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RIT/NTID student-athlete serves as brilliant leader of RIT women’s soccer team

21 Sep

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Captain. Leader. Communicator. All are attributes and qualities that describe junior forward Mia White (Littleton, Colorado/Rocky Mountain Deaf School) of the No. 15 RIT women’s soccer team. White has played an integral role for the Tigers, appearing in all 41 games since joining the team as a freshman in 2016. White, who is deaf, is one of the most effective communicators on the team. She goes the extra mile to make connections with her teammates, which has helped fuel RIT’s success. More.

Liberty League Honors

5 Sep

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RIT/NTID student-athlete Otto Kingstedt of the RIT men’s cross country team, was named Liberty League Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week. It is the third Liberty League cross country weekly honor of his collegiate career. Kingstedt, from Stockholm, Sweden, is a 2017 All-Liberty League first team selection and All-Atlantic Region star. More.

A tremendous season for RIT athletics

6 Jul

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With ample successes in the classroom and in the field of play, Rochester Institute of Technology’s Athletics program enjoyed unparalleled success during the 2017-18 season. From Liberty League Championships to NCAA berths, to All-American status, and Academic All-America plaudits, RIT’s 650 student-athletes have had plenty to celebrate this year, including RIT/NTID’s Otto Kingstedt, who won several individual honors. RIT/NTID alumna Michele Halleran also was inducted into RIT’s Athletic Hall of Fame. More.

RIT men’s lacrosse moves on to semifinals

18 May

The No. 1 RIT men’s lacrosse team advanced to the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Semifinals with a 12-7 win over No. 2 York College in the quarterfinals. RIT tied a team record for wins in a season and will play Wesleyan University at RIT on Sunday, May 20, 2018. More.

Researchers at NTID demonstrate accessible rower at Imagine RIT festival

24 Apr

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As part of Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival, researchers at NTID’s Center on Access Technology will demonstrate an accessible rower that enables deaf and hard-of-hearing rowers to follow verbal coxswain instructions during competitions. Festival visitors can sit in a canoe and test their reflex response times by using a game pad to reply to visual cues displayed on a smartphone.       

The idea for the accessible rower came about in 2016, with the addition of a deaf rower to the RIT men’s rowing team roster, with the possibility of other deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes joining the squad. In rowing competitions, rowers are required to follow commands from the coxswain, who determines the speed of the boat.

According to Wendy Dannels, a research faculty member in NTID’s Center on Access Technology and one of the project coordinators, the solution provides a visual display showing transcription and/or illustration of the coxswain’s commands. The application was developed to help the athletes synchronize with the coxswain by using a custom Automatic Speech Recognition engine. The engine is offline so the deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes can utilize the technology without internet connection.

In addition to Dannels, project team members are Steven McClusky, a fourth-year software engineering student from Blue Springs, Mo.; Joseph Stanislow, instructional/support faculty member, NTID Information and Computing Studies; and Brian Trager, associate director of the NTID Center on Access Technology.