Faculty and Staff News — 13 December 2011
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College of Engineering

Guy Boy participated in several professional events in France. He chaired a session at the International Conference on Air Transport Pilots Facing the Unexpected; presented the activities of the Human Centered Design Institute at the International Conference on Complex Systems Design and Management; and gave lectures on human-centered design at the École Polytechnique of Paris and the International Space University.

Martin Glicksman, Allen S. Henry Chair and university professor, gave the 86th Edward DeMille Campbell Memorial Lecture at the 2011 meeting of Materials Science & Technology, held in Columbus, Ohio. He presented “The roles of determinism and noise in dendritic growth” and received a $3,000 honorarium and award certificate from the president of ASM International.

Sam Kozaitis and his graduate students,Shreya Ponkia and Jharana Mehta, published a paper, \”Denoising Computed Tomography imagery using a novel framework,\” in the journal, Optical Engineering. The paper describes a method to remove noise from x-raycomputed tomography (CT) imagery that appears when the radiation dose is reduced, allowing CT scans to be less harmful.

College of Aeronautics

Competing against six other college teams from Florida and Alabama, Florida Tech’s Precision Flight Team, the Falcons, won third place overall in the region at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s regional Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) Region IX competition, held on campus. This earned the team a position at the May 2012 national competition set for Kansas State University, Salina. The team’s adviser is Victoria Dunbar, instructor, College of Aeronautics; their coaches are College of Aeronautics Associate Professors Steve Cusick and Donna Wilt, and Francine Kelly ’11, instructor, FIT Aviation.

College of Science

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs awarded Nasri Nesnas a $35,000 grant for his new project, “Support to non-spherical microcapsules for increased core content volume delivery.”

Joshua Rokach received the Nelson Award for outstanding achievement in the field of chemistry from the Orlando Section of the American Chemical Society. The award is named for Vice President for Academic Affairs Gordon Nelson.

Jon Shenker, Ken Lindeman and graduate student Michelle Meadows co-authored the poster, “Snapper spawning in East Florida,” which was on display at the 64th Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Conference in Puerto Morelos, Mexico.

Virender Sharma visited the laboratory of Goestar Klingelhoefer at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz, Germany. Klingelhoefer has developed devices to add onto satellites to learn more about theiron on the surfaces of Mars and the moon. Sharma also visited universities in Romania, Austria and the Czech Republic andgave invited seminars on ferrates.

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business

Andrew Cudmore and Tinatin Kiguradze ’10 co-wrote “Telecommuting: Impacts of work environment and salary on employee attitude and motivation.” Their work was presented at the International Conference on Industry, Engineering, and Management Systems, held in Cocoa Beach, Fla

Michael Workman’s paper, “Rash impulsivity, vengefulness, virtual-self and the amplification of ethical relativism on cyber-smearing against corporations,” was published in the Journal of Computers in Human Behavior.

Office of Development

Beverly Sanders, assistant vice president for development, recently completed the requirements and certification process to become a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). The CFRE International awards this credential and supports and encourages fundraising processionals to aspire to the highest standards of professional competence and ethical practice in the philanthropic sector.

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

An article by Margaret Lee, adjunct faculty member for the Online MBA Program; Deborah Carstens; and Linda Malone of UCF, was approved for inclusion in the Journal of Project, Program & Portfolio Management. It was titled, “Using rubrics to enhance and increase project management students’ participation in online discussions.”

Andrew Aberdein’s interview with renowned professor of history and philosophy of logic, Stephen Read, was published in the recent installment of The Reasoner, a monthly publication highlighting areas of formal logic and new research on reasoning.

J. Christopher Frongillo’s article, “Giving the tragic boot to the comic sock: The recoding of Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine from low to high culture,” waspublished in Popular Entertainment Studies.

Frank Webbe was elected vice-chair of the Technology Professional Interest Area of the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment; he was also elected vice president for NCAA Division II in the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association.

A manuscript by David Wilder, applied behavior analysis instructors Kristin Myers, Katie Nicholson, Janelle Allison and graduate student Anthony Fischetti, was published in Education and Treatment of Children. The manuscript is titled, “The effects of rationales, differential reinforcement and a guided compliance procedure to increase compliance among preschool children.”


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