Newsmakers

Zack Butler and Ivona Bezakova, associate professors in the Department of Computer Science, received $80,000 from the National Science Foundation to support “On beyond Sudoku: Pencil puzzles as an engaging problem domain for introductory computer science.”





2013


Christine Monikowski, professor in NTID’s American Sign Language and Interpreting Education Department, has co-edited a book, Evolving Paradigms in Interpreter Education, with Elizabeth Winston, director of Teaching Interpreting Educators and Mentors Center in Loveland, Colo., Nov. 27 from Gallaudet Press.


Evan Selinger, associate professor of philosophy, presented “Etiquette as Ethical Subversion” as the keynote address during Philosophy Day at St. John Fisher College on Nov. 21.


Thomas Warfield, director of dance at NTID, received the Community Ambassador Award from the Rochester chapter of the National Coalition Building Institute at their 25th Anniversary Dinner on Nov. 20 at the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center in Rochester.


Laurence Sugarman, director, Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-Regulation in the Institute for Health Sciences and Technology, was invited to be a visiting professor at University of Texas Southwestern in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology on Nov. 20.


Laurence Sugarman, director, Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-Regulation; Brian Garrison, research coordinator; and Kelsey Williford, fourth-year biochemistry, published “Symptoms as Solutions: Hypnosis and Biofeedback for Autonomic Regulation in Autism Spectrum Disorders” in the winter edition of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis.


Hinda Mandell, assistant professor of communication, debuted her film The Upside Down Book Nov. 5 at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. The documentary was also screened at the SNOB Film Festival Nov. 10 in New Hampshire.


Ron Hira, associate professor of public policy, addressed the question of high unemployment, concurrent with the difficulty that manufacturers have hiring skilled/appropriate workers during his talk at the Manufacturing in the Empire State conference Nov. 7 in Rochester.


Christine Monikowski, professor in NTID’s Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education, presented “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” Nov. 6 at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., as part of its Colloquium Series.


Dinah Holtzman, visiting professor of performing arts and culture in the College of Liberal Arts, presented “James Franco’s Psychosexual Artistic Explorations of American Boyhood” at the New York Metro Area’s American Studies Association Annual conference Nov. 2 at Pace University.


Rebecca A.R. Edwards, associate professor and history department chairperson, College of Liberal Arts, presented “Revisiting the Black Law: Where Race, Gender, and Disability Intersect” at the Association for the Study of Connecticut History conference Nov. 2 in Pomfret, Conn.


Laverne McQuiller Williams, criminal justice department chairperson, and Judy Porter, associate professor of criminal justice, presented “The impact of auditory status and sexual orientation on abuse in a college sample of women and men” at the American Society of Criminology conference in November in Atlanta.


Amit Batabyal, the Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics, College of Liberal Arts, presented “Our National Debt and the Debt Ceiling: A Contemporary Perspective” Oct. 29 at the RIT Liberty Hill Breakfast Series.


Janet Borgerson, visiting scholar, philosophy department, and Jonathan Schroeder, William A. Kern Professor of Communications, presented “Interdisciplinary Looks at Representation and Identity” at the London School of Economics, Department of Media and Communications, Oct. 24 in London.


Dinah Holtzman, visiting professor of performing arts and culture, presented “Ninety-Nine Problems But a Witch Ain’t One: Kara Walker as Good Witch in Annie Leibowitz’s ‘Wizard of Oz’” at the Gender, Race and Representation in Magazines and New Media conference Oct. 26 at Cornell University.


Janet Borgerson, visiting scholar in the philosophy department, College of Liberal Arts, presented “Approaching Kierkegaard from Nothing: Repetition and Meaning” at The Uses and Abuses of Kierkegaard: Lessons for Integrating Humanities in Future Business Education conference Oct. 18 in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Lana Verschage was appointed director of the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences Women in Computing program. Verschage previously served as senior academic adviser in the software engineering department.


Amit Batabyal, the Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics, College of Liberal Arts, presented “Sustainability or Resilience: Which Should We Seek?” at the World Social Science Forum Oct. 15 in Montreal.


Amit Batabyal, the Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics, College of Liberal Arts, presented “Innovation, Decentralization and Planning in a Multi-Region Model of Schumpeterian Economic Growth” at the Japan section of the Regional Science Association International Oct. 12 in Tokushima, Japan.


Brian Garrison ’07 (psychology), research coordinator, Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-Regulation in the Institute for Health Sciences and Technology, presented the poster, “Tailoring Autonomic Biofeedback to Individual Strengths with a Dynamic Feedback Signal Set,” at the Society for Psychophysiological Research in Florence, Italy, Oct. 2–6.


Laverne McQuiller Williams, criminal justice department chairperson, and Judy Porter, associate professor of criminal justice, presented “Addressing violence against women: A comparison of Spain and Italy” at the International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research conference in October in Las Vegas.


Rebecca A.R. Edwards, associate professor and history department chairperson, College of Liberal Arts, presented “Dick Sipek: A Deaf Ball Player's Legacy in Birmingham” at the American Association for State and Local History Sept. 18 in Birmingham, Ala.


