Elizabeth Perry, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, competed with the Genesee Rowing Club at the U.S. Masters National Championship in Camden, N.J., Aug. 13-16. She won gold in the women's 50+ club eights and second place (silver) in a mixed (men and women) 40+ race.

Amy Stornello, manager of Summer Vestibule Program/First Year Experiences at NTID, presented "The Oral-ASL Question: My Journey to CI Balance" at the NorthEast Cochlear Implant Convention July 17-19 in Sturbridge, Mass.

Kim Kurz, chairperson of NTID’s American Sign Language and Interpreting Education department, presented the workshops, "Sign Language Teachers of the Deaf: Current Trends and Issues in Curriculum, Instruction and Research" and "Impact of Internalizing Audism on Deaf Students' Resilience," at the International Congress for the Education of the Deaf July 6-9 in Athens, Greece.

Andrew Phelps, founder and director of RIT's Center for MAGIC, was a judge for the Games Division of the Imagine Cup World Finals in July in Seattle.

Jason Listman, lecturer in NTID’s American Sign Language and Interpreting Education department, spent his summer teaching ASL to Italian deaf students in Siena, Italy.

Brenda Schertz, faculty member in NTID's American Sign Language and Interpreting Education department, was elected the new chapter affiliation chair for the American Sign Language Teacher Association at its convention in June.

Jodi Carville, senior director, College Alumni Relations, and Marca Lam, professor of mechanical engineering, were elected president and vice president, respectively, Rochester chapter of the Society of Women Engineers for the 2016 fiscal year.

James Winebrake, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, co-wrote articles published in the July 2015 edition of Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment: Fuel price elasticities in the U.S. combination trucking sector and Fuel price elasticities for single-unit truck operations in the United States.

Evan Selinger, professor of philosophy in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts, became a senior fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum. He will help the organization and its members understand the critical roles that ethics play in a number of privacy issues, as well as the impact of social listening, where organizations in the public and private sector analyze and use social media data. The appointment, announced June 18, is for one year.

Vicki Hanson, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies, was elected vice-president at large for the Association of Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group in Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI). ACM is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society.

Matt Huenerfauth, associate professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies, was elected as vice-chair for the Association of Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group in Accessible Computing (SIGACCESS). ACM is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society.

Steve Zilora, associate professor and chair of the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies, was elected as chair for the Association of Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group in Information Technology Education (SIGITE). ACM is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society.

Rudy Pugliese, professor in the College of Liberal Arts' School of Communication, was awarded the Norman A. Miles Award for excellence in teaching on May 22.

Joseph Fornieri, professor of political science and director of RIT's Center for Statesmanship, Law and Liberty, received the Superior Scholarship Award May 9 from the Illinois State Historical Society. Fornieri, who wrote Abraham Lincoln: Philosopher Statesman, received the award at the Capitol Building in Springfield, Ill., where Lincoln gave his "House Divided" speech.

Jennifer Schneider, CAST, and Risa Robinson, KGCOE, completed ELATE - the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology & Engineering program through Drexel University. The yearlong leadership development program is designed for female faculty in STEM to support growth in college project development and strategy execution.

Santosh Kurinec, professor of microelectronic engineering, and Karine Florent, graduate engineering student, presented a poster session at the Frontiers of Characterization & Metrology for Nanoelectronics Conference in Dresden, Germany, April 14-16 on "electron energy-loss spectroscopy analysis on MoS2 layers transferred in silicon."

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 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

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.