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Faculty News

Dean Fred Ham receives a gift from former student Ret. Lt. Gen. Pithuk Keattipun, former director general of Defense Information.

College of Engineering

Dean Fred Ham hosted about 30 alumni and guests at a reception in Bangkok, during a recent trip to Thailand. Among the alumni were former students from his electrical engineering graduate classes. He also made a presentation to the Space Technology Department of King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thonburi.

Marco Carvalho received the first place award for a poster presented at the 8th Cyber Security and Information Intelligence Research Workshop (CSIIRW) in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The poster, titled \”A human-agent teamwork approach to moving target defense command and control,\” was also published in collaboration with the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) and the Department of Defense.

Kevin Johnson; marine and environmental sciences doctoral students Holly Sweat and Kelli Zargiel; Jesse Blanchard ’12 M.S., biological sciences; and Ralph Turingan, biological sciences, represented Florida Tech at the 2013 Indian River Lagoon Symposium, Health of the Lagoon, in Fort Pierce, Fla. John Windsor was an organizing committee member and contributed to the public forum.

George Maul is scheduled to make the presentation, “Florida Coastal Hazards,” to The Vero Beach Yacht Club March 14.

Y.I. (Sharif) Sharaf-Eldeen received a one-year, $54,107 research grant from Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) to study the wind resource potential in the utility’s service area. He will evaluate the performance and energy production of small-scale wind turbine systems in order to select appropriate system designs and assess their energy production and impacts on the utility system.

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

Vanessa Edkins will present “Pleading innocents: Laboratory evidence of plea bargaining’s innocence problem” at the 2013 American Psychology-Law Society Conference in Portland, Ore., in March. It also will be published in Current Research in Social Psychology.

Phil Farber was reappointed to the American Psychology Association’s Board of Educational Affairs Accreditation Appeal Panel.

A paper by Bill Gabrenya, “Organizational cross-cultural competence: Approaches to measurement,” was accepted for the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

Mark Harvey earned a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences, for his work on “Development of Tactile Awareness Prompting” project. The grant provides about $100,000 for the research with Engineering Acoustics in Orlando. Visit:

Frank Webbe is president-elect of the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association, a national organization composed of faculty athletics representatives for all NCAA member colleges and universities.

A manuscript by David Wilder and Kaitlynn Gokey ’12 M.S. was accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. The manuscript evaluates a procedure for teaching self-control to children with autism.

College of Science

Recently, NASA has developed two separate stories and videos about research by Joe Dwyer, Ningyu Liu and Hamid Rassoul on terrestrial gamma ray flashes and dark lightning.The links are: http://www.space.com/18839-thunderstorm-gamma-rays-detected.html and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN0wGga5e0I.

Gordon Nelson participated on a panel discussing the use of fire-retardant chemicals at the 2013 National Leadership Conference of the American Burn Association in Washington, D.C.

Coincidentally, the same weekend that Hakeem Oluseyi made a scheduled appearance on the National Geographic Channel’s “Top Secrets: Doomsday,\” talking about asteroids and meteorites potentially hitting Earth, he became an impromptu guest on several NBC news programs because of his expertise. After the meteorite hit in Russia, he was on MSNBC’s “Ed Show” as well as the NBC Nightly News and the Today Show. Watch for him on The Science Channel’s “Alien Encounters,” starting March 5.

Terry Oswalt was appointed to the National Optical Astronomy Observatories Telescope Allocation Committee for the next three years.This group determines who gets to use the largest telescopes in the country.

Joshua Rokach has attracted MSBi Valorisation as a co-investor with AmorChem in funding his research with collaborator McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. The investors are supporting the universities in developing 5-oxo-ETE receptor antagonists for the treatment of eosinophilic disorders, including severe asthma. Rokach credits the Research Office’s Frank Kinney and John Politano with success in this effort.

Bob Taylor participated as an historian “talking head” in four recent Florida Civil War videos to be posted on the Florida Humanities Council website for teachers at TEACHINGFLORIDA.ORG. They are The Maple Leaf—A Civil War Shipwreck; Florida Women in the Civil War; The Battle of Olustee; and The Lost Cause. Visit: http://vimeo.com/whoismrkumquat/videos.

Francisco Yumiceva received the 2012-2013 Senior CMS Fellowship, which he will use for the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to study the fundamental laws of nature. His research focuses on the search for new physics beyond the standard model of particle physics such as supersymmetry or extra dimensions.

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business

Deborah Carstens is a lead author on the textbook, Project Management Tools & Techniques. The book makes use of case studies to emphasize the difference between various tools and techniques for planning and controlling projects. The book will be available for purchase in April.

A paper by Tim Muth and 10 other faculty members from the United States and abroad was published in the journal of the Academy of International Business, Insights. The paper is titled “Changing the Face of International Business Education: The X-Culture Project.”

Steven Salaga’s paper, “Determinants of Pay-Per-View Broadcast Viewership in Sports: The Case of the Ultimate Fighting Championship,” was published in the Journal of Sport Management.

Barry Eager \’89 and his Phantom Productions supported Bill Jurgens and Ryan Jones by producing nine Sports Hall of Fame videos for the recent festivities. Eager donated many hours, working only for expenses. Here’s the link to the opening program: https://files.secureserver.net/4sqdD7WKHR5QuI.

Support Services
Joni Oglesby was voted in as board secretary for the Serene Harbor Board of Directors.Serene Harbor is a domestic violence shelter. She was also voted to be vice chair for the board of Bridges. This organization advocates on behalf of individuals with disabilities.

Open Enrollment:
Information is available online on the HR webpage, http://www.fit.edu/hr. “Because of the many changes to our health plans this year, I am grateful to the almost 900 employees who attended the sessions this year.Remember that all insurance elections must be completed online no later than Thursday, Feb. 28,” said Oglesby.

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