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April 11, 2018

RIT Libraries hosted its 2nd annual Women on Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on March 24, 2018. More than 60 participants and volunteers improved the representation of women on over 200 entries on Wikipedia. An article about gender bias on Wikipedia and what can be done to remedy it, co-written by COLA librarian Lara Nicosia and professor Tamar Carroll, also garnered international attention.

April 9, 2018

When a hospital in Mazatenango, Guatemala, faced a backup on surgeries due to broken medical equipment this spring, Rochester Institute of Technology students including Cristina Guzman-Moumtiz came to the rescue. She helped diagnose and repair about 30 pieces of hospital equipment including electrosurgical units over a three-week trip to Guatemala for her Engineering World Health course.

April 3, 2018

“Learning from Love Canal and Beyond,” is the latest program in the Faculty Success series from Faculty Career Development (FCD), and is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and the Office of the Provost. The event featured two faculty-led sessions on environmental studies and sustainability at RIT. More than 60 faculty, staff and students from across RIT attended.

March 29, 2018

Luis Reyes-Umaña is a fourth-year biomedical science major who traveled to Chile for his fall semester in 2017.  From July to December, Reyes-Umana took classes and worked in local hospitals to get a taste of what international medicine is like. Although he is from San Francisco, Calif., Reyes-Umana also spends a good amount of his time in El Salvador where his parents are originally from. His experiences gained from being a dual-citizen helped him greatly when it came to interacting with local people in the hospitals as well as when he traveled throughout Chile during his stay.

March 22, 2018

More than 100 undergraduate students were recognized March 22 at the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Awards. Since 1976, RIT has honored the top 1% of undergraduate students that are able to maintain a high standard of academic excellence while also giving back to their community through civic or volunteer work, conducting research, or being engaged in co-op or work in their field of study. The event includes a reception for Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars, families and RIT faculty, as well as a ceremony where they are given an award medallion by the provost and president.

March 22, 2018

Mr. Amir Sagie, Deputy Consul General of Israel in New York visited RIT on February 14. He delivered a presentation to a group of about 20 RIT students from various majors, titled Israel’s Innovation Ecosystem and its Global Impact. Mr. Sagie talked about how Israel has long been viewed as a technology innovation hub and how this innovation ecosystem has impacted Israel’s global diplomacy and altered international relations. He also discussed new technologies in the areas of cyber-security, aviation, water, and agriculture.

March 19, 2018

Atlas Obscura, a website for “curious and wonderful travel destinations,” featured RIT Libraries’ Cary Graphic Arts Collection in March 2018. Subscribers around the world discovered the Cary Collection for the first time, learning about its active learning environment, unusual artifacts, and unique opportunities for students and researchers. Read more >>

March 19, 2018

Steven Galbraith, Curator of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, co-presented a program about the King James Bible at the Smithsonian Institution on March 17, 2018. The program explored the history, creation, printing, and enduring impact of the King James Bible. You can read more about their presentation at the Smithsonian Institution website.

March 15, 2018

Two RIT Kosovo alumnae named to Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ list

Blinera Meta and Dafina Olluri recognized for their work with Open Data Kosovo

Two RIT Kosovo alumnae are featured in a prestigious 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the field of European law and policy. Blinera Meta ’13 (applied arts and science) and Dafina Olluri ’13 (applied arts and science) were recognized for their use of technology to improve government transparency and accountability with the nonprofit organization Open Data Kosovo.

March 12, 2018

CIAS Honors students traveled to Europe in January, 2018, as part of a 3-credit leadership course. Students helped to plan and fundraise for their travel. They met to discuss the architecture, art history, typography, and culture of the cities and sights they visited. In April, the group will present a “travelogue” about the cities they visited, and will wrap up the term with presentations and projects based on their experiences – demonstrating their technical skills and creativity. Through their art, they will reflect on how they were impacted by their experiences.

March 9, 2018

Honors Students from UE and CAST joined together on Saturday, March 3 to take donations for Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester, at the 2018 Tails of Hope Telethon, broadcast from Eastview Mall. Lollypop provides lifesaving veterinary care, pet adoptions, humane law enforcement investigations and far-reaching community services for Rochester pets in need. Students answered phones and helped take donations to make the Telethon a success and to set a new giving record. Over $436,000 was raised on Saturday.

March 8, 2018

RIT’s Global Scholars is a group of about 30 students from RIT’s global campuses, currently studying at the main campus for spring semester. On February 24, the Global Scholars attended the Native American Winter Games at the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan.

