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Rural banks make growth a priority, expand reach

About 18 years ago, Lyons National Bank faced a tough decision. The bank had only two offices in Lyons, a small village between Rochester and Syracuse where it had been serving local customers since 1852. Things had changed dramatically since ...

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Appetite for data fuels demand for innovative courses

Can social media be used to better track and analyze outbreaks of infectious disease as well as provide better treatment to individual victims? That question goes to the heart of University of Rochester Ph.D. candidate Solomon Abiola’s current work. A ...

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Flattening hierarchy fosters collaboration, connections

Despite its history as a bastion of hierarchy, medicine is changing with the times. Doctors have relaxed their grip a bit in order to accept expertise from other health care professions, and medical and nursing schools now offer learning experiences ...

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Certification programs witness growing interest

Demand for nurses’ assistants, emergency medical technicians and other certified health care workers has driven up enrollment at the colleges that train them, and that trend is likely to continue. “If I did have the finances, I would definitely look ...

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Don’t let long hours become habitual; strike a balance

Free-market economist and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman’s oft-quoted book title, “There’s No Such Thing As a Free Lunch,” reminds us to be wary of things appearing to come at no cost. The same might be said of the notion of ...

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Does leadership really care about the employees?

"Most CEOs I know honestly don’t care about employees or take an interest in human resources.” These are not my words; they are straight from the CEO’s message in Gallup’s recent research report, “State of the American Manager.” Jim Clifton ...

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Learning at work evolves with influx of digital media

These days, if a Xerox Corp. technician wants to learn how to replace a component inside a printer, he does not have to wait for his manager to send him to training. He does not even have to open an ...

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Rookie managers channel confidence, readiness to adapt

When starting out as a relationship manager at Karpus Investment Management in Pittsford three years ago, David Angeline encountered some hesitance from older clients about his age. Only 27 at the time, he began turning their uncertainty into confidence by ...

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Thoughtful planning avoids conflict, protects legacy

Jennifer Weidner knows the difficulty that arises when the math regarding an important collection does not add up. As the associate counsel for Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co. and the bank’s expert on estate planning and tax matters, Weidner ...

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Doctors wish for efficient, intuitive technologies

Rochester-area doctors have many ideas about technology not yet developed that would improve their professional lives and patients’ lives. Some of what they envision may even materialize soon. Still, fast-tracking a flurry of solutions to inefficiency and other issues hobbling ...

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Scientists fight hurdles to find new treatments

Outbreaks of Ebola, influenza and other infectious diseases have created fertile ground for research into their treatment and prevention. Despite that, researchers often have to overcome financial barriers to develop medical treatments or vaccines for such diseases. “The climate for ...

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Health care systems leverage data to improve care

Earlier this year, receptionists at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s orthopedics practices started handing patients iPads at check-in. The patients spend two or three minutes in the waiting room answering questions about their general health. Are they getting around ...

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Energy storage looks promising for Rochester

At first glance, they do not look like much: cylinders the size of commercially available watch batteries and foil-wrapped packets the size of cell phone batteries. From small packages, however, the staff of NOHMs Technologies Inc. are working to produce ...

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Geothermal systems shed their novelty status, draw homeowners

During the adventure of building a zero-energy home, Bethany Choate and Matthew Heimbueger decided that geothermal heating would dovetail with their green lifestyle. The couple has not regretted the choice or the upfront costs. “It really made sense economically versus ...

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Solarize Williamson picks up pace, attracts community interest

The momentum started by the town of Williamson is moving throughout that community as businesses and residents sign up to become part of a special solar system. In December 2014, the Solarize Williamson initiative led the Wayne County town to ...

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