Faculty and Staff News — 18 November 2013
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Mark Bush

College of Science Mark Bush, biological sciences, earned over $189,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation for an interdisciplinary collaboration with Duke University and other institutions. The teams will investigate the impact of geological processes—mountain building, erosion, and river and soil formation on the origins of Amazonian biodiversity. The grant will fund Bryan Valencia ‘06 M.S. who will investigate and compare the fossil pollen history of ancient sediments exposed along Amazonian rivers.  A paper by Ph.D. candidate Aaron Collins and Mark Bush was accepted for publication in the open-access journal, Frontiers in Genetics. The article is “Microrefugia and species persistence in the Galápagos highlands: A 26,000-year paleoecological perspective.” Hakeem Oluseyi, through his involvement with the Science Channel, served on the panel, “Recognizing Women and Minorities in STEM,” on Capitol Hill in November and shared his passion for STEM subjects. College of Engineering A dramatic photo by Albert Bleakley earned an honorable mention in Army Magazine’s annual photo contest. View it at: http://www.ausa.org/publications/armymagazine/archive/2013/11/Documents/ PhotoContest_Nov2013.pdf Richard Ford and Marcus Carvalho presented at Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s event, Business and Bagels, in November. Their talk was “Securing our digital universe.” Kevin Johnson has been installed as co-chair of the technical advisory committee for the Indian River Lagoon National estuary program. Michael Workman’s “A study of performative hactivist subcultures and threats to businesses” was published in the IEEE/ISC2 Information Security Journal. College of Psychology and Liberal Arts A doctoral student advised by Alison Betz, Catherine Martinez, won the B.F. Skinner Student Researcher Award for her dissertation at the annual conference of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis, held in Daytona Beach, Fla. A paper by Pat Converse, “Including science advocacy in IO curriculum,” was accepted for publication in Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. Kevin Mulligan and doctoral student Naseem Dezhkam presented their poster on repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation treatment at the National Academy of Neuropsychology annual meeting in San Diego, Calif. Online faculty member Keith Touchberry, who has taught online classes since March 2008, was named new chief of police for the City of Fellsmere, effective Sept. 30. That month he retired as a captain from the Vero Beach Police Department. He was recognized in 2009 as our online instructor of the year. Kristie Van Sickle was one of 22 psychologists appointed by the American Psychological Association (APA) president to serve on the implementation work group tasked with developing implementation and transition plans for changes to the APA governance system. The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business, is including a story in an upcoming issue on the Institute for Cross Cultural Management’s new Senior Fellow Adis Vila. Frank Webbe was re-appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott to the state’s Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Board. His term continues until Feb. 13, 2015. David Wilder presented the invited address, “A tool to assess and improve therapist performance,” at the 34th Annual Conference of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy in Amherst, Mass. Jessica Wildman wrote “Leading global virtual teams: The supporting role of trust and team cognition,” to be included in the book, Collaborative communication processes and decision making in organizations. Nathan M. Bisk College of Business Beth Gitlin was honored as one of three distinguished businesswomen in Brevard County by the American Business Women’s Association Oceanside Charter Chapter. College of AeronauticsPublished in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society were “Does familiarity with automated devices increase or decrease trust?” and “Taking the human pilot out of the cockpit: Passengers reject idea” by Stephen Rice. ResearchGretchen Sauerman has been named to the board of directors of the Missile, Space and Range Pioneers. Greg Peebles,environmental and regulatory compliance, was also elected to a second term as the organization’s treasurer. http://missileers.org/

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