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David Axon, professor of physics, gave an invited lecture, “Polarimetry of Active Galactic Nuclei,” at the conference on Astronomical Polarimetry: Science from Small to Large Telescopes in July in Quebec. Andrew Robinson, associate professor of physics, presented “Spectropolarimetry of Narrow-Line Seyfert 1 Galaxies—A Question of Orientation?” Post-doctoral fellows Stuart Young gave his talk, “Polarimetric Signatures of Winds from AGN,” and Dan Batcheldor presented “High Accuracy Near-infrared Imaging Polarimetry with NICMOS.”

Marianne Buehler and Marcia Trauernicht, RIT Libraries, were presented with The Emerald LiteratiNetwork 2008 Highly Commended Award for their article “From digital library to institutional repository: a brief look at one library’s path,” published by OCLC Systems & Services: International Digital Library Perspectives.

Stephen Jacobs, associate professor of information technology, was the keynote speaker at the ACLU’s annual Liberty conference for high school students on Oct. 20. The keynote speech looked at societal and corporate reactions to, and censorship of, pop culture from Don Quixote to computer games.

Chuck Lamb, director of residence life, was presented with the Parthenon Award from the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International at their annual conference. The award is presented to individuals committed to making a difference and who have made an impact on the association and its members.

Marla Schweppe, professor, School of Design, presented “Designing Performances on the Net” at the 2008 Spring Member Meeting of Internet2. She discussed the Virtual Theatre Project which
combines computer graphics, live theater workers and the Internet to produce a live, virtual theatrical production distributed over the network. This is a collaborative work with RIT computer science professor Joe Geigel.

Michael Starenko, instructional designer, and Joeann Humbert, director of online learning, have a chapter in Blended Learning: Research Perspectives, a book from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Their chapter showcases RIT’s successful Blended Learning Pilot Project and shows how blended learning environments can help overcome communication barriers between hearing and deaf/hard-of-hearing students.

Peggy Tirrell, senior associate director for graduate programs, Saunders
College of Business, traveled to Moscow as a member of the Edmund Muskie
Fellowship Program Selection Committee. The program provides opportunities for masters- level study in the United States to graduate students and professionals from Eurasia.

James Winebrake, professor of public policy, presented “The Benefits, Costs, and Environmental Tradeoffs of Emissions Reductions from Global Shipping” with colleague James Corbett from the University of Delaware, at the German Aerospace Centre, the national research center for aviation and space flight of Germany.

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