Faculty and Staff News — 13 February 2014
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Faculty and Staff News

Richard Ford

College of Engineering

The department of computer science and cybersecurity, based upon the existing computer sciences department, has been created to emphasize Florida Tech’s increasing focus on cybersecurity, effective Jan. 27. Richard Ford is the new department head. Marco Carvalho is now director of the Harris Institute for Information Assurance with Ford as associate director.

Carlos Otero and Sam Kozaitis submitted a successful proposal to Intel Corp., which resulted in a donation of 30 Intel Galileo Development Boards. The boards will help to spur innovation in computing across the entire Florida Tech computing spectrum.

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

Vanessa Edkins and Juanita Baker, professor emerita, published “How should society treat sex offenders: As monsters or with humanity?” in PsycCRITIQUES.

Bill Gabrenya published a chapter in The Age of Internationalization: Developing an International Organizational Psychology Curriculum. It was titled “The making of Generation G: Education and collaborative teaching to create the next generation of international work and organizational psychologists.”

Kevin Mulligan and N. Dezhkam presented “Evaluating the efficacy of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation treatment in alleviating the cognitive deficits in Iranian geriatric patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder” at the 33rd Annual Conference of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Also at that event, Mulligan, Frank Webbe and doctoral students Bethany Stephens and Christina Love presented “Normative data for the cognitive screening test in a memory clinic population.” Both presentations are included in the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Erin Richard won the Journal of Business and Psychology Reviewer of the Year award.

Frank Webbe was appointed to the program committee for the annual meeting of the Sports Neuropsychology Society. Also, he participated in the NCAA task force on Student Athlete Mental Health.

Jessie Wildman and doctoral student Charles P.R. Scott published “Measuring cognition in teams: A cross-domain review” in Human Factors.

College of Science

Aaron Adams, Rich Aronson, Junda Lin and Jon Shenker will be the first presenters in a new Lifelong Learning Lecture series starting at the Disney Vero Beach Resort this spring.

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business

Ami Dutta has co-authored a paper published in the International Journal of Business and Economics titledInformation spillover, profit opportunities and return deviations analysis: The case of cross-listed BHP Billiton.”

Steven Salaga was recently interviewed on BBC Live Radio from London, England, and quoted in The Guardian newspaper, also in London, and the Taipei Times in Taiwan. These interviews were connected with his research on the economics and business model of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Abram Walton was recently named the chairman of the newly formed Innovation Council created by the Economic Develop Commission of the Space Coast. He is also on the EDC board of directors and the executive committee.

A paper by Joan Wiggenhorn, “Is CEO pay disparity and duality compatible with thinking green? Evidence from corporate social responsibility indicators,” has been published in the Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives.

Institutional Research

Leslie Savoie and Dominic Lombardi presented “Implementation of an electronic data request form” at the Florida Association for Institutional Research (FAIR) Conference held in January. Savoie will also begin her second term as treasurer/secretary of FAIR.

Evans Library

A chapter, “Customizing the for-credit information literacy course for STEM majors,” by Rose Petralia and Kathy Turner, was published in How to STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education in Libraries.

Human Centered Design Institute

Guy Boy gave the keynote address for National Engineer Week at Harris Corporation. The title was \”The future of engineering: A human-centered design point of view.

Extended Studies

Denise Siegfeldt has received another three-year appointment as an editorial review board member for the Allied Academies, Journal of Organizational Culture, Communications and Conflict. This journal is listed in Cabell’s Directory.

Panther Cubs

Children of Florida Tech faculty excelled recently at the Gemini Science Fair. In the sixth grade, Madison Newcombe (Rodd Newcombe) placed first in biological science; Liana Van Woesik (Rob Van Woesik) placed first in environmental science; and Ben Aronson (Rich Aronson) placed third in environmental science. In the third grade, Max Aronson placed second in biological science.

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