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Stephen Jacobs, professor of interactive games and media, presented “Mordechi Marches to Manchuria: A Case Study in the Challenges and Rewards of Adapting and Expanding Historical Documents for the World Wide Web” at the China and Ashkenazic European Jewry: Transnational Encounters international conference June 4 at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China.


Jonathan Schroeder, the William A. Kern Professor in Communications, presented a paper on “The Vinyl LP in Midcentury American Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power” at the International History and Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century conference May 4-5 at Oxford University in Oxford, England.


Elizabeth Kronfield, professor of sculpture and graduate director of fine arts studio, had “On Track,” a dual installation with Hillel O’Leary, on view at Steamtown National Historic Park in Scranton, Pa. The artists reinvented a used horse train car to create an immersive art installation. The exhibit was hosted by the International Sculpture Center and the Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society at the eighth International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art from May 28 to June 2.


Elizabeth Grese, a fourth-year hospitality and tourism management major from Rock Hill, N.Y., received a $2,000 scholarship from the New York State Tourism Industry Association. Applicants submitted an essay describing their reason for choosing their career path and their goals for the future.


Rebekah Walker, RIT’s digital humanities and social sciences librarian, received a scholarship to attend the Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Vancouver in June. The Digital Humanities Summer Institute provides an environment for discussing and learning about new computing technologies and how they are influencing teaching, research, dissemination, creation and preservation in different disciplines, via a community-based approach.


Sara May, marketing and communications manager for RIT Libraries, was awarded a PR Xchange Award by the Library Leadership & Management Association, which recognizes the best public relations materials produced by libraries in the past year. She was recognized for her work on “The Where in Wallace Contest,” a social media campaign in the fall 2017 semester to encourage patrons to explore the collections and spaces throughout Wallace, particularly the RIT Art Collection (held by RIT Archives) and the Graphic Design Archive (held by the Cary Collection).


Rebecca DeRoo, assistant professor in the College of Liberal Arts, had her book, Agnes Varda between Film, Photography and Art, selected as one of three finalists for the 2018 Kraszna-Krauz Book Awards, the United Kingdom’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image.


Frances Andreu, RIT’s digital initiatives librarian, was awarded an Early Career Fellowship from the Society for Scholarly Publishing. The Fellowship Program lasts for one year and offers a wide variety of career development and mentorship opportunities for students and early-career professionals in the scholarly communication industry.


Elisabetta Sanino D’Amanda, senior lecturer of Italian, received the Jason T. Younker Award from the Native American Future Stewards Program for her work over the last three years on the creation of an Indigenous People Day, inclusive not only of the Italian but also the Latino voice on campus.


John Capps, professor of philosophy, had an article titled “The Case for Discussion-Intensive Pedagogy” published in the spring 2018 issue of the American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy.


James Miller, senior vice president of Enrollment Management and Career Services, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Rochester during the 59th Annual Rochester Awards Banquet on June 6. Miller received his graduate degree from Syracuse in 1991 and Ph.D. in 1998.


Joseph Ressler, a fourth-year photographic and imaging arts major, had his film My Brother Blake featured in the short film block at the recent One Take Film Festival in Rochester in April.


Willie Osterman, professor and program chair of fine art photography, was featured along with RIT in the documentary film Photo City about Rochester’s history in photography and imaging, recently shown during the One Take Film Festival in Rochester in April.


Josh Owen, professor and chair of industrial design, received a European Product Design Award Honorable Mention in the 2017 Home Interior Products (Professional) category for his Torq nutcracker (designed for OTHR). The honor marked the third design award for the 3D-printed creation.


Samuel Lum, a fourth-year mechanical engineering technology student and vice president of RIT’s student chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineers, received a first-place award for his oral presentation in the biological sciences at the Emerging Researchers National Conference, held Feb. 22–24 in Washington, D.C. Robert Osgood, director of biomedical sciences, is his adviser.


Roshan Mathew, a third-year human-centered computing major from Tiruvalla, India, was one of two recipients of the International Student of the Year Award from Rochester Global Connections. The award is given to two international students attending a local university or college who have made exemplary contributions to culturally enrich the Greater Rochester community and further international understanding. My Tran, a fourth-year software engineering major from Vung Tau, Vietnam, and Dervent Wright, a fourth-year information technology major from Hopewell, Jamaica, were also nominated for the award.


