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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.


Amanda Weiss, a rising fourth-year biotechnology and molecular bioscience major from Commack, N.Y., is the 2019 student recipient of the Norman A. Miles Scholarship. The university-wide award recognizes her as the junior with the highest grade point average. Weiss picked her mentor, Maureen Ferran, an associate professor in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences in the College of Science, to receive the companion Norman A. Miles Award for Academic Excellence in Teaching and matching award. Miles, former director of national development, retired from RIT in 1994 after 17 years on campus. He created the scholarship to recognize the critical impact of the student-teacher bond in the success of learning.


Sanghui Han, an imaging science Ph.D. student, received the inaugural K. Stuart Shea Endowed Scholarship from the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation during the GEOINT 2018 Symposium in Tampa, Fla., April 22–25.


Mandy Nevins, an imaging science Ph.D. student, was awarded a Microscopy & Microanalysis 2018 Student Scholar award for her conference paper on visualizing astigmatism in the scanning electron microscope beam. She will give a platform presentation on this research at M&M 2018.


Michael McGowan, a fourth-year environmental science BS/MS major, was awarded a research grant from the New York State Wetlands Forum for his project “The effects of management, land use, and hydrology on denitrification and nitrogen fixation rates in created wetlands.” He is one of two students from New York state awarded this competitive grant in 2018.


Susan Mee, global librarian, RIT Libraries, and Cheryl Herdklotz and Anne Marie Canale, faculty development research consultants, Innovative Learning Institute, presented on “Delivering a Collaborative Faculty Orientation to Off-Campus and International Campus Locations” at the 18th Distance Library Services Conference in San Antonio April 11–13.


Paul Craig, professor and head, School of Chemistry and Material Science, has won the 2018 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education for his work promoting hypothesis-driven thinking in the undergraduate biochemistry lab.


Belinda Bryce, director, Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), presented “The Extended First Year: Ensuring Success for Opportunity Students” at the Ruffalo Noel Levitz Symposium on the Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Populations on April 16 in New Orleans.


Stephanie Thompson, senior data scientist, Institutional Research and Policy Studies, moderated the invited panel “Using Smart Analytics to Drive a Data Driven Culture: An Institutional Research Perspective“ and co-authored “SAS Arrays and Macros Make Processing Claims with Multiple Conditions Easier” with Shavonne J. Standifer from Truman Medical Center. Both were presented at SAS Global Forum 2018, held April 8–11 in Denver.


Roberley Bell, professor in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, had her artwork, titled “Still Visible, After Gezi” featured in the “Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967-2017” exhibit in the University at Buffalo Art Galleries. Bell scoured the streets of Istanbul in 2015 (two years after the Gezi Park protests) trying to find trees she had originally photographed in 2005 and 2010.


Shahd Zubier, an industrial design graduate student, received an honorable mention at the 25th International Housewares Association’s Student Design Competition. Her Arc Children’s Dinnerware project is a plate designed for toddlers that follows the natural movement of their arms and helps them to pick up food more easily.


Molly Hill, a fifth-year film and animation and motion picture science dual-degree major, spoke at a panel for women in technology at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show on April 10 in Las Vegas.


David Schnuckel, lecturer in the School for American Crafts, was invited to teach a workshop to students of the Toyoma Institute of Glass Arts (TIGA) in Toyama City, Japan. TIGA is an educational institution dedicated to glass art, where glass artists annually are invited from all over the world to work with students and lecture.


Joel Helfrich, adjunct instructor in the Department of Science, Technology and Society, had an op-ed titled “Oak Flat: Government Complicity in Indigenous Sacred Site Desecration” published on the environmental news website The Revelator.


Nora Pfund, a fourth-year photographic sciences major, had a paper on “Relative Impact of Key Rendering Parameters on Perceived Quality of VR Imagery Captured by the Facebook Surround 360 Camera” accepted into the Photography, Mobile and Immersive Imaging area of the IS&T International Symposium on Electronic Imaging 2018, held in Burlingame, Calif., earlier this year.


Geoffrey Sasaki, a fourth-year photographic sciences major, had his paper on “Creating Atmospherically and Temporarily Invariant Data Through Atmospheric Characterization of Imagery Collected by Small Unmanned Aerial Systems” accepted into the SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing conference, held April 15-19 in Kissimmee, Fla.


