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Evans Library

October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month

Sohair Wastawy, an academic librarian for over 25 years, has been named Dean of Libraries.

In this position, Wastawy will lead the John H. Evans Library and Learning Commons in its mission of supporting the needs of the university. This includes providing vision and direction as the library evolves to support research, learning and teaching. She will also advocate for the library within the university and community-at-large.

Wastawy was most recently assistant to the provost at Illinois State University in Normal. Prior to that post, she was professor and dean of University Libraries for that university. She brings with herextensive experience serving students, faculty, researchers and the public at state and private universities as well as at an international public/research library.

College of Aeronautics

Fin Bonset was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by Airport Business Magazine. The article will be published in the October edition and came out online Oct. 7.Visit:

Bill Rankin published “Comparison of historic exploration with contemporary space policy suggests a re-theorization of settings” in the Journal of the British Planetary Society.

A paper by Stephen Rice, “The emotional mediation of distrust of persons with amental illness,” is in press at the International Journal of Mental Illness.

Donna Wilt and Paul Buza presented “ATC scenario based physiological training program for commercial aviation” at the Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative 2013 Best Practices Conference in Grand Forks, N.D.

College of Engineering

Hear Richard Ford playing flute on the album, “Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band.” It’s available on Amazon and iTunes and is currently number 10 on the U.S. airplay jazz charts. Visit: http://www.jazzweek.com/charts/

Steve Lazarus, now on sabbatical, and Mike Splitt kicked off the University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences Seminar Series recently. Splitt presented “Tropical cyclone wind speed probability forecasts: What’s your threshold?” Lazarus presented “A wind-wave system for ensemble tropical cyclone wave forecasting.”

College of Science

Semen Koksal, formerly professor and chair of the mathematical sciences department, is now vice president for academic affairs.

A story in Nature featured the work on pollen in the Amazon of Crystal McMichael, research scientist, a previous doctoral student of Mark Bush. The work of both scientists looks at how much impact ancient people had in the Amazon.

A paper by Catherine Neish, “Elevation distribution of Titan’s craters suggests extensive wetlands,” was accepted for publication in Icarus. Also, she is quoted on this research in a column in New Scientist.

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

Patrick Converse and Katie Piccone ’13 Ph.D. presented “The role of affect in resource allocation among competing goals: Exploring the consequences of the activation dimension of affect” at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Orlando, Fla.

Bill Gabrenya presented “My (mis)adventures in military contract research” at the Psychologists Working with the U.S. Department of Defense to Increase Cultural Awareness: Really? Symposium, part of the Conference of the International Association for Cross-cultural Psychology in Los Angeles, Calif.

Hannah Gacey ’13 M.S., industrial/organizational psychology, and Erin Richard presented “Influence of emoticons on perceived negative affect and professionalism in work-related email” at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Orlando, Fla.

Celeste Harvey and alumna Tara Loughrey won the Behavioral Gerontology SIG Award at the annual meeting of Applied Behavior Analysis International for “Effectiveness of errorless learning and reinforcement schedules for establishing and maintaining behavior in Alzheimer’s disease.”

Maria Lavooy was a panelist on two symposia at the 121st American Psychological Association Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, including “New perspectives on advising and mentoring students.”

David Wilder gave the invited continuing education presentation, “Assessment and treatment of compliance problems in children with autism,” at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.

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