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ADVANCE Advances
January 29, 2014

ADVANCE encourages institutions of higher education and the broader science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) community, including professional societies and other STEM-related not-for-profit organizations, to address various aspects of STEM academic culture and institutional structure that may differentially affect women faculty and academic administrators. As such, ADVANCE is an integral part of the NSF’s multifaceted strategy to broaden participation in the STEM workforce, and supports the critical role of the Foundation in advancing the status of women in academic science and engineering.

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RIT Ingenuity
January 20, 2014

"Good news, everybody" 

-- The professor from Futurama

Quirky and gifted. These words keep coming up in discussions we have with the Strategic Planning Steering committee to describe our students. Quirky, well, that's just the RIT way and who doesn't want to be a bit quirky anyway. But gifted isn't something you just say you are, nor is it a characteristic you learn—it is unsurprisingly a result of some gift you've been imbued with. 

We all know RIT students who fit these characteristics, but I bet if you sat any random RIT student down and probed what they are interested in, what they do, what experiences they've had, you find quirkiness and giftedness through and through. 

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Our First Intersession
January 20, 2014

"This course is going great""I love this class""It's a Godsend""Research, research, research""I can breathe again!"

-- various comments about the intersession by students, staff and faculty at RIT

Let's face it. 

It is difficult to argue (footnote: This really doesn't apply to my friends in the philosophy department) with the statement that this academic year at RIT is a year of firsts. The first semester (in modern times), the first 50 minute class, the first Tuesday that was really a Monday (or was it the other way around?), etc. You get the picture. 

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Launching the Provost’s Reflections
January 20, 2014

Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the phrases: 1- It's completely impossible. 2- It's possible, but it's not worth doing. 3- I said it was a good idea all along.

--- Arthur C. Clark, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey

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