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The University Magazine


Associate Professor Hiroko Yamashita won a grant to organize a linguistics conference.

International linguistics event comes to RIT in September

RIT will host a major linguistics conference Sept. 21-22 in collaboration with the University of Tokyo and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Hiroko Yamashita, associate professor of Japanese and chair of the foreign language department, won a National Science Foundation grant for $17,915 to organize the International Conference on Processing Head-final Structures.

RIT’s College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Foreign Languages, University of Richmond and University of Rochester are also supporting the conference. The talks are free and open to the public. However, registration is required for the receptions. For information, visit

Lab founder receives prestigious imaging award

James Reilly, founder and director of the Image Permanence Institute, has received the HP Image Permanence Award from the Society for Imaging Science and Technology.

Reilly received a $10,000 award for raising awareness about the effect of storage and usage conditions on permanence. Reilly serves as a consultant to many libraries, museums and archives including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the New York Public Library. He is also the co-director of the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation at the George Eastman House.

James Reilly

Dean named to oversee all graduate programs

Andrew Moore, who served as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts for seven years, has been appointed to a new deanship overseeing RIT’s graduate programs.

The business of running graduate programs will still remain decentralized among RIT’s eight colleges, says Moore, who served as an associate dean in the Graduate School at Yale University from 1991 to 1999 before coming to RIT. “RIT is maturing as a university at the graduate level and the new deanship will be an independent advocate for graduate students.”

RIT has about 2,400 graduate students in about 70 programs.

Andrew Moore

Student wins national design award

Just a few weeks prior to graduation, Dan Bolinski ’07 (industrial design, illustration), won the Industrial Designers Society of America National Student Merit Award, one of five awarded in the United States each year.

Bolinski presented his portfolio of student work to more than 350 professional designers and students at the society’s annual Northeast District Conference in April at Rhode Island School of Design. Bolinski’spresentation included work he’s done for two big name brands, Xerox and Reebok.

Dan Bolinski ’07