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Brandon Hayes and Matt Rolleston, microelectronic engineering students, and Austin Hayes, James Krisher and Alexander Ferreira, mechanical engineering students, won the Best Young Engineers Paper for “Pulsatory Mixing of Laminar Flow Using Bubble-Driven Micro-Pumps” as part of the ASME Fluid Engineering Division at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition in Pittsburgh, Nov. 9-15.


William LaRose, Brady Smith, Syed Zamin, Michael Salvatori, Dan Carpenter and Cole Depuy, civil engineering technology undergraduate students, took first place in the preconstruction category of the 29th Annual ASC Region 1 Student Competition 2018 in Albany, N.Y., Nov. 8-10. Four of RIT’s construction management teams competed in the event in which students prepare and are judged on real-world construction project designs.


Bryan Blakeslee, a computer engineering graduate student, won Best Paper at the 2018 IEEE Western NY Image and Signal Processing Workshop on Oct. 5 for “Faster Art-CNN: An Extremely Fast Style Transfer Network.”


David Edborg, patrol major for RIT Public Safety, set a world record at the 2018 World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters (WABDL) World’s Deadlift Competition Nov. 14 in Las Vegas. Representing RIT, he had an opening attempt of 205 kg/451.7 lbs. in the 58-62 age, 198-pound law/fire division (double-ply suit category). He finished second overall in his division and also achieved his 14th New York state record.


J A Stephen Viggiano, assistant professor of photographic sciences, presented “Calculation of Scalars in Neugebauer-Like Models. II: Final Scalar Function is Copula” at the IS&T Color and Imaging Conference Nov. 12-16 in Vancouver. The paper is also published in the September-October issue of the Journal of Imaging Science and Technology.


Michael Murdoch, assistant professor of color science, received a service award from the Society for Imaging Science and Technology for his leadership as the general chair for CIC25 in Lillehammer, Norway. The award was presented at the IS&T Color and Imaging Conference.


Lili Zhang, a color science Ph.D. student, and faculty adviser Michael Murdoch won the “Cactus Award,” an audience-choice best poster award, for their paper titled “Color Matching Criteria in Augmented Reality” at the IS&T Color and Imaging Conference. The full paper was published in the Journal of Perceptual Imaging.


James Hall, executive director of the School of Individualized Study and dean of University Studies, presented “Intellectual Roots of Individualized Higher Education” Nov. 7 at Fulbright University Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City.


Mark Fairchild, professor and director of the color science program and Munsell Color Science Laboratory, presented an invited talk on the color appearance of wine titled “One Wine Many Colors” at the IS&T Color and Imaging Conference Nov. 12-16 in Vancouver.


Fu Jiang, a color science Ph.D. student, was voted first runner-up for “Best Student Paper” for his paper on “Estimation of HDR WCG Display Color Gamut Volume” at the IS&T Color and Imaging Conference in Vancouver. His co-authors were Mark Fairchild, director of the program, and Kenichiro Masaoka from the research sponsor, NHK-Japan.


James Hall, executive director of the School of Individualized Study and dean of University Studies, presented “MicroMasters Programs, Two Years On,” in a panel on the success and learnings from creating MicroMasters offerings, Nov. 15 at the 2018 edX Global Forum in Boston. Hall was also one of the four conveners of the “Micromasters Community of Practice” meeting.


Thérèse Hannigan, director of RIT Online, presented “De-Mystifying Marketing: Best Practices and Examples of Partner Marketing” Nov. 15 at the 2018 edX Global Forum in Boston.


Sophia Maggelakis, dean, College of Science, accepted the Rochester Museum and Science Center’s STEM Higher Education Award on behalf of the Women in Science (WISe) group she founded at RIT. The award recognized WISe for its innovate approach to inspiring students to understand, appreciate and apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the university level. The awards ceremony was held Nov. 13.


Kaitlin Stack Whitney, visiting assistant professor in the science, technology and society department and the environmental sciences program, presented as part of an invited symposium on mentoring undergraduates in community participatory research at the Entomology Society of America/Entomology Society of British Columbia joint meeting in Vancouver on Nov. 13.


The College of Science Student Advisory Board hosted a speed networking brunch for faculty, alumni and students during RIT’s Brick City Homecoming on Oct. 20. The third annual event helps connect the College of Science community. Members of the board include Dominique Caldwell, second-year applied statistics and actuarial science major from Lockport, N.Y.; Emalee Wrightstone, second-year biotechnology and molecular bioscience major from Etters, Pa.; Emily Mahoney, second-year chemistry major from Cazenovia, N.Y.; Jeremy Kane, fourth-year biotechnology and molecular bioscience major from Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Lauren Trumpore, second-year biotechnology and molecular bioscience major from Warren, N.J.; Aleea Wrightstone, first-year biochemistry major from Etters, Pa.; Kayleigh Brookhouser, first-year applied statistics and actuarial science major from Phoenixville, Pa.; Maria Portie, first-year chemistry major from Tulle, France; Remi Schneider, first-year physics major from Valatie, N.Y.; and Chi Nguyen, astrophysical sciences and technology Ph.D. student from Binh Duong Province, Vietnam.


