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Students Win Microsoft Imagine Cup Award
A team featuring students from the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences and the Kate Gleason College of Engineering were the winners of the Software Design Invitational at the Imagine Cup held in Los Angeles. The Imagine Cup, sponsored by Microsoft, is one of the premiere student design competitions in the world featuring teams from a host of international colleges and universities who compete in nine categories related to science, engineering and computing. The team, which will share a $12,000 cash prize, programmed and configured a network of sensors to take readings of such environmental variables as AC current, temperature, humidity, light, sound, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and motion, and set the system up to be accessible via cell phone. They beat out 154 teams from throughout the United States and will now head to the world finals, which will be held in Paris in July. Click here for full story.

State gives $12M to Golisano Institute

Artist's rendering of planned expansion of RIT's Golisano Institute for Sustainability. Rendering provided courtesy of Stantec Inc.

The 2008-2009 New York state budget includes two significant new investments in RIT's Golisano Institute for Sustainability that will enable the university to initiate planning, design and a phased construction time line for a major new facility on campus.

Funding secured by the Rochester state legislative delegation will support the development of a state-of-the-art green facility, which will be one of the first stand-alone centers dedicated to research and education in the field of sustainability. The building will be designed as a living laboratory housing research facilities, offices and classrooms, while also serving as a model demonstration of sustainable principles in all aspects of its design, operation and programming. It will be the home of one of the world’s first Ph.D. programs in sustainability and the first to focus on issues related to sustainable production. Click here for full story.

Big Shot to Shine on Erie Canal
On May 8, the world famous waterway along Schoen Place in Pittsford will be the subject of RIT's 24th Big Shot, often described as a painting with light photograph. The Sam Patch, a replica of a 19th century packet boat, will be in the foreground of the photo and models dressed in period costume will be posed along the deck. Various businesses in Schoen Place, housed in converted barns, mills and canalside structures, will fill the background of the photograph.

Faculty from the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf will lead volunteers in creating the nighttime photograph. While volunteers illuminate the subject area, RIT photographers will take an extended exposure. Hundreds of volunteers are needed to create the image.

Participants should arrive by 7:45 p.m. and meet in Schoen Place by the Coal Tower. Volunteers should bring a camera flash unit or a flashlight and are asked to wear dark clothing. Parking is limited in Schoen Place. On-street and off-street parking is available on Main Street and Monroe Avenue near Schoen Place.

The Big Shot event is sponsored by Nikon Inc. Participants will receive a memento print of the final photograph. For more information on Big Shot, click here or call 475-2863.

For these and other news stories, visit the University News Website.

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Campus Highlight


A comprehensive plan is in place to make Saturday, May 3, fun for visitors to the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival.

Imagine RIT is poised to become the new annual kickoff to Rochester’s rich festival season.

Imagine RIT, which will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, on campus, is designed to demonstrate what can be accomplished when, as President Bill Destler likes to say, “the right and left brain collide.”

More than 400 interactive exhibits and displays will be featured in various locations across campus. Topics include new ideas for products and services, the creative arts, research and design projects, and unique performing arts productions.

Click here for helpful tips on parking, volunteers, interpreters, exhibits, carnival, and food.

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