Faculty and Staff News — 01 August 2013
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Winston Scott on cover of “Space Coast Business”

External Relations and Economic DevelopmentWinston Scott, senior vice president, was featured as the cover story in the July issue of Space Coast Business. With lots of pictures, the story starts on page 24.  Executive Vice President/COOT. Dwayne McCay was invited to moderate the International Space University Space Studies Program International Astronaut Panel on July 30 in Strasbourg, France. The panel title was “The astronaut experience—when can we all go to space?” The panel is a long-standing highlight of the Spaces Studies Program annual session. College of AeronauticsSteve Cusick gave an invited presentation to the board of the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System in Piarco, Trinidad. His presentation was titled “Crew resource management to safety management systems: The journey continues.” College of EngineeringMarco Carvalho has been named co-director with Richard Ford, of the Harris Institute for Assured Information. Tim Johnson, doctoral student of Jean-Paul Pinelli, presented a paper at ICOSSAR13 (International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability) in New York City. The paper, co-authored by Pinelli and Gonzalo Pita ’12 Ph.D., was “Modeling the vulnerability of mid/high rise commercial residential buildings to wind and rain in tropical cyclones.” It will appear in “Proceedings, 11th International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability.” Master\’s student Hemin Qadir, whose advisor is Sam Kozaitis, won $1,000 in the 2013 DRS Student Infrared Imaging competition and was one of five finalists for the national grand prize of $10,000. His project was titled, \”Night Vision.\” George Maul was elected chairman of the Southeastern Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) Board of Directors for a two-year term. SECOORA is one of 11 IOOS (Integrated Ocean Observing System at www.ioos.gov) regional associations. Pallav Ray is editor of the new book, Climate Change and Regional/Local Responses. College of ScienceAaron Adams, director of the Bonefish & Tarpon Institute, is now a research associate in the biological sciences department. He has relocated the institute to the Vero Beach Marine Laboratory.  Michael Grace was named Chapter Advisor of the Year at the National Tri Beta Biological Honor Society Conference in Charleston, W.Va. He was honored for his work with Florida Tech’s Sigma Psi chapter. A new species of peppermint shrimp from the Caribbean, Lysmata Jundalini, has been named for Junda Lin. Lin is an expert in the biology of these shrimp, which he maintains at the Vero Beach Marine Laboratory. Andy Rhyne, Lin’s former M.S. and Ph.D. student and assistant professor at the Roger Williams University, named the shrimp. College of Psychology and Liberal Arts A paper by Patrick Converse and doctoral students Michelle Thackrayo, Katrina Piccone, Mary Margaret Sudduth, Stephanie Miloslavic and Michael Tocci was published on the homepage of the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology. The paper was about their research on specific characteristics that may enhance a successful career. Joseph Hellebrand, online adjunct, was on the winning team of 14 teams at the Dancing with Brevard fundraising event, held in June in Orlando. Dean Mary Beth Kenkel was selected as editor-in-chief of the new American Psychological Association/American Psychological Association of Graduate Students journal, Translational Issues in Psychological Science. With her new position is a commitment to mentor graduate students in early career development. At the annual meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment in San Diego, Calif., Radhika Krishnamurthy presented the roundtable discussions, “Developing your own assessment practice” and “What keeps personality assessment instructors up at night: Seeking antidotes.” Maria Lavooy participated in the symposium, “Applying leadership theory to practical problems,” at the annual meeting for the Western Psychological Association in Reno, Nev. Brian Price, online adjunct, was appointed chief of police for Oak Grove, Mo., following a 25-year career in the Kansas City Police Department. Lisa Steelman is now senior associate dean of the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts. Kristi Van Sickle is one of just 112 in the country to be recognized by the National Quality Assurance Committee as a Patient-Centered Medical Home Certified Content Expert. A manuscript by David Wilder, graduate students Lina Majdalany and Val Saini, and Kristin Myers ’11 Ph.D. was accepted for publication by the Journal of Behavioral Education. It was titled, “Errors of omission and commission during differential reinforcement of compliance: The effects of varying levels of treatment integrity.” Also, Wilder has agreed to serve an extra year as an associate editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Human Centered Design Institute Guy Boy will be the keynote speaker at the International Federation of Automatic Control-Human-Machine Systems Conference in August in Las Vegas, Nev. His presentation will be “Human-System Integration: Unifying Systems Engineering and Human-Centered Design.” Online LearningBrian Ehrlich and Dorcas Blue have enrolled in the year-long Leadership Brevard program, hosted by civic-minded LEAD Brevard. The program, for the county’s emerging young leaders, has been ongoing for three decades. Research and Sponsored ProgramsTristan Fiedler made a presentation at the 2013 Next-Generation Suborbital Research Conference, held in June in Broomfield, Colo. He represented Florida Tech and the FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation (COE CST). His presentation was an update of the work of the COE CST. Florida Tech is one of the nine core universities participating. SecurityDirector Kevin Graham commends Officer Kenneth Russell for apprehending on campus an individual sought by the Melbourne Police Department. “This was a job well done,” said Graham.

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