Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences
RIT and Sweetwater Energy bring students into the mix
Following the National Academy of Sciences recommendation that NASA re-institute an advanced concepts research program, NASA has announced their first class of NIAC Fellows. NIAC is an acronym for NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts. Hundreds of university, aerospace, and NASA researchers competed with ideas ranging from photonic muscle space structures to printable spacecraft. RIT is among only ten universities to be selected. The principle investigator for this award is Grover Swartzlander, who will work Alan Raisanen from the RIT Semiconductor and Microsystems Fabrication Lab, and students, to explore how radiation pressure from the sun can be used to steer solar sails through space.
2013 Baldwin Memorial Scholarships
Harshita Sood, Haeja , Gabriel Pendleton, Christina Catavero, Jeffrey "Nick" Fisk and Marissa Masek were awarded the David M. Baldwin Memorial Scholarship at a dinner in their honor.
The education-services company features RIT in the just-published 2014 edition of its annual book The Best 378 Colleges. In its profile on RIT, The Princeton Review quotes extensively from students at the university who were surveyed for the book.
According to a summary of student comments, "Rochester Institute of Technology is bursting at the seams with a myriad of fantastic academic opportunities. Students here greatly value the fact that the university maintains a strong 'focus on innovation' and heavily encourages 'collaboration [between] business and technology.'…Overall, an RIT education encourages students to think in new ways and challenge what seems impossible."
The publication also cites "RIT's fabulous co-op program which allows students to get real-world experience while still in school. And with amazing departments ranging from game design and animation to computer science and biotechnology, your academic needs and interests are guaranteed to be met."
"RIT offers outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book," says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president, publisher and author of the publication. "We base our selections primarily on data we obtain in our annual institutional data surveys. We also take into account input we get from our staff, our 35-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the wide range of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools."
The Princeton Review is an education-services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. School profiles and ranking lists in "The Best 378 Colleges" are available at PrincetonReview.com.
The Princeton Review is just one of several national rankings received by RIT. To view other rankings, go the university's website.
- Susan Smith-Pagano received a grant from American Wildlife Conservation Foundation for work on assessing the effects of invasive shrubs on migrating bird species.
- Kate Wright and Dina Newman
have been awarded a small grant from the American Society of Human Genetics. The Genetics Education Research Grant Program www.ashg.org/education/gerp
only awards one $10,000 grant
per year. The project is entitled "Development and Evaluation of an Assessment Tool for Central Dogma Conceptual Understanding."