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Joe Dwyer

College of Science

Rich Aronson announces that the Florida Tech Tri-Beta (biological sciences) student chapter has earned three awards for service activities. First, the President of the United States has recognized them with a Volunteer Service Award; second, the chapter has received the Florida Tech President’s Philanthropy Award; and the third award earned is the Florida Tech President’s Campus Service Award. Congratuetations!

Joe Dwyer has been named president-elect of Atmospheric and Space Electricity at the American Geophysical Union. An AGU member since 1995, he will start his two-year term in January 2013.

As part of the NASA Fermi Guest Investigator program, Joe Dwyer, Hamid Rassoul and Ningyu Liu received more than $73,000 in funding to work with investigators at the Naval Research Laboratory. They will perform numerical simulations of terrestrial gamma-ray flashes at the Department of Defense High Performance Computing facility. Terrestrial gamma-ray flashes are intense bursts of gamma-rays, usually seen from space, that originate from thunderclouds.Also, Dwyer was filmed by Discovery Channel for a lightning safety spot.

A manuscript by Ken Lindeman, “Depth-variable settlement patterns and predation influence on newly-settled reef fishes,” has been accepted for publication in the journal PLOS ONE.

Nicole Mosblech ’12 Ph.D., Mark Bush and a team of international collaborators report that changes in the temperature of the Atlantic Ocean quickly translate into climate change in western Amazonia in a paper published in Nature Geoscience. Their paper is titled “North Atlantic forcing of Amazonian precipitation during the last ice age.”

Eric Perlman contributed to research published this month in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. The study, involving a two-million light-year extragalactic afterburner, shows the galaxy-scale jet to have similar bright and dark regions as the phenomenon in an afterburner exhaust called “shock diamonds.”

Robert van Woesik and former student Erinn Muller ’03, ’07 M.S., ’11 Ph.D.—now a researcher at the Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota, Fla.—used a mapping technique to examine disease clustering and determine what might have caused the recent increase of coral diseases in the Caribbean. Their results appear in the October 9 issue of Global Change Biology. The researchers concluded that the coral diseases were stress-related rather than contagious. \”These coral diseases in the Caribbean are likely caused by stress,” said van Woesik, “and that stress is the warming seas that are the result of climate change.”

Shengyuan Yang, with graduate student Sang Joo Lee, published a paper on the imaging of cells growing on spherical surfaces. The paper is in the journal, Review of Scientific Instruments. The potential biomedical applications of the researchers’ technique include new strategies and devices for the early detection and isolation of cancer cells, facilitating new methods of treating cancer tissues. “We also foresee new strategies and techniques to control the differentiation of stem cells and the morphologies and structures of the resulting cells and tissues,” said Yang.

College of Engineering

Marco Carvalho received a $30,000 grant from Rockwell Collins for the design of a geo spatial reasoner for advanced cockpit displays.

Fred Ham presented “A neurocomputing approach for monitoring plinian volcanic eruptions and other natural phenomena using infrasound” at the International Neural Network Society (INNS) 2012 Winter Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.

Cem Kaner has won the Software Test Luminary Award, presented by software test professionals. The prestigious award is voted on by practitioners worldwide and given to a person who has made a strong, long-term impact on the field of software testing. Kaner is only the third winner.

Pierre Larochelle presented “Robotics: From Hollywood to the factory and beyond” at the Moorings Club in Vero Beach.

Bereket Mathewos, with Marco Carvalho and Fred Ham, completed the book chapter, “A Scalable Approach to Network Traffic Classification for Computer Network Defense Using Parallel Neural Network Classifier Architectures,” for inclusion in the book Efficient and Scalability Methods for Computational Intellect.

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

Susanne Bahr received two travel grants from the National Science Foundation to attend NSF Secure & Trustworthy Cyberspace meetings in Raleigh, N.C., and Washington D.C.

Alison Betz and behavioral analysis doctoral student Catherine Martinez had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. It was “Response interruption and redirection: Current research trends and clinical application.”

A paper by Pat Converse, current students Katie Piccone and Stephanie Miloslavic, and graduates Christen Lockamy and Kamil Mysiak is in press at the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. The paper is “The influence of perceived accountability and outcome interdependence on goals and effort.”

Julie Costopoulos presented “Efficacy of a community re-entry program” at the American Psychology Association National Convention in Orlando, Fla.

A paper by Vanessa Edkins and I/O psychology doctoral student Lindsey Lee, “The new face of employment discrimination: How do cases of subtle racism play out for mock jurors,” was published in The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist.

Todd Poch presented the “Psychology of terrorism” to the Captain’s Table of the Eau Gallie Yacht Club.

A review by Bob Taylor of the book, Robert E. Lee and the Fall of the Confederacy, will be published in the upcoming issue of Army History.

Frank Webbe and clinical psychology students Adam Zimmer, Kyle Piecora and Danielle Schuster have in press “Sport and team differences on baseline measures of sport-related concussion” in the Journal of Athletic Training.

Current Psy.D. student Amanda Watts; David Wilder; Meagan Gregory; Yanerys Leon-Enriquez; ’12 Ph.D.; and M.S. student Kyle Ditzian presented the symposium, “An evaluation of the effectiveness of DRO procedures using an analog to stereotypy at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis in Jacksonville, Fla.

College of Aeronautics

Florida Tech has been chosen as a core team university for a new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Center of Excellence (COE) for General Aviation. The center will focus research and testing efforts on safety, accessibility and sustainability to enhance the future of general aviation. “We view this honor as valuable for enhancing the reputation of the university and helpful in increasing our research opportunities,” said College of Aeronautics Dean Kenneth Stackpoole.

Human Centered Design Institute

Guy Boy presented “What can space contribute to global STEM education? A team project at ISU-SSP12” at the International Astronautical Congress, held in Naples, Italy.

Doctoral student Kara Schmitt and Guy Boy published “Design for safety: A cognitive engineering approach to the control and management of nuclear power plants” in the journal Annals of Nuclear Energy.

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business

Michael Workman published the textbook Information Security for Managers. The book uses knowledge scaffolding, a proven educational technique for learning subject matter thoroughly by reinforced learning through an elaborative rehearsal process. Included are threats to confidentiality, integrity and availability as well as countermeasures to preserve these.

Online Learning
The online SuperScholar.org, in its recently published 2013 Smart Choice Best Online MBA Ranking, rated the Florida Tech Online MBA from the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business #7 of the top 25 online MBA programs in the country. More information may be found at http://www.superscholar.org/best-online-mba-programs.

Food Services

Chefs Scott Cooper, Jennifer Manaseri, Jon Skoviera and Cynthia Tony took a Bronze Award in the culinary competition held at the 18th Annual Tastes of the World Culinary Conference. It was held at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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