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Joan Naturale, NTID librarian and secretary/treasurer of Deaf History International (DHI) from 2012 to 2018, presented a poster session on “Community Cultural Wealth and Deaf Community Archives: Telling Our Stories” at the 10th triennial DHI Conference in Sydney, Australia.


Jim Leone, professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies, was named a Fellow of CSAB at the ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) commission meeting July 21. CSAB is the lead society within ABET for accreditation of degree programs in computing. Leone was honored for his significant contributions to IT education, accreditation and for co-developing the annual CSAB faculty workshops.


Daniel Wysocki, a student in the astrophysical sciences and technology Ph.D. program, received the 2018 RIT Graduate Education MS Thesis Award for his master’s thesis, "Inferences about the distribution, merger rate, and evolutionary processes of compact binaries from gravitational wave observations.” Wysocki received his master’s degree in astrophysical sciences and technology in 2017.


Triana Almeyda received the 2018 RIT Graduate Education Dissertation Award for her Ph.D. dissertation, “Dusty Donuts: Modeling the Reverberation Response of the Circumnuclear Torus Emission in AGN.” Almeyda graduated in 2017 with a Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences and technology.


Samuel Malachowsky, senior lecturer of software engineering, had his textbook titled Project Team Leadership and Communication published. The book is designed to help first-time project managers understand the aspects of their new role, such as planning, team development, stakeholder communication, and some common pitfalls, and is available in hardcover, paperback and on Kindle.


John Oliphant, associate professor in the physician assistant program, had an article titled “Health Sciences Students’ Interest in and Opinions About Global Health Experiences” published in the most recent issue of the journal Educational Planning.


Hadi Hosseini, assistant professor of computer science, won the best Program Committee member award at the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), the largest and most influential conference in the area of agents and multiagent systems.


Patrick Scanlon, professor in the School of Communication, wrote an article, “Finding Freedom: Rochester volunteers bring fly-fishing and hope to breast cancer survivors,” in the summer 2018 issue of POST Magazine.


Margot Accettura, an imaging science graduate student, was awarded the Best Paper Award for her paper, “Hyperspectral detection of methane stressed vegetation,” at the Autonomous Air and Ground Sensing Systems for Agricultural Optimization and Phenotyping III Conference during the SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation conference June 10–15 in Austin, Texas.


Kevan Donlon, an imaging science Ph.D. student; Chi Nguyen, an astrophysical sciences and technology Ph.D. student; Stefi Baum, research professor of imaging science; Anton Travinsky, an imaging science Ph.D. student; Dorin Patru, associate professor, electrical and microelectronic engineering; Dmitry Vorobiev, post-doctoral researcher, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science; Don Figer, professor and director, Center for Detectors; and Zoran Ninkov, professor of imaging science, presented at the SPIE conference.


Sandi Connelly, principal lecturer of life sciences, was elected to the Executive Board of the Assessment Network of New York (ANNY). The mission of ANNY is to advance the quality assessment of institutional effectiveness and to enhance the success of institutions of higher education and their students in New York state.


David Edborg, patrol major for RIT Public Safety, represented RIT at the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters Northeast Deadlift Nationals on June 23 in Portland, Maine. He finished first in both the Masters and Law Enforcement 198 pound, 58-62 age class and qualified for the WABDL World’s Deadlift Competition in November in Las Vegas.


Steven Galbraith, curator, Cary Graphic Arts Collection, presented “Virtual, Mechanical, Invisible, and Radical: Rochester Convergences Across Town and Across Disciplines” at the Annual Preconference of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, American Library Association. The presentation took place June 21 in New Orleans.


Robert Pearson, associate professor and program director, microelectronic engineering, and Karl Hirschman, professor of electrical and microelectronic engineering and director, Semiconductor and Microsystems Fabrication Lab, attended the University Government Industry Microelectronics Symposium June 24–27 at the University of Pennsylvania. Also in attendance were Scott Blondell, facilities manager; John Nash, technician; and Zachary Kogut, equipment technician, Semiconductor and Microsystems Fabrication Lab.


Tina Chapman DaCosta, director of Diversity Theater, Division of Diversity and Inclusion, was featured in Lake Affect Magazine, vol. 53, June 2018. The article, titled “The Modern Day Renaissance Woman: Tina Chapman DaCosta,” was written by Debra A. Jacobson, marketing and outreach specialist, the Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning and Evaluation (CASTLE). Elizabeth Lamark, visual resource producer, Marketing and Communications, provided the photography.


Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, associate curator of the Cary Collection, had “Cipe: The Prototype” published in Type Magazine, No. 2, Spring 2018. Cipe Pineles (1908-1991) was one of the most prominent designers of the 20th century and one of the first female art directors to work at a major magazine. The Cipe Pineles Papers in the Graphic Design Archive were processed this year as part of the three-year, $280,000 grant the Cary received from the Henry Luce Foundation in 2016.


