Newsmakers

Lorraine Hems, lecturer in CAST's hospitality and tourism management program, received the N.Y. Wine & Grape Foundation's Consumer Award in March for her support of the New York wine industry, activities with the N.Y. Wine & Culinary Center, Society of Wine Educators and as an international wine and spirits judge.


Sukanya Chakrabarti, assistant professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy, presented "Finding Dwarf Galaxies from Their Tidal Imprints" at the International Astronomical Union symposium on Outskirts of Galaxies in Toledo, Spain, on March 15.


Sukanya Chakrabarti, assistant professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy, gave a seminar on "Galactoseismology: Discovery of a Cluster of Receding, Variable Halo Stars" at Imperial College in London on March 8.


Gail Hosking, lecturer in English in the College of Liberal Arts, wrote an essay, "Ode to a Surrogate's Grace," that was a "notable selection" in The Best American Essays 2015, released this year.


Andrew Perry, a senior lecturer in the University Writing Program in the College of Liberal Arts, authored a children's book, Gargle the Goose, published Dec. 15. It is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and local bookstores.


Tina Lent, director of Museum Studies in the College of Liberal Arts, has two photographs exhibited March 26 to May 22 in the "Made in N.Y. 2016" annual juried art exhibition at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, N.Y.


Amelia Fontanel, associate curator of RIT's Cary Graphic Arts Collection in The Wallace Center, presented "The Kelmscott-Goudy Press Legacy at Rochester Institute of Technology" at the Yale University Robert B. Hass Family Arts Library March 10 in New Haven, Conn.


Richard DeMartino, professor and director of RIT's Albert J. Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship, has been named to the board of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship as vice president of member services.


Joe Bellavia, producer/director for RIT Production Services, won the Grand Prize at the Snowtown Film Festival Jan. 29-30 in Watertown, N.Y., for his graduate film Long John. The film also won Best WNY Short at the Buffalo Film Festival and Best Student Film at Filmshift Film Festival in Boston.


James Winebrake, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, had a column, "Doing, Being, and the Integrative Liberal Arts," published in evolllution.com on Jan. 20.


Ammina Kothari, assistant professor in the School of Communication, has been named a 2016 Emerging Scholar by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication on Jan. 5. She receives a $2,500 grant to support her project, "UK Media Coverage of the Syrian Humanitarian Crisis."


Casey Miller, head of the materials science and engineering program, is a co-author on the paper, "Moderate positive spin Hall angle in uranium," published in Applied Physics Letters, 107, 232403 (2015).


Deirdre Schlehofer, assistant professor, NTID, and her research team won the faculty poster award at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute on Dec. 3 for their poster "Health Perceptions of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Female College Students." Co-authors include Amy Lapham, Jessica Cuculick, Kristina Owens, Deborah Blizzard and Susan Foster.


Steve Bodnar '12 (communication and media technologies), has been named a member of the RIT Press Advisory Board. Bodnar is assistant director of communications for Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y.


Terri Standish-Kuon '88 (professional and technical communication), has been named a member of the RIT Press Advisory Board. Standish-Kuon is vice president, public affairs for the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) in Albany, N.Y.


Bolaji Thomas, associate professor of immunology and molecular biology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, has been appointed to a three-year term on the American Association of Immunologists Membership Committee. Thomas' research focuses on infectious diseases and immunogenetics, with particular interest on malaria and leishmaniasis, sickle cell disease and zoonotic infections.


Hamad Ghazle, director of diagnostic medical sonography, presented "Biliary Dilation Versus Catheter Induced Cholangitis" and "Adnexal Masses and Differentials" at the Rochester Ultrasound Society conference at RIT on Nov. 21, 2015.


Steven Day, associate professor of mechanical engineering, has been named department head of Biomedical Engineering in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. Day succeeds Dan Phillips, who is now working to lead RIT's efforts in effective access technology.




David Edborg, patrol major in RIT’s Public Safety Department, lifted more than 450 pounds, won third place in his class and division and set three New York state records lifting at the drug-free World Bench Press and Deadlift Championships in Las Vegas on Nov. 18.


Amit Batabyal, the Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics in the College of Liberal Arts, presented two papers, “Creative Capital in Production, Inefficiency, and Inequality: A Theoretical Analysis” and “Accessibility, Vulnerability, and Resilience in a Stochastic Model of Sustainable Ecotourism” at the annual conference of the North American Regional Science Council in Portland, Ore., Nov. 12-15.


Elizabeth Hane, associate head, Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, presented “Supporting Underrepresented Students in STEM Disciplines through Metacognitive Practices” at Crossing Boundaries: Transforming STEM Education, sponsored by the American Association of Colleges and Universities, held in Seattle on Nov. 13.


Karen vanMeenen, lecturer in the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts, served as a mentor, panelist and presenter at the 2015 Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowships operated by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition the weekend of Oct. 7 in Oklahoma City. She shared her own writing as a model and reviewed writing by the eight fellows in the program.


Richard DeMartino, director of the Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Rupa Thind, assistant director for the center, attended the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers' 2015 conference in Gainesville, Fla., Oct. 29-Nov. 1. Next year’s annual conference will be co-hosted by RIT and University of Rochester.


Dawn Meza Soufleris, associate vice president for Student Affairs, was selected to serve on a panel of experts for the California State Higher Education system to train its staff in best practices for Behavioral Intervention Team, Threat Assessment and Coordinated Community Response. The program is sponsored by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).


