The RIT Observatory recorded the transit of Mercury across the face of the sun May 9, a trip which took the planet more seven hours. One of the visitors took this image through the 10-inch Cave Astrola telescope (a gracious donation from Larry and Kristopher Lavery). You can see Mercury at lower left, about three-quarters of its way across the disk of the Sun, heading from right to left.
Physics and communications research proposal receives NSF funding
Monday, May 16, 2016 —
Physics Faculty Ben Zwickl and Communications Faculty Kelly Martin just received official notice of an award for our most recent NSF proposal "Exploring factors that shape education & workplace training on essential 21st century competencies: A translational study in four high-STEM job regions." It is a four year collaborative project with Matt Hora, Professor of Adult Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin Madison http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/bios/hora-matthew.html . RIT is receiving $649,626 for its part in the project, and UW-Madison has their own (even larger) budget and staff.
Nicknamed the "4x4 Workforce Project, the two researchers are studying the use of:
Four 21st Century Competencies: Collaboration, Communication, Problem Solving, and Self-regulated Learning in ...
Four STEM Sectors: Photonics, Information Technology, Energy, and Advanced Manufacturing in ...
Four Geographic Regions: Denver, Houston, Seattle, and Raleigh through ...
Four Perspectives: Employers, Employees, Faculty, Students
The project is a follow-up and expansion on the on-going Photonics and Optics Workforce Education Research. (http://www.rit.edu/power)