Newsmakers

Matt Huenerfauth, professor in the Information Sciences and Technologies Department, was recognized as a 2017 Distinguished Member of ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery. Huenerfauth was selected for his outstanding contributions to computing. Read more about the Distinguished Member program on the ACM website.




Bolaji Thomas, associate professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, was invited to serve as a chair for the Computational and Systems Biology discipline at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students Nov. 1-4 in Phoenix.


Michael Haselkorn, senior staff engineer and research faculty, Center of Excellence in Advanced and Sustainable Manufacturing, presented a workshop on optimizing remanufacturing cleaning processes at the International Big R Show sponsored by the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association Oct. 28-30 in Las Vegas.


Gerry Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean, received Rochester School for the Deaf’s Perkins Founder’s Award in a ceremony on Oct. 18. The award recognizes outstanding service to the school. Buckley has been involved with the school in various capacities since the 1970s.


Nabil Nasr, associate provost and director, Golisano Institute for Sustainability, received the Chairperson’s Award at the inaugural Technology and Manufacturing Awards, sponsored by the Rochester Business Journal and the Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association. Nasr was recognized for his remarkable impact on the manufacturing industry regionally, nationally and domestically over the last three decades, including his naming earlier this year as CEO of the RIT-led REMADE Institute.


Linden Pohland, a fourth-year hospitality and tourism management major from Germantown, Wis., and president of the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) RIT Chapter, and Muhammet Kesgin, chapter adviser and assistant professor, Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, presented “Student Engagement: Preparing Future Finance and Technology Leaders” at HFTP’s 65th annual convention in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 26.


Bruce Austin, director of RIT Press and professor in the School of Communication, presented “Widescreen: Expanding the Research Agenda for Arts & Crafts” at the Frank Lloyd Wright and the Buffalo School of Arts and Crafts International Conference on Oct. 22 at the University at Buffalo.


KSV Santhanam, professor; Roman Press, visiting scientist; Massoud “Matt” Miri, associate professor; Alla Bailey, senior lecturer; and Gerald Takacs, professor, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, are co-authors of the book Introduction to Hydrogen Technology. The second edition was published in October and offers new chapters on hydrogen production, storage and batteries. The book is available as an e-book and instructor’s resource manual.


Jonathan Ntheketha, senior assistant director for First Year Initiatives and Summer Bridge; Tina Chapman DaCosta, diversity theater program developer; and Tianna Mañon '15 (journalism and political science) were featured as panelists at the Little Theatre's Black Cinema Series showing of Get Out on Oct. 27.


Jessica Pardee, associate professor in the Department of Science, Technology and Society, authored Surviving Katrina (2014), which won the Mid-South Sociological Association's Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award for 2017 on Oct. 20.


Callie Babbitt, associate professor in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, was invited to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 17 to join the U.S. Senate Recycling Caucus's panel briefing on high-tech recycling, featuring respected and expert voices in the electronics recycling industry.


Staff members from University Web Services and University Creative Services in the Division of Marketing and Communications received two 2017 W3 Awards from The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for their work on the Venture Creations business incubator website (gold winner) and the Golisano Institute for Sustainability website (silver winner). The W3 Awards honor outstanding websites, web marketing, web video, mobile sites/apps and social content.


Jonathan Schroeder, the William A. Kern Chair of Communications in the College of Liberal Arts, presented a talk on his new book, Designed for Hi-Fi Living: The Vinyl LP in Midcentury America, together with his co-author, Rochester writer Janet Borgerson, at Tucson Modernism Week in Arizona on Oct. 14.


Steve Viggiano, assistant professor of photographic sciences, presented "Calculation of Scalars in Neugebauer-Type Models. I: Refactoring the Calculations" at the 25th Color and Imaging Conference on Sept. 14 in Lillehammer, Norway. The paper describes a streamlined software coding procedure for models to predict printed color, enabling more accurate models to be easily implemented.


Amitrajeet Batabyal, the Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics, won an outstanding book publication award for his edited book, Regional Growth and Sustainable Development in Asia, published by Springer, from the Japan Section of the Regional Science Association International on Oct. 7 in Kyoto, Japan. He was also appointed an honorary member of the group.


Michael Amy, professor of the history of art in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, has been named contributing editor at the contemporary art magazine Sculpture, based in Washington, D.C.


Nabil Nasr, associate provost and director of Golisano Institute for Sustainability, and Michael Thurston, technical director and research faculty at GIS, recently participated in a special session, "The Manufacturing USA initiative meets industrial ecology: The New REMADE Institute," during the ninth biennial conference of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) and the 25th annual conference of the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST), held jointly in Chicago.