Nathan Cahill, associate professor, School of Mathematical Sciences; Kushal Kafle, an imaging science Ph.D. student; Tyler Hayes, an imaging science Ph.D. student; and Breton Minnehan, an engineering Ph.D. student, presented papers at CVPR 2018, the premier conference in the field of computer vision, held June 18–22 in Salt Lake City.


Guoyu Lu, assistant professor in imaging science, was an organizer and program chair of the International Workshop on Visual Odometry & Vision Applications Based on Location Cues at CVPR 2018.


Jenny Sullivan, director of Education Abroad and International Fellowships, has been selected to participate in a Diversity Abroad Task Force, which focuses on increasing access to study abroad for students with disabilities. An initiative of Diversity Abroad, the Diversity Abroad Task Forces bring together global education and diversity professionals to provide critical guidance and support to Diversity Network initiatives and contribute to the development of new and valuable resources for the field of global education.


Daniel Kitchen, a second-year computer science major and captain of the Overwatch team TGC, took first place in the 2018 Player One Esports Inaugural Overwatch Tournament on June 9 in Indianapolis.


Heath Boice-Pardee, associate vice president of student affairs, co-wrote Elevating Customer Service in Higher Education: A Practical Guide, which was published by Academic Impressions, June 2018. Eileen Soisson and Emily Richardson are co-authors.


Naveen Sharma, professor and chair of software engineering, helped lead the Second International Workshop on Urban Data Science July 9–10 in Bangkok, Thailand. Sharma organized the first workshop at RIT in 2017. The workshop brings together leaders in fields related to smart cities.


Kaitlin Stack Whitney, visiting assistant professor in the science, technology and society department and the environmental sciences program, was profiled by the Entomological Society of America for their “Early Career Professionals Spotlights” series.


Tom Gasek, associate professor in the School of Film and Animation, recently completed a six-week animation workshop at the Jilin Animation Institute in Changchun, China, under his second Fulbright Specialist Grant.


Kaitlin Stack Whitney, visiting assistant professor in the science, technology and society department and the environmental sciences program, was selected and received funding to attend a collaborative workshop on active teaching and learning in conservation biology in postsecondary education, hosted by the Center for Biodiversity Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History June 13-15 in New York City.


Dillon Graham, a master’s student in the computer engineering program, and Seyed Hamed Fatemi Longroudi, a Ph.D. student in the computer engineering program, won the Best Poster Award at the AirForce Research Labs First Neuromorphic Computing Workshop on June 12. They presented on their work on a new deep reservoir computing algorithm developed in the Neuromorphic AI Lab, led by Dhireesha Kudithipudi, professor of computer engineering. Other students who presented their research include Nicholas Soures, Zachariah Carmichael, Humza Syed and Anurag Reddy Daram.


Scott Franklin, professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy, and faculty associates Eleanor Sayre (Kansas State University) and Mary Bridget Kustusch (DePaul University) ran a two-week summer program through June 15 titled “Professional-development for Emerging Education Researchers (PEER)” on the RIT campus. Participants were from University of Rwanda, Georgia Southern University, University of Florida, University of Utah, NYU Abu Dhabi, University of Regina, Illinois State University and RIT.


Stephen Jacobs, professor of interactive games and media, presented “Games: Moving from Homework or Hobby to Career” at SUNY Korea in Songdo, Korea. While at SUNY Korea, he also guest lectured a class on game development and entrepreneurship for assistant professor and RIT alumnus Micah Modell ’98 (information technology).


Ann Howard, professor in the science, technology and society department and director of University/Community Partnerships in the College of Liberal Arts, presented at the Engage for Change conference at Siena College on a multi-year engaged research project regarding vacant land in the city of Rochester. The research was conducted in collaboration with community partners. Other presenters included Jane Amstey, associate director of University/Community Partnerships in the College of Liberal Arts, and community resident-experts Tunya Griffin and Rich Howloka.


Stephen Jacobs, professor of interactive games and media, presented “Mordechi Marches to Manchuria: A Case Study in the Challenges and Rewards of Adapting and Expanding Historical Documents for the World Wide Web” at the China and Ashkenazic European Jewry: Transnational Encounters international conference June 4 at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China.


Jonathan Schroeder, the William A. Kern Professor in Communications, presented a paper on “The Vinyl LP in Midcentury American Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power” at the International History and Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century conference May 4-5 at Oxford University in Oxford, England.


Elizabeth Kronfield, professor of sculpture and graduate director of fine arts studio, had “On Track,” a dual installation with Hillel O’Leary, on view at Steamtown National Historic Park in Scranton, Pa. The artists reinvented a used horse train car to create an immersive art installation. The exhibit was hosted by the International Sculpture Center and the Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society at the eighth International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art from May 28 to June 2.


