Newsmakers

Callie Babbitt, associate professor in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, was a leadoff keynote at the 11th International Conference on the Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials, held Aug. 14-18 in Golden, Colo. Her Aug. 15 talk was titled "The challenge of modeling coupled techno-ecological impacts across the engineered nanomaterial lifecycle."


Ida Wilder, adjunct professor of Italian in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, received the President's Award from the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers on Aug. 12 for her decades of teaching Italian language and culture in New York.


Courtney Kurlanska, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, has been named an American Anthropological Association Leadership Fellow for 2016.


Michael Vernarelli, economics professor in the College of Liberal Arts, co-authored a paper with Justin Skillman '14 (economics and finance), "Framing effects on bidding behavior in experimental first-price seal-bid money auctions," in the July 31 issue of Judgment and Decision Making.


Reynold Bailey, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, served as program co-chair for the 13th annual Association for Computing Machinery SIGGRAPH Symposium on Applied Perception, held July 22-23 in Anaheim, Calif.


Mishkat Bhattacharya, assistant professor, School of Physics and Astronomy, co-authored the article "Levitated Optomechanics" with colleagues Nick Vamivakas and Peter Barker in the July/August issue of Optics & Photonics News.


Jonathan Schroeder, the William A. Kern Professor in Communications in the College of Liberal Arts, has been appointed to the board of trustees at the George Eastman Museum. His three-year term began in July.


Carol Richardson, CAST professor emeritus, received the 2016 James H. McGraw Award at the 2016 ASEE annual conference, June 26-29 in New Orleans. It is given in recognition of teaching, administrative, curriculum development leadership and outstanding service in engineering technology education.


Ernest Fokoué, associate professor, School of Mathematical Sciences, gave a talk, "Statistical Machine Learning Methods for High Dimensional Data," at the University of Brest in France on June 21. He also served as an external examiner of a Ph.D. dissertation defense at the Universite de Bretagne-Sud in Vannes, France, on June 24. Fokoué is a member of the scientific council for See-d, a French mathematical and statistical sciences consulting firm, and attended a council meeting in Paris on June 14.


Lea Vacca Michel, associate professor, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, was an invited panelist for the forum, "Discovering Our Future: Educational Diplomacy and Women's Empowerment," at the diplomacy summit, Women's Empowerment: Keys to Leadership, in Albany on June 1.


Rick Lagiewski, senior lecturer, international hospitality and service management, was voted onto the 2016-17 Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education/Northeastern NENA Board of Directors in June. He will serve as director of marketing for the international industry organization.


Surendra Gupta, professor, mechanical engineering, received the 2015-2016 Spread the Word Award for recruiting the most new members, given by the St. Lawrence Section of the American Society of Engineering Education at its annual conference in New Orleans in June.


Margaret Bailey, professor, mechanical engineering, and senior faculty associate to the RIT Provost for AdvanceRIT, was the commencement speaker for the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Math in Hartsville, S.C., in May.


John Kaemmerlen, senior lecturer, industrial and systems engineering, received the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award/Northeast region at the 2016 IIE Annual Conference and Expo in California in May.


Kellie Grasman, adjunct faculty, industrial and systems engineering, received the Engineering Economy Division Teaching Award in the 2016 ASEE/IIE Annual Conference and Expo in California in May.


Kellie Grasman, adjunct faculty, industrial and systems engineering, received the Best Paper award for "A Design-based Research Approach to Refining Pedagogy in Engineering Economics Online Learning" at the 2016 ASEE/IIE Annual Conference and Expo in California in May.


Kitren VanStrander, director of RIT's Outreach Education and Training, has been selected to the executive committee for OSHA Training Institute Education Centers. There are 41 organizations and four people elected to the executive committee, and the term of service is four years.


David Edborg, patrol major in the Department of Public Safety, competed in the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters national competition in Portland, Maine, on May 14. He took first place in two categories, Law Enforcement/Firefighter ages 56-62, and Open Masters, ages 56-60. He broke his previous New York State record with a deadlift of 458 pounds.


