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RIT launches computer security program
RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences (GCCIS) is preparing a master’s degree program in computing security and information assurance. The program will include courses dealing with technical, business, ethical and administrative aspects of security.

“Our program is unique in that it will utilize faculty from the computer science, software engineering and information technology departments,” explains Jorge Díaz-Herrera, GCCIS dean. “The cross-disciplinary nature of the program will qualify graduates for a wide range of computer security careers in the private and public sectors.”

The program will begin next fall. Initially, about 25 students per year will be accepted, but the program will likely grow to a maximum of 50 students annually.

Predicting success is project focus
Sara Schley, assistant professor of research at NTID, has won a $520,848 National Science Foundation CAREER award for her project, “Deaf Children and Young Adults: Predicting School, College, and Labor Success.”

Schley’s award will be used over five years to track deaf children’s school, college and employment paths to identify academic and labor success. Deaf children and young adults will be compared with their hearing siblings. NTID alumni also will be surveyed to see how closely their experiences mirror patterns found in the research.

Results will be tied into courses offered through NTID’s M.S. in secondary education program, which trains teachers of deaf students. Student mentoring is a large part of the project, through co-op experiences in research and data analysis for students at NTID.

Student goes to Cannes
Kimberly Miner
Kimberly Miner presented her short film “Perpetual Motion” at the Cannes Film Festival in France in May. It tops a long list of honors received for the film, including a gold medal
in the animation category of the Student Academy Awards in 2003.

Miner is a second-year animation major in the School of Film and Animation. The 87-second film raises a comical question: If a cat always lands on its feet, and jellied toast always lands jelly-side down, what would happen to a cat with jelly toast strapped to its back? The film can be viewed at www.rit.edu/news/.

Remanufacturing receives $400,000 from state
RIT’s Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS) has been awarded $400,000 in funding by the New York State Assembly to support research and industry outreach efforts in remanufacturing.  

Secured through the efforts of the Rochester Assembly delegation with the support of Speaker Sheldon Silver and the Assembly leadership, the funding becomes the latest in a series of state grants supporting CIMS’ research that now totals nearly $4 million.

Assemblyman Joseph Morelle says the overriding benefit has been creation of new jobs in New York, particularly through the work of the National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery at CIMS.