Faculty and Staff News — 28 August 2014
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College of Aeronautics

Donna Wilt, associate professor, was elected chair of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) Board of Directors at the group’s annual membership meeting at AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis., on July 31. SAFE is a nearly-1,000-member professional organization for aviation educators, including FAA-certificated flight instructors, that is dedicated to improving aviation safety with better learning materials and professional development for aviation educators.

College of Business

Darrell Burrell, director of the extended studies site in Fort Lee, Va., was chosen as one of the 2014 recipients of the George Washington University Black Alumni Association IMPACT Awards. Burrell was chosen because of his “demonstrated leadership and dedicated contribution to our community in the areas of education, research studies, and academic achievement,” according to the announcement. The award is the highest form of recognition bestowed by the association’s Executive Committee.

College of Engineering

Jean-Paul Pinelli, professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, made two presentations in China. At the 8th Senior Disaster Management Officials Forum of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation in Beijing, he presented, “Using catastrophe models to evaluate the cost benefit of hurricane damage mitigation. Could the case of Florida be extended to other regions?” He later gave an overview of the Florida Public Hurricane Loss Model in a presentation to the Ping An Insurance Co. in Shenzhen.

Students working with Stephen Wood, chair of the Ocean Engineering program, were featured in a recent edition of the Marine Technology Society newsletter. The article, which you can find here, centered on the sea testing of two remotely operated vehicles.

College of Science

Michael Grace, associate dean, organized and led a symposium on snake infrared imaging at the 2014 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Members of Grace’s lab introduced the event and gave a variety of talks, including ones on the molecular mechanisms of extremely high-sensitivity infrared detection and the first-ever use of magnetic resonance imaging to detect the neural pathways of infrared image processing in the brain. Grace was asked to organize a set of papers for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Herpetology.

Research Associate Crystal McMichael in the Department of Biological Sciences was awarded a $172,000 grant by NASA for her research, “Mounds, Microclimates, and Maize: Understanding the influence of inland lakes on maize agriculture in pre-Contact indigenous societies using remotely sensed data.” This project is in collaboration with researchers at the University of New Hampshire.

Catherine Neish, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Space Sciences and director of the Planetary Sciences degree program, won the 2014 Greeley Award from the Planetary Sciences section of the American Geophysical Union. The award recognizes “significant early career contributions to planetary science,” according to AGU.

Human Centered Design Institute

Institute Director and University Professor Guy Boy delivered a lecture, “From Automation to Tangible Interactive Objects: Promoting Human-Centered Design,” at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif., in July. He also visited with people involved in robotics and the Mars Science Laboratory.

Online Learning

Six books co-authored by Vicky Knerly, manager of online student services, have been sold to Amazon Publishing’s AmazonEncore imprint, according to Knerly’s publisher, Suspense Publishing. Written with St. Augustine-based writer Gary Williams, the re-launched digital titles include their best-selling title, Indisputable Proof, and Three Keys to Murder.

The Scott Center for Autism Treatment

A paper by Executive Director Michael E. Kelley and Christopher A. Podlesnik, associate professor in the School of Behavior Analysis, was published in the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. The paper was titled, “Resurgence: Response competition, stimulus control, and reinforces control.”

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