Faculty and Staff News — 24 April 2013
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Florida Tech representatives, front row from left, Dean Ken Stackpoole; fourth from left, John Deaton; far right, FIT Aviation Director Nick Frisch. Back row, third and fourth from left, Donna Wilt and Steve Cusick; second from right, Dennis Wilt, Mitre Corp.

College of Aeronautics

Steve Cusick, College of Aeronautics, hosted the quarterly meeting of the FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation at FIT on April 8. The group of universities is collectively known as the Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS).He was joined by the Florida Tech aeronautics faculty in welcoming a dozen visiting PEGASAS faculty members from Purdue, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Iowa State and Texas A&M.

The visiting aviation professionals were subject matter experts in flight safety, Communication Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) systems, human factors, weather, airport technology, propulsion and structures, continued airworthiness, and system safety management. The mission of PEGASAS is to enhance general aviation safety, accessibility and sustainability by partnering with the FAA to provide a national network of world-class aviation researchers, educators and industry.

College of Science

Three short films by students in the department of biological sciences were honored by their acceptance for screening at the Beneath the Waves Film Festival, held during the Benthic Ecology Meeting in Savannah, Ga., in March. Bertha’s Blues, by master’s student Glenn Bupp and M.S. graduate Honey Whitney, is about the dangers of overfishing. Antarctica: The Hunt for Killer Crabs is about an expedition to the Southern Ocean to study the impact of climate change on populations of invasive king crabs. That film involved Whitney and graduate student Stephanie Vos, with Department Head Richard Aronson as executive producer. Hakeem Oluseyi, physics and space sciences, narrated the Antarctica video. The third film, What the Muck, about sediment in the Indian River Lagoon, was created by doctoral students Lauren Toth and Phil Gravinese.

Joe Dwyer garnered attention from more than 30 media outlets, including the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Science, Science Daily, Money and the Weather Channel when he held a press conference at the European Geosciences Union in Vienna in April. The Discovery Channel, for example, featured him in a story about dark lightning, which was shot on campus.

Roby Poteau, a student of Munevver Mine Subasi, and Juan Eman Johnson, a student of Nezamoddin Nezamoddini-Kachouie, presented their research in mathematical sciences at the 27th National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Their work was chosen after a highly selective process.

Ralph Turingan was selected to assist in the Philippine government’s conservation program to save endemic fish species.

Niescja Turner was a 2013 recipient of the Joan Bixby Award for enhancing the climate for women’s participation and development on campus.

College of Engineering

Ryan Stansifer and Phil Chan designed and held an Alice animation competition for high school and middle school students, which was supported in part by Google and was intended to encourage interest in computer science and software design problem solving. The Blue Apple team from Edgewood Junior/Senior High School swept all four categories and received the grand prize.

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

Heidi Hatfield Edwards and Robert Taylor were both accepted for the 2013 Asian Studies Development Program Institute at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Their program is “Infusing Chinese and Japanese Religion, Art and Literature into the Undergraduate Curriculum.” The institute runs July 22-Aug. 10.

At the annual Society for Personality Assessment conference held in San Diego, Calif., Radhika Krishnamurthy delivered her second presidential address, titled “Developing ‘smart apps’ for the personality assessment of the future.” She also presented on diversity-sensitive personality assessment, clinical assessment practice and assessment teaching/training topics in three different sessions, and co-presented two research posters along with clinical psychology graduate students Kayla Boyd, Lauren King, Laura McCord and Ben Steinberg.

A manuscript by psychology Professor David Wilder and Applied Behavior Analysis graduate students Lina Majdalany and David Mathisen was accepted for publication. The manuscript describes a study that evaluated a method of identifying performance problems among staff members in human service settings.

Wanfa Zhang participated in a Florida Today newspaper and TV interview on the Korean Peninsula situation. The interviewed aired on Ajpril 24 and the print story, a Q&A,  was in the April 28 issue.

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business

Deborah Carstens and undergraduate student researcher in information systems Randy Stockman presented a co-authored paper at the international conference, “Industry, Engineering & Management Systems,” which was held in Cocoa Beach. The paper was titled “Does socializing result in community passwords?”

Andrew Cudmore published “English in Japanese and Philippine advertising: An exploratory comparison,” in the Journal of Global Business Management.

Jarin Eisenberg was a 2013 recipient of the Joan Bixby Award for enhancing the climate for women’s participation and development on campus.

Work by Michael Slotkin, Christopher Durie and Jarin Eisenberg has been published as a chapter in the book, Frontiers of Distance Learning in Business Education, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. The chapter title is “A Case Study of the Benefits of Short-Term Study Abroad as a Blended Learning Experience.”

Human-Centered Design Institute

Guy A. Boy, university professor and director, was nominated as one of 12 expert members of the SESAR Joint Undertaking Scientific Committee. SESAR (http://www.sesarju.eu) is the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research program (equivalent to NextGen in Europe). He will participate for the next three years in reinforcing the SESAR innovative and scientific approach to building the future air traffic management systems and procedures.

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