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Proof in the pudding: RIT is working to solve the problem of women not pursuing science and math.

The Rochester Institute of Technology's Women in Technology program has nabbed another Campus Action Project grant, reports Jessica Spies at the Messenger Post:

The award will go toward funding science and technology outreach programs provided by the Tech Squad, a group of female undergraduate students in the Women in Technology program, which is based in RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology. The Tech Squad programs are aimed at local middle and high school students, and they will be hosted at RIT or the local schools.

In the same vein, the University at Buffalo is hosting a lecture today that asks the question "why aren't more women in science?"  The Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison is going and will report back.

$10 million gift

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Philip Saunders is giving the University of Rochester Medical Center $10 million to study neuromuscular disease, reports Will Astor at the Rochester Business Journal:

The bulk of the gift will go toward supporting outstanding clinical care and research in neuromuscular disease. The donation is designed to create two endowed professorships that will support outstanding clinicians and researchers, officials said. The funds also will create an endowed fellowship in neuromuscular disease, designed to help URMC attract the nation’s best developing neuromuscular researchers. A founder and past owner of Griffith Energy Inc., Saunders has served as CEO of American Rock Salt LLC and is a founder and current chairman of Genesee Regional Bank. His connection to the URMC neuromuscular program began some two decades ago when URMC Neuromuscular Disease Center director Richard Moxley M.D. treated one of Saunders’ children, who was seriously ill in intensive care.

Going to L.A.

Geoff Herbert at the Post-Standard has a profile of Syracuse University's Los Angeles semester program, which is expanding as more students sign on to get hands on experience with the entertainment business:

The new campus site for the entertainment industry immersion program will be in a larger space in Sherman Oaks, in the San Fernando Valley, starting in May. The previous West L.A. facility, used an alumni center since 2005, was quickly outgrown due to increased student interest. Last year, according to the LA Daily News, the number of SU students from L.A. rose 35 percent, bringing the number of undergraduates from the region to 322 and transfers to 619, said Joan Adler, SU's senior director of Los Angeles programs.

OCC to GCC

Genesee Community College is picking up James Sunser to be its new president, reports Charley Hannagan at the Post-Standard.  Sunser is currently the vice president for continuing and extended learning at Onondaga Community College - he'll take the new gig in the summer.

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