Newsmakers

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).


Deirdre Schlehofer, assistant professor, NTID, and her research team won the faculty poster award at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute on Dec. 3 for their poster "Health Perceptions of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Female College Students." Co-authors include Amy Lapham, Jessica Cuculick, Kristina Owens, Deborah Blizzard and Susan Foster.


Steve Bodnar '12 (communication and media technologies), has been named a member of the RIT Press Advisory Board. Bodnar is assistant director of communications for Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y.


Terri Standish-Kuon '88 (professional and technical communication), has been named a member of the RIT Press Advisory Board. Standish-Kuon is vice president, public affairs for the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) in Albany, N.Y.


Bolaji Thomas, associate professor of immunology and molecular biology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, has been appointed to a three-year term on the American Association of Immunologists Membership Committee. Thomas' research focuses on infectious diseases and immunogenetics, with particular interest on malaria and leishmaniasis, sickle cell disease and zoonotic infections.


Hamad Ghazle, director of diagnostic medical sonography, presented "Biliary Dilation Versus Catheter Induced Cholangitis" and "Adnexal Masses and Differentials" at the Rochester Ultrasound Society conference at RIT on Nov. 21, 2015.


Steven Day, associate professor of mechanical engineering, has been named department head of Biomedical Engineering in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. Day succeeds Dan Phillips, who is now working to lead RIT's efforts in effective access technology.




David Edborg, patrol major in RIT’s Public Safety Department, lifted more than 450 pounds, won third place in his class and division and set three New York state records lifting at the drug-free World Bench Press and Deadlift Championships in Las Vegas on Nov. 18.


Amit Batabyal, the Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics in the College of Liberal Arts, presented two papers, “Creative Capital in Production, Inefficiency, and Inequality: A Theoretical Analysis” and “Accessibility, Vulnerability, and Resilience in a Stochastic Model of Sustainable Ecotourism” at the annual conference of the North American Regional Science Council in Portland, Ore., Nov. 12-15.


Elizabeth Hane, associate head, Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, presented “Supporting Underrepresented Students in STEM Disciplines through Metacognitive Practices” at Crossing Boundaries: Transforming STEM Education, sponsored by the American Association of Colleges and Universities, held in Seattle on Nov. 13.


Karen vanMeenen, lecturer in the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts, served as a mentor, panelist and presenter at the 2015 Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowships operated by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition the weekend of Oct. 7 in Oklahoma City. She shared her own writing as a model and reviewed writing by the eight fellows in the program.


Richard DeMartino, director of the Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Rupa Thind, assistant director for the center, attended the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers' 2015 conference in Gainesville, Fla., Oct. 29-Nov. 1. Next year’s annual conference will be co-hosted by RIT and University of Rochester.


Dawn Meza Soufleris, associate vice president for Student Affairs, was selected to serve on a panel of experts for the California State Higher Education system to train its staff in best practices for Behavioral Intervention Team, Threat Assessment and Coordinated Community Response. The program is sponsored by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).


Stephen Jacobs, assistant director of RIT's MAGIC Center, was part of a panel following the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's performance of "Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy," Oct. 29 at Eastman Theatre. The talk featured a discussion on the games and exclusive content from game developers SQUARE ENIX.


Barry Culhane, executive assistant to RIT President Bill Destler, was given the Educational Champion Award Oct. 28 by the Veterans Business Council.


Brandon Rodenburg, postdoctoral research associate, School of Physics and Astronomy, presented "Theory of Feedback Cooling of an Optically Trapped Nanoparticle into the Quantum Ground State" at the Frontiers In Optics conference, held in San Jose, Calif., from Oct. 18-22.


Tamar Carroll, assistant professor of history, had a review of her book, Mobilizing New York: AIDS, Antipoverty, and Feminist Activism in The Gotham Center for New York City History on Sept. 24.


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