News by Topic: Interdisciplinary Studies

At RIT, combining aspects from different fields of study is the best way to make world-changing discoveries and find creative ways to solve problems. RIT encouraged collaboration across academic programs and departments to encourage creative thinking and innovation.

  • January 9, 2023

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    MBA student uses experience at Shop One to help grow her own business

    Some people categorize themselves as right-brained or left-brained when describing what they excel at—whether they are more analytical and practical, or more creative and artistic. Both sides have their value, and Maddy Schoenfeld ’20 (metals and jewelry design) believes that combining the analytical and creative can elevate a small business.

  • December 5, 2022

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    Building the SHED: A Q&A with RIT registrar Joe Loffredo

    The Student Hall for Exploration and Development (SHED) and the renovated Wallace Library will reopen in less than a year. Work has begun to schedule the fall semester classes that will be held for the first time in the SHED complex, and Joe Loffredo, RIT associate vice president for Academic Affairs and registrar, is leading the effort to assign the classrooms in Wallace Library.

  • November 30, 2022

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    RIT researchers explore how to improve emergency management for the Deaf community

    Essential emergency services play a key role in saving lives when snowstorms blanket the Northeast or a wildfire erupts out West. However, many communities are still being left out and face communication barriers during emergencies. At NTID, a team of researchers is studying how to identify and bridge gaps in emergency management resources and services for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community.

  • November 28, 2022

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    Alumna uses film to teach diversity

    Tina Cannaday Chapman DaCosta ’04 MS, ’14 MFA is using her parents’ life stories to teach important lessons about diversity, equity, and inclusion. In fall 2022, the director of RIT’s Diversity Theater program released Dear Eleanor, her second short film based on her parents’ lives.

  • November 18, 2022

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    Chips 101 showcases RIT and Upstate NY skills in computer chip development and manufacturing

    Becoming the Silicon Valley of the Northeast may have as much power as the computer chips that will soon be designed and developed in the upstate New York region. The recent Chips 101 event, hosted by RIT on Nov. 16, kept to that premise. More than 50 regional government and corporate representatives learned how computer chips are designed and manufactured—and how universities, government, and workforce development initiatives will contribute to this area.

  • November 14, 2022

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    Vote now for RIT’s tiger courier for 'Dota 2' game

    RIT is vying to be the first university to develop and have a game character accepted into the wildly popular online game Dota 2. The character, or courier, in the form of a tiger, was developed in MAGIC Spell Studios by a team of former RIT students and a faculty adviser.