Newsmakers

Twyla Cummings, dean of graduate education, was nominated by industry peers and inducted into the Ben Franklin Honor Society of Printing Industries of America during a ceremony Nov. 8 in Kansas City, Mo. The society recognizes and honors industry leaders who have made lasting contributions to the printing and graphic communications industries.


Conerly Casey, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, participated in a panel discussion, "PTSD in the Humanitarian Field" on Oct. 26 in Kuwait. His talk, "21st Century Trauma," emphasized the cultural diversity of trauma syndromes and the impacts of social media in intergenerational transmissions of trauma. He was invited by the Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.


Jan van Aardt, professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, was awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program. He gave a seminar at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, in October and developed research collaborations and coursework focusing on forest assessment and inventory using remote sensing technologies, including light detection and ranging, or LiDAR.


Deana Olles, senior lecturer, and Connie Shannon, lecturer, School of Mathematical Sciences and members of RIT's CASTLE, presented a poster on "The Implementation of Hands-on Experiences in Mathematics for Engineering Technologists" at the International Learning Assistant Conference held at University of Colorado, Boulder, on Oct. 23-25.


André Hudson, associate professor in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, presented "Are the enzymes involved in the synthesis of essential amino acids plausible targets for the development and/or discovery of antibiotics?" at the National Institutes of Health Future Research Leaders Conference in Bethesda, Md., on Sept. 13.


Sharon Kompalla-Porter, associate director of Residential Support & Success in RIT's Center for Residence Life, received the Outstanding Social Justice Innovation Award from the College Student Personnel Association of New York State at its annual conference in Buffalo on Oct. 23 for her involvement with RIT's FoodShare program.


Jean-Louis Bigourdan, senior research scientist at the Image Permanence Institute, received the Silver Light Award from the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) on Nov. 10. The worldwide organization is headquartered in Los Angeles. The award recognizes outstanding achievement over the course of an archivist's career.


Michael Savka and André Hudson, professors in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, published a paper in the journal PeerJ on the bacterial communication system known as quorum sensing. They focused on a bacterium belonging to the Sphingomonadaceae family, which has potential use in bioremediation of polluted sites. Co-authors include Han Ming Gan '08 (biotechnology) and Lucas Dailey '16 (biotechnology and molecular bioscience).


James Perkins, professor of medical illustration in the College of Health Sciences and Technology and the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, contributed illustrations to two books honored at the British Medical Association Book Awards in September: Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology, 13th edition and Netter's Atlas of Neuroscience, third edition.


Owen Gottlieb, assistant professor of interactive games and media and MAGIC Center affiliate, co-presented the workshop "The Humanities Arcade: Playing with History and Culture in the Digital Age" at the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities' Human/Ties conference at The University of Virginia on Sept. 16.


Jeremy Haefner, provost of RIT, spoke about the current state of credentialing across the globe and how learners can turn online learning into career opportunities during the "New Credentials for a New World" panel, and James Hall, executive director of the School of Individualized Study, spoke about the benefits and opportunities of the MicroMasters credential during the "MicroMasters Discussion" panel at the edX Global Forum Nov. 15-16 in Paris.


David Reetz, director of Counseling and Psychological Services, is lead researcher and coordinator of the annual survey for the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, which has more than 800 institution members in 12 countries. The annual survey, which was released in March, is the largest on-going database of college and university counseling center policy, practice and service trends.


Robert Osgood, associate professor of microbiology and director of biomedical sciences in the College of Health Sciences and Technology, presented "The effectiveness of Streptococcus salivarius against the Otopathogens of otitis media," at the fourth Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum/Probiotics Congress in San Diego Oct. 3-4.


Raman Bhalla, producer; Megan Bastian, designer; Gage LaFleur, web developer; and Sue Weisler and Elizabeth Lamark, photographers, produced two RIT projects that were selected by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts to receive 2016 Silver W3 Awards. Rochester Regional Health & RIT Alliance website won for visual appeal and the RIT Production Services website won for self-promotion.


Andrew Herbert, professor and chair of the department of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts, presented "Augmented reality heads-up displays (HUDs): Warning signs and driver situation awareness" at the Optical Society of America Fall Vision Meeting at the University of Rochester on Oct. 21-23.