Michael Thurston, technical director and research faculty at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, gave the keynote presentation, titled "Remanufacturing Development in the USA," during the World Remanufacturing Summit held in September at Singapore's Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Center.


Andrew Phelps, founding director of RIT's MAGIC Center, moderated a panel discussion on games and learning research at the Digital Media and Learning Conference on Oct. 5 at University of California, Irvine. The discussion focused on how people study learning transfer and problem-solving practices through games.


Valentina Rodriguez Sosa, a computer science graduate student from Uruguay, received the first-ever Cybersecurity Research Scholar Award from RIT's Center for Cybersecurity on Sept. 22. The $1,000 scholarship award goes to a student who is not currently a paid research assistant but shows both passion and potential for cybersecurity research.


Panos Markopoulos, assistant professor of electrical and microelectronic engineering, was appointed to the editorial board of IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, a publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He'll have a three-year appointment and focus on theory and applications of wireless technologies.


Timothy Engstrom, professor in the Department of Philosophy, is the co-editor for a new book series from RIT Press, "Philosophy and the Future." The series will feature an explicitly international profile with collaborative and interdisciplinary scholarship on subjects of contemporary and timeless interest. The book series will connect philosophy, broadly and generously understood, to contemporary political, technological and aesthetic themes.


David Edborg, patrol major for RIT Public Safety, represented RIT at the World Cup Invitational Powerlift Competition in Turku, Finland, on Aug. 27, where he broke a personal record of lifting 480 pounds, which is also his seventh New York state record. He finished fourth of 13 in the master division of 56- to 60-year-olds in the law/fire division. Eighteen countries were represented.


Kelly Norris Martin, associate professor in the School of Communication, has been appointed as series editor for the RIT Press Graphic Design chapbook series. The series, with six titles published thus far, focuses on midcentury designers.


Christopher Egert, chief technology officer for RIT's MAGIC Spell Studios, won the 2017 Campus Technology's Impact Award in the Education Futurist category. Submissions are reviewed by a committee of higher-education technology leaders, and winners are selected by Campus Technology editors.


Amelia Fontanel, associate curator of the Cary Collection, presented "Typographic Realia: Cataloging and Connecting Wood and Metal Resources," at TypeCon 2017, held Aug. 23-27 in Boston.


Evelyn Brister, associate professor of philosophy, had an article published, "Genome Fidelity and the American Chestnut," in the Summer 2017 edition of Issues in Science and Technology.


Jennifer Hinton, assistant director of RIT's MAGIC Center, received the Ronald Lunardini Distinguished Alumni Award for 2017 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Department of Student Affairs in Higher Education.


Andrew Phelps, founding director of RIT's MAGIC Center, presented "Towards a New Set of Literacies: Digital, Connected and Engaged," at Keuka College's Technology Day, Aug. 17 in Keuka Park, N.Y.


Eric Pope, director of fraternity and sorority life, was selected on Aug. 8 to receive Alpha Sigma Alpha's Outstanding Fraternity & Sorority Advisor Award for his service to the fraternal community at RIT. The award recognizes an individual who serves as a role model for students and has made an outstanding contribution to fraternal life.


Emmett Ientilucci, research professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, was the invited keynote speaker in the Hyperspectral Target Detection session at the 2017 IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium in Ft. Worth, Texas, July 23-28. His talk was on "Spectral Target Detection Considerations from a Physical Modeling Perspective."


Amelia Fontanel, associate curator of the Cary Collection, presented "3D Printing for Letterpress" with Shu Chang, the Melbert B. Cary Jr. Distinguished Professor, at the Graphic Communications Educators Association Conference held July 16-20 in Toronto.


Manuela Campanelli, director of RIT's Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, presented Astrophysical Signatures of Black Hole Mergers at the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris Colloquium on the Era of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy in Paris, June 26-30.


The LIGO Scientific Collaboration was awarded the 2017 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research for the detection of gravitational waves. Researchers in RIT's Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation contributed to the scientific breakthrough announced in 2016. The award was announced on June 14 and will be presented in the fall in Oviedo in Asturias, Spain, to the founding members of the collaboration. RIT members of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration include John Bero, Hans-Peter Bischof, Manuela Campanelli, James Healy, Brennan Ireland, Jacob Lange, Carlos Lousto, Rupal Mittal, Richard O'Shaughnessy, Monica Rizzo, Nicole Rosato, John Whelan, Andrew Williamson, Jared Wofford, Daniel Wysocki, Yuanhao Zhang and Yosef Zlochower.


Conerly Casey, associate professor of anthropology, gave talks at the Behavioral Medicine Unit at Karu General Hospital in Abuja, Nigeria, on June 5 and at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano, Nigeria, on June 28. The talks explored culturally diverse trauma syndromes, media and mediations and circulations of trauma in African societies.


