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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September 2022

  • September 30, 2022

    Conerly Casey, associate professor of anthropology, is an in-residence fellow with the Friedrich-Alexander University, Center for Advanced Studies, in Erlangen, Germany, through Aug. 15, 2023.

  • September 20, 2022

    Lisa Hermsen, professor of English, and Rebekah Walker, digital humanities and social sciences librarian, presented two conference papers in September in England: the Digital Humanities Congress at Sheffield and the Text and Encoding Initiative Consortium at Newcastle. Both presentations focused on Hermsen and Walker’s preparation of a digital edition of a rare 19th century manuscript from the printers and bookbinders firm William Townsend and Sons. The Cary Collection at RIT Library holds a five-volume collection from this firm in its Middleton Collection on the history of bookbinding. Hermsen and Walker are working with a team of RIT students on a text encoded digital edition of the volume that will be machine readable and openly accessible to scholars.

  • September 16, 2022

    Corinna Schlombs, associate professor in history, received a National Science Foundation Scholars Award for her research project on data entry, labor identity, and inequality. She examines computer automation with an eye toward providing historical lessons for contemporary developments in artificial intelligence and robotics technologies, which are expected to uproot the balance between human and machine labor. She also currently serves as a Virtual Fellow at the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, Mo., for the same project.

  • September 16, 2022

    Diane Forbes, associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, is the author of two new books on the poetry of 20th century Mexican writer Manuel Maples Arce: The Seeds of Time: Poetry of Manuel Maples Arce 1919-1980 (Stockcero, June 2022), her English translation of Maples Arce’s complete poetry (bilingual edition), and Maneuvering Time and Place: the Poetry of Manuel Maples Arce (Stockcero, June 2022), her analysis of that complete poetry. Forbes is an expert on Maples Arce’s poetry, one of only a few scholars writing on this topic in the United States.

  • September 12, 2022

    Caroline DeLong, professor of psychology, and Jessica Wegman ’22 MS (experimental psychology) presented “The RIT Cognitive Research Program with North American River Otters at the Seneca Park Zoo” at the annual conference of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on Aug. 31 in Baltimore. The presentation reviewed the last 10 years of river otter research in the Comparative Cognition and Perception Lab and included three studies that involved many RIT undergraduate and graduate students.

  • September 9, 2022

    Rebecca Scales, associate professor of history, is co-author of a new book from Oxford University Press (September 2022) examining the global history of international broadcasting. Co-written by a team of international scholars with support from the Leverhulme Trust, The Wireless World: Global Histories of International Broadcasting features original research conducted in multiple languages and dozens of archives around the world.

  • September 7, 2022

    RIT’s chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, received a model chapter award for the fifth consecutive year. In 2022, Psi Chi awarded 28 model chapter awards (out of more than 1,200 chapters worldwide). This award reflects the involvement and engagement of the students and the quality of the student leadership.

August 2022

  • August 31, 2022

    Hannah DeFelice, an environmental science BS/MS student and RIT/NTID U-RISE research fellow, presented a poster titled “Impacts of roadside habitat restoration on animal-related vehicular collisions in New York, USA,” co-authored with Kaitlin Stack Whitney, assistant professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society, at the international joint meeting of the Ecological Society of America and Canadian Society for Ecology & Evolution on Aug. 17, 2022.

  • August 31, 2022

    Ann Howard, professor in the Department of Science, Technology and Society, was an invited speaker for the University of Rochester Urban Fellows program. The 10-week summer program engages local undergraduates in roughly 300-hour fellowships with community organizations, faculty- and community-led urban issue dialogues, and community events.

  • August 26, 2022

    Stephanie Godleski, associate professor of psychology, served on a panel on maternal health organized by New York Sen. Samra Brouk on Aug. 10. Godleski discussed the importance of maternal mental health.