Jonathan Schroeder, William A. Kern Professor of Communications, College of Liberal Arts, presented “Snapshot Aesthetics and the Strategic Imagination,” Sept. 11 at University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.


Annemarie Ross, assistant professor in NTID’s Department of Science and Math, received the Environmental Merit Award in September from the American Chemical Society after presenting her scholarship related to environmental chemistry at the national conference of the ACS in Indianapolis.


Jonathan Schroeder, William A. Kern Professor of Communications, College of Liberal Arts, presented “Critical Visual Analysis: Toward an Ethics of Representation Institute for the Humanities in Africa” on Sept. 9 at University of Cape Town, South Africa.


Mishkat Bhattacharya, assistant professor, School of Physics and Astronomy, presented “Ray transfer matrix for a spiral phase plate” at the Optical Society of America meeting on Oct. 8 in Orlando, Fla.


Bharat Bhole, associate professor of economics, was invited by Modulus.io, a Node JS web applications hosting company, to write about his experience with Meteor, a web-application framework, and its relevance to economics for their Sept. 25 newsletter.


Andre Hudson and Michael Savka, professors in the Gosnell School of Life Sciences; Han Ming Gan ’10 (biotechnology); and others published “Comparative genomic analysis of six bacteria belonging to the genus Novosphingobium: Insights into marine adaptation, cell-cell signaling and bioremediation,” in BioMed Central Genomics 2013, 14:431.


Nathan Cahill, associate professor, School of Mathematical Sciences, and Raymond Ptucha, adjunct professor, computer engineering, presented at the International Conference on Image Processing in Melbourne, Australia, Sept. 15–18. They both won the “Top 10% Papers Award,” according to reviewer scores and recommendations.


David Messinger, professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science; Maria Busuioceanu ’13 (M.S., imaging science); and collaborators published “Compressive spectral imaging for accurate remote sensing” on the SPIE Remote Sensing webpage on Aug. 27.


Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, assistant curator at the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, presented “Your Typographic Librarian” at TypeCon 2013 in Portland, Ore., Aug. 21–25.


Stephanie Ludi, associate professor and graduate program director of software engineering, has been appointed to the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles Advisory Board for the new AP Computer Science Principles exam offered by the College Board.


Sara Armengot, assistant professor of Spanish, College of Liberal Arts, recently published the book, Antitypical America: Typology and Inter-American Literature and Film.


Barry Culhane, executive assistant to the president, received the American Spirit Award on July 12 from the Reserve Officer Association, given to individuals who have provided outstanding examples for and services to the military community. Culhane has spent years working on veterans issues and is active in caring for veterans in the community.


Patrick Scanlon, chair and professor of communication, delivered the lecture “Plagiarism in the Sciences: Observations on prevalence, causes, detection, and ethics” at Cornell University’s Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Science on July 10 for its summer internship program.


Laurie Ackles of the Spectrum Program, Harold Fields of Residence Life and Rona Skinner of Student Auxiliary Services published “A Collaborative Support Model for Students on the Autism Spectrum in College and University Housing” in the Journal of College and University Student Housing.


Catherine Faurot, visiting assistant professor of English, College of Liberal Arts, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Small Presses, for her poem The Catherine Wheel, originally published in the 2012 issue of The Westchester Review.


Manny Contomanolis, director, Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services, received the 2013 ASEE Clement J. Freund Award from the American Society for Engineering Education at the society’s conference June 23–26 in Atlanta.


Caroline DeLong, associate professor of psychology, College of Liberal Arts, co-chaired a special session of the International Congress on Acoustics conference and presented “Recognizing Objects From Multiple Orientations Using Dolphin Echoes,” with two RIT alumni co-authors, June 2–7 in Montreal.


RIT people in the news – As of June 1, 2013


Mark Wambach, assistant professor in NTID’s Information and Computing Studies Department, received the 2013 Capacity Building Award from AccessComputing in January in Portland, Ore.


RIT people in the news – Winter 2012-2013


Marcos Esterman, Brian Thorn, Callie Babbitt, Maria Eugenia Fumagalli, won best paper at ASME’s International Design Engineering Technical Conference for “A Framework for the Integration of System Engineering and Functional Analysis Techniques to the Goal and Scope of Life Cycle Assessment.”


James Ferwerda, associate professor and Xerox chair in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, published “Tangible imaging systems merge the real and virtual worlds” in SPIE/Journal of Electronic Imaging.


Ernest Fokoue, assistant professor of statistics in the John D. Hromi Center for Quality and Applied StatisticsCQAS, was recently named a member of the International Statistical Institute.


Scott Grasman, industrial and systems engineering department chair, co-authored three textbooks in 2011-2012: Decision Making in Service Industries, Collaborative and Distributed E-Research, and Hydrogen Energy and Vehicle Systems.


Satish Kandlikar, professor of mechanical engineering, was awarded the 2012 Heat Transfer Memorial Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for outstanding research contribution in the field, at the society’s conference in Houston in late fall.


Satish Kandlikar, professor of mechanical engineering, had the paper, “Controlling bubble motion over hearted surface through evaporation momentum force to enhance pool boiling heat transfer” published in Applied Physics Letters.