Faculty and Staff News — 07 January 2014
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Executive VP/COO T. Dwayne McCay hosts ambassador.

Office of Executive VP/COO

T. Dwayne McCay recently hosted Riyad H. Mansour, who serves as ambassador and permanent observer to the State of Palestine to the United Nations. Mansour, who has worked as a university professor and consultant, has published several studies and articles regarding the Palestinian community in the United States. He has lectured in many American universities and has participated in numerous international conferences, symposia, seminars and panel debates as a representative of Palestine. He is also a member of senior officials committees of the State of Palestine and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

College of Science

A manuscript by Crystal McMichael ’12 Ph.D. and Mark Bush was published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. It is titled “Predicting pre-Columbian soils in Amazonia.” 

Richard Turner gave a public seminar titled “Seagrasses of the Indian River Lagoon System: Limitations after 100 Million Years of Adaptation” for the Ocean Science Lecture Series, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University in Fort Pierce.

College of Engineering

A paper by Bradley J. Dean M.S. and the late Beth Irlandi, a former faculty member in the department of marine and environmental systems, has been published in Ocean & Coastal Management. The paper is “Measuring nearshore variability in benthic environments: An acoustic approach.”

Matthew Jensen led education and some fun when he advised mechanical engineering students as they built nine holes for mini golf in three of the F.W. Olin buildings. The course was open for three days in November before Discovery Day and open on Discovery Day for visitors. Players picked up putters, balls and scorecards to score their rounds, just as in a commercial miniature golf course.

Carlos Otero’s textbook, Software Engineering Design: Theory and Practice has been adopted and used by instructors at graduate and undergraduate levels at major national and international universities. These include Florida International University, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and Virginia Tech.

John Trefry made a presentation to the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation in Tallahassee on “Sediment Accumulation and Removal in the Indian River Lagoon” in December.

Michael Workman’s “New media and the changing face of information technology use: The importance of task pursuit, social influence and experience,” was published in the Computers in Human Behavior journal. 

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

A manuscript by Elizabeth Abellon ’13 M.S. and David Wilder was accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. The manuscript describes a study that evaluated a method of improving employee safety in a manufacturing facility.

Alison Betz was symposium chair of “Evaluation of inter-observer agreement and visual interpretation of graphic data,” presented at the 33rd Annual Convention for the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis, held in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Heidi Hatfield Edwards earned a communications grant from the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication at Penn State for her research, “Corporations, causes and consequences: How companies view their relationships with the causes they support.”

Alicia Phebus ‘13, graduate student Beth Gitlin and Jessica Wildman published “Leading global virtual teams: The supporting role of trust and team cognition” in Collaborative Communication Processes and Decision Making in Organizations.

Frank Webbe was named chairperson of the Technology Professional Interest area of the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment.

A manuscript by behavior analysis Ph.D. student Lina Majdalany and David Wilder, “Comparing massed-trial instruction, distributed-trial instruction and task interspersal to teach tact to children with intellectual disabilities,” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business

In November, Michael Grieves weighed in on product lifecycle management in the “Big M” webcast, “How 3D Advanced Technology Is Shaping the Future of Manufacturing.”

College of Aeronautics

Alumnus Nick Blouin and faculty members John Deaton, Paul Buza and Erin Richard, School of Psychology, published “The effects of stress on the perceived performance of collegiate aviators” in the Journal of Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors.

Stephen Rice published two articles in the Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Learning, one on educational technology and equity, and the other on self-awareness in educational testing.

Extended Studies

An article by Leslie Hielema, Orlando Center, was published in 14 Business Magazine. Titled “Redefining Smart,” it was about women and STEM. The article is located at https://repository.lib.fit.edu/handle/11141/188.


Tristan Fiedler made a presentation on consulting and research in higher education to LEAD Brevard members at the Knowledge Exchange in Palm Bay.

Marketing and Communications

WFIT received a Community Cultural Grant through the Brevard County Community Cultural Grant program, which is managed by the Brevard Cultural Alliance. The grant will fund concerts, interviews, recording, production, tours and more at the new WFIT Broadcast Center on campus. Rose Mantle wrote the successful grant application.

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