Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences – News

  • December 3, 2019

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    RIT gifted 177-acre estate to expand research, educational offerings

    RIT will use a substantial gift of real estate in Penfield to expand the university’s research and educational offerings in ecology, agriculture, sustainability and other fields. Amy Leenhouts Tait and Robert C. Tait have gifted to the university their 177-acre property, which will be dedicated as the Tait Preserve of RIT.

  • October 3, 2019

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    Student Spotlight: Pursuing research opportunities in Germany

    Alexandria Shumway was selected to do research abroad over the summer through the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) RISE program, or German Academic Exchange Service. Through this program, the fifth-year bioinformatics and computational biology (BS) and bioinformatics (MS) student traveled to Kiel, Germany, to complete her research at the Christian-Albrecht University of Kiel.

  • October 2, 2019

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    Student to Student: Degradation of blended polymers

    Abby Rolston became aware of the amount of plastic waste that is thrown away each day while working as a veterinary assistant. Today her research is focused on the degradation of blended polymers provided by the Packaging Science Department at RIT.

  • September 23, 2019

    Professor and three students look at bacteria samples.

    RIT receives multiple accolades for promoting diversity and inclusion

    RIT received the 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, for the sixth year in a row. Also, for the third consecutive year, RIT is being honored as an institution committed to diversity for 2019 by Minority Access Inc. And Professor André Hudson, pictured above, is among the individuals Minority Access will celebrate at the National Role Models Conference this year.

  • August 8, 2019

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    Health effects of micro plastics  

    PBS station WCNY features Christy Tyler, associate professor in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, and Matthew Hoffman, associate professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences, discussing microplastics in the Great Lakes. The segment begins at the 9:40 minute-mark in the video.