Stephanie Paredes, assistant director, Multicultural Programs, Division for Diversity and Inclusion, served as the emcee and madrina in the 16th annual Soy Unica, Soy Latina girl rally April 28 at Monroe Community College. The event is run by Latinas Unidas.


Michael Thurston, research professor and director, Center of Excellence in Advanced and Sustainable Manufacturing, delivered a keynote address titled “Remanufacturing Development in the USA” at the Professional Electrical Apparatus Reconditioning League’s 21st Annual Conference and Exhibition, held April 13-15 in Greenville, S.C.


Owen Gottlieb, assistant professor of interactive games and media, led a team of interdisciplinary researchers, designers and developers to produce two first-of-their-kind table-top games that aim to promote and enhance the public understanding of religion and law. “Lost & Found” and “Lost & Found: Order in the Court – the Party Game” were recently accepted by The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester into its extensive game collection.


Reporter, the student-run magazine at RIT, won first place for design and best website from the Better Newspaper Contest given by the New York Press Association, and placed as finalists for the Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Rozie Yeghiazarian was editor at the time of judging.


Jennifer Roeszies, information delivery services technician at RIT Libraries and a fourth-year museum studies student, presented “Using Twitter and Facebook to promote the RIT Archive Collections” at the Museum Association of New York Annual Conference on April 9 in Rochester, N.Y.


Amanda Weiss, a rising fourth-year biotechnology and molecular bioscience major from Commack, N.Y., is the 2019 student recipient of the Norman A. Miles Scholarship. The university-wide award recognizes her as the junior with the highest grade point average. Weiss picked her mentor, Maureen Ferran, an associate professor in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences in the College of Science, to receive the companion Norman A. Miles Award for Academic Excellence in Teaching and matching award. Miles, former director of national development, retired from RIT in 1994 after 17 years on campus. He created the scholarship to recognize the critical impact of the student-teacher bond in the success of learning.


Sanghui Han, an imaging science Ph.D. student, received the inaugural K. Stuart Shea Endowed Scholarship from the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation during the GEOINT 2018 Symposium in Tampa, Fla., April 22–25.


Mandy Nevins, an imaging science Ph.D. student, was awarded a Microscopy & Microanalysis 2018 Student Scholar award for her conference paper on visualizing astigmatism in the scanning electron microscope beam. She will give a platform presentation on this research at M&M 2018.


Michael McGowan, a fourth-year environmental science BS/MS major, was awarded a research grant from the New York State Wetlands Forum for his project “The effects of management, land use, and hydrology on denitrification and nitrogen fixation rates in created wetlands.” He is one of two students from New York state awarded this competitive grant in 2018.


Susan Mee, global librarian, RIT Libraries, and Cheryl Herdklotz and Anne Marie Canale, faculty development research consultants, Innovative Learning Institute, presented on “Delivering a Collaborative Faculty Orientation to Off-Campus and International Campus Locations” at the 18th Distance Library Services Conference in San Antonio April 11–13.


Paul Craig, professor and head, School of Chemistry and Material Science, has won the 2018 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education for his work promoting hypothesis-driven thinking in the undergraduate biochemistry lab.


Belinda Bryce, director, Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), presented “The Extended First Year: Ensuring Success for Opportunity Students” at the Ruffalo Noel Levitz Symposium on the Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Populations on April 16 in New Orleans.


Stephanie Thompson, senior data scientist, Institutional Research and Policy Studies, moderated the invited panel “Using Smart Analytics to Drive a Data Driven Culture: An Institutional Research Perspective“ and co-authored “SAS Arrays and Macros Make Processing Claims with Multiple Conditions Easier” with Shavonne J. Standifer from Truman Medical Center. Both were presented at SAS Global Forum 2018, held April 8–11 in Denver.


Roberley Bell, professor in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, had her artwork, titled “Still Visible, After Gezi” featured in the “Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967-2017” exhibit in the University at Buffalo Art Galleries. Bell scoured the streets of Istanbul in 2015 (two years after the Gezi Park protests) trying to find trees she had originally photographed in 2005 and 2010.


Shahd Zubier, an industrial design graduate student, received an honorable mention at the 25th International Housewares Association’s Student Design Competition. Her Arc Children’s Dinnerware project is a plate designed for toddlers that follows the natural movement of their arms and helps them to pick up food more easily.


