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Rochester innovators get their due, and the NSF wants more science majors to become teachers

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Welcome to the Wednesday Trail Mix from the Innovation Trail team.

The U.S. and Canada are going to try and speed up cross border shipping inspection to boost business effiency.

Kodak's latest job cuts might see it emerging sooner from Chapter 11.

The NSF is hoping to get more science majors interested in secondary education.

Anti-fracking protestors are planning to gather outside the Auburn NY Town Hall tonight.


The National Science Foundation has awarded Nazareth College and RIT a $300,000 grant to support efforts getting science majors interested in secondary school teaching reports the RBJ.

Rochester School Board member Van White is looking to Harlem for the inspiration for a "Rochester Renaissance" centered around education reports Helene Biandudi for WXXI news.

And the Innovation Trail's Marie Cusick reports on moves to close the gender gap in career pathways in STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.


The U.S. and Canada are working to make vessel inspections on the St. Lawrence River more efficient to try and boost business reports David Sommerstein of North Country Public Radio.


Chenango County looks at how to address an ageing and declining population as reported by Erika Mahoney for WBNG.


Welch Allyn's back office accounting is moving south of the border, that's the U.S. border; reports the The Post-Standard. 

Rochester-based RF Communications has won a $397.5 million contract to supply hand-held radios to the U.S. military reports the RBJ.

Kodak might be able to exit bankruptcy earlier than expected according to the bankruptcy lawyer quoted in the  International Business Times.


This Tompkins County wind turbine manufacturer is working on a more resilient and responsive wind turbine reports the Andrew Casler for the Ithaca Journal/Gannett.

The world's most stable laser has been built and tested reports R & D Daily.

Digital Rochester held its annual awards for excellence and achievement in technology, and the full list of winners is below. This was the second time the GREAT awards had been held and the organisers say that they acknowledge the "Greater Rochester community's entrepeneurial spirit in technological achievement..."

Communication Technology:

Center for Governmental Research

Recognized for Govistics.com, a one-stop source for spending, revenue, and employment data on local governments across the U.S., plus spending and revenues for school districts nationwide.

Going Green Award:

OptiCool Technologies

Recognized for their effective and efficient data center cooling solution, whose unique design provides the requisite redundancy for mission critical systems and is 95% more energy efficient than traditional cooling methods.

Quality of Life Award:

William Wendlandt, Technical Project Manager, Carestream Health
Recognized for his work on the "X-Ray Room On Wheels: DRX-Revolution Mobile X-Ray System," a new mobile x-ray unit that can travel directly to the bedside of a patient and is easy to use and maneuver.

Technology Services Award:

Arista Power

Recognized for the Arista Power On Demand System that reduces peak hour energy charges by taking in energy during non-peak hours and saving it to use when a building is approaching peak hours usage.

Student Achievement:

Sean Petterson & Justin Hillery – students at RIT

Recognized for developing StrongArm, a lifting safety garment that makes lifting packages and materials easier and ergonomically safer for materials handlers.

Rising Star:


Recognized for their unique technology, FleetKnowSys™ Intelligent Telematics, a mobile work force management tool for the transportation industry that enables revolutionary driver behavior modification and preventive vehicle maintenance.

Visionary Leadership Award:

Paul Griswold, Finger Lakes Technologies Group

Recognized for his vision to pursue voice and data as the future of telecommunications, developing one of the first strategic partnerships with Cisco in New York State, and building a regional fiber network that spans over 800 miles.