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Cracks in the glass ceiling for women in higher education

Cracks in the glass ceiling for women in higher education

In a region that was once a hotbed for women’s rights — and home to Susan B. Anthony — it is fitting that the Rochester area now has a noticeable number of women college presidents.

It is even more fitting this year, the 100th anniversary of New York state granting women the right to vote.

Anthony, who fought to get women admitted to the University of Rochester mo...

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Area colleges seek to expand the reach of STEM

Area colleges seek to expand the reach of STEM

Progress has been made at UR and Rochester Institute of Technology in attracting female faculty and students to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines, but the numbers are still low, as they are nationwide.

"It is the shrinking pipeline. You start out with not that many. It keeps dropping off," said Wendi Heinzelman, dean of the Hajim School of Engineering a...

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Congratulations Betsy Dell, AdvanceRIT Co-PI

Congratulations Betsy Dell, AdvanceRIT Co-PI

Congratulations to Betsy Dell on her recent nomination for Digital Rochester's Technology Woman of the Year award.

Professor Betsy Dell, co-PI, serves on the project's leadership team and coordinates the project's Connectivity Series. The Connectivity Seriesincludes seminars, workshops, panel discussions, etc. for faculty and Department Heads to strengthen core competencies, eff...

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Women in Computing Group Helping to Close Gender Gap

Women in Computing Group Helping to Close Gender Gap

Growing up, Sarah Fomchenko had no clue what she wanted to do. She just knew that she liked playing with computers.

“My parents would joke that if I wasn’t on the computer all the time, I could be a straight-A student,” said Fomchenko, a second-year computer science major from Franklin Lakes, N.J. “I love the feeling of being able to create something, without needing to be ar...

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Advocates & Allies Article in INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine

Advocates & Allies Article in INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine

Gender equality is not just a woman's issue. It is a worthy goal that can be accomplished with men and women working together.

This fall, RIT launched Advocates & Allies, a campus program where male colleagues help improve overall campus culture and support advancements of female faculty. There is a national need for this advocacy with women underrepresented in STEM fields and a...

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Helping to End Gender Bias with Advocates & Allies

Helping to End Gender Bias with Advocates & Allies

Gender equity is not just a women’s issue, said Marcos Esterman, and he is part of a campus group that believes it is attainable if men and women work together.

Esterman is a member of Advocates & Allies, a new campus program in which male colleagues help improve campus culture overall and support advancement of female faculty.

With women underrepresented nationally in...

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RIT Mentioned in GoodCall

RIT Mentioned in GoodCall

Hidden Figures, the just-released movie, highlights the roles of three black female mathematicians (human computers) working at NASA who helped win the Space Race. At one time, computer science was originally a female-dominated area, and computing was considered “women’s work.” Fast forward to 2017 and women in computer science aren’t common.

The number of women receiving ...

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RIT Middle-States Self-Study 2017

RIT Middle-States Self-Study 2017

RIT is currently undergoing a self-study for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). This association is a “voluntary, non-governmental, membership.” This self-study is helping to re-accredit RIT, and generally lasts approximately 2.5 years. For more information about this process, please visit the self-study overview page.

To see a list of the steering com...

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How Computer Science Changed My Career for the Better

How Computer Science Changed My Career for the Better

As any business leader can attest, the world has become increasingly complex. To navigate in that world, they need all of the help they can get—and one powerful tool is a grounding in STEM. Technology and science are not only central to today’s business landscape, but they’re often the keys to progress. I come from a computer science background and have found my training to be invaluabl...

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Texas Instruments R&D innovator to lead RIT ARM Developer Day event on Jan. 27

Texas Instruments R&D innovator to lead RIT ARM Developer Day event on Jan. 27

Xiaolin Lu, an expert in the Internet of Things, will be the keynote speaker for the annual RIT ARM Developer Day conference at Rochester Institute of Technology. The Texas Instruments R&D manager will speak at noon on Friday, Jan. 27, in RIT’s University Gallery, located in James E. Booth Hall, Room 2765. Her presentation is titled, “A Semiconductor View of Intelligent I of T: Making the...

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Moumita Das, Scialog Fellow, Wins Grants from the Moore Foundation

Moumita Das, Scialog Fellow, Wins Grants from the Moore Foundation

Rochester Institute of Technology professor Moumita Das has won seed funding for cutting-edge research that explores mitochondrial DNA and intercellular cargo transport.

