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RIT’s Field Hockey Club team won the New York State Club Field Hockey League in Buffalo on Nov. 3. It had been five years since the co-ed team won its first trophy, according to coach Kévin Le Blévec, lecturer in French.


Carlos Lousto, professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences, won the American Physical Society’s Edward A. Bouchet Award, which recognizes a distinguished minority physicist who has made significant contributions to physics research and the advancement of underrepresented minority scientists. Lousto’s research was instrumental in the breakthrough detection of gravitational waves produced by merging black holes.


Jonathan Schroeder, the William A. Kern Professor in Communications, presented his new book, August Strindberg and Visual Culture, at a book launch at the Stockholm School of Economics Center for Art, Business and Culture in Stockholm, Sweden, on Oct. 30.


Anne Marie Canale and Cheryl Herdklotz, faculty development research consultants in RIT’s Innovative Learning Institute, presented “Success After Tenure: Lessons in Engaging Mid-Career Faculty” as part of a webinar hosted by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on Oct. 26.


Frances Andreu, digital initiatives librarian, participated in a panel discussion called “Using Ethics to Bridge Evidence and Mission” at the 2018 Open Access Symposium at Stony Brook University on Oct. 26.


Josh Owen, professor and director, industrial design, has his SOS Stool designed for Casamania featured in Kanal-Centre Pompidou’s exhibition titled, “Red and White.” The exhibition, displayed at the Citroën garage in Brussels, commemorates major moments in design history from the 1960s to the present. The exhibition runs through the end of 2018.


Christye Sisson, associate professor, school director of the photographic sciences program and the Ronald and Mabel Francis Endowed Professor, delivered lectures on digital imaging and tele-ophthalmology at the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society 49th Annual Program, held Oct. 26-29 in Chicago.


Lara Nicosia, COLA librarian; Susan Mee, global, online and university studies librarian; and Sara May, manager of marketing and communications at RIT Libraries, presented “My Untold Story: Building Understanding through Conversation” and Joan Naturale, NTID librarian, and Becky Simmons, RIT Archivist, presented “Sculptures in the Air: ASL Poetry and Literature Collections at RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive” at the Inclusive Libraries Conference on Oct. 23. Naturale also presented “Online Deaf Resources: Deaf Artists, Deaf and WWII, and Deaf Theatre.”


Therese Mulligan, professor and administrative chair of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, won the Arline Custer Memorial Award from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) for her book Jeannette Klute: A Photographic Pioneer. The book was written by Mulligan with contributions from RIT Archivist Becky Simmons and Project Archivist Lauren Alberque. It used photographs and personal papers from the Jeannette Klute Collection in RIT Archives and was published by RIT Press.


Jeff Lodge, associate professor in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, gave a talk titled “Use of microalgae for nutrient reduction of anaerobic digester effluents and egg processing wastewater” at the 12th Algae Biomass Organization Summit, Oct. 14-17 in Houston, Texas.


John Kerekes, professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, was a keynote speaker at the Hyperspectral Imaging & Applications Conference, held Oct. 10-11 in Coventry, United Kingdom.


Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, associate curator for the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, had an article titled “Multitudinous Tints: An Inventor’s Pursuit of Instantaneous Multicolor Printing” published in Printing History 24 in September 2018.


Susan Mee, global, online and university studies librarian; and Anne Marie Canale and Cheryl Herdklotz, faculty development research consultants, published “Faculty Orientation to Off-Campus and International Campus Locations” in the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning on Sept. 5.


Joan Naturale, librarian/education liaison for NTID, presented about archiving ASL poetry and storytelling films at the Publishing American Sign Language Poetry event hosted at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, on Sept. 13.


Salvatore D’Amico, a fifth-year manufacturing engineering technology student; Allison Fink, a fourth-year manufacturing engineering technology student; and Kevin McCarty, a fifth-year mechanical engineering technology student, have been chosen as this year’s recipients of the Joseph F. Novek Memorial Award. The award, established in 2003, provides financial assistance to students in the BS program in manufacturing engineering technology and the BS program in mechanical engineering technology who are taking manufacturing course electives.


Jim Vallino has been named Professor Emeritus in the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. Vallino began at RIT in 1997, made many contributions to the software engineering curricula and retired as a professor of software engineering in 2018. He continues to serve as an adjunct instructor in software engineering.


