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LIGO confirms RIT’s breakthrough prediction of gravitational waves
Thursday, February 11, 2016
— Research conducted by Rochester Institute of Technology scientists was integral to the breakthrough detection of gravitational waves from binary black holes that was announced today by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration. The collaboration’s findings confirm the existence of gravitational waves predicted by Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and introduce a revolutionary new way of understanding the universe through gravitational wave astronomy. Six Rochester Institute of Technology researchers are among the authors on the upcoming paper in Physical Review Letters.
RIT researchers among group whose work confirms Einstein’s theories
Thursday, February 11, 2016
— Six Rochester Institute of Technology researchers are among the authors of a paper announcing what may be the most important scientific discovery in a century—findings that confirm the existence of gravitational waves predicted in Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity.For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the Earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.
RIT announces strategic investments in four research areas
Monday, February 8, 2016
— To advance its focus on conducting internationally distinguished research, RIT has chosen four initiatives to receive strategic investments. These strategic initiatives, chosen through a rigorous internal process that looked at 26 research proposals, will each receive up to $1 million, payable over five years.
Galaxy quakes could improve hunt for dark matter
Thursday, January 7, 2016
— A trio of brightly pulsating stars at the outskirts of the Milky Way is racing away from the galaxy and may confirm a method for detecting dwarf galaxies dominated by dark matter and explain ripples in the outer disk of the galaxy.
RIT's national Carnegie Classification changed to "Doctoral University"
Monday, January 4, 2016
— It's official: Rochester Institute of Technology is now considered a "doctoral university" by the leading national classification of U.S. colleges and universities. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education has changed RIT from "Masters - Comprehensive" to "Doctoral University - Limited Research Activity."
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RIT on TV: Gender Bias in STEM
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
— Congresswoman Louise Slaughter is calling on her constituents and local universities to focus on improving the gender bias in STEM research that a recent study has revealed, WROC-TV reports. Professor Scott Franklin comments on the issue.
RIT wins NSF award to build national alliance of STEM diversity programs
Friday, December 11, 2015
— RIT is using a $270,225 grant from the National Science Foundation to establish an alliance among independent diversity programs at universities across the country to improve equity and community in physics education. The Access Network seeks to increase the graduation rate of traditionally underrepresented physics majors.
CASTLE: Where teaching STEM is king
Thursday, December 10, 2015
— CASTLE is helping RIT educators build an even stronger foundation for teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). CASTLE-which stands for the Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning and Evaluation-is a multidisciplinary scholarship center housed in the College of Science.
RIT Observatory open house focuses on Geminids
Friday, December 4, 2015
— The RIT Observatory's next open house will coincide with the Geminid meteor showers. The observatory will be open to the public from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, weather permitting. The observatory is located at 645 John St., near Bailey Road.
RIT physics professor facilitates Optics Society of America Incubator Dec. 2-4
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
— Rochester Institute of Technology professor Mishkat Bhattacharya will co-host a meeting on levitated optomechanics at the Optics Society of America headquarters in Washington, D.C., from Dec. 2-4. The incubator capitalizes on new approaches to nano-optomechanics and looks to leverage optically levitated nanoparticle systems.
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