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RIT will aid in nutrition counseling training

Linda Underhill
Linda Underhill

RIT will create a customized training curriculum for the national Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program with support from a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service Agency.

“Train-the-trainer” modules will be used by USDA state and local training supervisors across the U.S., says Linda Underhill, principal investigator and chair of RIT’s health systems administration graduate program.

RIT is the sole recipient of the one-year USDA grant.

New IT master’s program available online
RIT is offering a new master’s degree program in learning and knowledge management systems through the information technology department in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences (GCCIS).

“Students who successfully complete the degree will be poised for leadership positions in e-learning, knowledge management, educational multimedia, corporate training and virtual universities,” says Timothy Wells, associate professor of information technology. Wells and Michael Yacci, information technology professor, created the program.

The new program is taught completely online using a variety of e-learning techniques and systems. Students also will be invited to campus twice a year to attend orientation and related conferences.
For more information, go to www.it.rit.edu/it/grad/lkms.maml.

‘Anti-terrorism’ degree offered
Countering increased security threats in the digital age is the aim of a new cross-disciplinary master’s degree program offered as a collaboration between RIT and the Center for Advanced Defense Studies in Washington, D.C.

Studies in counterterrorism, cyber security, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive defense will prepare defense experts, emergency management professionals and others to handle threats. Courses will be instructed at the center’s headquarters in Washington and online.

Other partners include the Cyberspace Security Policy Research Institute, the Homeland Security Policy Institute and the Space and Advanced Communications Research Institute, each at George Washington University; the University of Illinois at Springfield; Illinois Institute of Technology; and the University of Lyon in France.

For more information, visit www.c4ads.org/rit_programs.

Professor’s work could aid national security
Fei Hu, an assistant professor of computer engineering, has received three grants totaling $300,000 to research wireless sensor networks (computer networks composed of many small devices using sensors to monitor the environment at different locations).

Hu’s research will attempt to make data transfer between sensors more reliable. Data transmission assurance is very important in fields such as disaster recovery, airport security and battlefield monitoring.

The grants – made possible by the National Science Foundation and Cisco Systems Inc. – will also go toward building a wireless networking lab at RIT.