Newsmakers

Michael Peres, associate chair of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences and former chair of the biomedical photographic communications program, presented the Maria Ikenberg Lindberg lecture at the BioCommunications Association's 84th annual meeting, BIOCOMM 2014: Share the Knowledge, at the Mayo Clinic July 24 in Rochester, Minn.


Michelle Allevato, director, Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP), received the President's Award on June 12 at the Association of Program Administrators for CSTEP and STEP (APACS) annual conference in Albany. The award honors those with unwavering leadership, extraordinary dedication and service to APACS.


Manny Contomanolis, director, Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services, won the Kauffman Award from the National Association of Colleges and Employers for making a tangible contribution to NACE that significantly improved the association. The award acknowledges the contributions of Warren E. Kauffman, who served the association for more than 30 years.


Kim Kurz, associate professor and chair of NTID's Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education, was elected chair of the Mark Seven Deaf Foundation Board of Directors on May 17. The foundation administers Camp Mark Seven in Old Forge, N.Y., offering an array of programs for deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing individuals of all ages.


Joan Naturale, NTID Reference Librarian at the Wallace Center, was given the title “Honorary Librarian” by the Gallaudet Museum, at Gallaudet University in Washington, where Naturale attended college. The title was awarded at the museum’s grand opening in April. She will serve as an advisor on future exhibits and preservation of materials crucial to deaf culture.


Manny Contomanolis, director, Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services, was named among the 10 most visionary leaders in college career services by CSO Research Inc. The company surveyed more than 700 career services professionals from across the U.S., seeking their insights on the current state of career services and recruiting.


Christopher O'Dea, professor of physics, presented "Black Holes and Galaxy Evolution," at the MIT Club of Rochester on May 14.


Bobby Colon, chief legal officer, was named an ACE Fellow by the American Council on Education. The program helps ensure that higher education's future leaders are ready to take on challenges and serve the needs of their institutions. For more information, go to www.acenet.edu.


M. Ann Howard, senior associate dean, College of Liberal Arts, and director of RIT's University/Community Partnerships, presented "Community-based Learning in the United States and Sweden: What works in different contexts," co-authored by Magnus Johansson of Malmo University, Sweden, at the Living Knowledge Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, on April 11.


Nathan Hendrickson, academic adviser in the College of Applied Science and Technology, has been awarded the Outstanding New Advising Award - Primary Advising Role by the National Academic Advising Association. The NACADA Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising honors individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising.


Jane Shellenbarger, assistant professor in the School for American Crafts' ceramics program, was elected "director at large" of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, which fosters global education and appreciation for the ceramic arts. She will be in charge of emerging artists, international residencies and graduate student fellowships.


Ron Hira, associate professor of public policy, presented the keynote address, “A Decade of Offshoring: Trends, Implications, and Public Policy,” at the IEEE Rochester Section Joint Chapters Meeting on April 7.


Amit Batabyal, the Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics, presented two papers at the Southern Regional Science Association annual conference in San Antonio. The papers dealt with regional economic growth and development, the role of innovation policies, and exchanges between leading and lagging regions.


Jonathan Schroeder, the William A. Kern Professor in Communications, was keynote speaker presenting "Brand Culture: Concepts and Case Studies" at The International Conference on Creative Industries and Cultural Economics, in Taiwan.


Gurcharan Khanna, director of Research Computing, organized a special interest group on collaboration challenges at the Internet2 Global Summit in Denver on April 9. Presentations included international K-12 collaborations with New York state schools and student self-generated MOOCs in the United Arab Emirates.


Jessica Bayliss, associate professor of interactive games and media, received an award of approximately $100,000 from BioDrill Technical Solutions as part of a National Science Foundation Small Business Technology Transfer program for her project titled "SIMAD (Simulated Anaerobic Digester): An Educational STEM Game."


Kaiqi Xiong, assistant professor of computing security, received approximately $100,000 to support “UGREE-GENI: Understanding GENI Infrastructures for Computer Networking and Security Experiments.” The National Science Foundation-supported project explores Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) infrastructures.


Laurence Sugarman, director, Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-Regulation; Brian Garrison, research coordinator; and Kelsey Williford, fourth-year biochemistry, were given the Josephine R. Hilgard Award for Scientific Excellence in Writing on Pediatric/Adolescent Uses of Hypnosis from the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis March 24 in San Diego.


Gerald Argetsinger, an instructor in the Cultural & Creative Studies Department at NTID, received a Fawn Brodie Award in mid-February for Best Mormon Interest Fiction – Short Story Collection, for his book, Latter-Gay Saints: An Anthology of Gay Mormon Fiction. The award is presented by Main Street Plaza, a community for Mormon interests.


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.”


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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.