Faculty and Staff News — 22 February 2012
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College of Science

Ten education majors from the Department of Education and Interdisciplinary Studies attended the Future Educators Association (FEA) State Conference in Orlando with Debra Blenis, their adviser.The students vied in several competitions and attended sessions over three days. Florida Tech won the first place Spirit Award. Senior biology education major Kelsey Clayton won first place in the lesson plan competition for her crime scene lab. 

Michael Staib, a student of Marcus Hohlmann, has earned a $200 travel and registration grant for the 2012 April meeting of the American Physical Society in Atlanta.

The journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, published “Hosts of the Plio-Pleistocene past reflect modern-day coral vulnerability,” a paper by Robert van Woesik. The researchers examined events in the past to gain insight into how present day corals may fare through climate change.

College of Engineering

George Maul will present “Tsunami Vulnerability for County/Florida Coast” at the Brevard Country Emergency Operations Center’s Tsunami Ready Workshop to be held March 8 in Vero Beach.

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

Alison Betz and David Wilder were invited to Brazil to attend the São Paulo School for Advanced Science: Advances in Research and Treatment of Autistic Behavior. Betz presented “The use of stimulus control procedures to manage problem behavior during early intervention services with children with autism.” Wilder presented “Noncompliance and oppositional behavior in children and adults with autism spectrum disorders.”

Radhika Krishnamurthy’s graduate student Laura McCord has received a $500 dissertation grant from the Society for Personality Assessment (SPA). Last December McCord completed and defended her doctoral research project, which she will present at the upcoming SPA conference in March.

Maria Lavooy had three abstracts accepted for presentation at the International Conference of Psychology to be held in July in Cape Town, South Africa. One of the abstracts was titled, “Sexist language usage and attitudes toward women: Competence, goodwill, and trustworthiness.”

Bob Taylor gave a keynote speech at the annual meeting of the Space Coast Writers Guild in Cocoa.

Frank Webbe attended the 31st Annual Conference of the National Academy of Neuropsychology in Marco Island, Fla., where he presented “Sport neuropsychology: Current developments and future directions.”

A manuscript by David Wilder, psychology alumni Anthony Fischetti and Kristin Myers, and psychology graduate students Yanerys Leon-Enriquez, Stephanie Sinn and Rebecka Rodriguez was accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. The manuscript is “Increasing compliance among children with autism: A model of intervention progression from least-to-most intrusive and complex.”

Jessica Wildman co-wrote “Trust development in swift starting action teams: A multilevel framework,” to be published in a special conceptual issue of Group and Organization Management.

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business

An article co-written by Debbie Carstens was published in the Journal of Project, Program and Portfolio Management. The paper, “Discussion forum rubrics: Using rubrics to enhance and increase project management students\’ participation in online discussions,” examines the impact of using a discussion forum grading rubric to encourage and enhance discussions (posts) in an online introduction to project management course.

Martha Sale’s paper, ”Data Envelopment Analysis an Application to Empirical Supply Chain Management Research,” was accepted for publication in Advances in Management.

Marketing and Communications

For the third straight year, Florida Tech was recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III in its annual awards. WFIT earned a Special Merit Award for the International Student Spotlight Series. Individual recognitions go to Michelle Walker, Todd Kennedy, Rose Mantle and Terri Wright. The CASE Awards recognizes the best marketing, communication and advancement projects in American higher education.

Continuing Education

Cindy Schmitt made the virtual presentation, “Creating learner friendly online learning environments,” for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Virtual Conference, “Transforming the Teaching and Learning Environment.”

Residence Life

This year Florida Tech’s resident assistant (RA) delegation entered the annual RA seminar competition as the defending Spirit Cup Champions. They held off 26 other institutions that vied for the award to become the first school in history to win back-to-back Spirit Cup Championships.Florida Tech and the University of West Florida are the only schools to have won the trophy twice.The delegation also received an award for best roll call, came in second in philanthropy and was selected to deliver four presentations at the conference.

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