RIT student wins award at Game Developers Conference

Mar 16, 2016
Rochester Institute of Technology

A Rochester Institute of Technology student has been selected for an Intel Scholars award at the 2016 Game Developers Conference this week in San Francisco.

Juliann Internicola, a fourth-year game design and development major from Buffalo, received the award, which is presented to female or underrepresented minority students who are then assigned to a gaming industry mentor for one-on-one professional development sessions.

WATCH: Growing greener pot in greenhouses

Feb 5, 2016
Dan Boyce

Colorado's booming pot industry is draining the state's electric grid. In Pueblo, one grower is looking to the sun for a solution.

Using greenhouses could cut down on the enormous light fixtures needed to grow marijuana indoors.

Dan Boyce of Inside Energy, a collaborative journalism initiative among public media and an Innovation Trail partner, has more on the green future of pot. 

WATCH: Biometrics at the border

Jan 20, 2016

Recent events like the San Bernardino shooting have focused attention on visa violations and border security.

But before politicians began calling for greater vigilance, plans were already underway to step up screening at one crossing.

Border agents in San Diego are now testing biometrics to screen who's crossing the border.


More women are adding terms like “coder” and “game developer” to their résumés, but the industry still has a long way to go to reach gender parity.

Last year, women made up 22 per cent of the game developer workforce, double the 11.5 per cent of females in the field in 2009, according to a recent study by the International Game Developers Association (IGDA).

But for women like Elizabeth Canas, the road to a career in technology was less traveled when she was growing up.

“I didn’t even know what technology was!” says Canas.

Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

SUNY Buffalo State College officially opened its state-of-the-art Technology Building on Thursday. The facility cost $36.5 million and was paid for through the SUNY Construction Fund.

The new building is 35% more energy efficient than another facility of the same size and build. It is equipped with PV solar panels that produce 50 kilowatts of electricity, as well as a lower roof with vegetation that helps reduce storm water runoff, and aids heating and cooling.

The building is expected to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED Gold certified by the United States Green Building Council.