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.

Stephanie Thompson, senior data scientist, and Richard Dirmyer, assistant vice president of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Strategy at NTID, were invited panelists and paper presenters for SAS Global Forum 2017 April 2-5 in Orlando, Fla. Thompson presented "Using Big Data to Visualize People Movement Using SAS Basics," and Dirmyer presented "The Truth Is Out There: Leveraging Census Data Using PROC SURVEYLOGISTIC." Both participated on the "Hot Topics for Analytics in Higher Education" panel.

Richard Newman, a history professor in the College of Liberal Arts, won the 2015-2016 Malott Prize for Recording Community Activism from The Langum Charitable Trust for his book, Love Canal: A Toxic History from Colonial Times to the Present, on March 26.

Danielle Smith, professor of sociology and director of RIT's Honors Program, was an invited panelist at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women meeting in New York City and participated in the discussion, "Developing Entrepreneurship Among Refugee Women in the United States: Social and Economic Contributions" on March 22.

Belinda Bryce, director, Higher Education Opportunity Program, presented a poster session on the Extended First Year Project at the Association of American Colleges & Universities' Diversity, Learning, and Student Success conference in Jacksonville, Fla., March 24.

Tina Lent, director of museum studies and professor in the Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture in the College of Liberal Arts, has photography being exhibited in the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center's "Made in New York" juried art show in Auburn, N.Y., through May 21.

David Martins, associate professor and director of the University Writing Program in the College of Liberal Arts, received a 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication Outstanding Book Award in the Edited Collection category for his book, Transnational Writing Program Administration. The award was presented March 17 at the CCCC convention in Portland, Ore.

Stephen Jacobs, professor of interactive games and media and faculty lead for RIT's FOSS@MAGIC initiative, was recognized by Red Hat for his continuing efforts to incorporate open source philosophies, methods and tools into his academic work. Jacobs was recognized March 21, along with 20 other higher education instructors.

Raman Bhalla, director, University Web Services, and his team won four Interactive Media Outstanding Achievement Awards in February for their work on the websites for the RIT & RRH Alliance, the RIT United Way Campaign and the Venture Creations business incubator.

Marla Schweppe, professor and program chair, 3D digital design, and Shu Chang, the Melbert B. Cary Jr. Distinguished Professor, presented a panel on Printing on Fabric and Vinyl at the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology on March 8 in St. Louis with RIT print media graduate student Nuchjarin Pareeratanasomporn and Professor Gail Argetsinger from The College at Brockport.

Jie Qiao, associate professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, presented her talk "Femtosecond Lasers for Photonics and Optics Fabrication and WiSTEE (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship) Connect" to scientists and engineers at Corning Inc. on March 3.

Adrienne Decker, assistant professor in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences and MAGIC Center affiliate, has been accepted as a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Jenn Poggi, assistant professor in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, has been accepted into the Impact Center Women's Executive Leadership Program, a prestigious nonprofit women's leadership development organization based in Washington, D.C. The center identifies and works with leaders who have a commitment to serving others and impacting the global society.

Ian Schreiber, assistant professor of interactive games and media, presented "So, You Want to Be a Game Professor?" March 3 at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Elizabeth Lawley, professor of interactive games and media, presented "Study Abroad: The Missing Piece in Undergraduate Games Education?" Feb. 28 at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Stephen Jacobs, professor of interactive games and media, presented "We Taught Game Dev MOOCs and Lived to Tell the Tale," along with Brian Winn, associate professor at Michigan State University, Feb. 27 at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Ann Howard, professor of science, technology, society/public policy and director of University/Community Partnerships, presented her article, "Sense of place, community identity, and urban transformation," at the international conference "Creating the City: Identity, Memory, and Participation," hosted by Malmö (Sweden) University Feb. 9 and 10. While there, she also led a research seminar, "Urban agriculture: The Rochester experience."

Nabil Nasr, associate provost and director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, led a Feb. 7-8 workshop in Brussels sponsored by the European Commission and the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) International Resource Panel (IRP), under the aegis of the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency. He presented IRP's preliminary findings on concrete measures for overcoming research-, market- and policy-related barriers to remanufacturing, refurbishment, repair and direct reuse. Nasr is leading the project with the assistance of two Ph.D. students from GIS.

Robert Osgood, associate professor and director of biomedical sciences, attended the Kansas State University 2017 Academic Chair Conference, held Feb. 8-10 in New Orleans.

Ebony Miller-Wesley, interim director of RIT's Center for Urban Entrepreneurship, was a panelist for Rochester Business Journal's Power Breakfast Series on Jan. 27. Miller-Wesley joined other experts who shared their insights on the 2017 economic outlook for Rochester and the upstate New York region.

Robert Osgood, associate professor and director of biomedical sciences, completed the Cornell University Faculty Leadership Program on organizational and workforce development held Jan. 9-13 in Ithaca, N.Y.

Mishkat Bhattacharya, assistant professor in RIT's School of Physics and Astronomy, gave three invited talks as part of the Quantum Information and Coherence program at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, Dec. 23-30, 2016. He also gave three invited presentations at a workshop on "Optomechanics, Orbital Angular Momentum and Spin-orbit Interactions of Light" at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science in Kolkata, Jan. 11-13.