Elizabeth Grese, a fourth-year hospitality and tourism management major from Rock Hill, N.Y., received a $2,000 scholarship from the New York State Tourism Industry Association. Applicants submitted an essay describing their reason for choosing their career path and their goals for the future.


Rebekah Walker, RIT’s digital humanities and social sciences librarian, received a scholarship to attend the Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Vancouver in June. The Digital Humanities Summer Institute provides an environment for discussing and learning about new computing technologies and how they are influencing teaching, research, dissemination, creation and preservation in different disciplines, via a community-based approach.


Sara May, marketing and communications manager for RIT Libraries, was awarded a PR Xchange Award by the Library Leadership & Management Association, which recognizes the best public relations materials produced by libraries in the past year. She was recognized for her work on “The Where in Wallace Contest,” a social media campaign in the fall 2017 semester to encourage patrons to explore the collections and spaces throughout Wallace, particularly the RIT Art Collection (held by RIT Archives) and the Graphic Design Archive (held by the Cary Collection).


Rebecca DeRoo, assistant professor in the College of Liberal Arts, had her book, Agnes Varda between Film, Photography and Art, selected as one of three finalists for the 2018 Kraszna-Krauz Book Awards, the United Kingdom’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image.


Frances Andreu, RIT’s digital initiatives librarian, was awarded an Early Career Fellowship from the Society for Scholarly Publishing. The Fellowship Program lasts for one year and offers a wide variety of career development and mentorship opportunities for students and early-career professionals in the scholarly communication industry.


Elisabetta Sanino D’Amanda, senior lecturer of Italian, received the Jason T. Younker Award from the Native American Future Stewards Program for her work over the last three years on the creation of an Indigenous People Day, inclusive not only of the Italian but also the Latino voice on campus.


John Capps, professor of philosophy, had an article titled “The Case for Discussion-Intensive Pedagogy” published in the spring 2018 issue of the American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy.


James Miller, senior vice president of Enrollment Management and Career Services, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Rochester during the 59th Annual Rochester Awards Banquet on June 6. Miller received his graduate degree from Syracuse in 1991 and Ph.D. in 1998.


Joseph Ressler, a fourth-year photographic and imaging arts major, had his film My Brother Blake featured in the short film block at the recent One Take Film Festival in Rochester in April.


Willie Osterman, professor and program chair of fine art photography, was featured along with RIT in the documentary film Photo City about Rochester’s history in photography and imaging, recently shown during the One Take Film Festival in Rochester in April.


Josh Owen, professor and chair of industrial design, received a European Product Design Award Honorable Mention in the 2017 Home Interior Products (Professional) category for his Torq nutcracker (designed for OTHR). The honor marked the third design award for the 3D-printed creation.


Samuel Lum, a fourth-year mechanical engineering technology student and vice president of RIT’s student chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineers, received a first-place award for his oral presentation in the biological sciences at the Emerging Researchers National Conference, held Feb. 22–24 in Washington, D.C. Robert Osgood, director of biomedical sciences, is his adviser.


Roshan Mathew, a third-year human-centered computing major from Tiruvalla, India, was one of two recipients of the International Student of the Year Award from Rochester Global Connections. The award is given to two international students attending a local university or college who have made exemplary contributions to culturally enrich the Greater Rochester community and further international understanding. My Tran, a fourth-year software engineering major from Vung Tau, Vietnam, and Dervent Wright, a fourth-year information technology major from Hopewell, Jamaica, were also nominated for the award.


Stephanie Paredes, assistant director, Multicultural Programs, Division for Diversity and Inclusion, served as the emcee and madrina in the 16th annual Soy Unica, Soy Latina girl rally April 28 at Monroe Community College. The event is run by Latinas Unidas.


Michael Thurston, research professor and director, Center of Excellence in Advanced and Sustainable Manufacturing, delivered a keynote address titled “Remanufacturing Development in the USA” at the Professional Electrical Apparatus Reconditioning League’s 21st Annual Conference and Exhibition, held April 13-15 in Greenville, S.C.


Owen Gottlieb, assistant professor of interactive games and media, led a team of interdisciplinary researchers, designers and developers to produce two first-of-their-kind table-top games that aim to promote and enhance the public understanding of religion and law. “Lost & Found” and “Lost & Found: Order in the Court – the Party Game” were recently accepted by The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester into its extensive game collection.


Reporter, the student-run magazine at RIT, won first place for design and best website from the Better Newspaper Contest given by the New York Press Association, and placed as finalists for the Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Rozie Yeghiazarian was editor at the time of judging.


Jennifer Roeszies, information delivery services technician at RIT Libraries and a fourth-year museum studies student, presented “Using Twitter and Facebook to promote the RIT Archive Collections” at the Museum Association of New York Annual Conference on April 9 in Rochester, N.Y.


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