Rochester Institute of Technology


Two well-known local real estate entrepreneurs are making a substantial gift of property to RIT.

Amy Leenhouts Tait and Robert Tait are giving the university their 177-acre property in Penfield, which includes a 60 acre lake and a private mile of Irondequoit Creek adjacent to Ellison Park.

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A researcher at the Rochester Institute of Technology has teamed up with universities across the country to build a neuron from scratch.

“Neurons are one of the most complex cells in our body,” said theoretical physicist Moumita Das, the RIT member of the six-university team. “So the experiments are quite challenging and, at the same time, exciting.”

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A local entrepreneur and philanthropist and is donating $7.5 million to the business college that bears his name.

E. Philip Saunders announced the gift on Tuesday to RIT, to help fund the expansion of the Saunders College of Business.

Officials say that gift will add much-needed space to the college for innovative research in business disciplines, student and faculty work and learning projects.

RIT and three local community colleges are launching a new way for students to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

Monroe Community College, Finger Lakes Community College and Genesee Community College have a program where some students can enroll for one year in their schools, and then transfer to RIT for the remaining three years.

Marian Nicoletti is RIT’s director of undergraduate admission. She says this program is aimed at students who have potential but may not quite be ready to start at RIT right away.

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An overwhelming number of residents along the Lake Ontario shoreline in the Rochester area say it was Plan 2014, and not climate change, that caused recent flooding.

Those are the preliminary findings of a study led by the Rochester Institute of Technology and funded by the National Science Foundation.

Students from across the country conducted the study by talking to shoreline residents both online and in person in July.

RIT professors and staff are involved in an effort to find solutions to the huge amounts of food waste generated in New York State and across the U.S.


A 2018 advertising photography alumnus is making a $3.5 million gift to RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. It is the largest single gift ever made to RIT’s College of Art and Design.

The gift comes from Chance Wright and his mother, Pamela Mars Wright, whose late father was the co-president of Mars, Incorporated.

Mars, based in Virginia, is a global manufacturer of candy, other food products and animal care services.

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Environmental science students at the Rochester Institute of Technology hope their senior project will change the way people think about a plant commonly perceived as a weed.

Their research contributed to the largest evolution study outside of human genomics and included collaborators in 185 cities around the world.

Five RIT students collected hundreds of samples of white clover in dozens of urban, suburban, and rural locations around Rochester. 

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In the world created by “Rubes” cartoonist Leigh Rubin, cows, bears, and sometimes insects get equal time with humans making puns and delivering one-liners.

Rubin sits down at his drawing board every day to come up with a new concept. He’s been doing that for 35 years, and “Rubes” is now distributed worldwide to more than 400 media outlets.

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The sun was shining for the first time in a few days on Wednesday as a small group of students gathered near the athletic field on the campus of the Rochester Institute of Technology in Henrietta. 

But they weren't socializing.  They were up to their elbows in trash.

"It's not the most flattering task," said Keira Higgins, a fifth-year mechanical engineering student and member of the group Engineers for a Sustainable World.

That organization and members of student government got a head start on Earth Day by launching a waste awareness campaign.