Robyn Dean, assistant professor in the American Sign Language and Interpreting Education department, and Robert Pollard, professor and associate dean of research at NTID, co-authored a chapter on the topic of ethics in signed language interpreting in a textbook designed to be used in interpreter education programs across the U.S.


Jonathan Weissman, senior lecturer in the Department of Computing Security, was a top 10 finalist for the edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning, for his courses in the Cybersecurity MicroMasters program. The prize celebrates the contributions and innovations of MOOC teachers in the edX community.


Dangerous Signs, a performance group created at NTID, won the Best Local Theater category in City Newspaper’s Best of Rochester competition for its spring production of Little Shop of Horrors at the Multi-Use Cultural Community Center. Directed by Luane Davis Haggerty, principal lecturer in the cultural and creative studies department at NTID, the musical was performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken/sung word.


RIT’s Field Hockey Club team won the New York State Club Field Hockey League in Buffalo on Nov. 3. It had been five years since the co-ed team won its first trophy, according to coach Kévin Le Blévec, lecturer in French.


Carlos Lousto, professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences, won the American Physical Society’s Edward A. Bouchet Award, which recognizes a distinguished minority physicist who has made significant contributions to physics research and the advancement of underrepresented minority scientists. Lousto’s research was instrumental in the breakthrough detection of gravitational waves produced by merging black holes.


Jonathan Schroeder, the William A. Kern Professor in Communications, presented his new book, August Strindberg and Visual Culture, at a book launch at the Stockholm School of Economics Center for Art, Business and Culture in Stockholm, Sweden, on Oct. 30.


Anne Marie Canale and Cheryl Herdklotz, faculty development research consultants in RIT’s Innovative Learning Institute, presented “Success After Tenure: Lessons in Engaging Mid-Career Faculty” as part of a webinar hosted by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on Oct. 26.


Frances Andreu, digital initiatives librarian, participated in a panel discussion called “Using Ethics to Bridge Evidence and Mission” at the 2018 Open Access Symposium at Stony Brook University on Oct. 26.


Josh Owen, professor and director, industrial design, has his SOS Stool designed for Casamania featured in Kanal-Centre Pompidou’s exhibition titled, “Red and White.” The exhibition, displayed at the Citroën garage in Brussels, commemorates major moments in design history from the 1960s to the present. The exhibition runs through the end of 2018.


Christye Sisson, associate professor, school director of the photographic sciences program and the Ronald and Mabel Francis Endowed Professor, delivered lectures on digital imaging and tele-ophthalmology at the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society 49th Annual Program, held Oct. 26-29 in Chicago.


Lara Nicosia, COLA librarian; Susan Mee, global, online and university studies librarian; and Sara May, manager of marketing and communications at RIT Libraries, presented “My Untold Story: Building Understanding through Conversation” and Joan Naturale, NTID librarian, and Becky Simmons, RIT Archivist, presented “Sculptures in the Air: ASL Poetry and Literature Collections at RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive” at the Inclusive Libraries Conference on Oct. 23. Naturale also presented “Online Deaf Resources: Deaf Artists, Deaf and WWII, and Deaf Theatre.”


Therese Mulligan, professor and administrative chair of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, won the Arline Custer Memorial Award from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) for her book Jeannette Klute: A Photographic Pioneer. The book was written by Mulligan with contributions from RIT Archivist Becky Simmons and Project Archivist Lauren Alberque. It used photographs and personal papers from the Jeannette Klute Collection in RIT Archives and was published by RIT Press.


Jeff Lodge, associate professor in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, gave a talk titled “Use of microalgae for nutrient reduction of anaerobic digester effluents and egg processing wastewater” at the 12th Algae Biomass Organization Summit, Oct. 14-17 in Houston, Texas.


John Kerekes, professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, was a keynote speaker at the Hyperspectral Imaging & Applications Conference, held Oct. 10-11 in Coventry, United Kingdom.


Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, associate curator for the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, had an article titled “Multitudinous Tints: An Inventor’s Pursuit of Instantaneous Multicolor Printing” published in Printing History 24 in September 2018.


Susan Mee, global, online and university studies librarian; and Anne Marie Canale and Cheryl Herdklotz, faculty development research consultants, published “Faculty Orientation to Off-Campus and International Campus Locations” in the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning on Sept. 5.


Joan Naturale, librarian/education liaison for NTID, presented about archiving ASL poetry and storytelling films at the Publishing American Sign Language Poetry event hosted at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, on Sept. 13.


Salvatore D’Amico, a fifth-year manufacturing engineering technology student; Allison Fink, a fourth-year manufacturing engineering technology student; and Kevin McCarty, a fifth-year mechanical engineering technology student, have been chosen as this year’s recipients of the Joseph F. Novek Memorial Award. The award, established in 2003, provides financial assistance to students in the BS program in manufacturing engineering technology and the BS program in mechanical engineering technology who are taking manufacturing course electives.


Jim Vallino has been named Professor Emeritus in the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. Vallino began at RIT in 1997, made many contributions to the software engineering curricula and retired as a professor of software engineering in 2018. He continues to serve as an adjunct instructor in software engineering.


