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RIT's Battery Prototyping Center was unveiled with a ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony and tour. The facility will provide space and technology for academics and private businesses to develop new battery technologies.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says she hopes someone in this facility will make a battery that helps her phone hold a charge.

"I would pay anything to not be scrounging around the floors of JFK and LaGuardia looking for a plug in the wall so I can talk to the governor."

Connections: Senator Rich Funke; Soledad O'Brien

Jan 29, 2015

We start the show talking with State Senator Rich Funke (R), who represents the 55th State Senate District. Then, we air a pre-recorded interview with Soledad O'Brien who was speaking at RIT today.

New U.S. Labor Department regulations will require federal contractors – of which there are nearly 50,000 companies with approximately 200,000 establishments – to set a target of having 7 percent of their workforce be comprised of employees with disabilities. Colleges and universities are being asked to do more to adequately prepare students with disabilities for the workforce, because current statistics show they are not prepared.  RIT is being cited as a shining example of what one university is doing in this arena. The National Organization on Disability hosted a news conference with RIT, and they join us to talk about how to make a workplace achieve this standard. 

We start this hour with gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino. The Republican is challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo for the top seat in New York. Then, as part of our Move To Include series, we talk about the new U.S. Labor Department regulations that will require federal contractors to set a target of having 7 percent of their workforce be comprised of employees with disabilities. College and universities are being asked to do more to adequately prepare students with disabilities for the workforce, because current statistics show they are not prepared.  RIT is being cited as a shining example of what one university is doing in this arena, and representatives from RIT are with us in studio. 

We open the hour with a conversation with Neal Conan. Conan is coming to Rochester on Sunday alongside Ken Rudin for their Political Junkie traveling roadshow. We'll talk about his plans for the show, we'll touch on politics, and we'll find out what the popular "Talk of the Nation" host is doing now.  Later, we welcome RIT's Chip Sheffield, who serves as the Fram Chair in Applied Critical Thinking. We'll also talk to Genevieve Bell of Intel Corporation, who is visiting RIT today. Bell is lecturing on the theme, "Making Life: A Prehistory of Robots and Its Importance for Metacognition, Society, and the Biopolitical Future." 

The second annual Effective Access Technology Conference will bring together experts to share ideas and innovative solutions to the challenges in applying technology to improve access for people with a variety of disabilities. From injured veterans to the elderly to people with other challenges, there are a wide range of applications. We talk about this with our guests:

Poet Maya Angelou Has Died

May 28, 2014
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou has died. She was 86.

Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines  tells a North Carolina TV station, WGHP,  that Angelou was found by her caretaker on Wednesday morning.

Angelou had been reportedly battling health problems. She recently canceled a scheduled appearance of a special event to be held in her honor.

Imagine RIT will draw thousands of people this Saturday, May 3, to the one-day innovation festival. So what are the innovations on display? We chat with Barry Culhane, Barry Culhane, chairman and founder of Imagine RIT and Heather Cottone, chair of programs for Imagine RIT.

We then talk with the following innovators who will present their works at the festival:

Sean Cooper, a student presenting a Motion Picture Science Holodeck

Colin Axel, a student presenting the Vehicle Hazard Detection and Alert System

Brendan Gordon, a student presenting Imagine Soap

Upstate coders are past the halfway mark in a massive public hacking event called the Rochester Civic App Challenge which was launched February 20th.

RIT Cancels "An Evening with Maya Angelou"

Apr 23, 2013
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The Rochester Institute of Technology has canceled its rescheduled Dr. Maya Angelou event. The poet and author has been hospitalized. 

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