Gerald Takacs, professor of chemistry, presented the paper “Enhancing the Wettability of Polybenzimidazole (PBI) to Improve Fuel Cell Performance” at the 11th International Symposium on Contact Angle, Wettability and Adhesion in June in Hoboken, N.J.


Igor Khokhlov, a computing and information sciences Ph.D. student, and Leon Reznik, professor of computer science, presented “What is the Android Colluded Applications Attack and How to Detect It” at the Rochester Security Summit Oct. 9. Khokhlov was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of an outstanding presentation given at the 2018 summit.


RIT Esports was recognized as an honorable mention for “Outstanding Collegiate Esports Team/Program” at the 2018 Tempest Esports Business Awards Oct. 2 in Las Vegas.


Daniel Schneiderman, outreach specialist, Kids on Campus, was nominated for a 2018 Upstate Venture Ecosystem Award as a Community Catalyst for helping to organize programs that bring together diverse startup ecosystem players in a local community and increasing the amount of capital and number of active, early-stage investors in that community. He and his fellow nominees were recognized during an awards celebration on Oct. 2.


Nabil Nasr, associate provost, director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability and CEO of REMADE Institute, served as a panelist on “Circular Business Models” during the annual Climate Week Conference in New York City on Sept. 25. The conference, titled “A Roadmap to the Future of Global Sustainable Growth” was co-hosted by the founders of Danish Cleantech Hub, Confederation of Danish Industry and State of Green.


Lorraine Justice, professor and dean emeritus, College of Art and Design, was named one of 16 Distinguished Alumni for the 50th anniversary celebration of Ohio State’s Department of Design, held Oct. 4-6.


Ann Howard, professor of science, technology, and society and director of RIT’s University Community Partnerships, and Lisa Hermsen, Caroline Werner Gannett Endowed Chair and professor of English, presented “Making Connections: Memory, Sense of Place and Community Engagement” at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Association for General and Liberal Studies. Their presentation highlighted a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that provides students a unique general education experience through three linked courses in history, literary studies, and science and technology studies. Other faculty participating in the project are Richard Newman, Department of History, and Kristoffer Whitney, Department of Science, Technology, and Society.


Silvia Benso and Brian Schroeder, professors in the Department of Philosophy, published the co-edited volume Thinking the Inexhaustible: Art, Interpretation, and Freedom in the Philosophy of Luigi Pareyson (September 2018). The book comprises a collection of essays by world-renowned scholars on the philosophy of Italian thinker Luigi Pareyson and is part of the SUNY Press series on Contemporary Italian Philosophy.


Campbell McDermid, who formerly taught at NTID, has released a new book about the interpreting process through RIT Press, the university’s scholarly book publishing enterprise. The book, titled Learning to Interpret: Working from English Into American Sign Language, combines theoretical and practical exercises through use of examples, targeted exercises and development of skills that are critical to the interpreting process. For more information, go to rit.edu/press.


Bridgette Yaxley, instructor in the University Writing Program in the College of Liberal Arts, won Best Original Screenplay for her screenplay Perjury at The Burbank International Film Festival on Sept. 9 in Hollywood, Calif. Her script has also been nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Orlando Film Festival, held in late October.


Kaitlin Stack Whitney,

visiting assistant professor in the science, technology and society department and the environmental sciences program, had a peer-reviewed chapter in the book Living with Animals: Bonds across Species, published Sept. 15 by Cornell University Press.




Hussein Alrubaye,

a computing and information sciences Ph.D. student, has been awarded the 2018 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for his outreach in promoting software development. His contributions have reached nearly 300,000 viewers on social media. Alrubaye also had a research paper accepted at the 28th Annual International Conference on Computer Science and Software Engineering.




Jonathan Schroeder,

the William A. Kern Professor in Communications, co-edited with Anna Westerthal Stenport and Ester Szalczer the book August Strindberg and Visual Culture: The Emergence of Optical Modernity in Image, Text and Theatre, published by Bloomsbury Publishing in September. The book includes a chapter by Timothy Engstrom, RIT professor of philosophy, and offers insights into Strindberg as a multimedia artist whose writing is inseparable from his visual imagination and from the visual technologies of his time. This interdisciplinary research project received support from the William A. Kern endowment and a College of Liberal Arts Publication Cost Grant.




