Seven FIT Graduate Studies students participated in a poster symposium titled Graduate Research: Making a Difference in New York Partnering with SUNY and CUNY, held in the Legislative Office Building in Albany, NY, on February 11.
The symposium was designed to bring together some of the most talented graduate scholars in the State University of New York and City University of New York systems, along with administration officials and members of the New York State legislative delegation and their office staffs. The event was an opportunity for SUNY and CUNY students to present their research and creative academic projects to a large audience, including SUNY administration officials, members of the State Legislature, interested members of the public, and one another, fostering opportunities for future collaboration.
Amanda Bopp, Rachel Ball, and Winnie Cho, (with Priyanka Malhotra and Jessica Zavolas not attending but part of the research team), representing FIT’s Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management program, presented “Kaleidoscope HD: The Fusion of Beauty and Science,” which introduced a new wearable technology for lipstick, allowing a customer to see a color she likes, capture it with a smartphone, and wear it instantly as a lip color product through a fluid, digital color process. Celia Arias and Margaret Wilson, of Global Fashion Management, presented “RFID Technology: The Revolutionary Element in Modern-Day Retail,” which addressed cutting-edge technologies in RFID (radio-frequency identification) and implications for sales and inventory control. Scott Fowler, of the Illustration MFA program, presented “Illustrating Black: The Voice of the African-American Illustrator,” which looked back through history highlighting African-American illustrators and the role they have played in the fight for freedom and equality through their work. Yesenia Abreu, of Sustainable Interior Environments, presented “Reconnecting New York City with Nature: Hotel Lobbies as a Model for Implementing Biophilic Design Elements in the Urban Landscape.” Their project addressed ways in which a hotel lobby can better serve local communities and provide information for hotel designers, owners, and developers to establish that guests can find relaxation and comfort with nature indoors, increasing the desirability of a specific lobby or hospitality space.
The poster symposium was an open forum in which students set up large placards describing their projects, and elaborated on any aspects of them for people interested in seeing the work.
Six FIT faculty and administration members—Dr. Giacomo Oliva, vice president for Academic Affairs; Dr. Mary Davis, dean for the School of Graduate Studies; Pamela Ellsworth, chair, Global Fashion Management; Stephan Kanlian, chair, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management; Melanie Reim, chair, Illustration MFA; and Barbara Campagna, acting chair, Sustainable Interior Environments—also attended.
The event was sponsored by the SUNY Faculty Senate.