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RIT faculty to meet in Russia on partnership

Faculty from the Rochester Institute of Technology are to meet this month with Lomonosov Moscow State University faculty to discuss a global partnership.

RIT’s College of Science faculty are scheduled to travel Monday to Russia through Jan. 16 to discuss collaborative opportunities at the Zvenigorod Biological Station outside of Moscow.

Moscow State University has a student body of over 40,000 undergraduates and 7,000 graduates and was ranked in the top 75 universities in the world in science by the Shanghai World University Rankings, officials said.

 “Moscow State University’s interest in partnering with RIT researchers is a testimony to the quality of scholarship being produced by our faculty,” said James Myers, associate provost of international education and global programs at RIT, in a statement. “Strategic partnerships with the world’s leading research institutions will advance our international reputation and open new and exciting opportunities for our students, faculty and staff.”

Christy Tyler, associate professor in the Gosnell School of Life Sciences and director of the graduate program in environmental science, and Matt Hoffman, assistant professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences, are leading the RIT delegation of science ambassadors representing their individual research interests and specific academic programs at RIT.

“Moscow State University has a relatively new initiative to develop more master’s programs in English, so there are great opportunities to partner with their faculty to develop international experiences for our graduate students and foster new research collaborations for both faculty and students,” Tyler said.

Five RIT students are slated to attend a course on winter ecology held concurrently at the field station. The course will be co-taught by Carrie McCalley, assistant professor in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, and Celia Evans, a professor of forest ecology at Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks, officials said.

Evans helped to make the collaboration a reality, officials said. She approached Tyler and McCalley about potential academic and research opportunities, and invited them, along with Hoffman, to join her for 11 days last summer at Zvenigorod Biological Station, officials said.

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