Professor Dina Newman is improving the way undergraduates learn to be biologists. Newman is developing resources and outreach activities for BioSciEdNet, a digital library of biology educational materials managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Martha Morgan, assistant professor of archaeology in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts, studies garbage as a way to understand human behaviors in both the present and past. In her course, Garbage Archaeology, Morgan’s students learn about their immediate environment of Rochester through the collection, sorting and processing of garbage in their neighborhoods.
Sam Rinaldo, a fourth-year civil engineering technology/emergency management and safety student, is part of CAST professor Jennifer Schneider’s research team developing plans for emergency preparedness. He saw firsthand how important community plans are for disaster recovery when he spent part of the fall in New York City helping residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Rinaldo went as part of his service in the U.S. Naval Reserves and worked in lower Manhattan, one of the areas hardest hit by the hurricane, supporting residents without food, water and electricity.
World-renowned RIT School for American Crafts Artist-in-Residence Wendell Castle, center, leads an experimental design and execution session with glass program majors on Feb. 5. Castle spoke to students in the “hotshop” before guiding three teams of students in creating martini glasses based on his designs.
Jeff Culver ’82 (criminal justice), director of security for the World Bank Group and the 2013 distinguished alumnus of the year from RIT’s College of Liberal Arts, leads a breakout session with students during the Conable International Career Development Seminar Feb. 1. The seminar was created to engage students in researching careers with international opportunities. Other seminar presenters included representatives from the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, the Democracy Program from The Carter Center, and the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. State Department.
RIT encouraged students to come out and celebrate winter’s arrival by participating in the annual FreezeFest celebration on campus Feb. 1-3. First-year students Samantha Miller and Kyle Laidlaw check out their snow globe paperweight with their photo inside.
Artist Alec Hazlett ’71, ’72 sells his pottery in Shop One2 on the RIT campus. Shop One2 is a fine art and craft gallery in RIT’s Global Village which features hand-made, one-of-a-kind artwork by RIT affiliated artists including students, faculty and alumni.
The RIT cycling team, which has about 30 racing members, is split into three main components: a mountain team, a road team and a cyclocross team. The cyclists compete in races throughout the school year across the northeastern U.S. as part of the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference of USA Cycling Collegiate.
Cory Barber is vice president of RIT’s bowling club and has bowled three perfect (300) games. The presence of a bowling team at RIT had an impact on Barber’s decision to come here for college.
Alva Redfield ’41 (chemistry) started his co-op at Eastman Kodak Co. on his 18th birthday in 1939. After graduation he landed a full-time job in the pulp-testing laboratory at Kodak and retired there in 1982.
If you haven’t had the chance to get your family’s holiday portrait taken yet, RIT is offering portrait sittings Dec. 15-16 as a fundraiser for the university’s annual Big Shot photography project. The portrait location is the Crossroads building on the RIT campus (please park in S Lot). Only cash or checks accepted as payment. Props are not available at the site but participants are welcome to bring their own. For more information, call 585-475-2716.
Anna Ross ’10 (advertising photography) landed her dream magazine job at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. She had just finished working there as a photography intern. Now, Ross is an assistant of photo research and special issues photo editor.
RIT students were treated to a holiday-themed dinner at Grace Watson Dining Hall on Dec. 4. The meal included roasted turkey, steak, salmon, ham, quinoa and eggplant and a variety of desserts. Music was by Me & The Boyz and the Magic Guy provided some tableside tricks.
Dr. Daniel B. Ornt joined RIT as the first vice president of the Institute of Health Sciences and Technology last December. In this role, he has emphasized wellness.
Wil Sideman, from Greene, Maine, is a graduate student in the RIT’s School for American Crafts glass program. Assisting Sideman is Brendan Miller ’12 (MFA), artist in residence. Sideman will graduate from RIT in the spring of 2013.
RIT Professor Alan Singer shares an exhibit with his father, Arthur, at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown, NY. “A Guide to Nature: The Art of Arthur Singer, with Alan Singer” has been extended through Dec. 30.