Stephen Jacobs, assistant director of RIT's MAGIC Center, was part of a panel following the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's performance of "Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy," Oct. 29 at Eastman Theatre. The talk featured a discussion on the games and exclusive content from game developers SQUARE ENIX.


Barry Culhane, executive assistant to RIT President Bill Destler, was given the Educational Champion Award Oct. 28 by the Veterans Business Council.


Brandon Rodenburg, postdoctoral research associate, School of Physics and Astronomy, presented "Theory of Feedback Cooling of an Optically Trapped Nanoparticle into the Quantum Ground State" at the Frontiers In Optics conference, held in San Jose, Calif., from Oct. 18-22.


Tamar Carroll, assistant professor of history, had a review of her book, Mobilizing New York: AIDS, Antipoverty, and Feminist Activism in The Gotham Center for New York City History on Sept. 24.


Richard DeMartino, director of RIT’s Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Richard Notargiacomo, director of RIT’s Venture Creations new-business incubator, were nominated in the Campus Connector category for the 2015 Venture Ecosystem Awards in Syracuse.


James Winebrake, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, co-wrote an article published in the December 2015 edition of the journal Energy Policy entitled Natural gas as a marine fuel.


Wil Watts, public safety officer, was inducted into the Mansfield University Alumni/Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 25. He was a four-year letter winner at linebacker, earning first-team All-PSAC as a senior. Watts was a three-time PSAC East and ECAC South Defensive Player of the Week selection and a 1990 Pre-Season All-American selection.


Ben Zwickl, assistant professor of physics, presented a poster and talk on “Preparing Students for Physics-Intensive Careers in Optics and Photonics” at the American Association of Physics Teachers in College Park, Md., on July 25-29.


Ben Zwickl, assistant professor of physics, co-presented “Implementing the AAPT Recommendations for the Undergraduate Physics Lab” with colleague Joe Kozminski of Lewis University at Beyond First Year Lab Conference in College Park, Md., on July 22-24.


Kelly Norris Martin, assistant professor of communication, presented “Visually Communicating Scientific Concepts, Data, and Results” at the Beyond First Year Lab Conference in College Park, Md., on July 22-24.


Josephine Wolff, assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy, was named a yearlong Cybersecurity Initiative Fellow with New America on Sept. 8. She plans to write a book about a series of cybersecurity incidents and their aftermaths over a decade.


James Perkins, professor of medical illustration, had an illustration selected as a finalist for the Giliola Gamberini Award, sponsored by the Association Européene des Illustrateurs Médicaux et Scientifiques, University of Bologna and the Instituto Ortopedico Rizzoli di Bologna.


Jonathan Schroeder has been reappointed for another five-year term (2015-2020) as the William A. Kern Endowed Chair of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts.


Benjamin Lawrance has been reappointed for another five-year term (2015-2020) as the Hon. Barber B. Conable Jr. Endowed Chair of International Studies in the College of Liberal Arts.


Amit Batabyal has been reappointed for another five-year term (2015-2020) as the Arthur Gosnell Endowed Chair of Economics in the College of Liberal Arts.


Elizabeth Perry, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, competed with the Genesee Rowing Club at the U.S. Masters National Championship in Camden, N.J., Aug. 13-16. She won gold in the women's 50+ club eights and second place (silver) in a mixed (men and women) 40+ race.


Amy Stornello, manager of Summer Vestibule Program/First Year Experiences at NTID, presented "The Oral-ASL Question: My Journey to CI Balance" at the NorthEast Cochlear Implant Convention July 17-19 in Sturbridge, Mass.


Kim Kurz, chairperson of NTID’s American Sign Language and Interpreting Education department, presented the workshops, "Sign Language Teachers of the Deaf: Current Trends and Issues in Curriculum, Instruction and Research" and "Impact of Internalizing Audism on Deaf Students' Resilience," at the International Congress for the Education of the Deaf July 6-9 in Athens, Greece.


Andrew Phelps, founder and director of RIT's Center for MAGIC, was a judge for the Games Division of the Imagine Cup World Finals in July in Seattle.


Jason Listman, lecturer in NTID’s American Sign Language and Interpreting Education department, spent his summer teaching ASL to Italian deaf students in Siena, Italy.


Brenda Schertz, faculty member in NTID's American Sign Language and Interpreting Education department, was elected the new chapter affiliation chair for the American Sign Language Teacher Association at its convention in June.


Jodi Carville, senior director, College Alumni Relations, and Marca Lam, professor of mechanical engineering, were elected president and vice president, respectively, Rochester chapter of the Society of Women Engineers for the 2016 fiscal year.


James Winebrake, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, co-wrote articles published in the July 2015 edition of Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment: Fuel price elasticities in the U.S. combination trucking sector and Fuel price elasticities for single-unit truck operations in the United States.


Evan Selinger, professor of philosophy in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts, became a senior fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum. He will help the organization and its members understand the critical roles that ethics play in a number of privacy issues, as well as the impact of social listening, where organizations in the public and private sector analyze and use social media data. The appointment, announced June 18, is for one year.


Vicki Hanson, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies, was elected vice-president at large for the Association of Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group in Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI). ACM is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society.


Matt Huenerfauth, associate professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies, was elected as vice-chair for the Association of Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group in Accessible Computing (SIGACCESS). ACM is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society.


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