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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.

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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.

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The $100,000 grant for RIT comes from the The Ethics and Governance in A-I Initiative, a joint project from the MIT Media Lab and Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. This project and the other projects funded by this effort are aimed at helping combat the spread of misinformation, particularly when that happens through the use of artificial intelligence.

At RIT, researchers will work on designing software to help automatically detect what they call, 'deepfake videos.'

RIT has released a statement that talks about a racist photo that was included in a student-produced RIT yearbook from the late 1970s.

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A descendant of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington says Rochester should be the permanent home of an organization dedicated to their legacies.

Kenneth Morris is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of  Booker T. Washington. His nonprofit organization, the Douglass Family Initiatives, provides educational programming about modern-day slavery and the prevention of human trafficking. 

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