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January 20, 2021

RIT News and Events Daily
In this issue: Today’s Top Stories  |  Upcoming Events  |  Newsmakers  |  Media Coverage  |  Photo Spotlight  |  In Memoriam  
President’s Report 2021: Progress in a Pandemic

President’s Report 2021: Progress in a Pandemic

2020 threw the book at us—a global pandemic, racial unrest, economic uncertainty, a fierce political battle for leadership of our nation. But a new Global Cybersecurity Institute, more performing arts, and a record in research funding are among the highlights of this unconventional year. read more

Astronomers dissect the anatomy of planetary nebulae using Hubble Space Telescope images

Astronomers dissect the anatomy of planetary nebulae using Hubble Space Telescope images

The new face of RIT Hockey fans during a pandemic

The new face of RIT Hockey fans during a pandemic


Kevin Cooke ’19 Ph.D. (astrophysical sciences and technology) won the RIT Graduate Education Ph.D. Dissertation Award for “Magnificent Constructions: The Role of Environment on the Stellar Mass Growth of Massive Galaxies.” Cook is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Kansas.

Joanna Cox ’19 MFA (medical illustration) received the Graduate Education Master of Fine Arts Thesis Award for her artwork and written thesis document, “Breaking the Stigma: Major Depressive Disorder.” The artwork included animation and posters explaining the disorder to the lay public. Cox is currently working in New York City as a design consultant for legal teams.

Zachariah Carmichael ’19 MS (computer engineering) won the RIT Graduate Education Master’s Thesis Award for “Towards Lightweight AI: Leveraging Stochasticity, Quantization, and Tensorization for Forecasting.” Carmichael is pursuing his Ph.D. in computer science and engineering at University of Notre Dame.

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media coverage
Scientists are getting closer in race to find gravitational wave background and dark matter features work by Sukanya Chakrabarti, associate professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy.

We’re ‘Maybe Five-ish’ Years Away From Princess Leia Holograms
Debugger talks to Ricardo Figueroa, interim co-director of the School of Film and Animation, about the technical limitations to the Princess Leia hologram.

5 careers that command over $100,000 per year — and don’t require you to go to med school
Mic mentions the School of Interactive Games and Media, highlighting the game design and development program.
Connections: Is Rochester becoming a hub for the field of textual science?
WXXI’s “Connections” program features Roger Easton, professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science; Lisa Enochs, second-year student double majoring in motion picture science and imaging science; and Zoë LaLena, second-year imaging science student.

Americans increase waste by 25% during the holidays as more stay at home, shop online
WROC-TV talks to Charles Ruffing, director of the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, about reusing items and reducing waste before turning to recycling.

Niagara Gazette
BOCES and RIT collaboration gives students new musical experience
The Niagara Gazette talks to Sofía Quinones, an electrical engineering BS/MS student, about a senior design project to make an adaptive drum kit.

The New York Times
Inside the C.I.A., She Became a Spy for Planet Earth
The New York Times talks to Jeff Harris ’75 (photographic science and instrumentation), chair-elect, RIT Board of Trustees, about Linda Zall and her career with the CIA.

more media coverage

upcoming events
Overview of the Beverage Industry: Trends Towards Optimization and Waste Minimization: noon-1 p.m. Jan. 20 (details)

What's Your Diversity?: noon-1 p.m. Jan. 20 (details)
Difficult Dialogue Facilitation Training : 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 22 (details)
Global Game Jam: 6 a.m.-midnight Jan. 27 (details)

Virtual Graduate Open House (Art and Design): 7-8 p.m. Jan. 27 (details)
Expressions of King's Legacy : noon-1:30 p.m. Jan. 28 (details)

Saunders MBA and MS Graduate Information Session | Online: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 (details)
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photo spotlight
Photo by A. Sue Weisler

The fourth annual Let Freedom Ring event celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day featured a presentation by Joshua Rashaad McFadden, an assistant professor in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences in RIT’s College of Art and Design. “A Moment in a Movement” took place on Zoom on Jan. 18. Photo by A. Sue Weisler

in memoriam

Retired NTID faculty member Paul L. Taylor III, Jan. 11, 2021


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