Gerald Takacs, professor of chemistry, presented the paper “Enhancing the Wettability of Polybenzimidazole (PBI) to Improve Fuel Cell Performance” at the 11th International Symposium on Contact Angle, Wettability and Adhesion in June in Hoboken, N.J.


Igor Khokhlov, a computing and information sciences Ph.D. student, and Leon Reznik, professor of computer science, presented “What is the Android Colluded Applications Attack and How to Detect It” at the Rochester Security Summit Oct. 9. Khokhlov was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of an outstanding presentation given at the 2018 summit.


RIT Esports was recognized as an honorable mention for “Outstanding Collegiate Esports Team/Program” at the 2018 Tempest Esports Business Awards Oct. 2 in Las Vegas.


Daniel Schneiderman, outreach specialist, Kids on Campus, was nominated for a 2018 Upstate Venture Ecosystem Award as a Community Catalyst for helping to organize programs that bring together diverse startup ecosystem players in a local community and increasing the amount of capital and number of active, early-stage investors in that community. He and his fellow nominees were recognized during an awards celebration on Oct. 2.


Nabil Nasr, associate provost, director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability and CEO of REMADE Institute, served as a panelist on “Circular Business Models” during the annual Climate Week Conference in New York City on Sept. 25. The conference, titled “A Roadmap to the Future of Global Sustainable Growth” was co-hosted by the founders of Danish Cleantech Hub, Confederation of Danish Industry and State of Green.


Lorraine Justice, professor and dean emeritus, College of Art and Design, was named one of 16 Distinguished Alumni for the 50th anniversary celebration of Ohio State’s Department of Design, held Oct. 4-6.


Ann Howard, professor of science, technology, and society and director of RIT’s University Community Partnerships, and Lisa Hermsen, Caroline Werner Gannett Endowed Chair and professor of English, presented “Making Connections: Memory, Sense of Place and Community Engagement” at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Association for General and Liberal Studies. Their presentation highlighted a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that provides students a unique general education experience through three linked courses in history, literary studies, and science and technology studies. Other faculty participating in the project are Richard Newman, Department of History, and Kristoffer Whitney, Department of Science, Technology, and Society.


Silvia Benso and Brian Schroeder, professors in the Department of Philosophy, published the co-edited volume Thinking the Inexhaustible: Art, Interpretation, and Freedom in the Philosophy of Luigi Pareyson (September 2018). The book comprises a collection of essays by world-renowned scholars on the philosophy of Italian thinker Luigi Pareyson and is part of the SUNY Press series on Contemporary Italian Philosophy.


Campbell McDermid, who formerly taught at NTID, has released a new book about the interpreting process through RIT Press, the university’s scholarly book publishing enterprise. The book, titled Learning to Interpret: Working from English Into American Sign Language, combines theoretical and practical exercises through use of examples, targeted exercises and development of skills that are critical to the interpreting process. For more information, go to rit.edu/press.


Bridgette Yaxley, instructor in the University Writing Program in the College of Liberal Arts, won Best Original Screenplay for her screenplay Perjury at The Burbank International Film Festival on Sept. 9 in Hollywood, Calif. Her script has also been nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Orlando Film Festival, held in late October.


Kaitlin Stack Whitney,

visiting assistant professor in the science, technology and society department and the environmental sciences program, had a peer-reviewed chapter in the book Living with Animals: Bonds across Species, published Sept. 15 by Cornell University Press.




Hussein Alrubaye,

a computing and information sciences Ph.D. student, has been awarded the 2018 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for his outreach in promoting software development. His contributions have reached nearly 300,000 viewers on social media. Alrubaye also had a research paper accepted at the 28th Annual International Conference on Computer Science and Software Engineering.




Jonathan Schroeder,

the William A. Kern Professor in Communications, co-edited with Anna Westerthal Stenport and Ester Szalczer the book August Strindberg and Visual Culture: The Emergence of Optical Modernity in Image, Text and Theatre, published by Bloomsbury Publishing in September. The book includes a chapter by Timothy Engstrom, RIT professor of philosophy, and offers insights into Strindberg as a multimedia artist whose writing is inseparable from his visual imagination and from the visual technologies of his time. This interdisciplinary research project received support from the William A. Kern endowment and a College of Liberal Arts Publication Cost Grant.




Stephanie Godleski,

assistant professor of psychology, received the 2018 Early Career Award from the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. The award recognizes an individual who has made exemplary scholarly contributions to the field of bullying abuse prevention and conducted research that has the potential to influence practice and policy.




Franz Foltz,

associate professor of science, technology and society, and public policy, published a book, Faith, Hope, and Love in the Technological Society, with his father, Frederick Foltz, pastor emeritus at St. James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg, Pa. The book examines how modern technology creates an environment that significantly affects Christianity by reducing the mysteries of faith to manageable techniques.




Owen Gottlieb,

founder and lead research faculty, MAGIC Initiative in Religion, Culture and Policy, and Ian Schrieber, assistant professor of interactive games and media, had their game, Lost and Found: Order in the Court, The Party Game, featured at the SAAM Arcade, presented by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., on July 22.




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