Highlighting the professional and academic accomplishments of College of Liberal Arts students, faculty, and staff.

Newsmakers are a quick and easy way to acknowledge the professional and academic accomplishments of RIT students, faculty, and staff, such as publishing an article in a scholarly journal, presenting research at a conference, serving on a panel discussion, earning a scholarship, or winning an award. Newsmakers appear in News and Events as well as the "In the News" section on faculty/staff directory profile pages.

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May 2022

  • May 10, 2022

    Sungmin Shin, adjunct faculty in the Department of Performing Arts, was invited for engagements this semester at several institutions nationally to present solo recitals and guitar master classes. Schools he visited include University at Buffalo, Eastman School of Music, University of South Carolina, University of Louisville, and Shenandoah University. He also presented clinics for nationally recognized guitar programs at Riverside High School in Loudon Country, Va., and Youth Performing Arts Magnet High School in Louisville, Ky.

  • May 4, 2022

    Two psychology students from the College of Liberal Arts presented research at the annual Western New York Psychology Undergraduate Conference held at the University at Buffalo on April 9. Olivia Bo Allaby presented on “Early Pandemic Alcohol and Cannabis Use in Adults at High vs. Low Risk for COVID-19,” mentored by associate professors Rebecca Houston and Stephanie Godleski, and psychology department chair Joseph Baschnagel. Kaitlin Gunther presented on “Color is a Salient Cue for Goldfish Discriminating between 3D Stimuli Rotated in the Picture and Depth Planes,” mentored by Professor Caroline DeLong.

  • May 2, 2022

    Jason Scott, associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, and Rebecca Andrew ’13 (polymer chemistry), an adjunct faculty member, are part of a Rochester, N.Y., mixed curling team that has qualified for the 2022 World Competition. Team Pulli of the Rochester Curling Club concluded a five-day, round-robin USA Curling Mixed National Championship Tournament on April 16, winning a gold medal victory against a team from Illinois. The win qualifies the Rochester team to represent the United States at the 2022 World Mixed Curling Championships, which will be held in Aberdeen, Scotland, in October.

April 2022

  • April 27, 2022

    Amit Batabyal, the Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics, presented two papers, one on competition for scarce venture capital by creative class members and another on how risk and competition policy affect the incentives to conduct R&D by vaccine manufacturers, at the annual conference of the Southern Regional Science Association held April 8-9 in Austin, Texas.

  • April 15, 2022

    Katrina M. Overby, assistant professor in the School of Communication, co-authored the book chapter “Let’s ‘SLAY’ Together: Building Sisterhood, Scholarly Identity, and Solidarity Among Black Female Doctoral Students” in the book Black Sisterhoods: Paradigms and Praxis, published this month.

  • April 5, 2022

    Katrina M. Overby, assistant professor in the School of Communication, presented “Medals, Movement, and Social Media: The Plight of Black Female Athletes and Patriotism” at the annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) virtual conference for the Contemporary Issues in Sports Media panel on March 31.

  • April 5, 2022

    Elizabeth Reeves O'Connor, principal lecturer in the School of Communication and director of the Expressive Communication Center, and ECC consultants Jillian Walton, Emily McIndoe, Shannon McPhee, and Mikayala MacIntyre attended the National Communication Center Conference on March 25 and 26. McIndoe, a communication graduate student, was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Tutor of the Year. The award is presented to a graduate student who has demonstrated excellence as a communication tutor/consultant.

March 2022

  • March 31, 2022

    “Whose Streets? Our Streets!: New York City, 1980-2000,” an exhibition of social protest photography curated by Tamar Carroll, associate professor of history; Josh Meltzer, associate professor of photography; and Meg Handler ’90 (professional photographic illustration), is on view March 31-April 22 at Boston University’s Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground. In addition, a preview of the exhibition is on display March 31-April 2 at the Annual Meeting of The Organization of American Historians in Boston. Carroll, Meltzer, and Joshua Rashaad McFadden, assistant professor of photography, will present their work in a panel on “Social Protest Photography and Racial Justice.”

  • March 29, 2022

    Cecilia O. Alm, associate professor of computational linguistics and language science, and Reynold Bailey, professor of computer science, with Franca Delmastro and Michele Girolami of the National Research Council of Italy, organized the third Workshop on Human-Centered Computational Sensing at the international IEEE PerCom 2022 conference, held virtually March 21-25.