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May 15, 2017

At the end of the academic year, lots of love and attention is given to students, and rightly so. But Faculty Career Development (FCD) in The Wallace Center decided to show faculty that they are loved and appreciated, too! On Wednesday, May 10, 120 RIT faculty, representing most colleges, received that love through free coffee and refreshments, leading to relaxed and open conversation. FCD’s simple purpose: provide a place for faculty to take a break from giving and grading exams and projects. FCD’s invitation to all faculty: “There is no agenda or registration – just come if you can.” And faculty came! TWC library college liaisons were on hand, along with FCD staff to greet, mingle and chat with faculty.

May 9, 2017

This RIT News story was featured on the University of Rwanda website on May 8, 2017.

When Eric first saw the prosthetic arm that two RIT engineering students designed, he was nervous about touching it, let alone wearing it. Family and friends from his village in Rwamagana, in eastern Rwanda, gathered to be there as he received the new hand, and they encouraged him to try it himself.

May 8, 2017

This is an excerpt from the original blog post found here.

Professor Roberley Bell, an American artist with experience in interdisciplinary arts at a foundational level, led the workshop that 110 freshman students were a part of. Professor Bell teaches in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and this was the second time she has offered this workshop at AUS.

May 5, 2017

In Professor Zack Butler’s honors course, Puzzles For Computing, students are learning algorithms to both solve and create puzzles. They explore how human strategies can be encoded in a program, and how human puzzle authors can work together with computer programs to create puzzles that are more interesting than either could construct on their own. Students are investigating logic puzzles, math puzzles, word puzzles, and even brand-new puzzle styles that they are designing.

May 4, 2017

The Honors Program welcomes the 2017 late entry students. They are high academic achievers, engaged citizens, and campus and community leaders. Their extracurricular activities include coaching, tutoring and peer mentoring; and leadership positions in sororities, fraternities, national honors societies and other organizations. These students are research focused. Many of them will continue their research as Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows and will present their work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

May 3, 2017

The University Studies program helps students not just with their choices for a major, but with their overall growth and development as young professionals. The program also provides opportunities to serve the local community. On April 18, current and new late-entry Honors students joined together to volunteer at the FoodLink Warehouse facility. On April 24, ten women attended the 2017 Women’s Career Achievement Dinner with the University Studies Team.

May 2, 2017

Honors students in several colleges (GCCIS, NTID, CIAS, KGCOE, and SCB) visited professional associations and industrial partners during intersession and spring break.  


GCCIS Honors Trip to Seattle 

May 1, 2017

On March 30 & 31, The School of Individualized Study (SOIS) co-hosted the annual Individualized Major Programs (IMP) Conference at the Arbor Loft in downtown Rochester,NY. The conference was kicked off by keynote speaker, David Helfand, Professor of Columbia University and President of Quest University from 2008-2015. Helfand spoke to the unique educational opportunity Quest provides students through its non-traditional approach to higher education.

April 30, 2017

The Honors Program has begun to explore how they can engage their alumni in a more thoughtful way.  Program staff had dinners in the fall and spring and invited alumni from a variety of colleges to discuss this and other issues.

April 27, 2017

This academic year, the School of Individualized Study launched the Comics Studies Lecture Series. The series features artists, developers, executives, scholars, and writers who work on comics, graphic narratives, and comics-related media. The lecture series began in the fall with a workshop and public talk by New York Times best-selling and Eisner award-winning artist Ed Piskor. Piskor is the creator of the graphic novel Wizzywig: Portrait of a Serial Hacker and the multi-volume Hip Hop Family Tree, a documentary comic about the history of hip hop music.

April 26, 2017

RIT Press — RIT's scholarly publishing enterprise — is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Alexander S. Lawson Publishing Center, located on the second floor of The Wallace Center, on Friday, May 12, 2017. Join RIT Press as they celebrate this milestone! Reception with cake and refreshments will be held 3:00 - 4:30pm. All books will be 30% off in store 9:00am - 4:30pm.

April 25, 2017

Three Iberdrola Foundation scholars in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) MS sustainable systems program were invited to present their current research on grid-related topics on Friday, April 7 at AVANGRID (RG&E). The scholars are Jaime Sanchez-Ferragut Ardura, Marta Borrego de Guzman, and Sergio Mendez. They were accompanied by Assoiate Professor Gabrielle Gaustad who spoke about the research efforts underway at both GIS and the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies in grid-relevant areas. Several AVANGRID VP’s were in attendance as well as CEO Robert Kump.