The Spanish version of RIT professor Mark Fairchild’s “The Color Curiosity Shop, La tienda de las curiosidades sobre el color,” was published in hardcopy in Spain through a collaboration of professor Manuel Melgosa of the University of Granada. The Spanish edition was published by the University of Granada Press in collaboration with Parque de las Ciencias. The Spanish versions is available through Amazon.com. Mark Fairchild is an associate dean for research and graduate education at RIT and a professor in the Munsell Color Science Laboratory in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science.
Somalia native Bakar Ali came to the U.S. in 2009. He’s learned English, American Sign Langauge and is active in a group involving cross-registered NTID students enrolled in other colleges at RIT. NTID English professor John Panara recalls Ali as one of his best students citing his leadership skills and commitment.
RIT students gathered in Student Innovation Hall Nov. 6 to watch the election results come in from around the country in the race for president. Students were blogging from the event and political data interfaces were available for those who wanted to create apps, games or sites related to the election. The event was sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Lab for Technological Literacy and the Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
RIT partnered with the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services and the Sheriff’s Department to host its first collection of unused, expired and waste drugs on Nov. 2. Thomas M. Sinclair, industrial waste engineer, examined and collected some of the materials.
The Center for Campus Life hosted a Halloween Bash on Oct. 31 in the Fireside Lounge. Raj Paul, a graduate student in the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, celebrated his first Halloween by donning a cutthroat pirate costume and winning a prize for the best and fastest mummy wrap.
The new building for the Golisano Institute for Sustainability features a roof-top garden.
Andrew Quagliata, lecturer in RIT’s communication department and co-organizer of this quarter’s public speaking contest, far right, discusses the Oct. 19 competition with finalists, from left, Laura Schiller, Wesley Musgrove and Josaphat Valdivia. The themes for this quarter’s contest, open to all undergraduate students, were elections and politics. Valdivia won first place for his speech “Why People Don’t Vote.”
Luis von Ahn, developer of the anti-spamming technology CAPTCHA, spoke at RIT Oct. 19. He talked about his newest service Duolingo, a language learning platform that helps people learn new languages for free, while at the same time helping to translate text on the Web.
RIT’s cooperative education program, which kicked off in 1912 with 32 students at a dozen local companies, turns 100 years old this academic year. A celebration was held recognizing past achievements and the important role co-op had on the success of RIT graduates on Oct. 18. The keynote speaker, Lindsey Pollak, a career expert and spokesperson for LinkedIn, discussed career trends of the future.
Nicholas Langswager ’12 (graphic design) started working at Fisher-Price Inc. in East Aurora, N.Y., full time in March. He was offered the job after working there as a student last summer in content design and this fall and winter in packaging design.
Faculty and staff members from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences were the target of gallons of fun! They volunteered to be on the hot seat in a dunking booth set up outside of Gannett Hall. For $5, people had three chances to try and get them wet. The money raised will help pay for student travel to RIT’s 28th Big Shot next year. The site is not confirmed yet, but more details are expected to be announced soon. Here, Nanette Salvaggio, lecturer in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, gets wet.
David Kelbe, an imaging science doctoral candidate from Victor, N.Y., travels abroad and around Rochester to participate in various volunteer capacities. Locally, he works with refugee children at Mary’s Place. Here, Kelbe makes apple cider using an old cider press with some of the children. Kelbe was honored in 2012 with the Bruce R. James ’64 Distinguished Service Award.
RIT/NTID Dance Company performed AstroDance at the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival on Sept. 22. The dance was conceived and choreographed by Thomas Warfield, director of the RIT/NTID dance program.
The Little Theatre (240 East Ave.) is the home venue for RIT during the inaugural First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival Sept. 19-23. Theatre, film, dance, music and art are among the offerings by RIT students and faculty. Gallery r, Christ Church and The Little Theater will feature presentations. For a complete list of RIT performances, go to www.rit.edu/fringefest. For more on the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, go to www.rochesterfringe.com.
Taylor Deer, a fourth-year management student from Williamsville, N.Y., will lead the student community as the newly elected RIT Student Government President.
RIT held its seventh annual Lighting The Way ceremony on Aug. 31 to welcome new female students to campus. The event was sponsored by the Center for Women and Gender, RIT’s Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs and RIT’s Office of the Vice President of Finance and Administration.