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Manuela Campanelli, director of RIT's Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, presented Astrophysical Signatures of Black Hole Mergers at the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris Colloquium on the Era of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy in Paris, June 26-30.

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration was awarded the 2017 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research for the detection of gravitational waves. Researchers in RIT's Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation contributed to the scientific breakthrough announced in 2016. The award was announced on June 14 and will be presented in the fall in Oviedo in Asturias, Spain, to the founding members of the collaboration. RIT members of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration include John Bero, Hans-Peter Bischof, Manuela Campanelli, James Healy, Brennan Ireland, Jacob Lange, Carlos Lousto, Rupal Mittal, Richard O'Shaughnessy, Monica Rizzo, Nicole Rosato, John Whelan, Andrew Williamson, Jared Wofford, Daniel Wysocki, Yuanhao Zhang and Yosef Zlochower.

Conerly Casey, associate professor of anthropology, gave talks at the Behavioral Medicine Unit at Karu General Hospital in Abuja, Nigeria, on June 5 and at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano, Nigeria, on June 28. The talks explored culturally diverse trauma syndromes, media and mediations and circulations of trauma in African societies.

Steve Galbraith, curator of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, and Shaun Foster, associate professor in 3D design, were awarded a Breakthru Grant from the Rochester Regional Library Council for the project "The Virtual Cary Collection," which will allow a researcher using a virtual reality system to interact with an artifact in innovative ways that enhance research and learning experiences.

Lynn Wild, associate provost for faculty career development and The Wallace Center; Cheryl Herdklotz, senior faculty career development consultant; and Anne Canale, faculty career development consultant, published a paper in the spring issue of College and University Journal about developing mentoring networks for faculty growth.

Bruce Austin, director, RIT Press, contributed to the University Press Forum about "Embracing Change: Innovation at the University Press" in the May 2017 issue of Choice magazine.

Alvin Merritt Boyd III, NTID business studies lecturer, was awarded the Leo and Margaret Goodman-Malamuth Dissertation Award for 2017 at the AAUA Leadership Seminar, June 8-9 in New Orleans. The dissertation was titled "Experience and Perceptions of Full-Time, Non-Tenure-Track Faculty at a Four-Year University."

David Edborg, patrol major for Public Safety, deadlifted 479.8 pounds at the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters' U.S. National Championship in Portland, Maine, on June 3. He broke his previous New York state record for lifters in the 57-63 age, 198-pound class for law enforcement and firefighters. He plans to compete in the World Cup of Powerlifting in Turku, Finland, on Aug. 27.

Nabil Nasr, associate provost and director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, was a key presenter at the World Circular Economy Forum and at the 20th meeting of the U.N. Environment Programme's (UNEP) International Resource Panel (IRP) and its Steering Committee—both held last week in Helsinki, Finland. Nasr participated in a June 5 session focused on future technologies for the circular economy at the economic forum sponsored by Sitra. He later highlighted the main findings of an IRP report on remanufacturing and the circular economy at the UNEP session on June 8.

Maria Richart, associate director for International Outreach, Career Services Coordinator, and the Global Experience team won the "Innovative New Program: Intern Abroad" award at the 20th Annual GoAbroad Innovation Award ceremony in Los Angeles on June 1. The award is for the accelerated internship abroad experience, which allowed RIT students to do a co-op in Ireland during the January term.

Raman Bhalla, director, University Web Services, and his team received three 2017 Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts for their work on websites for Saunders College of Business Executive Programs, Diversity at RIT and Venture Creations Technology Incubator.

Carlos Rivero, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, and Victor Marin, a Ph.D. student in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, presented "Automated Personalized Feedback in Introductory Java Programming MOOCs" on April 19 at the IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering in San Diego. Rivero was also a chair in the social networks session.

Linda Gottermeier, associate professor, NTID, was awarded the 2017 Ronald D. Dodge Memorial Faculty Grant for the project "Mobile Applications to Enhance Communication in Learning and Business Environments," which aims to enable students to explore the value of mobile apps that allow interaction across cultures and communication modalities.

Stephen Jacobs, professor of interactive games and media and faculty lead for RIT's FOSS@MAGIC initiative, was a panelist-facilitator at the Education Summit for the East Coast Game Conference April 18–20 in Raleigh, N.C. While at the conference, he also presented “Makin MOOC’s: A look at Game Dev MOOCs in general and a ‘case study’ of RIT’s in-progress”.

