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Assistant Professor Scott Benjamin and MBA candidate Taylor Smith attended the Federal Aviation Administration’s Annual Technical Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 26-28 to present their findings related to an Industry Analysis of Commercial Space Transportation. This research is being conducted as part of a federal grant from the FAA to Florida Tech investigating the potential for space tourism and cargo delivery as a viable commercial industry.

Professor Andrew Cudmore was involved in presenting three papers at the 2015 International Conference in Industry, Engineering, and Management in Cocoa Beach in March. The papers were: “Discouraging Performance Enhancing Drugs in Young Athletes,” “The Role of Gender in Professional Coaching and its Influence on Players,” and “Unhelpful and Unaware of It: A Dyadic Analysis of Online Product Reviews.”

Professor Mike Slotkin was a speaker before the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners on “Citizen Budget Review Committee Member Report” on Oct. 1.

A paper by Visiting Associate Professor Shitao Yang and Zhang Jiangao, “On the Lexicographic Centre of Multiple-Objective Optimization,” was accepted by the Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications in September.

College of Engineering

Rodrigo Mesa-Arango, since the fall an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, received the Spring/Summer 2015 Civil Engineering Best Dissertation Award from Purdue University, where he earned his Ph.D. in May. A student in the transportation area, his dissertation was “Algorithms for Bundling and Pricing Trucking Services: Deterministic and Stochastic Approaches.”

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

 Andrew Aberdein, professor of philosophy in the School of Arts and Communication, has published a new book, Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasion. The book, coauthored with Adina Arvatu, is published by Wooden Books of Glastonbury, England. A U.S. edition will appear with Bloomsbury Publishing in February 2016.

Gabrenya, W. K. Jr. (2015, May). American culture as seen by a cultural psychologist: The American Experiment. Invited address, Fo Guang University, Yilan, Taiwan.  

Radhika Krishnamurthy has been appointed for a three-year term to the advisory board of the University of Minnesota Press’s Test Division.  Advisory board members aid the Test Division in setting research and development (R&D) priorities, reviewing R&D grant proposals, and reviewing the Test Division’s personality assessment products and publications.

Maria Lavooy:

  • Effective Mentorship: Making the Most of Your Undergraduate Research Experience, Maria J. Lavooy, Roxanne Sullivan & Susan Becker, Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Conference, Boise, Idaho.
  • Judge and keynote speaker, UCF/Psi Chi Undergraduate Psychology Conference
  • Keynote speaker, UCF Cocoa and Palm Bay Psi Chi Induction Ceremony
  • Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Moderator, Chicago, IL.
  • Special Awards and Senior Judge for Psi Chi, International Science and Engineering Fair, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Association for Psychological Science, invited speaker, New York, New York

Trejo, Bianca**, Richard, Erin*, van Driel, Marinus**, & McDonald, Daniel. (In Press). Cross-cultural competence: The role of emotion regulation ability and optimism. Military Psychology.

*FIT faculty
**FIT alumni

Kristi Van Sickle:

Publication: Shen-Miller, D. S., Schwartz-Mette, R., Van Sickle, K. S., Jacobs, S. C., Grus, C., Cage, E., & Forrest, L. (2015). Trainee perspectives of peers with competence problems: A qualitative investigation. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 9(2), 161-169. doi: 10.1037/tep0000072.

Recognition: At the American Psychological Association (APA) Practice Organization’s 2015 State Leadership Conference, Kristi Van Sickle received an APA Presidential Citation from Barry S. Anton, Ph.D., ABPP for “Innovation, Energy, and Leadership in Integrated Primary Care and Rural Health”

Frank Webbe and student:

Publication: 1Salinas, Christine M., Dean, P., LoGalbo, A., Dougherty, M., Field, M., & Webbe, F. M. (In Press). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Status and Baseline Neurocognitive Performance in High School Athletes. Applied Neuropsychology – Child.

1Graduate of Clinical Doctor of Psychology program

David Wilder and students:

Publications: Kelley, David**, Wilder, David A.*, Carr, J. E., Rey, Catalina**, Green, Nicholas**, & Lipschultz, Joshua**. (In press) Research productivity among practitioners in Behavior Analysis: Recommendations from the prolific. Behavior Analysis in Practice.

Presentations: Allgood, Jesse**, Majdalany, Lina***, Wilder, David*, Smeltz, Lindsay*** (2015, May). Evaluation of a model for the assessment and treatment of noncompliance. In B. Loyd (Chair), New Approaches to the Experimental Assessment and Treatment of Noncompliance. Symposium presented at the 41st annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis, International, San Antonio, Texas.