Rachel Chaffee, director of the Writing Commons; Mary Golden, program chair of interior design; and interior design majors Jordanae Smith, Octavia Spelman and Siobhain Page presented on the redesign of the Writing Commons space in The Wallace Center at the Interior Design Educators Council Regional Conference Oct. 14 in Boston.


Nabil Nasr, associate provost and director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, led an Oct. 10 workshop sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), for which he is the lead author on a study, "Assessment of Resource Efficiency and Innovation in Circular Economy through Remanufacturing, Refurbishment, Repair and Direct Reuse." He led another UNEP workshop at Tsinghua University in Beijing Oct. 14.


Nabil Nasr, associate provost and director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, delivered the keynote address, "Sustainable Production and the Circular Economy," to nearly 1,000 attendees at the Congress on Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Oct. 5-6.


Manuela Campanelli, director, Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, presented "Black Hole Mergers, Gravitational Waves and their Gaseous Environments" at the Gruber Cosmology Conference at Yale University on Oct. 7 in celebration of the Gruber Cosmology Prize presented in July to Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, Ronald Drever and the entire LIGO team, including members of Campanelli's center, for the first detection of gravitational waves from the collision of two black holes.


Nathan Cahill, associate professor, School of Mathematical Sciences, and Laura Rolston, '16 (applied and computational mathematics) won an honorable mention in the Best Paper Award category for "Interior and exterior shape representations using the Helmholtz equation," which published in the proceedings of the International Symposium CompImage 2016.


Megan Walbaum, academic adviser in the School of Individualized Study, completed the National Society for Experiential Education's certificate of achievement through the Experiential Education Academy. The certificate is comprised of six courses providing a foundation of theory, principles and practices.


Joan Naturale, NTID librarian in The Wallace Center, attended a conference at the University of Texas at Arlington to discuss the process of creating a national Disability History/Archives Consortium, aimed at integrating collections, preservation, access and development of educational resources about disability history.


Andy Phelps, founder and director of RIT's MAGIC Center, was a roundtable participant at the "Digital Games and Public Policy" conference Sept. 20 at New York University's Game Center. Conference attendees discussed how New York can continue to foster digital game development and help make the state the center of the game industry.


Nabil Nasr, associate provost and director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, delivered the opening session, "Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) - Why SMM and Why Now?" at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's (APEC) Regulatory Cooperation Advancement Mechanism dialogue on SMM in Lima, Peru. He also served as a session moderator.


Jonathan Schroeder, the William A. Kern Professor in Communications in the College of Liberal Arts, received the "Best Paper Award" at the China International Marketing Conference in Qingdao, China, July 8-11. His paper, "The Rise of Inconspicuous Consumption in China," was co-authored by Zhiyan Wu and Jifeng Luo of China, and Janet L. Borgerson of England.


Owen Gottlieb, assistant professor of interactive games and media and MAGIC faculty affiliate, joined a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded game producers panel to discuss exploring history and culture through interactive media at "The Humanities Arcade: Playing with History and Culture in the Digital Age" workshop Sept. 16 at the University of Virginia.


Callie Babbitt, associate professor in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, was a leadoff keynote at the 11th International Conference on the Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials, held Aug. 14-18 in Golden, Colo. Her Aug. 15 talk was titled "The challenge of modeling coupled techno-ecological impacts across the engineered nanomaterial lifecycle."


Ida Wilder, adjunct professor of Italian in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, received the President's Award from the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers on Aug. 12 for her decades of teaching Italian language and culture in New York.


Courtney Kurlanska, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, has been named an American Anthropological Association Leadership Fellow for 2016.


Michael Vernarelli, economics professor in the College of Liberal Arts, co-authored a paper with Justin Skillman '14 (economics and finance), "Framing effects on bidding behavior in experimental first-price seal-bid money auctions," in the July 31 issue of Judgment and Decision Making.


Reynold Bailey, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, served as program co-chair for the 13th annual Association for Computing Machinery SIGGRAPH Symposium on Applied Perception, held July 22-23 in Anaheim, Calif.


