Tuesday, January 27, 2015



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RIT Office of Graduate Studies
USC (87) Innovation Center building  Room 3100  -  585-475-2127

Greetings and welcome to Spring Semester at RIT!

In order to keep the number of emails down I am going to try to keep your announcements attached to these weekly newsletters.  I may still need to send out some individual emails for events that are cancelled or other important news you will need to know.
Read below about some new events, a meet and greet at the Office of Graduate Studies, Tiger Tales Toastmasters, the chance to apply for research money and our upcoming Graduate Education week which concludes with our 7th annual Research and Creativity Symposium.  
As always I invite you to come by our office for a free cup of coffee and we even have sweets sometimes.  J  Our study area is open to Graduate Students from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.   I have an open door policy and you are welcome to come by my office anytime to chat about issues related to graduate study at RIT.  

MEET AND GREET Thursday January 29th Noon – 2 p.m.
This Thursday January 29th we will have a meet and greet in our office space from Noon until 2 p.m..  This is an opportunity to meet your Assistant Dean and to find out more about how to register and present at the Symposium.  Yes, we will have cookies.  We are located on the third floor of the innovation center in suite 3100.  You can contact us by email at bdogs@rit.edu or by phone at 475-2127

Research and Creativity Reimbursement Program Spring 2015
Are you doing research and need some funding?  Are you going to a conference to present your work?  Do you need materials? Are you starting a business venture? 
If you need some funds we have a Reimbursement Program you may be interested in.  We award 20 students per semester a $500 reimbursement.  You must provide receipts in your name and there is an application process.  You must also present your work at our 2015 Symposium on February 27th to be eligible. (Your work can be in any stage of the process to present)  If you were reimbursed through this program in spring or fall 2014 you are not eligible for the spring 2015 program.   I will be sending out an email next week with instructions on how to apply so watch your email for that important information.  Have questions in the meantime?  Stop by and chat or send an email to LRRGLA@rit.edu

Tiger Tales Toastmasters Club 
This club is highly recommended by the Office of Graduate Studies and meets every Friday at Noon in James E Booth BOO (7A) in room 1480.  For more information visit their website. 
Registration for the 2nd Annual Graduate Education Week and the 7th Annual Research and Creativity Symposium is now open on our website. 
Remember in order to be eligible for the Spring Reimbursement program you must present at our symposium.  You can register here:

This spring we have a new program that I hope you will consider taking part in.  Take a look at the announcement below. 

Research, Translation, World-making:
A Graduate Salon on Reading Across the Disciplines
(a collaboration between the Department of Philosophy and the Office of Graduate Studies)

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of Library”  Jorge Luis Borges

Academic disciplines draw boundaries and make worlds.  Some are computational worlds, some are invented and fictional, some are naturalistic—chemical or biological - worlds, and some are social and political.  To do research is to cross boundaries and to engage in a kind of translation that helps us make sense of how these different worlds relate.   Disciplines need to be in conversation with each other.  In whose language and by reference to whose world(s) should such a conversation take place?  
This salon is to open to any graduate student from any field who is interested in a conversation about how disciplines make worlds, and about the kinds of translation that allow worlds to talk constructively to each other.
The conversation will begin with a short story by the writer Jorge Luis Borges (see below), who excelled in synthesizing elements of literature, philosophy, science and even mathematics into his writing..  We will meet every two weeks during Spring 2015 to discuss readings related to the salon’s general theme. RIT faculty colleagues across the disciplines will join the discussions.
Increasingly, creative problem-solving requires that science and art be in conversation, that discovery and invention be connected, that natural and computational systems work together, that different modes of representation—natural, aesthetic, and mathematical—interact coherently with each other.  In effect, we are all inevitably caught in translation. With your participation, the salon will re what this means for transdisciplinary conversation, research and world-making at RIT.
For more information, contact Hector Flores hefgrad@rit.edu; or Timothy Engstrom thegsh@rit.edu.
Registration deadline: January 30, 2015.
Tentative Meeting time: Every other Thursday, 5-7 pm (location TBD, most likely off campus).
Initial Reading: The Library of Babel, by Jorge Luis Borges  http://people.math.sfu.ca/~van/teaching/Math-303/Fall14/Borges_LibraryofBabel.pdf

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