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Well, the big day is almost here! Tomorrow, May 7, is the Imagine RIT Innovation and Creativity Festival. This was the brainchild of RIT President Bill Destler and has become one of the biggest and best events on the Rochester Festival circuit. You may be wondering, how much fun could it be, a festival at an Institute of Technology. You can only imagine! Seriously, RIT has found a way to bring a community together to appreciate all that RIT has to offer–whether you’re a scientist, a techie or an artist, or somewhere in between, there’s something for everyone. As with other festivals in town, there is always the music and food and games for the kids, but there is so much more. This festival will awaken your imagination, stimulate your senses, and open your eyes to the vast possibilities for our future.

Why do I tell you all this? I do have an ulterior motive–an RIT & RGHS Alliance exhibit in the Gordon Field House. I hope you’ll stop by to learn more about the latest Alliance news and see some of the cool research collaborations among the RIT faculty, students and RGHS physicians. Our exhibit is # 263, Medicine + Technology = Innovation in Healthcare. Join us to learn about the RIT & RGHS Alliance and what the future may hold through some of the innovative collaborations among students, faculty and physicians. Learn about projects such as a stereo simulation for robotic surgery instruction, development of an artificial bicep muscle prototype, a robotic hand that uses “air muscles” for force generation, use of smart-phone technology for low vision, and medical waste management, as well as photographs from the operating room and a web-based instructional program for new practitioners in the OR. The exhibit also features the new Institute of Health Sciences and Technology. Imagine RIT is from 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. so stop by our exhibit. What will we think of next? See you there!

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