Stephanie Godleski,

assistant professor of psychology, received the 2018 Early Career Award from the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. The award recognizes an individual who has made exemplary scholarly contributions to the field of bullying abuse prevention and conducted research that has the potential to influence practice and policy.




Franz Foltz,

associate professor of science, technology and society, and public policy, published a book, Faith, Hope, and Love in the Technological Society, with his father, Frederick Foltz, pastor emeritus at St. James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg, Pa. The book examines how modern technology creates an environment that significantly affects Christianity by reducing the mysteries of faith to manageable techniques.




Owen Gottlieb,

founder and lead research faculty, MAGIC Initiative in Religion, Culture and Policy, and Ian Schrieber, assistant professor of interactive games and media, had their game, Lost and Found: Order in the Court, The Party Game, featured at the SAAM Arcade, presented by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., on July 22.




Scott Franklin,

professor of physics and director, Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning and Evaluation (CASTLE), led a field school, “Professional-development for Emerging Education Researchers (PEER),” with Eleanor Sayre, associate professor of physics at Kansas State University, Aug. 13–15 in Rwanda.




Jeff Lodge,

associate professor in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, was an invited speaker at the Renewable Energy and Resources Conference, Aug. 27–28 in Boston. His talk was “Food and Food Processing Waste to Energy: Sustainable Energy for Western NY.”




Kaitlin Stack Whitney,

visiting assistant professor in the science, technology and society department and the environmental sciences program, was selected to be part of the National Ecological Observatory Network’s Data Education Fellows Faculty Mentoring Network, which develops and publishes open educational resources to integrate quantitative computing skills into college biology classes.




Mark Fairchild,

professor and director of color science; Susan Farnand, assistant professor of color science; and Mike Murdoch, assistant professor of color science, presented at the Munsell Centennial Color Symposium Bridging Science, Art and Industry, June 10-15, at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.




Sara Leary ’18 (imaging science)

and her adviser, Michael Murdoch, assistant professor of color science, won the Best Poster Award at the ACM Symposium on Applied Perception Aug. 10-11 in Vancouver, Canada. Leary’s poster, “Manipulating Object Lightness in Augmented Reality,” summarized her senior capstone project research on the optical and perceptual effects of AR overlays on real objects. It is on display in the Munsell Color Science Laboratory hallway.




Mark Fairchild,

professor and director of color science, won the Nickerson Service Award for his outstanding, long-term contributions toward the advancement of the Inter-Society Color Council.




Yunn-Shan Ma,

assistant professor in the Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture, is a member of the F-Sharp Chamber Choir, which won a gold medal in the sacred music category at the First Taipei International Choral Competition. As first-place winners, they were invited to sing at the Grand Prix Concert at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on Aug. 3.




Kristoffer Whitney,

assistant professor in the Department of Science, Technology and Society, published an article, “It’s about Time: Adaptive Resource Management, Environmental Governance, and Science Studies,” in the academic journal Science, Technology, and Human Values.




Heath Boice-Pardee,

associate vice president of student affairs, delivered a keynote address, “Igniting Your Passion to Serve,” to staff and administration at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas, on Aug. 17. The event kicked off the university’s new commitment to enhancing service excellence on campus.




Patrick Scanlon,

professor in the School of Communication, wrote an article, “Making a Way: In New York State local volunteers are providing veterans a support system,” in the summer 2018 issue of PTSD Journal.




Callie Babbitt,

associate professor of sustainability, and Elizabeth Moore, a sustainability Ph.D. student, published “Sustainable nanomaterials by design” in the Nature Nanotechnology journal.




Kaitlin Stack Whitney,

visiting assistant professor in the science, technology and society department and the environmental sciences program, co-authored “Crop pests and predators exhibit inconsistent responses to surrounding landscape composition” in the Aug. 2 issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.




Dina Newman,

associate professor in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, participated in the PKAL STEM Leadership Institute in Adamstown, Md., July 10-15. The program provided faculty with the theory and practice required to effectively manage the politics of change and contribute to the national STEM higher education reform.




dt ogilvie,

Distinguished Professor of Urban Entrepreneurship, Saunders College of Business, was invited to become an external member of Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Business Advisory Committee.




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.




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