Although the spring-like weather conditions of the day didn’t allow for the scheduled activities such as dog sledding demonstration and snow boat races, the student still had plenty to explore at this State Historic Site during the event.

March 7, 2018

Sixteen M. Architecture students from Golisano Institute for Sustainability, advised by Professor Jules Chiavaroli, recently had the opportunity to design sustainable, healthy residential projects in the Hudson Avenue neighborhood of Rochester. After conducting pre-design research, the students met with members of the community several times throughout the fall semester to receive feedback on their designs, which included single-family homes, a group of townhouses, a duplex, co-housing, and even tiny houses.

March 6, 2018

Honors Program alumni came together to catch up and attend an RIT hockey game on February 24, 2018. Alums came from Rochester, Seattle, the Albany area and New Jersey to attend the event in the Gene Polessini Center. They enjoyed a pre-game reception in the Honors Program lounge before heading over to cheer on the RIT Men’s hockey team against Mercyhurst University in the final game of the regular season. 

March 5, 2018

Mato Franković, mayor of Dubrovnik, Croatia and his team visited RIT's main campus to learn about the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem, both within RIT and in the region. Mr.  Franković is an RIT alumnus, receiving his degree in 2003 in hotel and resort management (CAST) from RIT Croatia.

March 2, 2018

Dr. Callie Babbitt, associate professor in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, presented the results of her research project “Sustainable Materials Management for the Consumer Technology Product Ecosystem” during Sustainability Day at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 (CES) in Las Vegas in January. She presented along with Walter Alcorn, VP of Environmental Affairs and Industry Sustainability at the ‎Consumer Technology Association, and Jake Swenson, Director of Sustainability at Staples. This research is part of an ongoing collaboration with both of these organizations.

February 28, 2018

HAYDN, an online journal published by RIT Press and focused on scholarship exploring the music of Haydn, has been recognized for innovation in journal publishing in the humanities and social sciences. Published semiannually, the journal integrates audio clips, images of the 18th-century composer’s scores, and other multimedia elements to augment scholarly articles written by international experts.

February 21, 2018

This winter, while the temperature has plummeted, soared, fallen, settled, and shifted again, 13 faculty have been engaged in supported writing practice. It all started in January, when six faculty braved subzero wind chill to gather in The Writing Commons for a “Kick-Start” faculty writing retreat, designed and facilitated by Dr. David Martins, director of the University Writing Program.

February 12, 2018

An article recently published in Joule by GIS faculty, Dr. Eric Williams, Dr. Roger Chen and GIS alum, Dr. Ashok Sekar, suggests that the spread of technologies enabling Americans to spend more time at home has a side benefit of reducing energy use, and, by extension, greenhouse gas emissions.

February 5, 2018

For the first time, Rochester Institute of Technology has been recognized by the Institute of International Education in its annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. RIT received honorable mention in the Internationalizing the Campus category and will be featured by the IIENetwork as a “best practice” in international education.

February 2, 2018

In January, Marla Schweppe (CIAS, School of Design) and Daniel Worden (SOIS) offered a one weekend, one credit-hour "Making Comics" workshop. More than 40 students participated from across RIT, and the results of the workshop have been published as comics anthology, available online.  The workshop is part of an ongoing series incorporating visual storytelling, comics and graphic novels. 

January 30, 2018

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the integrated free zone technology park, today announced the launch of the new Dubai campus of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT Dubai), a leading American university.

To meet the increasing number of applications received annually, the new premises will span a total area of 129,000 square meters with the capacity to accommodate up to 4,000 students.

January 22, 2018

RIT Libraries received a $61,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources to digitize rare videos about American Sign Language poetry and literature held in the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive. The project will make important works of Deaf culture accessible to the public for the first time.

This story is an excerpt of a story written by Luke Auburn and published by University News. You can view the full article at

January 15, 2018

RIT Libraries redesigned their website ( to provide easier access to library resources and services from any device. RIT Libraries also introduced Library Extension, a free web tool that displays the availability of books through RIT Libraries as users browse for books on Amazon, Goodreads, and other websites.

January 13, 2018

Five students from the College of Liberal Arts and one each from the College of Applied Science and Technology and the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences along with two chaperones and two volunteers went on an Honors Program service trip to Puerto Rico in January.  The island was hit by two hurricanes last fall that devastated their power grid and access to fresh water.  The group stayed at the Las Cabezas de San Juan nature reserve along with a group of students and chaperones from Cornell College in Iowa.