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Co-op Provides Biomedical Engineering Student With Valuable Work Experience

4 Mar

Photo by: Mark Mulville, Buffalo News

Photo by: Mark Mulville, Buffalo News

Lauren Samar, a third-year RIT/NTID student majoring in Biomedical Engineering, is featured in The Buffalo News for her development of a tool for surgery on cancer patients. During her co-op at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Samar took her idea and developed it into a full concept, and now officals at Roswell Park Cancer Institute have applied for a provisional patent on the idea. More.

Snyder Breaks RIT Diving Record

24 Feb

RIT/NTID student Natalie Snyder placed second in the 11-dive championship round at the 2015 Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association Championships held Febuary 19-21 at the Webster Aquatic Center, Webster, N.Y. She also broke RIT's record in the 1-meter six-dive session. Snyder is a Biomedical Sciences major from Rockville, Md. More.

RIT/NTID Professor Named to Distinguished Fulbright Specialist Roster

24 Feb

Adding to his remarkable achievements in and out of the classroom, Todd Pagano, associate professor of chemistry and director of the Laboratory Science Technology program at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, has been named to the Fulbright Specialist Program. The program, which provides Fulbright Specialists two- to six-week grants, promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals in select disciplines and their counterparts at host institutions in more than 140 countries around the world. Pagano is still waiting for word on where he might be placed.

“The globalization of science is upon us,” said Pagano in his Fulbright application. “Today, scientists and corporations work across borders and diverse cultures. U.S. professors are increasingly involved with students from diverse cultures, while attempting to teach all students to be ‘global citizens.’ My goal is to develop ways to improve the teaching of chemistry while substantially broadening opportunities in the field for traditionally underserved students in an effort to narrow gaps in the attainment of education and employment in the field. I would like to work with host institutions to develop chemistry curricula and establish sustainable programs, interventions, and research opportunities for disadvantaged students.”

At NTID, Pagano developed the Laboratory Science Technology program, the world’s only chemical technology program for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. In 2012, he was named U.S. Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He has also received the American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences, sponsored by The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, and the Stanley Israel Medal for Diversity in Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. He is an American Chemical Society Fellow and was named to Rochester Business Journal’s ‘Forty Under 40’ list of professionals who have made significant community contributions. He has also earned two faculty humanitarian awards as well as RIT’s Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching.

“As a scientist, my hypothesis is that my interactions abroad would uncover fundamental differences in approaches to serving students in educational science programs, but also deep-rooted similarities in the innate care and desire for populations to help those who are less fortunate,” added Pagano. “I am excited about the prospect of extending my quest to broaden educational and research opportunities for underserved students overseas, and believe the Fulbright Specialist program is the ideal vehicle to do so.”

RIT Students Celebrate Winter Season at FreezeFest 2015

18 Feb

Hot chocolate and s’mores, a snowball fight, curling, ice carving, a snow sculpture competition and comedian Bo Burnham are among the dozens of activities set for the sixth annual RIT FreezeFest on Feb. 19-22, 2015. The event was created to provide a unique festival that celebrates the winter season in Rochester. More.

RIT Men’s Lacrosse Picked Second in Polls

7 Feb

The RIT men’s lacrosse team is ranked second in both the 2015 Lacrosse Magazine and the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III polls. The Tigers finished last season with a 20-1 record, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight season. More.