Das, an assistant professor in RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy, is a Scialog Fellow on two research teams supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Last April, the Moore Foundation, Research Corp...

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Interview with Dr. Anne R. Haake, First Female Dean of GCCIS

Interview with Dr. Anne R. Haake, First Female Dean of GCCIS

Anne R. Haake became dean of the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences on April 1. She had been serving as interim dean since July 2015. The appointment made her the first female dean of the college, home to RIT’s School of Interactive Games & Media and computer science, information sciences and technologies, software engineering and computing security departments...

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Global Women of Light Symposium

Global Women of Light Symposium

On October 17, 2016, WiSTEE Connect (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Entrepreneuship) collaborated with the OSA Foundation to organize an international symposium entitled “Global Women of Light.” This symposium took place in Rochester, NY at the 2016 Frontiers in Optics, an annual conference held by the Optical Society.

According to Dr. Jia Qiao, “The overall...

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Dr. Jing Zhang Awarded NSF Grant for High-Tech Nanofabrication Equipment

Dr. Jing Zhang Awarded NSF Grant for High-Tech Nanofabrication Equipment

Jing Zhang, engineering faculty member at Rochester Institute of Technology, received a $305,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to acquire a new etching system for photonic, electronic and bio-device fabrication. The system strengthens RIT’s fabrication capability in its Semiconductor & Microsystems Fabrication Laboratory to support new and existing multidisciplinary research in...

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Dr. Callie Babbitt Awarded Nearly $1 Million NSF Grant

Dr. Callie Babbitt Awarded Nearly $1 Million NSF Grant

Callie Babbitt, an associate professor at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS), has received a nearly $1 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research sustainable solutions for minimizing and managing the growing and complex challenges of food waste generated across the food supply chain.

The four-year project, ti...

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Connect Grant Co-PI Dr. Satish Kandlikar Wins NSF Funding to Study Benefits of New Infrared-Imaging Method

Connect Grant Co-PI Dr. Satish Kandlikar Wins NSF Funding to Study Benefits of New Infrared-Imaging Method

Researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology and physicians at Rochester Regional Health are advancing thermal imaging techniques as a potentially safer and less invasive diagnostic tool for the detection of early-stage breast cancer.

A National Science Foundation grant of $99,620 is supporting the two-year project and the multidisciplinary team that represents the strategic c...

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A Look At Women In The U.S. Workforce

A Look At Women In The U.S. Workforce

Women have been breaking all sorts of glass ceilings recently.

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, U.S. women took home more gold medals than anybody else. Beyoncé was nominated for 11 VMA awards this year and took home eight, setting a record for VMA wins (and the #BeyHive rejoiced). And of course, this summer Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for president by a major...

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'Belonging' Can Help Keep Talented Female Students in STEM Classes

'Belonging' Can Help Keep Talented Female Students in STEM Classes

Many women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have faced a common experience at some point during their college days -- they walked into a classroom and found that they were among a small handful of women in the class, or even the only one.

That kind of experience has the potential to make a talented, motivated student feel out-of-place, and compel ...

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NSF ADVANCE PI Conference

NSF ADVANCE PI Conference

The AdvanceRIT Team successfully completed yet another NSF ADVANCE/GSE/AWIS PI Conference in Baltimore, MD from 22-24 May 2016! The team had its strongest attendance to date at this conference with 12 people in attendance from RIT! The program ultimately hosted 3 excellent workshops, made numerous connections, had time for high quality brainstorming and planning sessions, and enjoyed several...

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Jenn Smith Wins 1st Place in Project Management

Jenn Smith Wins 1st Place in Project Management

Rochester Institute of Technology is prestigiously known for its technological advancements, enhanced research findings, and preparing some of the most tech savvy engineers in the world. Jennifer Smith is a prime example of how hard work, dedication and perseverance can ultimately lead to continued success, even after graduation. Jenn, a 5th year mechanical engineer major and program assistan...

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Kurinec Chairs Conference in Saudi Arabia on Electronic Materials and Sustainability

Kurinec Chairs Conference in Saudi Arabia on Electronic Materials and Sustainability

Santosh Kurinec, professor of electrical and microelectronic engineering at RIT, was the keynote speaker at the National Science Foundation-King Abdullah University of Science and Technology annual conference on Electronic Materials, Devices and Systems for a Sustainable Future. More than 200 scientists, researchers, university faculty and graduate students attended the conference that took p...

