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New research on the effects of e-cigarettes may influence FDA regulations of the popular devices

thumbnail imageBy Michelle Cometa

Risa Robinson is putting solid data behind e-cigarette puffs of smoke.

As e-cigarettes become more popular, her research into their use and nicotine effects will be used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate e-cigarette products touted as a means for smoking cessation, as less toxic and less addicting than traditional cigarettes.

“What the FDA doesn’t understand yet is whether e-cigarettes ... (more)


RIT athletes dive into competition during winter intersession

thumbnail imageBy Joe Venniro

For nearly 18,000 RIT undergraduate students, the winter intersession was a five-week break from the rigors of academics. But for 280 members of RIT’s athletic teams who collectively participate in nine winter sports, intersession was about forging bonds with teammates and connecting with the community.

With athletic competition gearing up after Jan. 1, winter student-athletes were required to come back to RIT ... (more)


Animation helps Web-based sign language come alive

thumbnail imageBy Scott Bureau

The Web is full of pages written in hundreds of different languages, allowing organizations to make information accessible to readers around the world.

But how do you provide a webpage in American Sign Language? Currently, some websites include videos of human signers, but these can be costly and time consuming to update as information changes.

To make it easier for companies and organizations ... (more)


Liberal Arts leads language learning for technical disciplines

thumbnail imageBy Vienna McGrain

A federal grant from the Department of Education will soon be used by RIT’s College of Liberal Arts to take foreign language learning by students in technical disciplines to the next level.

The grant funds a project that integrates two disciplines—one in languages and culture and another in a technical field of science, technology or business—according to Hiroko Yamashita, the Paul and ... (more)


Students, community ally to depict ancient story on film

thumbnail imageBy Rich Kiley

In what will be the first contemporary interpretation of the ancient Iroquois creation story, RIT students and alumni are working with community partners to combine live action with animation for a film project illustrating a captivating story.

The film interpretation of the ancient “Iroquois Creation Story of Haudenosaunee” people (also known as the Iroquois Confederacy) combines a wide variety of perspectives, talents ... (more)


Love of preservation leads student to fulfilling career

thumbnail imageBy Vienna McGrain

History and science have always been Melissa Sagen’s favorite subjects. But rather than choosing between seemingly “dueling” disciplines, she has blended them to customize her museum studies degree.

As a child, the Rochester native was fascinated by museums and yearned to protect the beautiful artifacts that told stories of days past. She learned a lot about pride in work and quality of ... (more)


RIT Fulbright Scholars Association starts a family of its own

thumbnail imageBy Marcia Morphy

Walid Yaqoobi hails from Kabul, Afghanistan. Neither of his parents can read or write, but their son, the second youngest of 10 children, came to RIT as a Fulbright scholar to study for his MBA at Saunders College of Business.

“They pushed us to go to school and study hard,” said Yaqoobi, who attended American University of Afghanistan and also worked as ... (more)


All his world’s a stage

Joe Hamilton works with students to build sets for NTID Performing Arts

thumbnail imageBy Greg Livadas

For nearly 20 years, Joe Hamilton has been behind the scenes of more than 100 productions at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. But he’s not only behind the scenes, he and his theater practicum students have also designed and constructed those scenes.

Each year, 300 to 600 RIT/NTID students are involved in NTID Performing Arts, whether they perform, design and ... (more)


Classic ‘speakeasy’ is setting for 30th anniversary RITz dinner

thumbnail imageBy Michelle Cometa

This year’s guests at the annual RITz Black Tie Dinner will be treated to a delicious meal in the setting of a 1930s prohibition-era speakeasy for “The 30 Club at the RITz.”

The annual fundraiser, taking place on Saturday, April 18, at Ridgemont Country Club, is hosted by the School of International Hospitality and Service Innovation, part of RIT’s College of Applied ... (more)