Carlos Lousto, professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences and the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, was presented with an award from the mayor of Lanùs, Argentina, his hometown, for his contribution to society and international science. Lousto's research contributed to the discovery, by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, of the first gravitational waveform created by the collision of two black holes.

Marcia Trauernicht was named director of RIT Libraries on Jan. 1. Trauernicht, who served as interim library director for six months, has held a series of positions of progressive responsibility at the library since 1986. She has served on and led numerous library, Wallace Center and institute committees.

Christine Monikowski, professor of sign language interpreting education at NTID, published a compilation of best practices based on conversations with a group of 17 professors in the field of sign language interpretation. Conversations with Interpreter Educators is published by Gallaudet University Press.

Carlos Lousto, professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences and the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, was awarded a $267,736 allocation on the National Science Foundation-supported supercomputer, the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). The continued allocation of computational resources, visualization and storage will support the center's research of gravitational waves from extreme black hole binaries.


Mike Johansson, lecturer in the School of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts, was named the 13th top marketing professor in the world using social media by Social Media Marketing Magazine as of Nov. 1.

Brian Tomaszewski, associate professor of information sciences and technologies, presented "Disasters, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Thinking: Case Studies and Examples," at the 2016 International Symposium on National Geographic State Monitoring Dec. 17-18 in Wuhan, China.

Emmett Ientilucci, research professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, was awarded $637,400 to assist Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., with fundamental image science research as it relates to fully automated image processing and photogrammetric registration solutions for manned and unmanned aerial systems.

Rebecca Scales, associate professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts, wrote Radio and the Politics of Sound in Interwar France, 1921-1939, which was named on the Best Books of 2016: History list by Financial Times on Dec. 5.

Jeff Lodge, associate professor in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, presented "Food Waste to Energy by Anaerobic Digestion in Western N.Y. What to do with their waste?" at the University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics noontime seminar series on Dec. 2.

André Hudson, associate professor in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, published a paper in the Dec. 1 issue of the journal Acta Crystallographica on the crystal structure of the enzyme dihydrodicpicolinate reductase from the human pathogenic bacterium Bartonella henselae. The enzyme has potential in the development of antibiotics. Co-authors include RIT undergraduate students Ali Cala, a biotechnology and molecular bioscience major, and Maria Nadeau, a biochemistry major and RIT/NTID student; Renwick Dobson, associate professor at University of Canterbury, New Zealand; and scientists at the Seattle Structural Genomics Center for Infectious Diseases.

Moumita Das, assistant professor of physics, presented "Better, stronger, faster: Collective mechanobiology of cells and tissues emerging from differential physical properties of components and their interplay," at a seminar in the Chemical and Biological Seminar Series at Colorado State University on Nov. 17.

Dave Edborg, patrol major for Public Safety, broke a state record for deadlifting 469 pounds during the World Association Benchpress and Dead Lift Championships in Las Vegas on Nov. 16. He competed in the 198-pound class of the dead lift competition in the police and law enforcement division for those 56 to 63 years old.

Twyla Cummings, dean of graduate education, has been chosen as a finalist for the Athena Award, Rochester's premier business award that aims to celebrate the area's most influential professional women for their significant personal and professional contributions to our community. The award will be presented Jan. 19.

Owen Gottlieb, assistant professor of interactive games and media and MAGIC Center affiliate, presented "Playing with Judaism in the Digital Age" at the Symposium 1 conference, Crafting Jewish Life in a Complex Religious Landscape, hosted by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion on Nov. 14 in New York City.

Matt Huenerfauth, associate professor of information sciences and technologies, presented "Accessibility in U.S. Computing Degrees" as part of a panel on embedding accessibility in STEM education at the White House Disability and Inclusive Technology Summit on Nov. 7 at the White House.

Naveen Sharma, professor and chair of the Department of Software Engineering, has been elected the Steering Committee chair for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' International Conference on Autonomic and Cloud Computing.

Faculty and staff

from the color science program presented at The Society for Imaging Science and Technology's Color and Imaging Conference, Nov. 7-11, in San Diego, Calif., including Mark Fairchild, program director/professor, Michael Murdoch, assistant professor, and David Wyble, associate research scientist. Susan Farnand, visiting assistant professor, attended as the Journal of Imaging Science & Technology-First/CIC Guest Editor.

Twyla Cummings, dean of graduate education, was nominated by industry peers and inducted into the Ben Franklin Honor Society of Printing Industries of America during a ceremony Nov. 8 in Kansas City, Mo. The society recognizes and honors industry leaders who have made lasting contributions to the printing and graphic communications industries.

Conerly Casey, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, participated in a panel discussion, "PTSD in the Humanitarian Field" on Oct. 26 in Kuwait. His talk, "21st Century Trauma," emphasized the cultural diversity of trauma syndromes and the impacts of social media in intergenerational transmissions of trauma. He was invited by the Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Jan van Aardt, professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, was awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program. He gave a seminar at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, in October and developed research collaborations and coursework focusing on forest assessment and inventory using remote sensing technologies, including light detection and ranging, or LiDAR.

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