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Soledad O’Brien anchors Expressions of King’s Legacy event

Female humanitarians showcased in keynote, music and poetry performances this year

thumbnail imageBy Michelle Cometa

Although she left CNN nearly a year ago, Soledad O’Brien remains immersed in journalism, telling information-rich stories about current events, people and places.

She will be at RIT this January to share some of those stories as the keynote speaker for the 2015 Expressions of King’s Legacy program from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, in the Gordon Field House ... (more)


RIT ‘hackers’ take problem solving to the next level

thumbnail imageBy Scott Bureau

It was Tuesday night and Stefan Aleksic was still recovering from the weekend.

After 36 hours of coding with hundreds of other students at Y-Hacks, Yale University’s Halloween-themed hackathon, Aleksic was experiencing the effects of a hackathon “hangover.”

“Still, I wasn’t going to let a little sleep deprivation prevent me from attending the next hackathon,” said the first-year RIT computer science major from ... (more)


Computing accessibility infuses Braille into hand-held technologies

thumbnail imageBy Scott Bureau

Turn on your smartphone, close your eyes and try browsing the Internet.

Although touchscreen devices are widely available on everything from mobile phones to ATMs, they are not very accessible for the more than 285 million visually impaired people in the world. Without tactile feedback on the keyboard, like on older push-button phones, blind users can have a tough time sending and ... (more)


Student health coaches provide link between patients, clinicians

thumbnail imageBy Susan Gawlowicz

Talia McKay checks the refrigerator for healthy food. Then she looks for trip hazards in the apartment to protect her patient and spends the rest of her visit talking with the elderly woman about her health.

McKay is a health coach. She and her RIT classmates are at the forefront of a quiet trend in health-care delivery. They are volunteers from Rochester ... (more)


RIT scientists, alumnus develop fruitful collaboration

thumbnail imageBy Susan Gawlowicz

Connections Han Ming Gan ’08 (biotechnology) made with two of his RIT College of Science professors have shaped his career half way around the world and transformed him from their promising student to a valued colleague.

Gan, a research fellow in the School of Science at Monash University Malaysia, is an expert in next-generation genetic sequencing. Collaborations between Gan and his former ... (more)


Students learn to speak without talking in ‘No Voice Zone’

thumbnail imageBy Greg Livadas

Although their classes may be done for the day, the learning isn’t, as hundreds of RIT students gather at 10 p.m. each Wednesday in the CSD Student Development Center.

The hour-long session, called “No Voice Zone,” or NVZ, has hearing students flocking to learn sign language and information about deaf culture from students at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

“It’s important ... (more)


Doing business in Vietnam

Saunders Executive MBA students explore the Southeast Asian hot spot

thumbnail imageBy Marcia Morphy

Cruising along the Mekong Delta, navigating streets filled with thousands of scooters, eating Pho (noodle) soup at family stalls—and networking with many of Vietnam’s most successful entrepreneurs—was the focus of 17 Executive MBA students from Saunders College of Business who recently experienced the best of what Ho Chi Minh City has to offer. During a weeklong excursion, the students immersed themselves ... (more)


Twenty-day famine project is lesson in global engagement

thumbnail imageBy Vienna McGrain

Kaitie Spaude’s mantra: Don’t knock it ‘til you try it. Complete immersion in life experiences is a principle that guides her—and one that led her to push the boundaries of an honors class assignment.

For 20 days this fall, Spaude, a first-year journalism/media arts and technology honors student from Little Suamico, Wis., fed herself on the equivalent of $1 a day—basic meals ... (more)


Tiger Sauce still hot

RIT’s original sauce remains a staple for more than 25 years

thumbnail imageBy Derrick Hunt

RIT’s original Tiger Sauce has remained a sweet and spicy staple of the university’s on-campus dining options for more than 25 years.

Created by chef Steven “Oscar” O’Flynn in the late 1980s, Tiger Sauce is currently the signature ingredient in several unique eats around campus, including the popular Mascot sandwich at Ritz Sports Zone and the Tiger Byte wrap at Ctrl Alt ... (more)