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It’s Christmas in May in Jan-Juba Arway’s house. A “Happy Holidays” decal adorns a wall in the living room with five stockings around it, one for Arway and each of her kids. A Christmas tree topped by a glittery gold star anchors a corner of the room.


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Driverless vehicles, drones, and other forms of artificial intelligence are starting to enter our lives. Syracuse University launched a first of its kind institute to study these autonomous systems this past May. The Autonomous Systems Policy Institute or ASPI plans to take an interdisciplinary approach, bringing a number of its schools together to focus on autonomous systems.


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The Secretary of the Veterans Administration says Central New York Veterans will receive even more care options when the MISSION Act goes into effect next month. 

In an interview with WAER’s John Smith, Robert Wilkie says there will be new access and availability standards for healthcare implemented both here and across the country.  Wilkie applauds the quality of care at the Syracuse VA and the commitment of Syracuse University to serve veterans and their families.


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Syracuse University’s National Veterans Resource Center will be taking shape through the summer and open in early spring 2020.  Crews were busy this morning installing one of the first glass panels on the building’s exterior.  The center will provide a centralized place for veterans to gather for classes and a state-of-the-art information lab. 


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An estimated 3.8 million concussions occur in the U-S each year, and around half of those go unreported.  For viewers of sports, the injury can be uncomfortable to watch, but its impact to the athlete is often downplayed. 


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You’ve probably heard about self-driving cars, drones delivering packages, you might already use a smart-home system for lights and music.  But will these lead to problems in safety, security or equality? 


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Much of the nation’s attention today has been focused on the release of the Mueller report.  The founder of Syracuse University’s Insititue for National Security and Counterterrorism has been following developments of the investigation into collusion and obstruction of justice by the President and staff. 


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S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Dean Lorraine Branham is being remembered for her accomplishments improving the college, as well as her role as a journalism pioneer. 


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Syraucuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud said in an email to the Syracuse University community today that S.I Newhouse School of Public Communications Dean Lorraine Branham died of cancer. She was 66 years old. Branham had served as the dean of the school since 2008.

Music popularity comes in waves. What was immensely popular in the 90s is different than what dominates the radio waves today. One of the genres that has had it's fair share of ups and downs is Jazz. This week on The 315, Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss are joined by culture reporter, music critic, and lecturer Larry Blumenfeld. He's serving as the 2019 Jeanette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities at Syracuse University. 

He'll outline what he intends to address during his time at Syracuse, whether jazz is thriving or just surving, along with  how jazz fits into our culture today.


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