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Historic designation underlines area’s bygone days

Since its legislative origins in the 1960s, the National Register of Historic Places has blossomed into more than the official federal list of buildings and districts significant in history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture. For building owners and investors, the ...

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New cybersecurity regulations need clarification

Unless substantially revised or scrapped during the comment period that ends in a matter of days, new regulations will make cybersecurity compliance more complex next year for banks, insurers and other institutions across New York. Among other measures, the proposed ...

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Performance shades merits of active management

I come to praise active management, not to bury it. Active management has been much maligned recently, including in this column, because of the increasing dominance of index investing over active stock picking. Indeed, according to estimates from Morningstar, actively ...

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Customers will drive revolution, local bankers say

Consider what the digital revolution did to video rentals, record stores, travel agents—even newspapers. Now financial technology has emerged to threaten the status quo at banks. Fintech, as it’s called colloquially, includes everything from PayPal to Kickstarter to the blockchain ...

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Med students examine meaning in bioethics classes

The ability of medical professionals to make sound ethical decisions—to do the right thing—is the very basis of health care. Medical providers are called upon every day to make fundamental decisions about the lives and well-being of their patients. But ...

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Solid strategies keep local nursing faculty stable

Nursing schools across the country are having trouble filling their teaching rosters. “There absolutely is a nationwide shortage of faculty,” says Kathy Rideout, dean of the University of Rochester School of Nursing and vice president of the University of Rochester ...

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Future curricula adapt to the evolving medical field

With an eye to the future, leaders at Rochester-area medical and nursing schools are on the hunt for clues about which specialties and skills health care workers will need to thrive in their rapidly changing field. Government research, professional associations’ ...

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Set clear boundaries and definitions for harassment

With sexual assault charges making an unfortunate appearance as an issue in the U.S. presidential race, it seems clear that anti-harassment policies should be a front-burner topic for employers. Although not all employers are legally obligated to have such policies, ...

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Ten minutes a week drives real return on investment

A few years ago, I wrote an article sharing the story of my friend, John Cochrane, CEO of be.group, a senior living and affordable housing organization in California. Be.group serves nearly 4,000 residents across 34 communities and employs 1,200 team ...

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Smaller advisers learn to differentiate themselves

Despite mounting regulatory pressure and inroads made by automated advice platforms, small financial adviser firms in the Rochester area and elsewhere are holding their own. Strategies helping the firms keep larger competitors at bay range from offering high-touch client service ...

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Finessing a fair distribution of the familial assets

John Doyle, president and CEO of Doyle Security Systems Inc., is bucking the trend. He is the fourth generation to run the family business, a longevity that few family-owned businesses achieve. According to the Family Business Alliance, in 2014 only ...

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Comparing index mutual funds and active managers

The index fund recently celebrated its 40th birthday. The Vanguard 500 Index Fund, the very first indexed mutual fund, began on Aug. 31, 1976. That might not seem like such a big deal, but consider that during a typical 10-year ...

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Simulations give medical students realistic training

Whether they are swiping and tapping on tablets or taking a computerized mannequin’s vital signs, Rochester-area medical and nursing students are knee-deep in technology. So are their professors, who generally have warmed up to tech-assisted experiential learning. When embraced holistically, ...

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Collaboration focuses on improving health care

What may not have seemed like the most obvious marriage at first glance—a major regional medical provider and a university specializing in technology—has turned out to be a happy one, say representatives on both sides of the Rochester Institute of ...

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Medical advances lead to individualized care

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia was taking its toll on Gerald Kressman. “All the kids actually came to say goodbye to me, because they thought I was going to die,” the 82-year-old retired construction painter says. After further testing, Kressman’s physician was ...

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