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Dr. Margaret Bailey to Give Presentation at MU-RIT Computing Visit's Labinar

Dr. Margaret Bailey to Give Presentation at MU-RIT Computing Visit's Labinar

Dr. Margaret Bailey will be giving a presentation about AdvanceRIT at the MU-RIT Computing Visit's labinar on April 25th. This labinar will be about gender issues and encouraging women in the computing fields.

The MU-RIT Computing Visit will be from April 25th to April 28th, covering a variety of topics in regards to educational programs, the challenges and opportunities associat...

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Women In Tech: Working to Boost The 22%

Women In Tech: Working to Boost The 22%

More women are adding terms like “coder” and “game developer” to their résumés, but the industry still has a long way to go to reach gender parity.

Last year, women made up 22 per cent of the game developer workforce, double the 11.5 per cent of females in the field in 2009, according to a recent study by the International Game Developers Association (IGDA).

B...

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AdvanceRIT Connect Grants Mentioned in KGCOE November Newsletter

AdvanceRIT Connect Grants Mentioned in KGCOE November Newsletter

In the KGCOE November issue of the newsletter, the AdvanceRIT Connect Grant recipients were mentioned. An excerpt may be read below:

The AdvanceRIT program is now in its third year. RIT was awarded $3.5 million in 2012 from the National Science Foundation for its Advance institutional transformation grant, “Connect: Increasing the Representation and Advancement of Women ...

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RIT Professor Shares Black-Hole Research at Supercomputing Conference Nov. 18

RIT Professor Shares Black-Hole Research at Supercomputing Conference Nov. 18

Rochester Institute of Technology professor Manuela Campanelli has been invited to talk about simulating supermassive black hole mergers at SC 2015, the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, in Austin, Texas. The event, hosted by the Association for Computing Machinery and the IEEE Computer Society, is expected to draw 10,000 visitors.
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Women Scientists Who Changed the World

Women Scientists Who Changed the World

For decades, stories have gone largely untold about world-changing accomplishments by dozens of female pioneers in science, medicine and technology.

Author Rachel Swaby's 2015 book, "Headstrong: 52 Women who Changed Science-and the World," sheds fresh light on these fascinating women who pushed themselves to succeed in fields that were overwhelmingly male-dominated.

To...

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Gender Wage Gap Narrows for New Women College Grads: Fed Research

Gender Wage Gap Narrows for New Women College Grads: Fed Research

The wage gap between recent male and female college graduates is narrowing and, in some cases, even reversing, but that those earnings gains by women dissipate the longer they remain in the workforce, according to a new analysis by Federal Reserve economists.

While studies have long shown the gender pay gap to be a stubbornly persistent phenomenon—with women earning somewhere bet...

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Dr. Laurie Clayton Nominated for the Presidential Award for Outstanding Staff

Dr. Laurie Clayton Nominated for the Presidential Award for Outstanding Staff

Dr. Laurie Clayton, program director of the NSF AdvanceRIT Project, has been nominated for the Presidential Award for Outstanding Staff. The awards ceremony begins at 10 AM on October 8 in Ingle Auditorium. The Presidential Award is given to staff members whose work has shown outstanding service and dedication to RIT.

To read more about the Presidential Awards for Outstanding St...

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The Growing Need for More Cybersleuths

The Growing Need for More Cybersleuths

Amid high-profile breaches on websites such as Ashley Madison and the IRS, experts say the need for cybersecurity professionals—including women—is only growing.

Nearly 2 million global cybersecurity professionals will be needed by 2017, according to the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College. At the same time, the cybersecurity industry is facing a gender gap. <...

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8 Woman-Run Tech Companies You Should Know, Because These Leaders Are Combating Sexism In The Tech Industry

8 Woman-Run Tech Companies You Should Know, Because These Leaders Are Combating Sexism In The Tech Industry

When you combine the lack of women in the tech industry with the paucity of women holding leadership roles at companies of all sorts, the chances for women to assume executive positions at tech companies can look bleak. Only 14.2 percent of top executives at S&P 500 companies are women, and women constituted only 26 percent of people in computer and mathematical occupations in 2013. Our cultu...

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Congress Probes Possible Bias against Women in U.S. Science Funding

Congress Probes Possible Bias against Women in U.S. Science Funding

At the request of three Congresswomen the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has launched an investigation into whether gender bias is influencing the awarding of research grants, which would be illegal under US law.

There is evidence of gender disparity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) research at US universities and 4 year colleges—women hold ...

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Meet the Women Scientists of TIME 100

Meet the Women Scientists of TIME 100

These five most influential women are pioneers in the field of science and medicine.

