Scientist’s mission: Scan every fish on the planet

Apr 18, 2017
Adam Summers

In a tiny island laboratory in the northwesternmost corner of Washington, one marine biologist is on a mission: Scan every known fish species in the world.

It’s a painstaking and smelly task, but one that promises to fundamentally change the way scientists and educators look at marine anatomy.

Rochester Institute of Technology

Robert Schapire, senior research scientist at Microsoft Research, will speak about machine learning from 3 to 5 p.m. March 31 at Rochester Institute of Technology.

He will present the free lecture, “The Contextual Bandits Problem: A Fast, Simple and Optimal Algorithm,” in RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Building, room 1125.

Schapire is a leading figure in artificial intelligence. According to RIT, his research led to the machine learning algorithms known as “boosting.”

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When East High School chemistry teacher Mary Courtney submitted three proposals in fall 2016 for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, she could hardly wait to find out which one would take off … literally.

“This was a very difficult project,” Courtney said, “It’s probably the most difficult project that our students do their entire time in high school.”

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With 10 minutes left to go in his private session at CP Rochester, a little boy took the hand of physical therapist, Karen Terp, and led her to the hallway for an afternoon stroll.

“You want to walk? Ok,” Terp said.

STEM coaches volunteer their time to help kids

Jan 30, 2017
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It’s a big day in Karen Grann’s eighth-grade technology class at Integrated Arts and Technology in the Rochester School District.

Students have learned how to build air skimmers — a paper vehicle of sorts that, if successfully built and launched, will glide across the classroom’s floor.

Grann said a lot of work led up to launching day.