Conerly Casey, an associate professor in the department of sociology and anthropology, received a Cornell University, Society for the Humanities Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. The theme is "corruption," broadly conceived, and its consequences for humanistic and artistic thinking and practice, whether from cultural, political, religious, legal, ecological, aesthetic or psychoanalytical perspectives.

A team from the University Publications office in the Marketing and Communications department won six Educational Advertising Awards from Higher Ed Marketing for the RIT homepage, an advertisement series in The Chronicle of Higher Education, and four story packages in RIT: The University Magazine and Athenaeum.

Christine Monikowski, professor in the Department of ASL and Interpreting at NTID, presented her work on Linguistics Courses in Interpreting Education Programs in Europe at the second International Symposium on Signed Language Interpretation and Translation Research at Gallaudet University March 31-April 2. This collaboration, with Lorraine Leeson from Trinity College Dublin and Tobias Haug from Interkantonale Hochschule für Heilpädagogik Zurich, is a result of her research fellowship at Trinity College Dublin in June 2016.

Gabriel Diaz, assistant professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, has been invited to be a subcommittee chair for the Vision and Color Section of Frontiers in Optics, the annual meeting of the Optical Society of America, that will be held Sept. 17-21 in Washington, D.C.

Stephanie Thompson, senior data scientist, and Richard Dirmyer, assistant vice president of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Strategy at NTID, were invited panelists and paper presenters for SAS Global Forum 2017 April 2-5 in Orlando, Fla. Thompson presented "Using Big Data to Visualize People Movement Using SAS Basics," and Dirmyer presented "The Truth Is Out There: Leveraging Census Data Using PROC SURVEYLOGISTIC." Both participated on the "Hot Topics for Analytics in Higher Education" panel.

Richard Newman, a history professor in the College of Liberal Arts, won the 2015-2016 Malott Prize for Recording Community Activism from The Langum Charitable Trust for his book, Love Canal: A Toxic History from Colonial Times to the Present, on March 26.

Danielle Smith, professor of sociology and director of RIT's Honors Program, was an invited panelist at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women meeting in New York City and participated in the discussion, "Developing Entrepreneurship Among Refugee Women in the United States: Social and Economic Contributions" on March 22.

Belinda Bryce, director, Higher Education Opportunity Program, presented a poster session on the Extended First Year Project at the Association of American Colleges & Universities' Diversity, Learning, and Student Success conference in Jacksonville, Fla., March 24.

Tina Lent, director of museum studies and professor in the Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture in the College of Liberal Arts, has photography being exhibited in the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center's "Made in New York" juried art show in Auburn, N.Y., through May 21.

David Martins, associate professor and director of the University Writing Program in the College of Liberal Arts, received a 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication Outstanding Book Award in the Edited Collection category for his book, Transnational Writing Program Administration. The award was presented March 17 at the CCCC convention in Portland, Ore.

Stephen Jacobs, professor of interactive games and media and faculty lead for RIT's FOSS@MAGIC initiative, was recognized by Red Hat for his continuing efforts to incorporate open source philosophies, methods and tools into his academic work. Jacobs was recognized March 21, along with 20 other higher education instructors.

Raman Bhalla, director, University Web Services, and his team won four Interactive Media Outstanding Achievement Awards in February for their work on the websites for the RIT & RRH Alliance, the RIT United Way Campaign and the Venture Creations business incubator.

Marla Schweppe, professor and program chair, 3D digital design, and Shu Chang, the Melbert B. Cary Jr. Distinguished Professor, presented a panel on Printing on Fabric and Vinyl at the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology on March 8 in St. Louis with RIT print media graduate student Nuchjarin Pareeratanasomporn and Professor Gail Argetsinger from The College at Brockport.

Jie Qiao, associate professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, presented her talk "Femtosecond Lasers for Photonics and Optics Fabrication and WiSTEE (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship) Connect" to scientists and engineers at Corning Inc. on March 3.

Adrienne Decker, assistant professor in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences and MAGIC Center affiliate, has been accepted as a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Jenn Poggi, assistant professor in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, has been accepted into the Impact Center Women's Executive Leadership Program, a prestigious nonprofit women's leadership development organization based in Washington, D.C. The center identifies and works with leaders who have a commitment to serving others and impacting the global society.

Ian Schreiber, assistant professor of interactive games and media, presented "So, You Want to Be a Game Professor?" March 3 at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

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.

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