Faculty and Staff News — 29 May 2013
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Michael Grace

College of Science
A story about Michael Grace\’s research,\”Seeing heat: The sensory systems of boas, pythons and pit vipers,\” was posted on the National Science Foundation Science Nation website: http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/index.jsp.

Meagan Schaal, a doctoral student of Hamid Rassoul and Joseph Dwyer, received an internationally competitive postdoctoral fellowship award funded by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and administered by the Research Associateship Program of the National Research Council (NRC). Her position, which begins June 17 and is renewable for up to three years, will be to work on Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flash (TGF) spectral data from the Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT), the main scientific instrument on the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope spacecraft.

College of Engineering
Dean Fred Ham, Fellow of IEEE, is local arrangements chair for the 2014 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence. It will be held in Orlando in December 2014.

A student of Eraldo Ribeiro, Talles Souza, was selected from among more than 100 candidates to become a summer intern with the Leadership Development program at Arizona-based TASER International, a maker of self-defense products. Souza studied at Florida Tech 2012-2013 through the Brazil Scientific Mobility program and plans to return to Florida Tech for a doctoral degree after he graduates from his university in Brazil next March.

Scott Tilley was named an ACM Distinguished Lecturer. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the world\’s largest scientific computing society. Its Distinguished Speaker Program (DSP) provides organizations with top technology leaders from the computing industry to speak about the most pressing topics in computing and information technology. Tilley\’s first set of ACM DSP talks will be part of a Portugal speaking tour in July.

College of Aeronautics
\”Beyond Multitasking: Human factors implications for single-pilot operations in the NextGen environment\” was presented by Nestor Fenoy ‘12 at the 17th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. Co-authors were Donna Wilt and John Deaton. The project was funded by the FAA to investigate human factors issues associated with single-pilot operations.

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts
Patrick Converse’s “Thinking ahead: Assuming linear versus nonlinear personality-criterion relationships in personnel selection” will be published in Human Performance.

Mark Harvey was selected to join the editorial board of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.

Radhika Krishnamurthy made two poster presentations with students at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment in San Diego, Calif. With Boyd Hinson, Laura McCord and Lauren King, she presented “MMPI-2-RF differences between international and domestic college student samples: Preliminary findings,” and with Ben Steinberg, she presented “Reflections on narcissism: Assessment with the Rorschach.”

A presentation by Maria Lavooy titled “Using honor societies and professional organizations to enhance international collaboration and research” was accepted for the European Congress of Psychology in Stockholm, Sweden, July 9-12.

Another presentation by her was accepted for a meeting of the American Psychological Association to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii, July 31-Aug. 4.

Bob Taylor completed the U.S. Army Military History Instructor course, which was taught at the Combat Studies Institute of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The course was two weeks long.

Angela Tenga presented \”Lycanthropy and absence in Arthur and Gorlagon\” at Western Michigan University\’s 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Frank Webbe was appointed to the editorial board of Applied Neuropsychology—Adult and appointed as a special society reviewer for Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

A manuscript by David Wilder, doctoral student Lina Majdalany and M.S. student David Mathisen was accepted for publication in Behavior Analysis in Practice. The manuscript was titled “An assessment-based solution to a human-service employee performance problem: An initial evaluation of the performance diagnostic checklist-human services.”

Jessica Wildman published “Practicing what we preach: Teaching teams using validated team science” in Small Group Research.

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business
A book chapter proposal by Deborah Carstens and her student research assistants Stephen Kies and Randy Stockman was approved for publication in the book, Evaluating Websites and Web Services: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on User Satisfaction. The chapter proposal is titled “Achieving useful government accountability and transparency websites.”

Andrew Cudmore and adjunct John Holmquist published “English in Korean Advertising: An Exploratory Study” in the International Journal of Marketing. Also, a Florida Tech team, made up of students in Cudmore’s Consumer Behavior, and Marketing Analysis and Strategy classes was a finalist in the API Adventures in Energy Case Study Scholastic Achievement Award. The team, accompanied by Cudmore, competed in San Francisco in May. The result? The team came in third place among 11 entries. Congratulations!

Human Centered Design Institute
Two papers by Director Guy Boy have been accepted for presentation. One, “Time in life-critical human-computer interaction,” will be presented at the Association for Computing Machinery Annual Conference on Computer-Human Interaction in Paris. The other, “A situation awareness assistant for human deep space exploration,” will be presented at the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Las Vegas, Nev.

Business and Retail Operations
Erica Spencer, Conference Services Bureau, was awarded the 2013 Mentor of the Year Award at the annual conference of the Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International. The award recognizes a member who has helped other members: as a mentor, in a specific area such as strategic plans, marketing or budgeting; taken the initiative to welcome new or potential members to the association; or who promotes involvement in the association in their region or beyond. Spencer also presented twice at the conference, including as a panel member on \”Candidates on campus: The good, the bad, and the ugly of hosting political debates and forums.\”

Federal Government Relations and Partnerships
Tristan Fiedler represented Florida Tech at the Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation (COE CST) 2013 Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference. It was held June 3-5 in Broomfield, Col. Fiedler also gave an update of the FAA COE CST Year 2 operations.

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