Alumni Speaker Series

April 11, 2014 Distinguished Alumnus rick kittles

The Epidemiology of Prostate Cancer: Genomic Insights

Friday April 11, 2014

GOS 08-A300

Rick A. Kittles ’89 (biology) received his Ph.D. in biological sciences from George Washington University in 1998, and his first faculty appointment was at Howard University where he helped establish the National Human Genome Center.

Currently, he is associate professor in the Department of Medicine and the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Univer­sity of Illinois, Chicago. He is at the forefront of developing ancestry-informative genetic markers and how this information can be used to map genes for common traits and disease, especially among African-American populations.

From 1997 to 2004, Kittles helped estab­lish and coordinate a national cooperative network to study the genetics of hereditary prostate cancer in the African-American community. This project, called the AAHPC Study Network, serves as a model for recruit­ment of African Americans in genetic studies of complex diseases.

Kittles is one of several featured experts in the “Race: Are We So Different?” traveling museum exhibit. He is also co-founder and scientific director of the Washington, D.C.-based African Ancestry Inc., a genetic testing service for determining individuals’ African ancestry.


April 12, 2013  Distinguished Alumnus

"WHO'D A THUNK IT? - Inventing and naming your brainchild"

Jon Roberts

1pm in CAR 1125  reception to follow

Jon Roberts '70 and his wife, Jessie Roberts 

Jon and Jessie Roberts will discuss the process of coming up with a product name and how Jon (and others) came up with inventions. They will also discuss REALLY BAD names and EQUALLY REALLY BAD inventions. The lecture focus is not "how to file applications" but rather the qualitative aspects of naming things (for trademark purposes) and identifying a problem and going about solving it (for patent purposes).


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1pm December 14, 2012  GOS A300 

Building a Career... from RIT to the present

Vernon LovelessVernon Loveless - Rochester Institute of Technology 1964-1969
University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.    1969-1973
Residency General Dentistry, Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, NY  1973-1974
Residency Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan  1980-1983
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon 1983-2005;  general dentistry 1974-1980 Teaching staff @ Strong Memorial Hospital in Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery  1983-present
Chief of Department of Dentistry, Rochester General Hospital 19987-2001
Hospital Attending Staffs with surgical privileges:  RGH, SMH, St Mary's, The Genesee
Retired from practice 8/2005

Roger KuntzRoger Kuntz - BS in Chemistry, Rochester Institute of Technology 1971

Worked at Eastman Kodak Company as a polymer chemist, 1971-1975.

While there, was responsible for the development of thermoset organic coatings employed in the manufacture of cameras, projectors, photocopy machines, and photofinishing machines. Also served as the Apparatus Division's member of Kodak's Biological Task Force. 

Graduated from the NYS Veterinary College at Cornell University in 1979.

Practicing at Chili Animal Care, P.C. 1979 to present. This is a seven-doctor companion animal practice located about ten minutes from RIT.  During the past several years, I've had a special interest in mentoring a large number of pre-veterinary students (and also some young veterinarians during the early years of their careers.)


Dr. Rick Kittles  ‘89

The Role of Diverse Populations in Personalized Medicine
April 30, 2012    

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Dr. Robert Loce

Principal Scientist and Technical Manager, Xerox

Smart Transportation via Video Imaging
April 6, 2011   

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Debra Ann Koch ’89

MS, CHP, LMP Clinical Physicist, Rochester General Health System

Medical Interventions and Radiation …What the Media Does Not Share
February 16, 2011    
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