Molly Hill, a fifth-year film and animation and motion picture science dual-degree major, spoke at a panel for women in technology at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show on April 10 in Las Vegas.


David Schnuckel, lecturer in the School for American Crafts, was invited to teach a workshop to students of the Toyoma Institute of Glass Arts (TIGA) in Toyama City, Japan. TIGA is an educational institution dedicated to glass art, where glass artists annually are invited from all over the world to work with students and lecture.


Joel Helfrich, adjunct instructor in the Department of Science, Technology and Society, had an op-ed titled “Oak Flat: Government Complicity in Indigenous Sacred Site Desecration” published on the environmental news website The Revelator.


Nora Pfund, a fourth-year photographic sciences major, had a paper on “Relative Impact of Key Rendering Parameters on Perceived Quality of VR Imagery Captured by the Facebook Surround 360 Camera” accepted into the Photography, Mobile and Immersive Imaging area of the IS&T International Symposium on Electronic Imaging 2018, held in Burlingame, Calif., earlier this year.


Geoffrey Sasaki, a fourth-year photographic sciences major, had his paper on “Creating Atmospherically and Temporarily Invariant Data Through Atmospheric Characterization of Imagery Collected by Small Unmanned Aerial Systems” accepted into the SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing conference, held April 15-19 in Kissimmee, Fla.


Matthew Seita, computing and information sciences Ph.D. student from Guilderland, N.Y., was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship, which supports three full years of tuition and a living stipend, is awarded based on intellectual merit and broader impact of the students’ proposed dissertation research.


Deanna LaManna, director of Margaret’s House, was honored by the Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children with the Exemplary Early Childhood Educator Award at a ceremony April 2 in Rochester, N.Y.


Tomicka Wagstaff, assistant vice president for academic access and success, Division of Diversity and Inclusion, was featured as a panelist at the YWCA’s Stand Against Racism Conference on April 12. Wagstaff and the other three panelists discussed the theme “Braving our History, Building our Future — Women of Color Working Beyond the Glass Ceiling.”


Patrick Scanlon, professor in the School of Communication, wrote an article, “Angling for Peace: Veterans find relief through fly fishing,” in the current (spring 2018) issue of PTSD Journal.


Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm, associate professor in the College of Liberal Arts, was a plenary speaker at the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society conference, held April 6-8 at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. On April 6, she spoke about “Sensing Humans with Language and Multiple Modalities.”


Amit Batabyal, the Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics, was appointed Fellow of the Regional Studies Association in March 2018.


Gabriel Diaz, assistant professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, has joined the executive committee of the Vision Technical Group of The Optical Society.


John Oliphant, assistant professor in the physician assistant program, had an invited article, titled “Short-Term Medical Missions Done Well: What Every Sponsoring Institution Should Understand,” published in the March issue of the Journal of Physician Assistant Education. This paper was based on original qualitative and quantitative research conducted in both Haiti and the U.S.


Barry Culhane, executive assistant to the president, received the Eli Rudin Second-Half Hero Honoree award from the Al Sigl Community of Agencies during a luncheon on March 29 in Rochester. The award recognizes those who continue to provide community service in their “later years.”


Kaitlin Stack Whitney, visiting assistant professor in the science, technology and society department and the environmental sciences program, was invited to serve as judge for Cards Against Humanity’s Science Ambassador Program, a scholarship competition for college-bound girls interested in science, technology, engineering or math.


Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm, associate professor in the College of Liberal Arts, and Reynold Bailey, associate professor in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, co-chaired the 2018 IEEE Workshop on Human-Centered Computational Sensing in Athens, Greece, on March 19.


Andrew Phelps, director of RIT’s MAGIC Spell Studios, was the keynote speaker at the International Conference on Game Jams, Hackathons and Game Creation Events on March 18 in San Francisco.


RIT Curling won the consolation bracket at the USA College Curling Championship in Eau Claire, Wis., March 9-11. The team beat Wayne State, Hamilton and then University Oklahoma, finishing the weekend with a 4-2 record. Team members include James Reilly, Tommy Bohde, Zachary Blough, Michael Nixt and Morgan Shine.


Steven Galbraith, curator of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, presented an all-day program about the history, printing and influence of the King James Bible at the Smithsonian on March 17.


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