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RIT Press Announces Three of Its Latest Published Books

From My Seat on the Aisle: Movies and Memories by Jack Garner, film critic for the Democrat and Chronicle and for the Gannett News Service. Essays, reviews and celebrity interviews reveal the world of motion pictures. Learn More >>

Narrative Structure in Comics: Making Sense of Fragments by Barbara Postema, postdoctoral research fellow at Ryerson University. The first title in RIT Press's comics series, Postema explains how comics communicate and create meaning. Learn More >>

Unfinished Stories: The Narrative Photography of Hansel Mieth and Marion Palfi by Janet Zandy, RIT professor emerita of English. A parallel study of the lives and representational photography of two visual storytellers whose photojournalistic and documentary images detail the history of American race and class struggle. Learn More >>

Manifold Greatness Continues at the Cary Collection in the Wallace Center

Programming continues for the Cary Collection's exhibition Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible. Following its successful opening reception and launch on October 22, RIT professor emeritus Dane Gordon presented "Four Centuries of the King James Bible: Its Remarkable Influence in the English Speaking World." The final event was Tuesday, November 12, 6:00-8:00PM, when Richard A. Henshaw, professor emeritus from the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, examined well-known passages from the Old Testament and discussed the challenges of translating the Bible into English. The Manifold exhibit will continue through December 13, 2013.

Cary is Font-astic!

Staff at the Cary Collection teach classes for faculty across the university, and facilitate student research within the collection. The staff also hosts external researchers who come from afar to immerse themselves in Cary's extensive typography holdings. In the past three months the Cary Collection has had research visits from historians, printers, and type designers from Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Utah, and Adobe Systems Incorporated. The latest 21st century work to come from these collaborations is a new digital font inspired by 19th century types in Cary's wood type collection. Adobe designer, Miguel Sousa visited Cary this summer to study rounded sans serif letterforms. Read about his RIT design inspirations for his new typeface, Gothic Round.

Scholarly Publishing Studio Journals Now Available in iTunes

Journals published by the Scholarly Publishing Studio will now be available in ePub format for reading in iTunes. The Journal of Environmental Sustainability (volumes 1 and 2), the Journal of Unified Statistical Techniques, and the Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities (volume 15) are currently available. Upcoming publications, including the Journal of Game Design and Development Education and the Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities (volume 16), will be available in iTunes soon.

The Journal of Interactive Humanities: New Frontiers for Peer Review

The Journal of Interactive Humanities (JIH) officially launched its first issue mid-September. JIH is unique in that it supports the inclusion of interactive media as the primary document, including video game files. In doing so, it becomes one of the first in its field to allow peer review to occur in the early stages of game development. For instance, this first issue includes a game prototype called "Pox and the City," a social history game that lets players step into a medical professional role circa 1800 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The peer review affirms that the game is engaging in an educational setting and offers suggestions to guide further developmental stages. This type of feedback allows for improved mechanics and game narratives earlier in the process. On October 21, 2013, Elizabeth Goins, editor-in-chief, spoke about JIH's pioneering efforts for peer review and scholarship International Open Access Week.

Open Access Week Explores the Changing Nature of Scholarship in a Digital World

(Left to right) Amit Ray, associate professor, department of English, in the College of Liberal Arts Katherine Pitcher, head of Technical Services & Collection Development at Milne Library, SUNY Geneseo. Nick Paulus, manager, Scholarly Publishing Studio at RIT Andrea Hickerson, assistant professor, department of communication in the College of Liberal Arts Dr. Victor Perotti, area head, MIS, marketing and digital business in the Saunders College of Business Michael Ruhling, professor of performing arts in the College of Liberal Arts

Open Access (OA) - free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research - has clear implications for academia, industry, and society as a whole. During Open Access Week (Oct. 21 - 24), faculty, staff, librarians and publishers impacted by this critical topic discussed the changing nature of scholarship in a digital environment. Topics ranged from open access models and classroom applications to new methods for peer review and measuring the impact of scholarly works.

The week featured a series of presentations that highlighted endeavors across campus exemplifying open access ideals. An Open Access quiz went out on Thursday and Friday, and respondents had the opportunity to win a $5 gift card to Java Wally's. Additionally, a panel of experts explored what open access means in their respective fields, followed by a poster session on a variety of open access topics. A detailed list of speakers and presentations is available on the Wallace Center website.

The events were designed to emphasize the importance of open exploration about the strengths and weaknesses of OA. As OA expands, its long-term success hinges on collaborative conversation to ensure that OA meets the needs of all of the communities it aims to serve. Thank you to everyone who participated in this critical dialogue!

Faculty Getaway: Destination Intersession

For the first time in its 184-year history, RIT will have an intersession. Faculty Career Development Services (FCDS) in the Wallace Center has collaborated with partners across the university to provide sessions, workshops, and presentations for faculty to enrich and kindle a new spirit for the coming year. Faculty will also have the opportunity to join the provost for an informal "Tea & Talk" each week during intersession.

View the schedule and register at the Destination Intersession website. As part of Destination Intersession, FCDS is introducing another first - the RIT'S GOT TALENT Showcase - to be held January 8, 2014. All faculty have been invited to submit proposals for short (15-minute) presentations. Proposals can be submitted online via the event website.

RIT Production Services' Web/IT Group launches 11 major Drupal websites:

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RIT Production Services' Web/IT Group captures top honor with 2013 Prism Award

RIT Production Services' Web/IT Group recently won a Prism award for building the SportsZone mobile app (http://www.rit.edu/szapp). Major efforts came from staff members Harry Groover and Megan Bastian. The awards, hosted by the Public Relations Society of America, honor outstanding work in the field of public relations, among both corporate and not-for-profit sectors.

RIT Production Services' Web/IT Group wins six W³ Awards

Kate Gleason College of Engineering website SportsZone Mobile App

The Kate Gleason College of Engineering website redesign project and the RIT SportsZone app received six Wł Awards this fall. Both projects were designed and built by RIT Production Services' Web/IT Group. More than 4,000 entries from around the country were submitted for this year's event sponsored by the International Academy of the Visual Arts. Read more on the University News website.