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The ‘real world’ and ‘Second Life’ Dateline: RIT, News hits, Podcasts

On this week’s “Dateline: RIT – The Podcast,” RIT experts discuss U.S. energy sufficiency in real life, along with college courses entering the online virtual world of “Second Life.”

In his technology-focused column in City Newspaper online, Stephen Jacobs, assistant professor of information technology, discusses experiments implementing “Second Life” into college courses. Read his column, “SUNY dives head-first into Second Life,” and hear about how—and how effectively—instructors are using “Second Life,” on this week’s podcast.

Back in the real world, economics professor Amit Batabyal advocates for increased ethanol production using Brazilian-grown sugar cane, rather than U.S.-subsidized corn, to alleviate some of America’s reliance on oil. Batabyal wrote an op-ed, “U.S. should buy cane-based ethanol from Brazil,” which appeared in the Democrat and Chronicle on May 21, and he shared his views on the pod.

Plus, hear other RIT news and News & Events highlights—all on this week’s “Dateline: RIT – The Podcast.” For additional RIT news and stories featuring RIT people in the news, visit RIT In the News on the University News Web site.

Special note: For live, open-captioned coverage of today’s Academic Convocation keynote address by President Bill Clinton, visit www.rit.edu/convocation.html. (Video will also be available following Clinton’s address.)

Best wishes to RIT graduates entering the “real world” . . . and have a great Memorial Day weekend!


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