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Rochester Institute of Technology will hold a Climate Leadership Summit on Saturday, April 30, at the university. The all-day summit is free and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in RIT's B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. RIT was one of only six U.S. locations selected to... Full Story »
For anyone who has ever been told you had to clean your plate before leaving the table, here's a chance to show mom or dad that you can put food waste to good use and help save the planet at the same time. "Washing Hands with Food Waste," an exhibit sponsored by... Full Story »
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) at Rochester Institute of Technology has announced the winners of its annual Research and Development student competition, which provides students across the state the opportunity to promote ideas to create more sustainable schools and communities. Open to colleges and universities throughout the state, the... Full Story »
The winner of a 2015 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics will visit RIT on April 28 for a research talk and a workshop focusing on science communication. David Hu, associate professor of mechanical engineering and biology and adjunct professor of physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will present "Eyelashes, Urination and... Full Story »
Rochester Institute of Technology honored 387 researchers who secured funding for fiscal year 2015, serving as either principal or co-principal investigators on active research. RIT honored its researchers at an April 21 reception, during which it also recognized the 16 recipients of Seed Funding Awards and eight new inductees in RIT's PI... Full Story »
Twenty-five Rochester Institute of Technology students Wednesday received 2016 Leadership Awards and scholarships. The awards are given to nominated students who possess high leadership qualities, help advance college life on campus or in the community, help to build bridges for their peers and, in some cases, overcome personal hardships. "All of us in... Full Story »
Amlan Ganguly, a faculty member at Rochester Institute of Technology, recently received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award expected to total $596,512 over five years for "Energy-efficient data center with wireless interconnection networks." The five-year grant award is being used toward further exploring the design of energy efficient data centers utilizing... Full Story »
A student-run pilot program to collect food waste has launched on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus with hopes of turning that waste into energy. "We had a petition saying RIT needs composting," said Evan Zachary, leader of the project initiated by the Student Government sustainability committee. "The stream we're hoping to... Full Story »
Rochester Institute of Technology's Printing Applications Laboratory (PAL) will host an innovative workshop in June, bringing together leading security printing and technology experts for a four-day workshop designed to build attendee skills and knowledge on the latest technologies, applications and processes on both the supplier and production sides. During the Security Print... Full Story »
The third annual Graduate Education Week at Rochester Institute of Technology will be held April 4-8 and feature speakers, a play reading, the new Three Minute Thesis competition and social events. The week culminates with the eighth annual Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium, presented by RIT's Office of Graduate Studies. For the... Full Story »
Rochester Institute of Technology is hosting a lecture next week by a chief climate scientist and lead climate technology negotiator with the U.S. Department of State who will discuss the climate change talks in Paris, including the policy decisions that were made and why. David Reidmiller advises the international climate negotiating team... Full Story »
Some of the more than 100 volunteers who helped make the first Goodbye, Goodbuy! collection and sale a success this year were recognized in RIT's University Gallery on Thursday. Their work, which saved more than 70,000 tons of clothing, furniture, appliances and more from landfills, helped students save money and raised... Full Story »
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I), striving to continue improving the health and environmental quality of New York state, has announced the recipients of its 2015-2016 Community Grants Program. NYSP2I is funding proposals from 13 organizations statewide following the completion of a competitive review process. The Community Grants Program provides... Full Story »
Rochester Institute of Technology is being recognized by The Princeton Review for being one of the nation's best colleges for students seeking a superb education with great career preparation and at an affordable price. The education-services company features RIT in the just-published 2016 edition of its book Colleges That Pay You... Full Story »
Proposals for exhibits, performances and demonstrations for this year's Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival are now being accepted. Last year, more than 2,800 exhibitors and 400 exhibits were featured at the festival, Rochester Institute of Technology's largest showcase featuring the innovation and creativity that happens on campus. Tens of thousands of... Full Story »
Charles J. Ruffing, a recognized environmental leader and former vice president of Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability at Eastman Kodak Co., has been named the new director of the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I). At Kodak, Ruffing was responsible for coordinating sustainability initiatives across the company's multinational locations, including environmental... Full Story »
It's official: Rochester Institute of Technology is now considered a "doctoral university" by the leading national classification of U.S. colleges and universities. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education has changed RIT from "Masters - Comprehensive" to "Doctoral University - Limited Research Activity." This change occurs when a university graduates more... Full Story »
What if yogurt cups were widened so that spoons could rest inside and not topple the container? Or what if the tops were sturdier ensuring that they couldn't be punctured or open if dropped? These and other issues were solved during the 2015 Wegmans Design Challenge. The winners re-vamped packages with more... Full Story »
Hot Wheelz wants to become RIT's first all-female race team at the next SAE Formula Hybrid electric competition. To compete, they needed $100,000, sponsors and space to build their car. Jennifer Smith and Maura Chmielowiec are meeting these challenges. The fifth-year mechanical engineering majors are team managers, leading 35 enthusiastic first-to-fifth-year female students... Full Story »
A new curriculum on climate change and global resilience will give RIT students an understanding of the issues world leaders are wrestling with at the United Nations climate summit in Paris. The Climate Change Curriculum at RIT, or 3C@RIT, recently won an $18,500 grant from the RIT Innovation in Interdisciplinary Teaching fund... Full Story »