Matthew Seita, computing and information sciences Ph.D. student from Guilderland, N.Y., was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship, which supports three full years of tuition and a living stipend, is awarded based on intellectual merit and broader impact of the students’ proposed dissertation research.


Deanna LaManna, director of Margaret’s House, was honored by the Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children with the Exemplary Early Childhood Educator Award at a ceremony April 2 in Rochester, N.Y.


Tomicka Wagstaff, assistant vice president for academic access and success, Division of Diversity and Inclusion, was featured as a panelist at the YWCA’s Stand Against Racism Conference on April 12. Wagstaff and the other three panelists discussed the theme “Braving our History, Building our Future — Women of Color Working Beyond the Glass Ceiling.”


Patrick Scanlon, professor in the School of Communication, wrote an article, “Angling for Peace: Veterans find relief through fly fishing,” in the current (spring 2018) issue of PTSD Journal.


Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm, associate professor in the College of Liberal Arts, was a plenary speaker at the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society conference, held April 6-8 at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. On April 6, she spoke about “Sensing Humans with Language and Multiple Modalities.”


Amit Batabyal, the Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics, was appointed Fellow of the Regional Studies Association in March 2018.


Gabriel Diaz, assistant professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, has joined the executive committee of the Vision Technical Group of The Optical Society.


John Oliphant, assistant professor in the physician assistant program, had an invited article, titled “Short-Term Medical Missions Done Well: What Every Sponsoring Institution Should Understand,” published in the March issue of the Journal of Physician Assistant Education. This paper was based on original qualitative and quantitative research conducted in both Haiti and the U.S.


Barry Culhane, executive assistant to the president, received the Eli Rudin Second-Half Hero Honoree award from the Al Sigl Community of Agencies during a luncheon on March 29 in Rochester. The award recognizes those who continue to provide community service in their “later years.”


Kaitlin Stack Whitney, visiting assistant professor in the science, technology and society department and the environmental sciences program, was invited to serve as judge for Cards Against Humanity’s Science Ambassador Program, a scholarship competition for college-bound girls interested in science, technology, engineering or math.


Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm, associate professor in the College of Liberal Arts, and Reynold Bailey, associate professor in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, co-chaired the 2018 IEEE Workshop on Human-Centered Computational Sensing in Athens, Greece, on March 19.


Andrew Phelps, director of RIT’s MAGIC Spell Studios, was the keynote speaker at the International Conference on Game Jams, Hackathons and Game Creation Events on March 18 in San Francisco.


RIT Curling won the consolation bracket at the USA College Curling Championship in Eau Claire, Wis., March 9-11. The team beat Wayne State, Hamilton and then University Oklahoma, finishing the weekend with a 4-2 record. Team members include James Reilly, Tommy Bohde, Zachary Blough, Michael Nixt and Morgan Shine.


Steven Galbraith, curator of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, presented an all-day program about the history, printing and influence of the King James Bible at the Smithsonian on March 17.


Student Affairs staff presented at the NASPA conference March 3–7 in Philadelphia on eight different topics reaching hundreds of student affairs professionals from around the world. Some 8,000 people were in attendance. A list of topics and presenters is available online.


Kaitlin Stack Whitney, visiting assistant professor in the science, technology and society department and the environmental sciences program, presented on her ongoing research on highway roadside management as part of the first American Society for Environmental History Twitter conference on March 8–9.


James Mnatzaganian ’13, ’16 (microelectronic engineering, computer engineering) received the 2018 Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Master’s Thesis Award for his thesis, “A Mathematical Formalization of Hierarchical Temporal Memory’s Spatial Pooler for use in Machine Learning.” He was nominated by Twyla Cummings, dean of Graduate Education. He also received the 2017 Alumni MS Thesis Award at RIT.


Nabil Nasr, associate provost and director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, has been renewed as a member of the United Nations Environment Programme’s International Resource Panel for a second term through May 2021. The panel is widely considered the most authoritative scientific forum for scientists and experts working in the area of natural resource management worldwide. Nasr is one of only three U.S. members.