Steve Galbraith, curator of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, and Shaun Foster, associate professor in 3D design, were awarded a Breakthru Grant from the Rochester Regional Library Council for the project "The Virtual Cary Collection," which will allow a researcher using a virtual reality system to interact with an artifact in innovative ways that enhance research and learning experiences.


Lynn Wild, associate provost for faculty career development and The Wallace Center; Cheryl Herdklotz, senior faculty career development consultant; and Anne Canale, faculty career development consultant, published a paper in the spring issue of College and University Journal about developing mentoring networks for faculty growth.


Bruce Austin, director, RIT Press, contributed to the University Press Forum about "Embracing Change: Innovation at the University Press" in the May 2017 issue of Choice magazine.


Alvin Merritt Boyd III, NTID business studies lecturer, was awarded the Leo and Margaret Goodman-Malamuth Dissertation Award for 2017 at the AAUA Leadership Seminar, June 8-9 in New Orleans. The dissertation was titled "Experience and Perceptions of Full-Time, Non-Tenure-Track Faculty at a Four-Year University."


David Edborg, patrol major for Public Safety, deadlifted 479.8 pounds at the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters' U.S. National Championship in Portland, Maine, on June 3. He broke his previous New York state record for lifters in the 57-63 age, 198-pound class for law enforcement and firefighters. He plans to compete in the World Cup of Powerlifting in Turku, Finland, on Aug. 27.


Nabil Nasr, associate provost and director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, was a key presenter at the World Circular Economy Forum and at the 20th meeting of the U.N. Environment Programme's (UNEP) International Resource Panel (IRP) and its Steering Committee—both held last week in Helsinki, Finland. Nasr participated in a June 5 session focused on future technologies for the circular economy at the economic forum sponsored by Sitra. He later highlighted the main findings of an IRP report on remanufacturing and the circular economy at the UNEP session on June 8.


Maria Richart, associate director for International Outreach, Career Services Coordinator, and the Global Experience team won the "Innovative New Program: Intern Abroad" award at the 20th Annual GoAbroad Innovation Award ceremony in Los Angeles on June 1. The award is for the accelerated internship abroad experience, which allowed RIT students to do a co-op in Ireland during the January term.


Raman Bhalla, director, University Web Services, and his team received three 2017 Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts for their work on websites for Saunders College of Business Executive Programs, Diversity at RIT and Venture Creations Technology Incubator.


Carlos Rivero, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, and Victor Marin, a Ph.D. student in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, presented "Automated Personalized Feedback in Introductory Java Programming MOOCs" on April 19 at the IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering in San Diego. Rivero was also a chair in the social networks session.


Linda Gottermeier, associate professor, NTID, was awarded the 2017 Ronald D. Dodge Memorial Faculty Grant for the project "Mobile Applications to Enhance Communication in Learning and Business Environments," which aims to enable students to explore the value of mobile apps that allow interaction across cultures and communication modalities.


Stephen Jacobs, professor of interactive games and media and faculty lead for RIT's FOSS@MAGIC initiative, was a panelist-facilitator at the Education Summit for the East Coast Game Conference April 18–20 in Raleigh, N.C. While at the conference, he also presented “Makin MOOC’s: A look at Game Dev MOOCs in general and a ‘case study’ of RIT’s in-progress”.


Conerly Casey, an associate professor in the department of sociology and anthropology, received a Cornell University, Society for the Humanities Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. The theme is "corruption," broadly conceived, and its consequences for humanistic and artistic thinking and practice, whether from cultural, political, religious, legal, ecological, aesthetic or psychoanalytical perspectives.


A team from the University Publications office in the Marketing and Communications department won six Educational Advertising Awards from Higher Ed Marketing for the RIT homepage, an advertisement series in The Chronicle of Higher Education, and four story packages in RIT: The University Magazine and Athenaeum.


Christine Monikowski, professor in the Department of ASL and Interpreting at NTID, presented her work on Linguistics Courses in Interpreting Education Programs in Europe at the second International Symposium on Signed Language Interpretation and Translation Research at Gallaudet University March 31-April 2. This collaboration, with Lorraine Leeson from Trinity College Dublin and Tobias Haug from Interkantonale Hochschule für Heilpädagogik Zurich, is a result of her research fellowship at Trinity College Dublin in June 2016.


Gabriel Diaz, assistant professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, has been invited to be a subcommittee chair for the Vision and Color Section of Frontiers in Optics, the annual meeting of the Optical Society of America, that will be held Sept. 17-21 in Washington, D.C.


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