Newsmakers

Santosh Kurinec, professor of microelectronic engineering, presented research at the Frontiers of Characterization and Metrology for Nanoelectronics Conference in Dresden, Germany, April 14-16 on "XRD/TEM/EELS Studies in Memory Device Structures" and "Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy for characterization of doping profiles in semiconductors."


Andy Meneely, assistant professor; Mei Nagappan, associate professor; and Felivel Camilo, graduate student, Department of Software Engineering, won the MSR Best Paper and the ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper awards for "Do Bugs Foreshadow Vulnerabilities? A Study of the Chromium Project" at the 2015 Mining Software Repositories conference May 16-17 in Florence, Italy.


Lisa Hermsen, chair of the Department of English, was selected as the next Gannett Chair in the Humanities for a three-year renewable term beginning next academic year. The announcement was made May 7.


Jon Schull, research scientist, RIT's Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC), was selected for the Rochester Professional Consultants Network "Entrepreneur of the Year Award" for his work launching e-NABLE, an organization to connect 3D-printing hobbyists with children and adults in need of prosthetic fingers, hands or forearms.


Behnaz Ghoraani, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has received a $456,000 grant from the National Institutes for Health for "Catheter guidance algorithm for identification of atrial fibrillation ablation," a collaboration with Elizabeth Cherry, associate professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences.


Hamad Ghazle, director of the diagnostic medical sonography program, was named one of the "25 Top Professors of Sonography" on MedicalTechnologySchools.com based on his active teaching, publication, leadership in the sonography community and professional involvement.


Jonathan Schroeder (COLA) and Kelly Norris Martin (COLA) on Feb. 20 published a special issue of Visual Communication Quarterly on "When Images Cause Trouble." Martin and Hinda Mandell (COLA) have a paper in it, and Meredith Davenport (CIAS) has a photo portfolio featured.


Kaiqi Xiong, assistant professor of computing security in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, published the book Resource Optimization and Security for Cloud Services, which includes a study of trustworthiness, percentile response time, service availability and network authentication for cloud services.


Jennifer Whitlock, Vignelli Center for Design Studies archivist, is among 60 archivists in the U.S. to earn the Digital Archives Specialist certificate from the Society of American Archivists. The program was developed by experts in the field of digital archives and provides archivists information and tools needed to manage the demands of born-digital records.


Heath Boice-Pardee, associate vice president for Student Affairs and Community Development, has published his fifth novel, O.G.- It's Christmas!: An Ocean Grove (short) Mystery. The Christmas story pays homage to Boice-Pardee's former home, Ocean Grove, N.J. The book is available on Amazon.


Robert Chung, associate professor, School of Media Sciences, has been appointed the Roger K. Fawcett Distinguished Professor. Chung is renowned for his work with ISO standards and color management.


Dennis A. Andrejko, chairman of the Master of Architecture program in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, is the recipient of the James William Kideney Gold Medal Award, the highest award the American Institute of Architects, New York State, bestows on one of its members. The award recognizes a lifetime of notable contributions to the profession.


Grover Swartzlander, associate professor, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, was issued a patent for optical lift apparatuses in which light from a laser produces radiation pressure that controls the position and orientation of small objects. His techniques have applications in astrophysics, biotechnology and microelectronics.


Linwei Wang, assistant professor in the computing and information sciences Ph.D. program, received a National Institutes of Health award in support of her project to develop a new non-invasive transmural electrophysiological imaging technology to guide catheter ablation of arrhythmia.


Matt Huenerfauth, associate professor of information sciences and technologies, received a National Science Foundation award in support of his project to discover and evaluate models of facial expressions during American Sign Language signing that will improve the quality of ASL animations for people who are deaf.


Alan Kaminsky, Stanislaw Radziszowski and Christopher Wood of GCCIS and Peter Bajorski and Marcin Lukowiak of KGCOE are part of an interdisciplinary team that was awarded a U.S. patent for a method of electronic key management using public key infrastructure (PKI) to support group key establishment in the tactical environment. Harris Corp. sponsored the work.


Mishkat Bhattacharya, assistant professor, School of Physics and Astronomy, won $489,730 from the Office of Naval Research to study quantum theory of precision sensing with nanoparticles optically trapped in free space. He develops theoretical models of next-generation sensors to measure linear and angular displacements of nanoparticles.


Jon Schull, research scientist, RIT's Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC), presented "e-NABLEing the Future: Crowd-sourced design, fabrication, distribution and dissemination of radically inexpensive open-source 3D-printed prosthetics" at MITRE Corp.'s headquarters in Bedford, Mass., on Sept. 26.


Jon Schull, a research scientist in RIT's Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC), was named a top researcher in Appinions' September 2014 3D Printing Influence Study, a report on the top academics, startups and companies in the 3D printing space.


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.