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College of Aeronautics

“Preparing Airports for Weapons of Mass Effect” by William Rankin, associate professor, will be published in the Journal of Airport Management in March 2015.

Rankin is also co-author of a chapter in the forthcoming book, Settlements at the Edge. The chapter is “Media in Future Space Communities.” The book is published by Edward Elgar Publishing and part of the New Horizons in Regional Science series.

Dean Korhan Oyman, Associate Professor Stephen Rice and graduate student Rian Mehta won first place in the Faculty and Graduate Research Competition at the Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace Conference in January in Arizona. Their winning poster was, “Cultural and Gender Differences in Willingness to Fly on Manned Space Flights for Tourists.” At the conference, Florida Tech had five of the ten posters submitted at the graduate level and two verbal presentations.

College of Science

Richard Turner, associate professor and director of undergraduate programs, Biological Sciences, organized and co-chaired the session “Teaching Marine Biology” at the annual meeting in January of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in West Palm Beach. He also gave an oral presentation titled “Approaches to Teaching Marine Microbiology.”

College of Engineering

Kunal Mitra, professor of biomedical engineering, was an invited delegate for a workshop on Nanoengineering in Medicine in New Delhi, India, as part of the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum. Mitra presented, “Applications of Nanoparticles and Nanostructures in Laser Based Imaging and Therapy.”

A video presentation from Syed Mushid, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been made a part of the permanent library at the Optical Society of America, under the group’s “Frontiers in Optics” series. Mushid talks about his ground-breaking “spatial domain multiplexing” method.

John Windsor, professor and associate department head, Marine and Environmental Systems, and George Maul, professor of oceanography, were noted in the acknowledgements for a feature in the February edition of Popular Mechanics magazine. They provided information for the magazine’s “How the World Works” section examining the scientific veracity of the submarine movie “Black Sea.”

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

Frank Webbe, professor of psychology and faculty athletics representative (FAR), has been named conference representative and a steering committee member for the third NCAA Division II FAR Advanced Leadership Institute in October 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is one of just four FAR Fellows invited by conference organizers.

For the following listings, * = student authors

Allison M. Betz, assistant professor at The Scott Center for Autism Treatment and the School of Behavior Analysis:

Publications: Nikky A. Rudy*, Alison M. Betz, Evadne Maone*, Justine E. Henry*, and Ivy M. Chong (in press). Effects of video modeling on teaching mands for joint attention to children with autism. Behavioral Interventions.

Tara O. Loughrey*, Alison M. Betz, Lina M. Majdalany, Katie Nicholson*(2014). Using instructive feedback to teach categorical speaker relations to children with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 47, 425-430.

Workshops and Training:

Presenter: Alison M. Betz

Workshop: Behavior Boot Camp: Managing Problem Behavior in the Classroom. Held at The Scott Center for teachers, paraprofessionals, and other caregivers/educators.

Presenter: Alison M. Betz and Ali Wiegand

Training: The Basics of Behavior and Managing Challenging Behavior in an After School Program. Held at the Youth Program for Patrick Air Force Base.

Other: Betz was invited to be on the Board of Editors for Behavioral Interventions and Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

Pat Converse, associate professor of psychology:

Pomerance, Marne H.*, & Converse, Patrick D. (2014). Investigating context specificity, self-schema characteristics, and personality test validity. Personality and Individual Differences, 58, 54-59.

Michael Kelley, executive director, The Scott Center, and associate professor,
School of Behavior Analysis, and Christopher Podlesnik, associate professor, School of Behavior Analysis:

Kelley, M. E., Liddon, C. J.*, Ribiero, A.*, Greif, A. E.*, & Podlesnik, C. A. Basic and Translational Evaluation of Renewal of Operant Responding. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.


Michael and Jennifer Seeley announced the birth of Lauren Luna Seeley on Feb. 3. She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 21 inches long. Michael Seeley is vice president for development.

Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts

Keidra Daniels Navaroli, assistant director and curator, was selected to receive a fellowship to attend the American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting and Museum Expo in Atlanta in April.

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