News by Topic: Doing Good
Innovation, determination, and creativity are the hallmarks of RIT, so it only makes sense that they be used to help others. At RIT, projects and research go beyond academics and use technology in new and creative ways to make the world a better place.
June 22, 2021
RIT engineering researcher and UR physician apply for patent for blood typing device
Steven Day, professor of biomedical engineering at RIT, and Majed Refaai, from the University of Rochester, applied to the U.S. Patent Office this past April for a new blood typing device that can assist trauma patients prior to blood transfusions.
June 17, 2021
K-12 students build skills at RIT summer camps—from cybersecurity to college-readiness boot camp
RIT’s summer day camp programs offer young learners a foray into astrophysics, cybersecurity, energy and the environment, and college readiness. While RIT’s regular in-person Camp Tiger is on hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic, RIT’s K-12 University Center is providing select programs via a secure virtual platform through RIT’s Innovative Learning Institute.
June 10, 2021
Bob Barbato, Saunders College professor and former department chair, retires from RIT after 42 years
Professor Bob Barbato joined RIT in 1979. Since then, he has taught courses in leadership, entrepreneurship, and business ethics in more than seven countries–first taking his wife and kids with him to Ethiopia on a Fulbright scholarship, and then to RIT’s international campuses in Kosovo, Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Beijing, and Dubai.
June 4, 2021
Women’s Basketball Coach Amy Reed receives 2021 Edwina Award
Almost everyone looks up to RIT’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach Amy Reed, not just because she is 6’ 3’’, but because of her work promoting greater awareness about gender diversity and inclusion. As a result, Reed has been named recipient of the 2021 Edwina Award, which is given to a faculty or staff member for significant contributions to enhance gender diversity and inclusiveness at RIT.
June 3, 2021
Why getting more people with disabilities developing technology is good for everyone
Essay by Kristen Shinohara and Garreth Tigwell, assistant professors of computing and information sciences, published by The Conversation.
May 27, 2021
Smart toilet seat designed to potentially save lives
WHEC-TV talks to David Borkholder, professor in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering and co-founder and head of research and development at Casana.
May 24, 2021
Recent RIT graduate presented with Distinguished Lee Scholar award
Chiara Young, a fifth-year biomedical engineering graduate from Sherman, N.Y., received the 2021 Distinguished Lee Scholar award from the Patrick P. Lee Foundation. Young, who graduated in May, was presented with the award based on her integrity, leadership, and service to others. RIT has been a partner school of the Lee Foundation since fall 2019.
May 19, 2021
RIT celebrates record number of Fulbright finalists
RIT students have had a banner year in securing awards from the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program. RIT has a record four Fulbright finalists plus three alternates for the 2021-2022 academic year.
May 19, 2021
Fulbright scholar Ashley Tucker will travel to Nigeria to research malaria testing
Ashley Tucker, a graduating senior majoring in biomedical sciences and biology, will travel to Nigeria at the end of the summer on a Fulbright Research award. Tucker will work with a malaria research group at University of Ibadan College of Medicine. Her research will help improve the rapid diagnostic testing for the deadly tropical disease.
May 19, 2021
Fulbright Research scholar Tyler Pugeda to study investigative treatments for Alzheimer’s disease
Tyler Pugeda, a master’s student with concentrations in cell biology and healthcare entrepreneurship in RIT’s School of Individualized Study, will travel to Germany in September to fulfill the requirements of his Fulbright Research award. Using post-mortem human brains afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, Pugeda will investigate treatments to slow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
May 19, 2021
East meets West: Hira Abid heads to Istanbul to continue biotechnology studies
Hira Abid crossed continents to come to RIT. The chemical engineering student from Pakistan will make another global connection when she begins graduate school in Turkey as one of RIT’s newest Fulbright awardees.
May 12, 2021
RIT Outstanding Graduate Woman Achievement Award highlights Graduate Student Advisory Council leaders
RIT students Emily Wilson and Teresa Symons are co-recipients of the Outstanding Graduate Woman Achievement Award for their dedication and leadership on RIT’s Graduate Student Advisory Council. Wilson and Symons are Ph.D. students in the astrophysical sciences and technology program in the School of Physics and Astronomy and co-chairs of the Graduate Student Advisory Council.