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  • February 5, 2024

    Three male tortoises engaged in aggressive behavior on the sand at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

    The Galapagos comes to life in new RIT Press book

    For more than 30 years, Robert Rothman has led hundreds of RIT students on tours to the Galápagos Islands to observe the wildlife and landscape that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. Rothman’s A Paradise for Reptiles, an homage to the 19th century scientist, is an accessibly written guide for anyone interested in Darwin, the Galápagos, and reptiles in general.

  • February 2, 2024

    college student runs a vintage printing press, making a poster that says thinkers, makers, printers in gold ink.

    Maker community fills the new SHED

    RIT’s makerspace capacity has grown exponentially from a crowded room on the fourth floor in an engineering building to three floors in the centrally located SHED. New last fall, the SHED complex showcases different kinds of making and learning under one roof—in workshops, performing arts spaces, and extra-large classrooms designed for active learning.

  • January 29, 2024

    pages of a centuries old text penned by early astronomers Copernicus and Sacrobosco.

    Centuries-old texts penned by early astronomers Copernicus and Sacrobosco find new home at RIT

    The ancient astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was the first scientist to document the theory that the sun is the center of the universe in his book, De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres). That first edition book, along with a delicate manuscript from astronomer Johannes de Sacrobosco, that is contrary to Copernicus’ groundbreaking theory, has now found a permanent home at Rochester Institute of Technology.

  • December 13, 2023

    crowd of protestors walking down a street with signs that read, defund the police, and skin color is not reasonable suspicion.

    Resistance Mapping project provides a digital home for antiracist educational resources for K-12 educators

    Resistance Mapping is a local, collaborative digital humanities project focused on how Monroe County, N.Y., has been shaped by histories of institutional racism and collective community resistance. Scholars and students affiliated with RIT’s humanities, computing, and design program and the University of Rochester’s Digital Scholarship at River Campus Libraries helped create a website to host the educational content.

  • December 11, 2023

    five people crowded around a table as another spins a prize wheel.

    RIT Archives hosts The Athenaeum Games

    The Athenaeum Games—a domestic science fair held Dec. 7 in the RIT Archives—showcased 19th century skills and technology that RIT students learned about in the class Hands on History: Examining RIT’s Domestic Science and Arts Program.

  • December 6, 2023

    college student holding a small magazine up to her face as she peeks over the top of it.

    The RIT zine scene

    Zines—which are loosely defined as small-circulation, self-published mini-magazines—have long existed in alternative subcultures. In recent years, a growing number of RIT students, staff, and faculty across campus are using this unique medium to express themselves and communicate ideas.

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