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A soup of abbreviations but good news nonetheless!

March 11, 2014

“Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”

 Abraham Lincoln


Good news is always fun to write about so here's a posting with great news from the community.

Vic Perotti, head of the Management Information Science (MIS), Marketing and Digital Business department in the Saunders College of Business, wrote me the other day with a Phoenix-like rebirth of the MIS degree program. 

MIS programs had hard times after the dot-com bust in the early 2000s; their enrollment dramatically declined as students stayed away from a variety of technology and computing fields. Since 2005, students have 'rediscovered’ the computing and information system degrees and enrollments have been growing. Here's what Vic wrote: 

"Overthe last two years, MIS has gone from one of the smallest to very quickly become the largest undergrad major in Saunders College. The admissions counts for next year make it appear as ifit this trend will continue (81% growth in first year applications for next year and 150% growth in transfer applications). World-class employers like Microsoft, Facebook, Google, JP Morgan, Intuit, and many more have recently become very engaged in the program hiring our students and meeting with faculty to get more involved. Business Week recently ranked our program 14th in the country for the MIS specialty, which is without doubt the highest that it has ever been." 

But what makes this story really great is what Vic went on to write:

"The really great part of this story is that much of the credit goes to an amazing group of students as well as a small cadre of faculty and staff.  This community has found a simple formula for success-work to create great career outcomes for the students and all else follows.  Once this became our focus, students and alumni became true ambassadors for the program. They drove one another to succeed, created a big swing intransfer students, and this in turn created more excitement."

Nice work, Vic, andall the faculty, students and staff in the MIS program. 

It's hard to beat this kind of news but here's news that comes close. The Golisano College of Computing and Information Science was recently notified by the National Science Foundation that not one but two its faculty were given prestigious NSF CAREER Awards. The Faculty Early Career Development Awards are given to junior faculty who have demonstrated outstanding success with research, education and the integration of the two. It is one of the NSF's most prestigious awards. Assistant professor Linwei Wang won the CAREER award for her work in computational biomedicine and I'm proud to write that Dr. Wang is also our first graduate of our Ph.D. program in Computing and Information Systems! Assistant professor Wei  Le won the CAREER award for her work in program analysis and software testing. Both Dr. Wang and Dr. Le are faculty assigned to the Ph.D. program in GCCIS. Congratulations, Dr. Wang and Dr. Le!

To follow this great news about one of our programs and two of our faculty, I willnow end this post with great news about our students. Dr.Andy Robinson, director of the Astrophysics Ph.D.program, wrote that two Astrophysical Sciences and Technology students won poster awards at the recent meeting of the American Astronomical Society, the most important professional astronomy meeting in the nation. The students are Kevin Cooke (advisors Chris O'Dea and Stefi Baum) and Valerie Rapson (advisor Joel Kastner). You can read more about their awards online at the AAS website. Please join me in congratulating Kevin and Valerie. 

Of course, these are just three stories about the great work done at RIT and there is so much more!