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.

Deana Olles, senior lecturer, and Connie Shannon, lecturer, School of Mathematical Sciences and members of RIT's CASTLE, presented a poster on "The Implementation of Hands-on Experiences in Mathematics for Engineering Technologists" at the International Learning Assistant Conference held at University of Colorado, Boulder, on Oct. 23-25.

André Hudson, associate professor in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, presented "Are the enzymes involved in the synthesis of essential amino acids plausible targets for the development and/or discovery of antibiotics?" at the National Institutes of Health Future Research Leaders Conference in Bethesda, Md., on Sept. 13.

Sharon Kompalla-Porter, associate director of Residential Support & Success in RIT's Center for Residence Life, received the Outstanding Social Justice Innovation Award from the College Student Personnel Association of New York State at its annual conference in Buffalo on Oct. 23 for her involvement with RIT's FoodShare program.

Jean-Louis Bigourdan, senior research scientist at the Image Permanence Institute, received the Silver Light Award from the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) on Nov. 10. The worldwide organization is headquartered in Los Angeles. The award recognizes outstanding achievement over the course of an archivist's career.

Michael Savka and André Hudson, professors in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, published a paper in the journal PeerJ on the bacterial communication system known as quorum sensing. They focused on a bacterium belonging to the Sphingomonadaceae family, which has potential use in bioremediation of polluted sites. Co-authors include Han Ming Gan '08 (biotechnology) and Lucas Dailey '16 (biotechnology and molecular bioscience).

James Perkins, professor of medical illustration in the College of Health Sciences and Technology and the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, contributed illustrations to two books honored at the British Medical Association Book Awards in September: Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology, 13th edition and Netter's Atlas of Neuroscience, third edition.

Owen Gottlieb, assistant professor of interactive games and media and MAGIC Center affiliate, co-presented the workshop "The Humanities Arcade: Playing with History and Culture in the Digital Age" at the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities' Human/Ties conference at The University of Virginia on Sept. 16.

Jeremy Haefner, provost of RIT, spoke about the current state of credentialing across the globe and how learners can turn online learning into career opportunities during the "New Credentials for a New World" panel, and James Hall, executive director of the School of Individualized Study, spoke about the benefits and opportunities of the MicroMasters credential during the "MicroMasters Discussion" panel at the edX Global Forum Nov. 15-16 in Paris.

David Reetz, director of Counseling and Psychological Services, is lead researcher and coordinator of the annual survey for the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, which has more than 800 institution members in 12 countries. The annual survey, which was released in March, is the largest on-going database of college and university counseling center policy, practice and service trends.

Robert Osgood, associate professor of microbiology and director of biomedical sciences in the College of Health Sciences and Technology, presented "The effectiveness of Streptococcus salivarius against the Otopathogens of otitis media," at the fourth Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum/Probiotics Congress in San Diego Oct. 3-4.

Raman Bhalla, producer; Megan Bastian, designer; Gage LaFleur, web developer; and Sue Weisler and Elizabeth Lamark, photographers, produced two RIT projects that were selected by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts to receive 2016 Silver W3 Awards. Rochester Regional Health & RIT Alliance website won for visual appeal and the RIT Production Services website won for self-promotion.

Andrew Herbert, professor and chair of the department of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts, presented "Augmented reality heads-up displays (HUDs): Warning signs and driver situation awareness" at the Optical Society of America Fall Vision Meeting at the University of Rochester on Oct. 21-23.

Rachel Chaffee, director of the Writing Commons; Mary Golden, program chair of interior design; and interior design majors Jordanae Smith, Octavia Spelman and Siobhain Page presented on the redesign of the Writing Commons space in The Wallace Center at the Interior Design Educators Council Regional Conference Oct. 14 in Boston.

Nabil Nasr, associate provost and director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, led an Oct. 10 workshop sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), for which he is the lead author on a study, "Assessment of Resource Efficiency and Innovation in Circular Economy through Remanufacturing, Refurbishment, Repair and Direct Reuse." He led another UNEP workshop at Tsinghua University in Beijing Oct. 14.

Nabil Nasr, associate provost and director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, delivered the keynote address, "Sustainable Production and the Circular Economy," to nearly 1,000 attendees at the Congress on Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Oct. 5-6.

Manuela Campanelli, director, Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, presented "Black Hole Mergers, Gravitational Waves and their Gaseous Environments" at the Gruber Cosmology Conference at Yale University on Oct. 7 in celebration of the Gruber Cosmology Prize presented in July to Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, Ronald Drever and the entire LIGO team, including members of Campanelli's center, for the first detection of gravitational waves from the collision of two black holes.

Nathan Cahill, associate professor, School of Mathematical Sciences, and Laura Rolston, '16 (applied and computational mathematics) won an honorable mention in the Best Paper Award category for "Interior and exterior shape representations using the Helmholtz equation," which published in the proceedings of the International Symposium CompImage 2016.

Megan Walbaum, academic adviser in the School of Individualized Study, completed the National Society for Experiential Education's certificate of achievement through the Experiential Education Academy. The certificate is comprised of six courses providing a foundation of theory, principles and practices.

Joan Naturale, NTID librarian in The Wallace Center, attended a conference at the University of Texas at Arlington to discuss the process of creating a national Disability History/Archives Consortium, aimed at integrating collections, preservation, access and development of educational resources about disability history.

Andy Phelps, founder and director of RIT's MAGIC Center, was a roundtable participant at the "Digital Games and Public Policy" conference Sept. 20 at New York University's Game Center. Conference attendees discussed how New York can continue to foster digital game development and help make the state the center of the game industry.

Nabil Nasr, associate provost and director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, delivered the opening session, "Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) - Why SMM and Why Now?" at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's (APEC) Regulatory Cooperation Advancement Mechanism dialogue on SMM in Lima, Peru. He also served as a session moderator.

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