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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February 2023

  • February 2, 2023

    Amit Batabyal, the Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics, had the paper “Using Taxes to Attract the Creative Class in the Presence of a Region-Specific Rent” accepted for publication in the Review of Regional Studies and a second paper titled “On Mask Wearing in Environments With and Without a Mask Mandate” accepted for publication in Economics Bulletin.

January 2023

  • January 23, 2023

    Hinda Mandell, professor in the School of Communication, gave an invited artist talk via Zoom with the College Book Art Association on Dec. 10, 2022. “From Parking Lot to the Pretty Page: Transforming Activism IRL” was based on her artist book The Yarn Must Live: A Polemic on a Pandemic and Public Art, published by Visual Studies Workshop through an artist residency. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts acquired the book in June 2021.

  • January 20, 2023

    John E. Edlund, professor of psychology, was selected as a fellow in the Association for Psychological Science.

  • January 13, 2023

    Sorim Chung, assistant professor of marketing, is the first author of “Digital Claustrophobia: Affective Responses to Digital Design Decisions,”  published in the peer-reviewed journal Computers in Human Behavior Reports. The research is the first to introduce the concept of “digital claustrophobia” in the context of e-commerce. The findings from three experimental studies show that elevated claustrophobic tendencies amplify emotional discomfort and negatively moderate spatial constraint effects on website evaluations and anticipated product satisfaction.

  • January 13, 2023

    Juilee Decker, professor of history and museum studies program director, and Roger Easton Jr., professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, traveled to Princeton with third-year museum studies students Etta Arnold, James Falotico, Izzy Moyer, and Kyra Schultz to demo an RIT-developed, multispectral imaging system over the week of Dec. 12-16. Their visit was part of an international conference on “Palimpsest Studies and the Library of Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt” for which Easton gave a talk on “Processing Methods to Recover Text from Multispectral Imagery.”

  • January 13, 2023

    Michael Laver, professor of history, will be a visiting researcher in the Humanities Center at the University of Rochester in the spring semester of 2023. Laver plans to conduct research on his own scholarly work as well as research into the role of the humanities in a rapidly evolving higher education landscape.