Mishkat Bhattacharya, assistant professor, School of Physics and Astronomy, co-authored the article "Levitated Optomechanics" with colleagues Nick Vamivakas and Peter Barker in the July/August issue of Optics & Photonics News.


Jonathan Schroeder, the William A. Kern Professor in Communications in the College of Liberal Arts, has been appointed to the board of trustees at the George Eastman Museum. His three-year term began in July.


Carol Richardson, CAST professor emeritus, received the 2016 James H. McGraw Award at the 2016 ASEE annual conference, June 26-29 in New Orleans. It is given in recognition of teaching, administrative, curriculum development leadership and outstanding service in engineering technology education.


Ernest Fokoué, associate professor, School of Mathematical Sciences, gave a talk, "Statistical Machine Learning Methods for High Dimensional Data," at the University of Brest in France on June 21. He also served as an external examiner of a Ph.D. dissertation defense at the Universite de Bretagne-Sud in Vannes, France, on June 24. Fokoué is a member of the scientific council for See-d, a French mathematical and statistical sciences consulting firm, and attended a council meeting in Paris on June 14.


Lea Vacca Michel, associate professor, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, was an invited panelist for the forum, "Discovering Our Future: Educational Diplomacy and Women's Empowerment," at the diplomacy summit, Women's Empowerment: Keys to Leadership, in Albany on June 1.


Rick Lagiewski, senior lecturer, international hospitality and service management, was voted onto the 2016-17 Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education/Northeastern NENA Board of Directors in June. He will serve as director of marketing for the international industry organization.


Surendra Gupta, professor, mechanical engineering, received the 2015-2016 Spread the Word Award for recruiting the most new members, given by the St. Lawrence Section of the American Society of Engineering Education at its annual conference in New Orleans in June.


Margaret Bailey, professor, mechanical engineering, and senior faculty associate to the RIT Provost for AdvanceRIT, was the commencement speaker for the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Math in Hartsville, S.C., in May.


John Kaemmerlen, senior lecturer, industrial and systems engineering, received the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award/Northeast region at the 2016 IIE Annual Conference and Expo in California in May.


Kellie Grasman, adjunct faculty, industrial and systems engineering, received the Engineering Economy Division Teaching Award in the 2016 ASEE/IIE Annual Conference and Expo in California in May.


Kellie Grasman, adjunct faculty, industrial and systems engineering, received the Best Paper award for "A Design-based Research Approach to Refining Pedagogy in Engineering Economics Online Learning" at the 2016 ASEE/IIE Annual Conference and Expo in California in May.


Kitren VanStrander, director of RIT's Outreach Education and Training, has been selected to the executive committee for OSHA Training Institute Education Centers. There are 41 organizations and four people elected to the executive committee, and the term of service is four years.


David Edborg, patrol major in the Department of Public Safety, competed in the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters national competition in Portland, Maine, on May 14. He took first place in two categories, Law Enforcement/Firefighter ages 56-62, and Open Masters, ages 56-60. He broke his previous New York State record with a deadlift of 458 pounds.


Elizabeth Cherry, associate professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences, was named director of the mathematical modeling Ph.D. program and was invited to join the editorial board of the journal Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science.


Brian Tomaszewski, assistant professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies, received the 2015-2016 Innovative teaching with Technology Award at a ceremony held May 10 at RIT.


James Perkins, professor and graduate director of the medical illustration program, and Denis Cormier, the Earl W. Brinkman Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, received the 2015-2016 Trustees Scholarship Award at a ceremony held May 10 at RIT.


Veronika Talbott, counselor and academic advisor for NTID, received the 2015-2016 Provost's Award for Excellence in Advising: Experienced Advisor at a ceremony held May 10 at RIT. The award recognizes exceptional academic advisors for their outstanding support of RIT students.


David Ross, professor, Kara Maki, assistant professor, School of Mathematical Sciences, and Emily Holz, graduating senior in biomedical engineering, published "Existence Theory for the Radially Symmetric Contact Lens Equation," in SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, 76(3), 827-84, on May 2.


Megan Fritts, academic advisor for the Department of Computing Security, received the 2015-2016 Provost's Award for Excellence in Advising: New Advisor at a ceremony held May 10 at RIT. The award recognizes exceptional academic advisors for their outstanding support of RIT students.


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