3 million lab is designed to be a focal point for manufacturers in New York State looking to evaluate and apply new digital manufacturing technologies.

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5:15pm

Mon September 29, 2014
American Made

Rochester Focuses On A New Picture Of American Manufacturing

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:17 am

Tom Worden works on a fixed-abrasive grinding table at Exelis Inc. in Rochester, N.Y. Exelis is an aerospace and defense company, and employs numerous former Kodak workers in its facility.
Mike Bradley for NPR

Rochester, N.Y., was once the imaging capital of the world, home to Kodak, Xerox and the eye care company, Bausch + Lomb.

Led by these companies, the manufacturing sector once employed 60 percent of Rochester's workforce. Now, that's less than 10 percent. And so, like many cities in this country, Rochester is trying to build something new from its manufacturing heritage.

If you want to understand the story of Rochester, says historian Carolyn Vacca, you need to come to High Falls, where from a bridge visitors see a waterfall and a panoramic view of downtown.

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12:02pm

Tue June 24, 2014
Refugee Health

National refugee health conference focuses on dealing with trauma, empowering communities

Therapist Pual Boyle runs a session for healthcare providers at the 2014 North American Refugee Health Conference
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Health care providers from across the United States and Canada and overseas came together in western New York to discuss the most effective approaches to treating refugee populations, many of whom have experienced significant trauma fleeing from conflict zones.

There are between four and five million refugees in the U.S. and their experiences often result in unique health needs.

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1:49pm

Wed May 28, 2014
Business

Composting startup aims to ease pressure on expanding landfills

Credit Community Composting

Every Thursday, Luke Stodola goes out driving, filling the bed of his truck with, well, poop. Sometimes, buckets and buckets of it.

“We give them a bucket full of composted soil, their cats defecate into the soil and we re-compost that soil cat-poop mixture into more compost,” Stodola said.

He works with an alternative waste-management company in upstate New York. He and the co-owners of Community Composting provide door to door service collecting food scraps, and the occasional bucket of cat litter.

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6:30am

Fri May 16, 2014
Post-Prison Employment

Rochester considers ordinance to limit questions about criminal history in job applications

Just over ten years ago, Paul McFadden was told outright by a convenience store owner that he was not employable because of a series of convictions in his teens.

Paul McFadden said, "What's the problem? What's going on?"

He said, "A person like you will never work inside of here. You've been a criminal all of your life. You've been a gang member all of your life. You and your kind will never... if I had it my way, I wouldn't even let you step foot inside of my store.”

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