Elizabeth Cherry, associate professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences, was named director of the mathematical modeling Ph.D. program and was invited to join the editorial board of the journal Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science.


Brian Tomaszewski, assistant professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies, received the 2015-2016 Innovative teaching with Technology Award at a ceremony held May 10 at RIT.


James Perkins, professor and graduate director of the medical illustration program, and Denis Cormier, the Earl W. Brinkman Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, received the 2015-2016 Trustees Scholarship Award at a ceremony held May 10 at RIT.


Veronika Talbott, counselor and academic advisor for NTID, received the 2015-2016 Provost's Award for Excellence in Advising: Experienced Advisor at a ceremony held May 10 at RIT. The award recognizes exceptional academic advisors for their outstanding support of RIT students.


David Ross, professor, Kara Maki, assistant professor, School of Mathematical Sciences, and Emily Holz, graduating senior in biomedical engineering, published "Existence Theory for the Radially Symmetric Contact Lens Equation," in SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, 76(3), 827-84, on May 2.


Megan Fritts, academic advisor for the Department of Computing Security, received the 2015-2016 Provost's Award for Excellence in Advising: New Advisor at a ceremony held May 10 at RIT. The award recognizes exceptional academic advisors for their outstanding support of RIT students.


Ernest Fokoué, associate professor of statistics in the School of Mathematical Sciences, served as general chair of the UP-STAT 2016 conference at Canisius College in Buffalo on April 22-23.


Kijana Crawford, professor of sociology/anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts, received the 2015-16 Isaac L. Jordan Sr. Faculty Pluralism Award May 10.


Caroline DeLong, associate professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts, received the Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award on May 10.


Yufang Liu, adjunct professor in Modern Languages & Cultures in the College of Liberal Arts, received the Outstanding Teaching Award for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty on May 10.


Raman Bhalla, Megan Bastian, Kirk Bater and Elizabeth Lamark, with RIT Production Services, won an American Marketing Association Rochester Pinnacle Award for best nonprofit website May 19, for their contributions toward the RIT Wallace Center website.


Edwin Hach III, assistant professor, School of Physics and Astronomy, gave an invited talk on "Silicon Nanophotonic Networks for Quantum Information Processing" at the SPIE Commercial and Scientific Sensing and Imaging conference in Baltimore on April 21.


Emmett Ientilucci, assistant research professor, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, gave a talk on "Target Detection for Hyperspectral Imaging Using Logistic Regression" at the SPIE Commercial and Scientific Sensing and Imaging conference in Baltimore, April 17-21.


Charles Bachmann, the Frederick and Anna B. Wiedman Chair in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, presented "Retrieval of Sediment Fill Factor from Hyperspectral BRDF Measurements of Coastal (and Desert) Sediments" at the SPIE Commercial and Scientific Sensing and Imaging conference in Baltimore April 17-21.


Yosef Zlochower, researcher in the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, chaired the session on Numerical Relativity: Binary Black Hole Merger Outcomes at the American Physical Society meeting in Salt Lake City on April 17.


Carlos Lousto, researcher in the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, and James Healy, postdoctoral researcher, presented "Unstable flip-flopping binary black holes," at the American Physical Society meeting in Salt Lake City on April 17.


Sukanya Chakrabarti, assistant professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy, presented "Hunting for Dark Matter Using Galaxy Quakes" at the San Jose Astronomical Association on April 9.


Edwin Hach III, assistant professor, School of Physics and Astronomy, published "Violations of a Bell inequality for entangled SU(1,1) coherent states based on dichotomic observables," in Physical Review A 93, 042104 on April 5 with co-authors Paul Alsing and Christopher Gerry.


Sohail Dianat, department head of microelectronic and electrical engineering, joined the 2015-16 editorial board of "Electronic Imaging and Signal Processing" for the SPIE Spotlight Book Series.


K.S.V. Santhanam, Gerald Takacs, Massoud Miri, Alla Bailey, Thomas Allston and Roman Press, professors in the School of Chemistry and Materials Science, co-authored Clean Energy: Hydrogen/Fuel Cells Laboratory Manual, published by World Scientific.


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).


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