It has been a few weeks since my previous post due, in large part, to a very busy fall quarter so far. In addition to much time devoted to producing our new regular podcasts, RIT NEWSMINUTE and Studio 86 (see more below), which join our flagship podcast, Dateline: RIT – The Podcast, along with creating the twice-monthly Dateline: RIT e-newsletter and overseeing the University News Web site, I’ve also been doing a great deal of listening to ponderings and pontifications about new media.
Last week, I returned from the three-day Podcast and New Media Expo and Conference, in Ontario, Calif. (I hope to blog more about the conference soon. For now, I’ll simply say that it was great seeing our new friends from Rochester’s own Ambrosia Software, founded by RIT alumnus Andrew Welch, at the expo.) My first day back, I heard social-media guru Ze Frank’s interesting talk here at RIT, followed later in the week by an excellent talk by Mark Greenfield, of University at Buffalo, titled “It’s the End of the Web As We Know It,” and a panel discussion on new media at RIT’s Entrepreneurs Conference.
Whew! I’m bordering on information overload! But I took notes at each one, and I hope to share more soon. For today, here’s what’s on this week’s Dateline: RIT – The Podcast:
In addition to nationally renowned programs such as computing, engineering, imaging science, photography, print media (RIT is often referred to as “the Harvard of printing”) and NTID, RIT is also home to some of what might be best described as “hidden gems.” To name just one, RIT’s graduate and undergraduate public-policy programs rival similar programs anywhere. (Full disclosure: I’m a graduate student in communication with a public-policy track.)
This week’s Dateline: RIT podcast features two RIT public-policy professors, Ron Hira and Jaime Winebrake, discussing topics in their areas of expertise that have been in the news: job outsourcing and off-shoring (Dr. Hira) and energy use and environmental impacts (Dr. Winebrake).
Dr. Winebrake (making his second appearance on Dateline: RIT) is becoming a “go-to” guy for the news media for energy and the environment-related stories. Dr. Hira (making his fourth appearance on Dateline: RIT) is what we in RIT University News describe as one of RIT’s “media stars.” Author of Outsourcing America, he’s prolific when it comes to being quoted by the news media because of his expertise on the hot-button issues of job outsourcing, off-shoring and work visas.
I’d also like to briefly introduce you to our newest podcast series, Studio 86, which features in-depth interviews with RIT newsmakers. In the premiere episode, Mary Lynn Broe, the Caroline Werner Gannett Professor of Humanities, previewed this year’s Caroline Werner Gannett Project. This week’s second episode features RIT Professor Sam McQuade, a cyber-crime expert, discussing the Rochester Regional Cyber Safety & Ethics Initiative, which he has spearheaded. (My sincere thanks to my good friend and former colleague at WBEE, K.B. Cooper—now of “The Light” WRCI-FM (102.7)—for voicing the Studio 86 open and close.)
Lastly, speaking of my busy fall, I also managed to catch (along with my colleague Will Dube) the RIT men’s hockey team’s first game of the 2007-2008 season—a 6-1 win over Guelph on Oct. 11. The Tigers looked great, and the crowd at Ritter Arena was large and enthusiastic (particularly for an exhibition game).
Attention sports fans: Make sure to visit The Tiger Beat Blog every Tuesday for a new regular feature: sports news and notes, including men’s hockey highlights, by Joe Venniro of RIT Sports Information.
Have a great weekend, and Go Tigers! (The team’s first regular-season game is this Saturday against Colgate in Hamilton.)
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