April 20, 2017

On April 8, 2017, Dr. Nabil Nasr was honored at the Rochester Engineering Society Gala as a 2016 Engineer of Distinction. Each year the society selects outstanding engineers from the Rochester community based on their outstanding achievements and contributions to the profession who promote the importance of engineering to society, and whose professional reputation extends beyond Rochester.

April 19, 2017

Teaching and Learning Services (TLS), a division within the Innovative Learning Institute, has recently hired 3 new employees to assist with the development of courses and course-related media.

April 14, 2017

Honors student, Charles Hem, volunteered as a ski instructor for the Shared Ski Adventures Program this winter with CP Rochester. Shared Ski Adventures is an Adaptive Learn to Ski Program that helps people with disabilities become independent skiers/snowboarders. It is the largest adaptive ski program in the Rochester area. Program participants ski at Swain Ski Resort in Western New York. Charles’ involvement in this program has had a huge positive impact on his life and allowed him to make a positive impact on others.  Charles was paired with a student who has autism.

April 13, 2017

Each year, RIT launches the Faculty Scholarship Report to reflect on the previous year’s successes and to showcase valued faculty members whose research efforts continue to promote innovation, collaboration, and discovery. The 2016 Report marks yet another year of continued growth, with over 1,900 scholarly works included. Join The Wallace Center for the Provost’s Annual Launch Party on May 2, 3:00-5:00pm in the Fireside Lounge. Register online.

April 11, 2017

The Wallace Center hosted a Women on Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on March 25 in celebration of Women's History Month. More than 50 people from the RIT community and the public joined RIT librarians in improving the representation of women on Wikipedia. Together, they edited 146 entries about notable women! The event was co-sponsored by the Center for Women and Gender and the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Program.

Picutred: David Martins, center

March 14, 2017

As a faculty member, what institutional pressures are you facing?

Do you feel that academia has become too corporatized? Is this affecting your performance?

March 8, 2017

RIT Dubai is proud to announce that it is now officially recognized by the Jordanian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Following an ongoing review and site visits, RIT Dubai has received accreditation. The visiting Committee stated that they were impressed by what they had seen and the quality of education and support offered to students, alumni and the wider community.    

February 23, 2017

Daniel Vasta, a third-year photojournalism major, is one of a handful of RIT students who traveled to Kosovo last summer to pursue documentary projects as part of a study abroad program through RIT. Vasta, from Swedesboro, N.J., spent much of his time in Kosovo preparing and documenting the daily life of a family living in an abandoned prison just outside of the capital, Pristina. His work, along with the work of the other students who went, will be on display from 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 22 in the University Gallery.

February 20, 2017

Many academic publishers require authors to transfer some or all of their rights to their work when they seek publication. This can affect their ability to distribute their work to students or colleagues, to share it on their website or an online repository, or to incorporate it into future work. Faculty and graduate students are invited to learn more about their rights and how to manage their intellectual property at the second annual 21st Century Scholarship Unlocked hosted by The Wallace Center on February 24 at 1:00pm.

February 17, 2017

Rochester Institute of Technology has named three faculty members from Saunders College of Business as the Paul and Francena Miller Chairs in International Education for the 2017-2018 academic year. Professor Robert Barbato, Associate Professor Michael Palanski and Associate Professor Zhi Tang teach in the Saunders College Department of Management, International Business and Entrepreneurship.

February 15, 2017

Applications are now being accepted for the Student Learning @ RIT Assessment Grant. The grant is designed to support the development and implementation of student learning assessment activities in academic programs and the General Education Framework, as well as to promote innovative approaches or improved practice in the assessment of student learning.

February 13, 2017

A team of RIT students and a professor spent their college winter break collecting GPS data points and conducting economic surveys for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at refugee camp in Rwanda.

Back in class at RIT, the team will use that data to create maps that can help improve the lives of refugees and refugee camp organizers in Rwanda.

February 6, 2017

SOIS visiting assistant professor, Daniel Worden's co-edited book Postmodern/Postwar--& After: Rethinking American Literature was recently published by the University of Iowa Press. He also co-edited and wrote an article for a special forum, “Style as Character: Joan Didion’s Genres,” in the most recent issue of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. The forum features essays by leading scholars in autobio