Rochester Institute of Technology students experience zero gravity while conducting reduced-gravity scientific experiments aboard NASA's "Vomit Comet" aircraft; reported by Kelly Downs of RIT University News. For more information about RIT and programs like this visit: http://www.rit.edu
RIT Researcher Jon Schull has connected thousands of volunteers around the globe to make super affordable prosthetic hands wherever they are needed. e-NABLE volunteers are connected through the internet, and donate their time and the use of 3D printers to print and assemble the movable plastic hands. See: http://enablingthefuture.org/ for info Do you need a hand or want to get involved in making them? Visit this link: http://enablingthefuture.org/get-involved/ Unlike established prosthetic hands, which can cost as much as $45,000, these hands can be produced for a cost of about $50. The mechanical hands will not replace the sophisticated prosthesis, but they can be a useful alternative in many situations - especially when cost is a factor. They are particularly helpful for children who may need a series of replacement hands as they grow. Also, because they are mechanical instead of electronic they provide healthy exercise for the arm they are used on. Music: "Pamgaea" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Robert Manning, professor of finance in RIT's E. Philip Saunders College of Business, discusses consumer debt relief program. Story does not reference RIT affiliation. These days more people are using credit cards to pay day to day expenses hoping to stay afloat. Others are already drowning in debt. Last month more than 106,000 people filed for bankruptcy. That's up 40% from a year ago, but there's a new way to avoid all that as CBS News correspondent Priya David reports in our series Dollars and Sense. Janine Cain prides herself on a tidy home. Her finances, however, are in a state of disrepair, ever since her husband lost his full-time job and their mortgage payments rose. Now they're working four jobs between the two of them - but it's not enough to pay off their credit card bills. "It wasn't any extravagant items that we went out, or jewelry, or TVs or anything like that," Cain said. "It was basically stuff to live with." How high is their credit card debt? "It's around $23,000 total for both of us," Cain said. The Cains are part of a growing group economists call the "near-bankrupt." On Main Streets across America, as jobs dry up and adjustable-rate mortgages increase, consumers are taking on more credit-card debt to try and bridge those gaps. "The average American household has assumed unprecedented levels of debt. And they can't afford to repay all of their debt, but they could pay a portion of it," said consumer finance expert Robert Manning, author of "Credit Card Nation." Most debt-management companies require people to repay all of their debt - or declare bankruptcy. But Manning, who works at the Center for Consumer Financial Services, says he's got a better way. It's a formula that determines how much a borrower can actually repay, based on income, local cost of living and local taxes. The consumer avoids bankruptcy, and the lenders get some of their money back. His innovative program is administered by two credit counseling agencies, InCharge Debt Solutions and Hope Financial. So far it's available in 25 states. Manning's program helped save Phyllis and Barnett Hoffman's Lakeport, Calif., home. "I was afraid, yeah we're gonna lose our place because we got three notices of foreclosure," Phyllis said. Unable to pay their ballooning mortgage, they had racked up $50,000 in credit-card loans and owed $350,000 on the house. "I've been through some tough times, but I never thought I'd have to go bankrupt," Barnett Hoffman said. Using Manning's formula, the Hoffman's credit card lenders agreed to clear the couple after they repay 37 percent of what they owe. And counselors got the Hoffmans' mortgage payments of $3,000 cut almost in half, to $1,700. "It's very important for everyone to take a realistic approach and the realistic approach is 'let's reach a compromise,'" said Adam Levin, chairman and co-founder of Credit.com. Compromise, with this approach, means lenders recoup at least some of their losses - and borrowers get a chance to wipe their debts clean.
It's a zombie apocalypse at RIT! Each Fall a week-long Zombie vs. Humans game is held at RIT. It is normally the biggest RIT HvZ game of the year. The massive campus-wide game of tag involves roughly 800 students. According to organizers, HvZ is the largest club on campus. Humans wear arm-bands and carry Nerf Blasters or "sock grenades" to protect themselves from zombie contagion... at least until they get tagged by "zombies" ... and join the zombie horde in chasing the remaining "humans". Zombies can be identified by their headbands. Few humans make it to the heavily defended "extraction points" at the end of the game. HvZ is a great way to meet new people, explore the campus, learn the tunnels (good prep for winter) and get some serious exercise! The game is only played outdoors - buildings, tunnels and vehicles are "safe". It is played at night as well and organizers devise missions that add to multiple story-lines. The RIT HvZ club also competes at exhibition games with and against other schools in this growing social sport. For more info check: http://wiki.humansvszombies.org/index.php/Rochester_Institute_of_Technology
WROC Channel 8 reports on PC Magazine naming RIT Computer Science House vending machine among greatest hacks of all time.
More than 1,200 students from 100 collegiate racing teams competed at the 2016 Baja SAE World Challenge hosted by the Rochester Institute of Technology on June 9-12. The teams competed in multiple events with off-road race cars they designed and built, culminating in a four-hour endurance race. The host RIT race team finished second overall, earning runner up honors for the 2016 Baja SAE season. ENGINEERING
Thomas King Baker V, an advertising and public relations major at Rochester Institute of Technology, takes on the assignment of RITchie, the university mascot, at Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. Follow along has Tom gets in costume and greets his public.
Some might say that Rochester Institute of Technology is on the verge of greatness. We say the university has already arrived. What is greatness? Discover more about this leading global university. www.rit.edu RIT Greatness produced by: Partners + Napier RIT Production Services RIT University News Services Bob Finnerty, Executive Producer Sharon Napier, Executive Producer Mike Baron, Creative Director Tim Wainwright, Director of Photography Matt Spaull, Assistant Director, Editor Lisa Smith, Senior Producer Susan Rosinski, Production Manager Mark Sniffen, Animator Special Thanks: Steve Wunrow, Steve Czompo, & RIT Production Services Voiceover: Alumna Katie Linendoll, ‘05 Music: “Tongues” – Written by Dan Armbruster and Sean Donnelly Used by permission of Painted Desert Music Corp. (BMI)
Rochester Institute of Technology welcomed a record-breaking number of freshmen -- approximately 2,800 -- to begin the Fall 2013 semester. The university also welcomes about 700 transfer students to campus. New students will join RIT as the university moves away from its quarter--based academic calendar and begins semesters. RIT's first day of classes is Monday, Aug. 26. For more information on this year's RIT New Student Orientation, go to rit.edu/orientation.
Take a campus tour with RIT President Emeritus Bill Destler and RIT Student Ambassadors. These prospective students and parents were pleasantly surprised to have a tour guide who leads the university in his day job. RIT is ranked among “The Most Technologically Advanced Universities” in the world. With 18,000 students, RIT is the 11th largest private university in the United States. To learn more, visit www.rit.edu