Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf is receiving a $1.6 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation. It will use the grant to transform its DeafTEC Technical Education Center for deaf and hard-of-hearing students program into a resource center with a goal of placing deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in highly skilled jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.

The deaf and hard-of-hearing are underrepresented in those fields according to NTID president Gerry Buckley.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Cuomo administration is launching a program aimed at increasing the diversity of the faculty in the State University of New York system.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the goal of the program called Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Growth is the hiring of 1,000 early to mid-career professors from minority groups by 2030. The Democrat says the program is being implemented at all 64 SUNY campuses.

The $100,000 grant for RIT comes from the The Ethics and Governance in A-I Initiative, a joint project from the MIT Media Lab and Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. This project and the other projects funded by this effort are aimed at helping combat the spread of misinformation, particularly when that happens through the use of artificial intelligence.

At RIT, researchers will work on designing software to help automatically detect what they call, 'deepfake videos.'

The local company is eHealth Technologies, which employs about 275 people in Monroe County.

eHealth Technologies provides a way for doctors and hospitals to retrieve a patient’s medical records more quickly, when time is of the essence because of the treatment needed for a serious illness.

A change involving the workforce at Jordan Health Center in Rochester is angering the union representing workers at that facility.

The union representing some of the employees at Jordan Health says that they have been notified the organization will outsource its billing operation and eliminate ten jobs in the process. Local 1199 of the SEIU says that the billing department is the largest department in the union bargaining unit. 

The union is asking for negotiations over that decision and demanded the center stop any further action to eliminate the jobs.

Hart’s Local Grocers, which opened with a lot of enthusiasm for another supermarket in downtown Rochester just over four-and-a-half years ago, is closing.

Glenn Kellogg, the president of Hart’s, said they will close the doors of that Winthrop Street market on March 24.

He said they opened with “great optimism” in the summer of 2014, and new development in the area held out hope for success.

The number of people without health insurance in Steuben County has been cut in half since 2014. That should mean more people have access to the health care system. But that’s not always the case, according to Erin Bankey, who manages funds from a state program aimed at reducing hospital visits in the Finger Lakes.

Charlotte Lehman could hear the man reading his credit card number out loud from across the Starbucks.

He was speaking to a companion, but his voice carried over the music to where Lehman sat. Surrounded by a dozen or so people, the speaker also divulged his phone number a­­nd home address.

After that, all it took for Lehman to identify him was a quick Google search. She was able to find the man's full name, what he does for a living and his professional website. She even heard him sharing a password.

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The U.S. economy added only 20,000 jobs — far fewer than expected — last month, the Labor Department said Friday. But the unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent from January's 4 percent, and earnings growth picked up.

The increase in jobs was below the 180,000 projected by private analysts and the smallest gain since September 2017. February's increase was dramatically smaller than January's revised gain of 311,000 and December's revised 227,000.

Rochester-based Carestream Health is selling off one of its business units. The company announced on Thursday that it is selling its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Royal Philips.

Royal Philips is a Netherlands-based multinational company with some of its operations located in North America.

Carestream says the HCIS business unit provides imaging IT solutions to hospitals, radiology services providers and medical clinics around the world. The company says that business has developed strong customer relationships and is positioned for continued growth.


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