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RITPLATES: Drivers as colorful as their license plates

thumbnail imageBy Greg Livadas

Have you wondered what “drives” people to put their passion on a plate? A license plate, that is. You'll find that many cars parked on campus with personalized plates are intended to cause a chuckle, start a conversation or reveal the driver’s pastime or occupation. Here’s an inside look at just a few of the RIT faces who are taking creative ... (more)


New project uncovers true stories of Katrina survivors

thumbnail imageBy Vienna McGrain

Jessica Pardee’s eyes often fill with tears when she starts talking about her beloved New Orleans. It was in August 2005 when the lives of millions of people completely unraveled in New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina wiped away the few possessions some had. Pardee fled to Houston two days before Katrina made landfall, but her emotional anguish is still palpable.

“Katrina is ... (more)


Building bridges

Mentoring connections can span generations for women in technical fields

thumbnail imageBy Susan Gawlowicz

By the time she reached midcareer, scientist Jie Qiao knew something was fundamentally wrong with the science-and-technology workforce. She was struck by the dwindling number of her female colleagues presenting at professional conferences or assuming leadership positions.

“There are a lot of reasons why women drop out of science,” said Qiao, an associate professor in RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging ... (more)


Fibonacci conference explores ‘beautiful mathematics’ of number sequence

thumbnail imageBy Scott Bureau

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144 ….

This seemingly random sequence of numbers can be found in the spirals of a pinecone and the paintings of Leonardo DaVinci. It’s even found in brick patterns at RIT.

Known as the Fibonacci sequence, each number is created by adding the previous two together. Appearing in everything from sunflowers ... (more)


Students design own success at major Chicago trade show

thumbnail imageBy Rich Kiley

It was a year in the making, but the waiting was worth it for RIT interior design students who attended a key industry tradeshow in Chicago this summer.

The four students from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences’ School of Design joined Christina Birkentall, a visiting assistant professor of interior design, at NeoCon—North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial ... (more)


New Student Government president cracks code for student success

thumbnail imageBy Scott Bureau

Ashley Carrington doesn’t see technology as a hindrance to effective communication—she looks for ways to use it as a functional tool that enhances how she can interact with others. In her new role as RIT’s Student Government president, she plans to use social media to help ensure that everyone’s voices are heard.

Carrington, a fourth-year dual major in finance and management information ... (more)