RIT Dining is helping hundreds of health care professionals beginning this week by sending packaged meals to Rochester Regional Health, the university’s official affiliated clinical partner. The connection is a consequence of a lessened need for meals on campus for students, faculty and staff, and a desire to help those who are valiantly trying to help our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
NTID is one of four international innovators selected to create cost-effective packages of high-quality accessible children’s books in languages children use and understand. The initiative enables the prize winners to collectively create thousands of leveled books in seven underserved spoken languages and nine sign languages, serving regions of the world where children have few or no books for preschool or kindergarten.
Dean James Winebrake will be leaving RIT’s College of Liberal Arts to become provost and vice chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Winebrake, who came to RIT in 2002 as chair of the Department of Public Policy and became dean in 2011, will leave RIT effective June 30.
Six teams of deaf and hard-of-hearing students from RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf adapted to a virtual presentation format for the annual Next Big Idea business competition March 31. Student presenters from as far away as Dubai shared their ideas for new businesses that positively impact deaf and hard-of-hearing communities.
The coronavirus canceled Professor John Oliphant’s international travel plans and led to an unexpected opportunity to help a local health system manage the impact of COVID-19 on its hospital workforce.
RIT is leading an effort involving local companies and healthcare experts to produce a prototype ventilator designed to help meet the continuing surge of respiratory cases as a result of the coronavirus.
Two companies associated with RIT’s Venture Creations business incubator are playing significant roles in the COVID-19 response. Potsdam Sensors Corp. has ramped up production of its technology that helps keep the air cleaner and safer in hospitals. And Turbett Surgical is donating bacterial filtration material ideal for facemasks for second-line workers.