It will surprise no one to learn that women are vastly underrepresented in the field of science. But in this year’s TIME 100, five outstanding women who are making huge strides in the fields of medicine, genetics, and infectious disease, made the list.

Read more about these five infl...

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Women-led Companies Perform Three Times Better than the S&P 500

Women-led Companies Perform Three Times Better than the S&P 500

Boston-based Quantopian looked at how well Fortune 1000 companies led by women performed compared to the S&P 500 over a 12-year period.

You’ve heard that companies with women executives at the helm tend to perform better than those led by men— and a new study furthers that claim, finding that women CEOs in the Fortune 1000 drive three times the returns as S&P 500 enterprises r...

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39 of the Coolest Startups Founded By Women

39 of the Coolest Startups Founded By Women

Women may be underrepresented throughout the tech sector, but they're still building some incredible startups, apps, and products.

The folks over at Product Hunt have created and curated a collection of the best startups and products founded by inspiring women. VCs, entrepreneurs, and Product Hunt members have all weighed in on their favorites.

From uBeam's innovative ...

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Incoming Cybersecurity and Policy Expert Bolsters RIT’s Interdisciplinary Offerings MIT Researcher and ‘Slate’ Writer Jose

Incoming Cybersecurity and Policy Expert Bolsters RIT’s Interdisciplinary Offerings MIT Researcher and ‘Slate’ Writer Jose

Rochester Institute of Technology is embracing interdisciplinary education by hiring a faculty member who will teach for both the College of Liberal Arts and the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

Josephine Wolff, a leading researcher in cybersecurity and Internet policy, will join RIT in August as an assistant professor of public policy and faculty ...

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54 Women Who Rocked the Tech World

54 Women Who Rocked the Tech World

If you want to encourage your daughter, sister, niece, aunt, mom, grandma, BFF, girlfriend, or wife to dig into math, science, and computers and pursue the high-paying jobs in those fields, it helps to show her some role models.

In that spirit, Duke University professor Susan Rodger, author and mentor Katy Dickinson, and developer Jessica Dickinson Goodman fired up The Notable Wom...

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Sukanya Chakrabarti

Sukanya Chakrabarti

Dr. Sukanya Chakrabarti and her colleagues have recently made an "observational confirmation" of a predicted unseen dark matter dominated dwarf galaxy located approximately 300,000 light years away.
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Best Way for Professors to Get Good Student Evaluations? Be Male.

Best Way for Professors to Get Good Student Evaluations? Be Male.

Many in academia have long known about how the practice of student evaluations of professors is inherently biased against female professors. Students, after all, are just as likely as the public in general to have the same ugly, if unconscious, biases about women in authority. Just as polling data continues to show that a majority of Americans think being a man automatically makes you better ...

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Apply for a Connect Grant!

Apply for a Connect Grant!

This message is posted on behalf of Jeremy Haefner, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL FEBRUARY 9TH
Dear Faculty Colleagues,
As part of RIT’s continued commitment to faculty success and career development, I’m very excited to announce the 2014 AY Connect Grants Program offered by the AdvanceRIT project, Faculty Career Developm...

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Navigating Departmental Politics - The Michigan Players (for campus leadership)

Navigating Departmental Politics - The Michigan Players (for campus leadership)

Thursday, December 11
VIG - Vignelli Center for Design Studies (07A), Vignelli
12:30 - 3:00 PM
*Light Refreshments will be provided at 12:30 PM.

The CRLT Players are visiting RIT with their acclaimed production of Navigating Departmental Politics. A touring theatre company housed in the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan, th...

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Betsy Dell Selected as Faculty Associate for Female Faculty!

Betsy Dell Selected as Faculty Associate for Female Faculty!

Professor Betsy Dell has been selected as the Faculty Associate for Female Faculty. She is an associate professor in the manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology (MMET) department in CAST and has been at RIT since 2006. She is a co-PI on the AdvanceRIT grant, and a member of the program’s leadership team, as well as director and PI for the NSF-sponsored COMETS scholarship program...

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COS and NTID receive nearly $400,000 to produce supplemental online learning tools

COS and NTID receive nearly $400,000 to produce supplemental online learning tools

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $399,986, three-year grant to RIT’s College of Science and National Technical Institute for the Deaf to develop up to 10 supplemental online learning tools that may help deaf and hard-of-hearing students better understand statistics concepts by integrating visual representations of complex concepts with signed explanations, voice and captioning....

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