Faculty and Staff News — 09 July 2012
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Faculty & Staff News

Radhika Krishnamurthy

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

A Spanish translation of a 2004 book, Essentials of MMPI-A Assessment, co-authored by Radhika Krishnamurthy was released this year. It was titled Aplicaciones clinicas del MMPI-A.

Bob Taylor will conduct a U.S. Army ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course Community Leaders and Educators visit to Fort Lewis, Wash., July 15-19.

College of Engineering

Dean Fred Ham presented “A neurocomputing approach for monitoring volcano eruptions using infrasound” at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.

Two master’s students of Steve Lazarus won awards in the annual WxChallenge national collegiate weather forecasting competition. Robert James earned the Overall Winner trophy; Tony McGee’s trophies were for first place overall for forecasting for Albuquerque, N.M., and second place for his Juneau, Alaska, forecasting.

George Maul, with the National Weather Service, conducted a Tsunami Education and Preparedness Workshop for Indian River County emergency management personnel and the general public in Vero Beach.

Virender Sharma was awarded an Excellence in Review award from the publication, Environmental Science & Technology. His name will be published in the Nov. 6 issue with a link to his website.

College of Science

Ken Lindeman and graduate student Lauren Dame co-managed three Sea Level Rise Science and Adaptation workshops at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts; Nags Head, N.C.; and Melbourne, Fla. The NOAA Climate Service workshops examined current sea level research and information needs among 100 representatives of federal, state, and local agencies, academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and businesses.

Kim Rigano, an undergraduate student advised by Michael Grace, earned the John C. Johnson Award for Excellence in Student Research, first place from Beta Beta Beta (Tri Beta), the biological sciences honors society. Her research work, supported by graduate assistant Angela Munoz, is on the yellow ratsnake’s visual system, which it uses to prey upon the threatened Florida scrub-jay.

Samaneh Sadighi, doctoral candidate, physics and space sciences (P&SS), received an honorable mention in the student poster competition at an NSF-sponsored meeting in Santa Fe, N.M. Only four posters of 40 received “best” or “honorable mention” awards. Other co-authors were Ningyu Liu and Joe Dwyer (P&SS) and Hamid Rassoul, College of Science dean.

Dick Turner’s master’s students presented papers at the Florida Academy of Sciences’ 75th annual meeting, held at the University of South Florida in Tampa. They were “Differentiation and functionality of regenerating arms in brittlestars,” presented by Helen Croce, and “Morphological changes in pedicellariae along the arm of the snakestar Asteroporpa annulata,” presented by Brenna O’Neill. Both students also earned Florida Tech bachelor’s degrees in biological sciences.

College of Aeronautics

Ismael Cremer was nominated for the 2012 Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology. The award is sponsored by Pearson Higher Education.

President’s Office

Anthony J. Catanese earned a certificate of appreciation from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. It reads: “For your generous sponsorship of our ‘2012 Sheriff’s United Way Spring Golf Classic’ benefiting the new Boys & Girls Club in Cocoa.”

External Relations

Senior Vice President for External Relations Winston Scott was honored recently at a performance of the Melbourne Municipal Band’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble. He received the Edwin Franko Goldman award, given by the American Bandmasters Association for significant contributions to the field of band music.

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