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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

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.

Scott Franklin,

professor of physics and director, Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning and Evaluation (CASTLE), led a field school, “Professional-development for Emerging Education Researchers (PEER),” with Eleanor Sayre, associate professor of physics at Kansas State University, Aug. 13–15 in Rwanda.

Jeff Lodge,

associate professor in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, was an invited speaker at the Renewable Energy and Resources Conference, Aug. 27–28 in Boston. His talk was “Food and Food Processing Waste to Energy: Sustainable Energy for Western NY.”

Kaitlin Stack Whitney,

visiting assistant professor in the science, technology and society department and the environmental sciences program, was selected to be part of the National Ecological Observatory Network’s Data Education Fellows Faculty Mentoring Network, which develops and publishes open educational resources to integrate quantitative computing skills into college biology classes.

Mark Fairchild,

professor and director of color science; Susan Farnand, assistant professor of color science; and Mike Murdoch, assistant professor of color science, presented at the Munsell Centennial Color Symposium Bridging Science, Art and Industry, June 10-15, at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.

Sara Leary ’18 (imaging science)

and her adviser, Michael Murdoch, assistant professor of color science, won the Best Poster Award at the ACM Symposium on Applied Perception Aug. 10-11 in Vancouver, Canada. Leary’s poster, “Manipulating Object Lightness in Augmented Reality,” summarized her senior capstone project research on the optical and perceptual effects of AR overlays on real objects. It is on display in the Munsell Color Science Laboratory hallway.

Mark Fairchild,

professor and director of color science, won the Nickerson Service Award for his outstanding, long-term contributions toward the advancement of the Inter-Society Color Council.

Yunn-Shan Ma,

assistant professor in the Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture, is a member of the F-Sharp Chamber Choir, which won a gold medal in the sacred music category at the First Taipei International Choral Competition. As first-place winners, they were invited to sing at the Grand Prix Concert at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on Aug. 3.

Kristoffer Whitney,

assistant professor in the Department of Science, Technology and Society, published an article, “It’s about Time: Adaptive Resource Management, Environmental Governance, and Science Studies,” in the academic journal Science, Technology, and Human Values.

Heath Boice-Pardee,

associate vice president of student affairs, delivered a keynote address, “Igniting Your Passion to Serve,” to staff and administration at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas, on Aug. 17. The event kicked off the university’s new commitment to enhancing service excellence on campus.

Patrick Scanlon,

professor in the School of Communication, wrote an article, “Making a Way: In New York State local volunteers are providing veterans a support system,” in the summer 2018 issue of PTSD Journal.

Callie Babbitt,

associate professor of sustainability, and Elizabeth Moore, a sustainability Ph.D. student, published “Sustainable nanomaterials by design” in the Nature Nanotechnology journal.

Kaitlin Stack Whitney,

visiting assistant professor in the science, technology and society department and the environmental sciences program, co-authored “Crop pests and predators exhibit inconsistent responses to surrounding landscape composition” in the Aug. 2 issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Dina Newman,

associate professor in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, participated in the PKAL STEM Leadership Institute in Adamstown, Md., July 10-15. The program provided faculty with the theory and practice required to effectively manage the politics of change and contribute to the national STEM higher education reform.

dt ogilvie,

Distinguished Professor of Urban Entrepreneurship, Saunders College of Business, was invited to become an external member of Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Business Advisory Committee.

Joan Naturale,

NTID librarian and secretary/treasurer of Deaf History International (DHI) from 2012 to 2018, presented a poster session on “Community Cultural Wealth and Deaf Community Archives: Telling Our Stories” at the 10th triennial DHI Conference in Sydney, Australia.

Jim Leone,

professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies, was named a Fellow of CSAB at the ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) commission meeting July 21. CSAB is the lead society within ABET for accreditation of degree programs in computing. Leone was honored for his significant contributions to IT education, accreditation and for co-developing the annual CSAB faculty workshops.

Daniel Wysocki,

a student in the astrophysical sciences and technology Ph.D. program, received the 2018 RIT Graduate Education MS Thesis Award for his master’s thesis, "Inferences about the distribution, merger rate, and evolutionary processes of compact binaries from gravitational wave observations.” Wysocki received his master’s degree in astrophysical sciences and technology in 2017.

Triana Almeyda

received the 2018 RIT Graduate Education Dissertation Award for her Ph.D. dissertation, “Dusty Donuts: Modeling the Reverberation Response of the Circumnuclear Torus Emission in AGN.” Almeyda graduated in 2017 with a Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences and technology.

Samuel Malachowsky,

senior lecturer of software engineering, had his textbook titled Project Team Leadership and Communication published. The book is designed to help first-time project managers understand the aspects of their new role, such as planning, team development, stakeholder communication, and some common pitfalls, and is available in hardcover, paperback and on Kindle.

John Oliphant,

associate professor in the physician assistant program, had an article titled “Health Sciences Students’ Interest in and Opinions About Global Health Experiences” published in the most recent issue of the journal Educational Planning.

Hadi Hosseini,

assistant professor of computer science, won the best Program Committee member award at the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), the largest and most influential conference in the area of agents and multiagent systems.

Patrick Scanlon,

professor in the School of Communication, wrote an article, “Finding Freedom: Rochester volunteers bring fly-fishing and hope to breast cancer survivors,” in the summer 2018 issue of POST Magazine.

Margot Accettura,

an imaging science graduate student, was awarded the Best Paper Award for her paper, “Hyperspectral detection of methane stressed vegetation,” at the Autonomous Air and Ground Sensing Systems for Agricultural Optimization and Phenotyping III Conference during the SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation conference June 10–15 in Austin, Texas.

