Alumna hosts fundraiser for scholarship award
Sara (Berman) Knight ’92 (criminal justice) and Ingrid Ludt ’92 (graphic design) are hosting a fundraiser for the Patrick T. Lynch Scholarship Award at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 15, at the House of Blues in Boston.
In addition to brunch, there will be a performance by Will Daily, a multi-time winner of the Best of Boston Artist Awards, and a silent auction of autographed sports team memorabilia, followed by a Blue Jays vs. Red Sox baseball game at Fenway Park across the street.
The scholarship was established in memory of Patrick T. Lynch, a student at RIT whose life was cut short by meningococcal meningitis four days before his 19th birthday in 1990. Even though he didn’t finish his own education, his family wanted to give back to future applied mathematics students at RIT by establishing this scholarship as a way to keep his memory alive.
Knight is a licensed booking agent and is president of her own company, KnightMoves Productions LLC, which has sponsored several fundraisers in the past few years. Prior to his passing, Knight was Lynch’s girlfriend. Although Lynch died many years ago, Knight has never forgotten the impact he had on her life, particularly because he introduced her to her husband, Jim Knight ’90 (biotechnology). Knight and other friends of Lynch want to give back to the RIT community by celebrating the life of their dear friend.
“I’ve had a lot of success and grew up to be a confident person, and he was one of the first people to help me recognize my potential,” said Knight. “Love is eternal and you never forget those you love and who inspired you to be a better person.”
September 16, 2019
RIT and Genesee Country Village & Museum seal partnership with $1.3 million gift
RIT has received a $1.3 million gift to endow its partnership between the university and Genesee Country Village & Museum. The gift comes from RIT alumnus Philip Wehrheim and his wife, Anne. Wehrheim received a degree in business from RIT in 1966.
September 13, 2019
RIT Sponsored Research garners $74 million in funding
RIT had its second best year ever in sponsored research funding and a record year for research expenditures in fiscal year 2019. RIT received 366 new awards totaling $74 million in funding, and expenditures grew to $61 million.
September 12, 2019
Scientists developing single photon detector to help search for habitable exoplanets
NASA announced it is awarding a team of researchers from Rochester Institute of Technology and Dartmouth College a grant to develop a detector capable of sensing and counting single photons that could be crucial to future NASA astrophysics missions. The extremely sensitive detector would allow scientists to see the faintest observable objects in space, such as Earth-like planets around other stars.
September 11, 2019
Could a toilet seat help prevent hospital readmissions?
Guest essay by Nicholas Conn '11, '13 MS (electrical engineering), research scientist and founder and CEO of Heart Health Intelligence, published by The Conversation.