Colette Shaw, assistant director, and David Graupman, conduct coordinator, Center for Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, presented “Conduct Advocates Who Speak, Question and Fully Participate” for the Association for Student Conduct Administration on Feb. 24 in Jacksonville, Fla.


Kaitlin Stack Whitney, visiting assistant professor in the science, technology and society department and the environmental sciences program, was invited to speak to SUNY Geneseo’s biology department on Feb. 16 about research she is leading with the assistance of environmental science capstone students.


Kaitlin Stack Whitney, visiting assistant professor in the science, technology and society department and the environmental sciences program, published an article on accessibility of scientific papers and presentations for the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.


Emmett Ientilucci, assistant professor, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, was an invited speaker for the Remotely Sensed Big Data Analysis and Mining (RSBDAM 2018) conference in Kolkata, India, at the Indian Statistical Institute. He was also invited to give a guest lecture at the National Institute of Technology in Silchar, India, on “Remote Sensing and Data Analysis Techniques.”


Robert Cybulski, a fifth-year mechanical engineering major, received an ASTM Standards Grant to support his senior design project. He and his team will be designing and testing a new hydraulic restraint module for amusement park rides.


Lorraine Hems, lecturer, Department of Hospitality and Service Management, presented “A Tour of Local, Sustainable, Organic and/or Biodynamic Wines,” at the Monroe County Bar Association’s Lawyer Health and Well-Being event on Jan. 25.


Scott Franklin, director, RIT’s Center for Advancing STEM Teaching Learning & Evaluation, gave a talk on “Emergent methods of science education research: quantitative and qualitative studies” at University of Rwanda’s College of Education in Rukara. He presented to the first class of Ph.D. students in the World Bank African Center of Excellence for Innovative Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science, of which RIT is a primary international partner. Franklin's trip, Jan. 13-23, was funded by Jim Myers, RIT associate provost of International Education and Global Programs and the Paul and Francena Miller Chair in International Education.


Deborah Stendardi, vice president of Government and Community Relations, was a finalist for the ATHENA Award, given annually by the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and its Women’s Council affiliate to a woman who has demonstrated significant achievements in business, community service and the professional advancement of women.


Sharitta Gross-Smith, assistant director of programmatic initiatives and student development for RIT’s Multicultural Center for Academic Success, was a finalist for the ATHENA Young Professional Award, given annually by the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and its Women’s Council affiliate recognizing emerging female leaders age 30 to 45 who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession and serve as a personal and professional role model for young women.


Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, associate curator at the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, juried the Central Library's "Art of the Book" exhibit, now in its seventh year. The exhibit displayed dozens of works by artists from across the U.S. and Canada that reinterpret the traditional relationship between paper and ink.


Jonathan Weissman, lecturer in RIT’s Department of Computing Security, teaches Cybersecurity Fundamentals, which was named on edX’s list of top 17 courses in 2017. The offering was highlighted as a top “hot skills” course to help land an in-demand job in 2018.


Joe Geigel, professor of computer science and co-director of the CS Graphics and Applied Perception Lab, presented the paper “Creating a theatrical experience on a virtual stage” at the 14th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology (ACE 2017), held Dec. 14–16, 2017, in London.


Alla Bailey, principal lecturer, and Gerald Takacs, professor, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, received a grant, “RIT Clean Energy Generation Using Fuel Cells,” from Constellation’s E2 Energy to Educate program. The project includes workshop sessions and hands-on lab experiments at RIT for high school students and teachers.


Silvia Benso, professor, Department of Philosophy, was invited to become a member of the College of Fellows at Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia. As part of their annual gathering, she presented the paper “Open Borders: Italian Philosophy Between Nationalism and Globalization” on Nov. 23, 2017.


Josh Owen, professor and chair, industrial design, School of Design, won a 2017 Good Design Award for his Torq nutcracker (designed for OTHR) from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Founded in Chicago in 1950, the award is widely recognized as the oldest and most prestigious program for design excellence worldwide. Owen’s product now joins the museum’s Permanent Design Collection.


Tracy Worrell and Kelly Norris Martin, associate professors in the School of Communication, presented their paper, “New Evidence for the Importance of Design Instruction and the Development of Design Scales,” at the annual National Communication Association conference in Dallas, Nov. 16–19.


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