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The University Magazine


PAETEC is first partner in new Corporate R&D program

RIT and PAETEC, the Rochester-based telecommunications company, have entered into a research agreement that will enhance the transfer of technological innovations to industry and promote regional economic development. The partnership includes $1 million worth of research and development projects over three years and will involve faculty and graduate students from numerous RIT colleges.

The collaboration is the first created under RIT’s new Corporate R&D program, which seeks to enhance cooperation and technology transfer between academia and industry by allowing businesses to retain rights to intellectual property generated during the research projects. The program has been created from concepts presented in a series of speeches, white papers and op-eds by President Bill Destler explaining the need for new paradigms in university-industry collaboration.

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NTID receives $2.2 million for math study

A four-year, $2.2 million grant to study the way deaf and hard-of-hearing students learn math has been awarded to the Center for Education Research Partnerships at NTID by the National Institute for Child Health and Development at the National Institutes of Health.

More than 1,000 students from age 5 to college age will be tested in the United States and Scotland to evaluate math skills, cognitive abilities and motivation. The project is a collaboration with the University of Aberdeen.

The study comes after research showed deaf students generally lag behind their hearing peers in math courses.

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IBM lab focuses on software development and design

IBM has launched its first software Innovation and Collaboration Lab on the RIT campus, allowing students to work on IBM technologies including products that harness Web 2.0 and social-networking features.

The lab draws on students from the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, Kate Gleason College of Engineering and the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

“The lab provides an excellent opportunity for faculty and students who have expertise in open source to work together on real-world software engineering issues,” says Jorge Díaz-Herrera, dean of the Golisano College. “As opposed to students who are doing co-ops away from the university, this brings industry and real work scenarios to the campus.”

Master’s program in clinical research management begins this fall 

RIT’s new graduate program focused on clinical research management, offered through the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies in the College of Applied Science and Technology, is aimed at preparing professionals involved in all aspects of the process of pharmaceutical development.

Students can enroll in part- or full-time study. The new graduate degree will be added to existing bachelor of science programs in biomedical sciences and biotechnology, following the popular “4 + 1” format that allows students to earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years.