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RIT/NTID Student Wins Distinguished Vanguard Student Recognition Award

13 Mar

Rachel Viacava, a second-year computer integrated machining technology student at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, won the 2014-2015 Vanguard Student Recognition Award from the New York State Nontraditional Employment and Training Program, a program of the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, University at Albany.

Viacava, from Cincinnati, and seven other winners from across New York state were recognized for being enrolled in career and technical education programs that are not traditional for their gender.

Viacava plans to complete her associate degree and continue to earn a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology at RIT.

“I often encourage young women who are proficient at math, good with their hands and interested in machinery to work toward earning a degree in computer integrated machining technology,” said Viacava. “There are many people in my family with engineering and technical backgrounds and I guess the proficiency gene was passed along to me.”

Viacava was nominated for the award by Eugene Galasso, a faculty member in NTID’s engineering studies department.

“Rachel understands that the profession she has chosen is male dominated, but in my interactions with her, she isn’t easily intimidated and will be a good role for other women interested in similar careers,” added Galasso.

The winners will be recognized at ceremonies held March 26–27 in Albany, N.Y.

RIT Ranked Among Best Graduate Schools

12 Mar

Photo by: A. Sue Weisler

Photo by: A. Sue Weisler

Three RIT graduate programs are ranked among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools. More.

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.

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’s Medical Program Matures to Fill National Need

4 Dec

RIT's physician assistant class of 2016 is the first to go through the five-year B.S./M.S. degree and represents a new phase of the Physician Assistant program at RIT. The cohort class is training to be nationally certified, state-licensed medical professionals who practice medicine on health-care teams with physicians and other providers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks physician assistants as the 13th fastest-growing occupation in the country, with faster-than-average increases expected to reach 38 percent by 2022. The median annual wage as of 2012 was $90,930. More.