Newsmakers

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.


Richard DeMartino, director of RIT’s Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Richard Notargiacomo, director of RIT’s Venture Creations new-business incubator, were nominated in the Campus Connector category for the 2015 Venture Ecosystem Awards in Syracuse.


James Winebrake, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, co-wrote an article published in the December 2015 edition of the journal Energy Policy entitled Natural gas as a marine fuel.


Wil Watts, public safety officer, was inducted into the Mansfield University Alumni/Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 25. He was a four-year letter winner at linebacker, earning first-team All-PSAC as a senior. Watts was a three-time PSAC East and ECAC South Defensive Player of the Week selection and a 1990 Pre-Season All-American selection.


Ben Zwickl, assistant professor of physics, presented a poster and talk on “Preparing Students for Physics-Intensive Careers in Optics and Photonics” at the American Association of Physics Teachers in College Park, Md., on July 25-29.


Ben Zwickl, assistant professor of physics, co-presented “Implementing the AAPT Recommendations for the Undergraduate Physics Lab” with colleague Joe Kozminski of Lewis University at Beyond First Year Lab Conference in College Park, Md., on July 22-24.


Kelly Norris Martin, assistant professor of communication, presented “Visually Communicating Scientific Concepts, Data, and Results” at the Beyond First Year Lab Conference in College Park, Md., on July 22-24.


Josephine Wolff, assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy, was named a yearlong Cybersecurity Initiative Fellow with New America on Sept. 8. She plans to write a book about a series of cybersecurity incidents and their aftermaths over a decade.


James Perkins, professor of medical illustration, had an illustration selected as a finalist for the Giliola Gamberini Award, sponsored by the Association Européene des Illustrateurs Médicaux et Scientifiques, University of Bologna and the Instituto Ortopedico Rizzoli di Bologna.


Jonathan Schroeder has been reappointed for another five-year term (2015-2020) as the William A. Kern Endowed Chair of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts.


Benjamin Lawrance has been reappointed for another five-year term (2015-2020) as the Hon. Barber B. Conable Jr. Endowed Chair of International Studies in the College of Liberal Arts.


Amit Batabyal has been reappointed for another five-year term (2015-2020) as the Arthur Gosnell Endowed Chair of Economics in the College of Liberal Arts.


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 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.


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