Kevan Donlon,

an imaging science Ph.D. student; Chi Nguyen, an astrophysical sciences and technology Ph.D. student; Stefi Baum, research professor of imaging science; Anton Travinsky, an imaging science Ph.D. student; Dorin Patru, associate professor, electrical and microelectronic engineering; Dmitry Vorobiev, post-doctoral researcher, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science; Don Figer, professor and director, Center for Detectors; and Zoran Ninkov, professor of imaging science, presented at the SPIE conference.

Sandi Connelly,

principal lecturer of life sciences, was elected to the Executive Board of the Assessment Network of New York (ANNY). The mission of ANNY is to advance the quality assessment of institutional effectiveness and to enhance the success of institutions of higher education and their students in New York state.

David Edborg,

patrol major for RIT Public Safety, represented RIT at the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters Northeast Deadlift Nationals on June 23 in Portland, Maine. He finished first in both the Masters and Law Enforcement 198 pound, 58-62 age class and qualified for the WABDL World’s Deadlift Competition in November in Las Vegas.

Steven Galbraith,

curator, Cary Graphic Arts Collection, presented “Virtual, Mechanical, Invisible, and Radical: Rochester Convergences Across Town and Across Disciplines” at the Annual Preconference of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, American Library Association. The presentation took place June 21 in New Orleans.

Robert Pearson,

associate professor and program director, microelectronic engineering, and Karl Hirschman, professor of electrical and microelectronic engineering and director, Semiconductor and Microsystems Fabrication Lab, attended the University Government Industry Microelectronics Symposium June 24–27 at the University of Pennsylvania. Also in attendance were Scott Blondell, facilities manager; John Nash, technician; and Zachary Kogut, equipment technician, Semiconductor and Microsystems Fabrication Lab.

Tina Chapman DaCosta,

director of Diversity Theater, Division of Diversity and Inclusion, was featured in Lake Affect Magazine, vol. 53, June 2018. The article, titled “The Modern Day Renaissance Woman: Tina Chapman DaCosta,” was written by Debra A. Jacobson, marketing and outreach specialist, the Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning and Evaluation (CASTLE). Elizabeth Lamark, visual resource producer, Marketing and Communications, provided the photography.

Amelia Hugill-Fontanel,

associate curator of the Cary Collection, had “Cipe: The Prototype” published in Type Magazine, No. 2, Spring 2018. Cipe Pineles (1908-1991) was one of the most prominent designers of the 20th century and one of the first female art directors to work at a major magazine. The Cipe Pineles Papers in the Graphic Design Archive were processed this year as part of the three-year, $280,000 grant the Cary received from the Henry Luce Foundation in 2016.

Nathan Cahill,

associate professor, School of Mathematical Sciences; Kushal Kafle, an imaging science Ph.D. student; Tyler Hayes, an imaging science Ph.D. student; and Breton Minnehan, an engineering Ph.D. student, presented papers at CVPR 2018, the premier conference in the field of computer vision, held June 18–22 in Salt Lake City.

Guoyu Lu,

assistant professor in imaging science, was an organizer and program chair of the International Workshop on Visual Odometry & Vision Applications Based on Location Cues at CVPR 2018.

Jenny Sullivan,

director of Education Abroad and International Fellowships, has been selected to participate in a Diversity Abroad Task Force, which focuses on increasing access to study abroad for students with disabilities. An initiative of Diversity Abroad, the Diversity Abroad Task Forces bring together global education and diversity professionals to provide critical guidance and support to Diversity Network initiatives and contribute to the development of new and valuable resources for the field of global education.

Daniel Kitchen,

a second-year computer science major and captain of the Overwatch team TGC, took first place in the 2018 Player One Esports Inaugural Overwatch Tournament on June 9 in Indianapolis.

Heath Boice-Pardee,

associate vice president of student affairs, co-wrote Elevating Customer Service in Higher Education: A Practical Guide, which was published by Academic Impressions, June 2018. Eileen Soisson and Emily Richardson are co-authors.

Naveen Sharma,

professor and chair of software engineering, helped lead the Second International Workshop on Urban Data Science July 9–10 in Bangkok, Thailand. Sharma organized the first workshop at RIT in 2017. The workshop brings together leaders in fields related to smart cities.

Kaitlin Stack Whitney,

visiting assistant professor in the science, technology and society department and the environmental sciences program, was profiled by the Entomological Society of America for their “Early Career Professionals Spotlights” series.

Tom Gasek,

associate professor in the School of Film and Animation, recently completed a six-week animation workshop at the Jilin Animation Institute in Changchun, China, under his second Fulbright Specialist Grant.

Kaitlin Stack Whitney,

visiting assistant professor in the science, technology and society department and the environmental sciences program, was selected and received funding to attend a collaborative workshop on active teaching and learning in conservation biology in postsecondary education, hosted by the Center for Biodiversity Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History June 13-15 in New York City.

Dillon Graham,

a master’s student in the computer engineering program, and Seyed Hamed Fatemi Longroudi, a Ph.D. student in the computer engineering program, won the Best Poster Award at the AirForce Research Labs First Neuromorphic Computing Workshop on June 12. They presented on their work on a new deep reservoir computing algorithm developed in the Neuromorphic AI Lab, led by Dhireesha Kudithipudi, professor of computer engineering. Other students who presented their research include Nicholas Soures, Zachariah Carmichael, Humza Syed and Anurag Reddy Daram.

Scott Franklin,

professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy, and faculty associates Eleanor Sayre (Kansas State University) and Mary Bridget Kustusch (DePaul University) ran a two-week summer program through June 15 titled “Professional-development for Emerging Education Researchers (PEER)” on the RIT campus. Participants were from University of Rwanda, Georgia Southern University, University of Florida, University of Utah, NYU Abu Dhabi, University of Regina, Illinois State University and RIT.

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