Intersections: The RIT Podcast

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Episode 55: Introducing RIT's New Athletic Director
In this episode of Intersections: The RIT Podcast we meet Jackie Nicholson, who became just the fifth athletic director in RIT's history last summer, and the first woman to ever hold the position. Listen in as she talks with Lauren Zeglen, co-captain of RIT's women’s soccer team and president of the university’s Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) about the future of RIT Athletics, the experience of student athletes on campus and the role of sports in creating a more equitable university.

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Past Episodes

  • December 15, 2021

    side-by-side portraits of Andy Head and Jill Bradbury.

    Podcast: Making the Performing Arts Inclusive and Accessible 

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 54: Jill Bradbury, chair of the Department of Performing Arts in RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and Andy Head, assistant professor in the Department of Performing Arts in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts, discuss what the recent collaboration between the theater departments of NTID and CLA will mean, including more inclusive and accessible theater experiences for audience members with varying disabilities.

  • December 3, 2021

    portraits of Katrina Overby and Donathan Brown.

    Podcast: Building A Diverse Faculty at RIT 

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 53: RIT is diversifying its faculty in many ways, and the Future Faculty Career Exploration Program is one of the most important avenues for doing so. Katrina Overby, assistant professor in RIT’s School of Communication and a past participant in the program, talks with Donathan Brown, assistant provost and assistant vice president for faculty diversity and recruitment, about why the program is seen as a model nationally in launching the careers of underrepresented scholars.

  • October 25, 2021

    group of students holding a banner that reads: SPEX RIT space exploration.

    Podcast: Boldly Going into Space and onto Careers 

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 52: RIT Space Exploration, or RIT SPEX, gives students hands-on experience on projects in the growing space industry. Current student leader Ryan Brown talks with RIT SPEX alumni Evan Putnam and Amber Dubill, who took their experiences to industry leaders Raytheon Intelligence and Space and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

  • August 18, 2021

    semiconductor computer chip.

    Podcast: The Supply Chain Struggles to Send Semiconductors 

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 51: Complex manufacturing processes of semiconductors and growing demands along the global supply chain for computer chips is impacting numerous industries. Robert Pearson, professor of microelectronic engineering, and Steven Carnovale, assistant professor of supply chain management, discuss how the semiconductor supply chain has been disrupted.

  • June 25, 2021

    side-by-side portraits of researchers Barbara Lohse and Ellyn Satter.

    Podcast: Tools to Fight Nutrition Risk in Children 

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 50: Contentious battles are often fought over the dinner table around what and how much a child should eat. RIT researcher Barbara Lohse, head of the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition, and colleague Ellyn Satter have rigorously tested and validated a common-sense approach to identify and prevent nutrition risk in children.

  • May 26, 2021

    side-by-side portraits of professor Nickesia Gordon, student Trinity McFadden, and professor Carol Anderson.

    Podcast: Race, Gender and Voting Rights 

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 49: New restrictive voting laws in states across the country present obstacles to the polls via voter ID laws, voter role purges, and poll closures. The collective impact on American citizens’ right to vote follows the centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment and women’s suffrage. Nickesia Gordon, School of Communication, and Trinity McFadden '21 (criminal justice), talk with historian Carol Anderson, Emory University.

  • May 12, 2021

    two presenters standing on either side of a TV screen that says: metaproject 11.

    Podcast: Metaproject 11 with Staach 

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 48: Design must play a critical role as society faces difficult discussions and works to create a new balance in a troubled world. Josh Owen, director of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies, and Seth Eshelman '06, founder of sustainable design firm Staach, discuss their Metaproject collaboration.

  • April 22, 2021

    Ferris wheel made of K'Nex.

    Podcast: Along for the Ride with Theme Park Enthusiasts 

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 47: RIT’s Theme Park Enthusiasts started as a casual group of roller coaster fanatics. Today, they have won national design competitions and have found co-ops and jobs in the field of theme park entertainment. Travis Faircloth, current club leader, talks to alumnus and former member Robert Cybulski, CAE Analyst at Roush Industries, and Michael Deneau, vice president of Entertainment Engineering at Roush Industries. They share insights about the growth of the club and what it takes to succeed in a very competitive and rewarding industry.