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Latest Research News

  • February 14, 2020

    'researcher Peter Hauser.'

    Studying the role of cultural and linguistic diversity

    Peter Hauser has spent the past two decades studying how deaf people develop, learn, grow, and live. Today, he is at the helm of a new project—a research-based incubator—where junior faculty at NTID can work together to understand the role of cultural and linguistic diversity in deaf people’s lives.

  • February 14, 2020

    'researcher posing in lobby of building.'

    Helping heart surgeons see more clearly

    Associate professor Linwei Wang is leading an international group of researchers and clinicians developing computational systems for creating individualized 3D imaging of a patient’s heart. With these 3D heart models, clinicians now have a noninvasive way to study their patients

  • February 14, 2020

    'researcher posing on coast of Adriatic Sea in Croatia.'

    Researching food waste

    Tourism has surged in Croatia in recent years, bringing with it direct economic benefits but also challenging the preservation of the natural systems that make the Adriatic Coast region so attractive to visitors. Callie Babbitt, an associate professor in RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability, is using a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to study sustainable solutions addressing the growing challenge of food waste management along Croatia’s Adriatic Coast.

  • February 10, 2020

    'Artist's conception of a massive planet orbiting a cool, young star. '

    RIT scientists discover the nearest-known ‘baby giant planet’

    Scientists from RIT have discovered a newborn massive planet closer to Earth than any other of similarly young age found to date. The baby giant planet lies only about 330 light years from our solar system. The discovery, published in the Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society, provides researchers an exciting new way to study how gas giants form.

  • February 10, 2020

    'reseachers looking into microscopes with results showing on TV screen.'

    In Focus: Biomedical engineering students help advance digital microscope technology

    Biomedical engineering students Brandon Buscaglia and Marcus D’Aguiar are helping physicians see the invisible. The undergraduates developed a motorized stage and tracking prototype that works in conjunction with digital microscopes. The students’ ideas are being incorporated into a company’s tech offerings today, providing the potential to make an impact in health care applications tomorrow.

  • February 5, 2020

    ''North by Nuuk' book cover, featuring two yellow boxs on wooden sled on a sheet of ice.'

    RIT photography professor documents Greenland’s changing landscape

    Contemporary Greenland is the subject of a new collection of photographs and essays by RIT photography professor Denis Defibaugh, who spent more than a year on the island. North by Nuuk: Greenland after Rockwell Kent, published by RIT Press, documents scenes from daily life and from nature, such as an Inuit hunter and his sled dogs, stark landscapes and portraits of the people who live in remote communities.

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