Martinez-Onstott, Brandon***, Wilder, David* & Sigurdsson, Siggi**** (2015, May). Identifying the variable contributing to at-risk performance: Initial evaluation of the Performance Diagnostic Checklist – Safety. In Alison King** (Chair), Recent Advances in Behavioral Safety. Symposium presented at the 41st annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis, International, San Antonio, Texas.

King, Alison**, Ditzian, Kyle***, Wilder, David*, & Tanz, Jeanine**. (2015, May). The PDC-HS: A tool to assess and improve performance in human service settings. In J. Vladescu (Chair), Recent Advances in Staff Training in Human Service Settings. Symposium presented at the 41st annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis, International, San Antonio, Texas.

*FIT faculty
**FIT student
***FIT alumni
****Former FIT faculty

Jessica Wildman and student:

Book chapter: **Scott, Charles P. R., & *Wildman, Jessica L. (in press). Developing and managing team performance. To appear in E. Salas (Ed.), The Wiley Blackwell handbook of the psychology of recruitment, selection, and team dynamics. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley Blackwell.

*IO psychology faculty member
**IO psychology student

College of Science

Aaron Adams, research associate professor of biological sciences and director of science and conservation for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, served as co-editor on a special issue of the scientific journal Environmental Biology of Fishes on bonefish and tarpon results from the Fifth International Bonefish and Tarpon Symposium. The issue includes 15 scientific articles describing new research findings that will contribute to better management of these important fisheries.

Chemistry professor Andy Knight has been named Outstanding Chemist by the Orlando section of the American Chemical Society. He was thanked for choosing to study chemistry “and for doing so well in understanding and applying what you have learned.” He will receive a plaque and a $500 check at the Dec. 5 awards luncheon.

The journal Coastal Management has published a paper by Ken Lindeman and his interdisciplinary science masters student, Lauren Dame, on sea level rise and land use planning among Florida, North Carolina and New England. Lindeman is a professor in the Department of Education and Interdisciplinary Studies and is engaged with local through federal adaptation initiatives including climate and fishery ecosystem evaluations for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Keniua Pedrosa Nunes, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, has edited a new open access book, Major Topics in Type 1 Diabetes. It was published Nov. 14. Nunes and the book were featured in an article on the InTech website here.

Led by Professor Rob van Woesik and Professor Mark Bush from the Department of Biological Sciences, Florida Tech has joined the Florida Climate Institute. The Institute for Research on Global Climate Change at Florida Tech will provide the science to forecast the ecological and societal effects of climate change in Florida and beyond.

Facilities Operations

University Horticulturist and Manager of Grounds Holly Chichester was profiled in the Plant Maps blog site. The article, available here, talked about the university’s botanical garden and Chichester’s work in fostering connections between visitors and plants.

Office of Economic Development

Ken Stackpoole, vice president for external relations and economic development, led a discussion on the important role that University Based Economic Development (UBED) will play during the Florida Chamber Foundation’s quarterly Innovation Caucus. Florida Tech, through its labs and research, by producing the talent to fan the flames of innovation, and through its role in contributing to the quality of life of a city or region, will be an important aspect of the message being delivered in the foundation’s upcoming “Blueprint for Florida’s Innovation Economy.”

Office of Human Resources

Karen Gathercole, director of human resources, presented “Incorporating a Wellness Program with Funding from Your Health Insurance Carrier,” at the South Brevard Society for Human Resource Management chapter meeting in November. The presentation centered on Florid Tech’s two-year journey to a healthier workplace.

April Schick, senior benefits and wellness specialist, has obtained her certification as a Corporate Certified Wellness Specialist, or CCWS, through the Corporate Health & Wellness Association. This certification was designed to show that specialists are up to date on information regarding training and knowledge to successfully implement a wellness program, including new rules and regulations, and understanding industry best practices.

Online Learning

Staff members Edelyn Arandia, Takiko Griggs, Judy Gassman, Lisa Campbell, Kawanda Rembert, Cyndi Johnsrud, Danielle Schukoske, Jillian Leclerc, Jenny Riter, Lisa Gill, Andrea Morley, Lisa McKendree, Megan Eusebe and Stephani Cuddie participated in the Together We Rise project for foster children. They decorated 15 duffel bags that were to be filled with donated items for the children to take when placed into a new home, including stuffed animals, crayons and blankets. Often the few belongings the children have are held in grocery or trash bags, so the duffel bags are a great way to help a child feel special, Campbell said.

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