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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April 2024

  • April 15, 2024

    Jonathan Schroeder, the William A. Kern Professor of Communications, presented talks at Kings College London and University of Bristol, United Kingdom, March 13-14. His presentations focused on corporate uses of photography and advertising aesthetics and how mid-century media paved a path to the contemporary world of social media influencers.

  • April 10, 2024

    Katrina Overby, assistant professor in the School of Communication, has been elected vice chair-elect of the African American Communication and Culture Division of the National Communication Association.

  • April 10, 2024

    Amit Batabyal, Distinguished Professor, the Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics, and interim head of the Department of Sustainability, presented two papers at the Southern Regional Science Association annual conference, April 4-6, in Arlington, Va. The first paper was about how AI-based technology affects regional economic growth, and the second paper was about decentralized vs. centralized cleanup of water pollution in the Ganges river in India.

  • April 5, 2024

    Rebecca Scales, associate professor of history, received a 2024 Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society to continue research for her book project Polio and its Afterlives: Disability and Epidemic Disease in France. Scales will be working in Paris and Strasbourg, France, over the summer.

  • April 4, 2024

    Richard Newman, professor in the Department of History, is featured as a consultant and commentator in an upcoming PBS documentary, Poisoned Ground, premiering on April 22. The film tells the story of the chemical crisis and resulting activism at Love Canal, a working-class neighborhood in Niagara Falls, in the 1970s and 1980s. A free preview screening of the film will be hosted by Buffalo Toronto Public Media on April 10. Pre-registration for the screening is required.

  • April 2, 2024

    Kaitlin Stack Whitney, assistant professor, Department of Science, Technology, and Society, and Kristoffer Whitney, associate professor, Department of Science, Technology, and Society, published “Squished Bugs: Teaching and Learning Reflexivity in Ecology” in Environmental Humanities, an international, open access, peer-reviewed journal with a focus on publishing the best interdisciplinary scholarship on environmental topics.

March 2024

  • March 27, 2024

    James Walter, a third-year psychology major, was a panelist for the talk “And Now, Kiss: Learning about Intimacy from Romancing, Dating Sims, and Otome Games” and showcased his dating sim game designed to teach healthy relationships and beliefs at the PAX East conference March 21-24 in Boston.

  • March 22, 2024

    Students Olivia Bo Allaby, Ciara Bailey, Finn Cohen, Romiere Horace, Morgan Johnson, Megan Kelly, and Erika Mitchell, from the Department of Psychology, and Matthew Altobelli, a recent graduate of the experimental psychology master’s degree program, presented research at the Eastern Psychological Association meeting, Feb. 29-March 2 in Philadelphia. Faculty mentors from the psychology department are Joseph Baschnagel, Stephanie Godleski, Rebecca Houston, Marjorie Prokosch, Lindsay Schenkel, and Tina Sutton.

  • March 21, 2024

    Richard Newman, professor of history, was a featured speaker at a symposium, Religion and the American Revolution, hosted by the George Washington Presidential Library on Feb. 11 at Mount Vernon in Virginia. Newman’s talk was part of a gala fundraiser for Virginia’s Historic Pohick Church, which celebrated its 250th anniversary, and focused on African American religious leaders who helped inspire the abolitionist movement during the American Revolutionary era.