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RIT to develop packaging for lunar missions

NASA has awarded RIT a contract for $101,237 for a six-month study to develop polymer foam packaging materials for protecting life support systems on lunar missions. The project will be led by Changfeng Ge, professor in the RIT College of Applied Science and Technology and director of the American Packaging Corp. Center for Packaging Innovation in the college.

"The challenge is how to develop a commercially viable material that can meet the requirement of energy absorption under an extreme operating environment, from minus 67 degrees Fahrenheit, to 167 degrees Fahrenheit above zero, and this material must also be able to withstand intense pressure cycles," Ge says.

Alumnus donates digital cameras

Peter Aronson '74 (photography), director of sales-Photo Channel, Casio America Inc., donated two Casio EX-F1 cameras to RIT's School of Photographic Arts and Sciences.

The 6-megapixel digital cameras, valued at $1,000 each, are capable of shooting still photos (60 frames per second) and ultra high-speed video (up to 1,200 frames per second). Aronson presented the cameras during a visit to campus. All of the school's 700 students will be able to use the cameras.

RIT publisher launches new Web site

Cary Graphic Arts Press and RIT Press publications are now available through a new Web site (http://carypress.rit.edu). Visitors can view and purchase current titles and a complete backlist of books as well as a full selection of greeting cards.

The university press publishes about a dozen titles annually. It operates out of the Lawson Publishing Center in Wallace Library.

'Democrat and Chronicle' joins RIT's Printing Industry Center

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle joins 12 other companies and associations pledging support to RIT's Printing Industry Center. Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Printing Industry Center at RIT is dedicated to the growth and profitability of the printing industry.

"The partnership comes at an ideal time for us," says Brian Ambor, vice president of operations at the Democrat and Chronicle. "The newspaper industry is currently being challenged by the economic climate and new technology. This partnership will help us identify and better understand emerging trends and help our multimedia company adapt to those trends."

To learn more, visit http://print.rit.edu.

Research investigates educational power of games

RIT has teamed with Microsoft, New York University and a consortium of other colleges and universities to form the Games for Learning Institute, a multidisciplinary research alliance that hopes to provide scientific evidence that gaming can be an effective way to teach middle school students math and science.

"We think gaming is an appropriate and interesting gateway to the study of these skills for this particular audience," says Andy Phelps, director of RIT's game design and development program. Microsoft, which has a longstanding relationship with RIT, approached Phelps and asked RIT to join the institute. Phelps agreed, sensing a great opportunity for graduate students to get hands-on professional experience. Once the games are completed, they'll be offered to the New York City school district for integration into its science and math curriculum.