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College of Engineering

Pei-feng Hsu was invited to give a keynote address related to the aerospace engineering program at the annual conference of the Chinese and American Scholars and Professionals Association of Florida. It will be held at Walt Disney World Resort starting the end of September.

Ken Lindeman has been named to the new Expert Workgroup on Marine Protected Areas that is being established by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. This is the agency responsible for all federal fisheries management in the southeast United States.

George Maul will receive the Silver Beaver Award at the annual Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Central Florida Council recognition banquetin Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in June. He was the only person in his district to receive the award, which is the highest honor given by the council to volunteers. Maul’s grandson Christopher Maul will be recognized for receiving his Eagle Scout award at the same event. Bill Jurgens, past Riverside BSA District Chairman, and Florida Tech Director of Athletics, nominated Maul.

Muzaffar Shaikh and Arlene Grant as well as Junda Lin, College of Science, were panelists for “Culture and Commerce: What You Should Know about Foreign-Born Buyers,” sponsored by the Women’s Council of realtors in Melbourne and attended by 45 local realtors. The three explained how their cultural backgrounds inform their buying decisions.

Lucas Stephane, graduate assistant to Guy Boy, was invited to give a talk at a workshop at the MIT Complex Systems Research Laboratory on engineering safer systems. His presentation was “Using STPA in the Design of a Nuclear Power Plant Control.

”John Windsor’s participation on the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) 2011 Super Bloom Consortium was noted and he was honored by the St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board’s Projects and Lands Committee for 20-plus years as the Technical Advisory Committee Chair for the IRL National Estuary program.

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business

Joan Wiggenhorn presented a paper at the Academy of Economics and Finance Conference, held in Charleston, S.C. Her paper was titled “When shareholder wealth and national security interests collide: An examination of export control act violations.

College of Science

Mark Bush and doctoral student Crystal McMichael are publishing their paper, “Sparse pre-Columbian human habitation in Western Amazonia,” in Science.

Terry Oswalt has been elected chair of the Nominating Committee for the American Astronomical Society. This committee selects and prepares slates of candidates for the society officers: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, councilors, publications board chair, education officer, press officer and certain representatives to other organizations.

Niescja Turner was the lead scientific expert at the two-day Florida Energy Assurance Program Workshop held in Indian Harbor Beach in April. The event was to prepare the state’s emergency managers and others for the aftermath of intense geomagnetic storms.

Just published was the fourth edition of Richard Turner’s textbook, Introduction to Marine Biology.

College of Aeronautics

Ismael Cremer will receive a 2012 Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology, to be presented at the 23rd International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. He earned the award for “highly creative contributions to teaching, learning, and technology.” This highly prestigious award is sponsored by CafeScribe, a creation of Follett Higher Education Group.

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

Florida Tech faculty and students made poster presentations, participated in panels and symposia, and gave seminars and workshops at the 2012 annual Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology Conference, held in San Diego, Calif. Participating faculty included Patrick Converse, Rich Griffith, Bill Gabrenya, Art Gutman, Lisa Steelman and Jessica Wildman. Among the posters presented was Steelman’s “Reconceptualizing employee engagement: A multiple foci approach, with Sara Trane, Matthew Pita, Christen Lockamy and Margaret Sudduth, and “Fatalism, trust repair and revenge in a collaborative work context,” presented by Wildman. The first author was student Stephen Young.

Gabriella Baika recently had two papers published. They were “Tongues of fire and fraud in Bolgia Eight,” published in Quaderni d’italianistica, and “Myth, Weltansicht, and Rhetoric of Otherness in Inferno 26,” published in Romanische Forschungen.

A paper by Pat Converse and students, “Repeated self-regulation and asymmetric hemispheric activation,” is being published in Basic and Applied Social Psychology.

Zohra Fazal presented “Summarizing for Success” at the 2012 Cengage Learning TeamUP Developmental Education Conference held in Newport Beach, Calif.

Radhika Krishnamurthy delivered her presidential address, “The Dharma of good personality assessment work,” at the Society for Personality Assessment conference held in Chicago. She also co-authored two research papers with students Lauren King and Laura McCord who presented the papers at the conference.

Bob Taylor spoke to the participants of the Osceola “Teaching American History” grant program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Florida Humanities Council. The program was designed to increase student achievement by improving teachers’ knowledge of American history.

A manuscript by David Wilder and Alison Betz, with Ami Dutta, Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, and Robert Long ’11 M.S. was accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. The work describes a study that evaluated the effects of pay for performance on the rate of work performed by participants.

Marketing and Communications

The team was honored with four awards in the 27th Annual Educational Advertising Awards, sponsored by the Higher Education Marketing Report. Florida Tech was lauded alongside such institutions as Purdue, Johns Hopkins, Tulane, Rochester Institute of Technology and Boston College. The awards are:
Silver—Class Schedule, Renee Foosaner Education Center (Creative Services); Merit—New Media, Program Page Campaign (Marketing, Web Services);
Merit —Brochure, Sustainability Brochure (Creative Services, Marketing);
Merit —Miscellaneous, 60s Reunion Calendar (Creative Services).

Academic Support Center

Veronica Giguere presented the session, “Advising to make the grade—FYE assignments that benefit students and advisers,” at the Region 4 National Academic Advising Association conference, held at Florida International University in Miami.

Business and Retail Operations

Kimberly Schaefer, Conference Services Bureau, received this year’s Outstanding New Conference and Events Professional award at the annual conference of the Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International (ACCED-I). Schaefer also presented “No Hotel? No Problem!” at the conference.

Also at the conference, Erica Spencer, Conference Services Bureau, presented “Don’t Drop the Ball! Time Management for the Small Conference and Events Operation.”Spencer also accepted an invitation to serve on the board of directors for the Collegiate Conference and Events Professional certification program.

Facilities Operations

At a recent conference of the Florida chapter of the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers, held in Indian Harbour Beach, three staff members earned awards. John Milbourne earned the award for “Unwavering Support of the 2012 Conference;” Cheryl LeBlanc earned the 2012 Conference MVP Award; and Mary Cromer received the Voice of Reason Award.

Evans Library

Lisa Petrillo ran and finished the Boston Marathon in April. Her time was 4:06:34.

Online Learning

Julie Shankle and Mary Bonhomme presented the session, “Off and running: Streamlining the new online student experience,” at the 2012 Association for Continuing Higher Education South Region conference in Lexington, Ky.

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