Faculty and Staff News — 24 January 2012
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Office of the President

President Anthony J. Catanese completed the section on \”urban renewal\” at the request of World Book Encyclopedia editors. The new encyclopedia should be available later this year in traditional hard copy and online.

College of Engineering

Ralph Locurcio was selected to receive the Society of American Military Engineers Golden Eagle Award for 2012. It was given to him for lifetime service to the Army Corps of Engineers; his service to the engineering firm, STV group, after retirement from the Army; for his years to the society; and his continuing service to the profession through his development and launch of the Florida Tech bachelor’s program in construction management.

Ashok Pandit presented “Saltwater intrusion below an estuary in a coastal aquifer” at the 5th International Perspective on Water Resources and the Environment held in Marrakech, Morocco. Co-authors were Howell Heck and former doctoral student Nawazish Ali.

Geoff Swain, with doctoral student Kelli Zargiel and master\’s student in ocean engineering Jeffrey Coogan, published \”Diatom community structure on commercially available ship hull coatings\” in the journal, Biofouling. Swain and his Center for Corrosion and Biofouling Control team were also featured in the October issue of the Quarterly Journal of Ship Hull Performance.

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

The Encyclopedia of Human Behavior published Allison Betz’ article, “Behavior analysis.”

A paper by Josh Pritchard and student Mark Malady, titled, “An inexpensive alternative to rats in a learning lab,”was published in the Journal of Behavioral and Neuroscience Research.

Robert Taylor presented a talk on Florida Tech and internationalization at the Cocoa Women’s Club and gave a lecture on George Washington to the Johns Island Book Club.

Jessica Wildman co-wrote “Team knowledge research: Emerging trends and critical needs,” which was published in Human Factors.

College of Science

Marc Baarmand’s graduate student, Brian Dorney, will attend the 62nd Meeting of Nobel Laureates in July after being selected, out of hundreds nominated to attend, by the Department of Energy. The meeting, in Lindau, Germany, is a forum to exchange knowledge between Nobel Laureates and young scientists. Dorney’s attendance is a first in Florida Tech history.

Ken Lindeman was a panel speaker on Sustainability Curricula at the Educational Alliance for a Sustainable Florida conference in Tallahassee. Also, at the 64th Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Conference in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, he presented, “Professionalizing protected area management.”

The National Science Foundation featured “Determining the Ages of Sun-like Stars,” research by Terry Oswalt; Jinkun Zhao; and Jay Holberg, University of Arizona, in NSF Highlights.

Virender Sharma was invited by the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Environmental Sciences in Taiwan to deliver seminars at institutions in Taiwan, discuss collaborative proposals, and organize international conferences. One of the seminars he administered was “Water splitting to generate hydrogen using visible light photocatalysts.”

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business

Debbie Carstens was honored with the Volunteer of the Year Award at the Project Management Institute (PMI) Space Coast Chapter meeting.She was awarded for making the PMI Professional Development Day successful.

Andrew Cudmore’s paper, \”Conditional indirect effects of corporate social responsibility cues on purchase intentions,\” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Management and Engineering Integration.

Michael Workman will be the Keynote Speaker at WorldComp ’12, to be held in Las Vegas, Nev., in March. He will present “Hactivism: Contagion Pathology and Morphological Qualities with Implications for Business and Security.” World Comp is the World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Applied Computing.

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