Faculty and Staff News — 30 September 2016
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College of Aeronautics

Doss, S.K., Carstens, D.S. & Kies, S. (2016). Episodic Social Media Impact on Users, International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, 4(3), 273-286. (Doss, a faculty member at Barry University, is a former Florida Tech professor, and Kies is a College of Businesses alumnus.)

Nathan Bisk College of Business

Anthony Catanese, Florida Tech president emeritus and professor, was honored with the Leadership Award at the First Annual Space Coast Public Service Awards and Hall of Fame Gala on Sept. 24. “We are excited and honored to recognize your outstanding commitment and service,” said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, who hosted the event.

In early September, Catanese delivered the keynote address to the 27st Annual Meeting of the Chinese American Scholar and Professional Association of Florida at Walt Disney World.  He spoke about New Urbanism in Florida and China.

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

Aberdein, Andrew. Book Review. Mohan Ganesalingam. The Language of Mathematics: A Linguistic and Philosophical Investigation. FoLLI Publications on Logic, Language and Information.

Professor of History Gordon Patterson was an invited speaker at the XXV International Congress of Entomology on Sept. 28 in Orlando. Patterson spoke about the history of mosquito control. Earlier in September, Patterson was the keynote speaker at the Mosquito Control Association of Australia and Australian Arbovirus Research Meeting on the Gold Coast, Queensland Australia. He presented, “Coping with the Mosquito Menace.”

Bold = faculty
*= student
**= alumni
*** =former student
****=Scott Center staff

Julie Costopoulos:

Costopoulos, J.S. & *Wellman, B.L. (2016, June).  Risk Assessment of Sexual Offenders. Florida Crime and Intelligence Analyst Association Conference, Melbourne, FL.

Bill Gabrenya:

Gabrenya, W. K. Jr. (2016, August). Teaching research methods for cross-cultural psychology: Stories from the field. In W.K. Gabrenya (Convener), Education and teaching in culture and psychology: Strategies, techniques, outcomes. Symposium presented at the Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Nagoya, Japan.

Yan, W., Gabrenya, W. K., Jr., Cai, Y., Taušová, J. (2016, August). In search of a Chinese-centric, multiculturally equivalent version of the Multicultural Personality. Paper presented at the Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Nagoya, Japan.

Gabrenya, W. K. Jr. (2016, August). Kwok Leung’s Contributions to the Success of IACCP. In M. H. Bond (Convener), Recognizing Kwok Leung: Student, colleague, organizational citizen, husband and father. Symposium presented at the Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Nagoya, Japan.

*Moshinushi, Y., ***Al-Zaidalsharief, R., ***Armon, B. K., ***Brnova, P., *Champion, S., *Jiang, H.-R., ***Osikoya, O., ***Rodriguez, A. ***Wolfeld, L., & Gabrenya, W. K. Jr. (2016, August). Development of a decentered, multilingual Repatriation Adjustment Scale. In N. Geeraert & A. English (Chair), Much talked about but rarely conducted: Internal and re-entry acculturation.  Symposium presented at the Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Nagoya, Japan.

I/O Student SHRM Chapter (submitted by Lisa Steelman):

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has awarded a 2015-2016 Honorable Mention Award designation to the Florida Institute of Technology SHRM student chapter for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members. The student chapter is affiliated with the South Brevard chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. The chapter president is Joshua Bush, doctoral student in I/O psychology, and the chapter faculty advisor is Lisa Steelman.

The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, was created to encourage student chapters to require ongoing excellence in the following areas: student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and SHRM engagement.

Maria Lavooy:

Lavooy, M. J., and Miller, E.* (2016). Speak Up Please; I Can’t Hear You. Poster presented at the 124th American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Denver, CO.

Chris Podlesnik:

Bizo, L. A., & Podlesnik, Christopher A. (2016). SQAB 2015: Choice and consequences. Behavioural Processes, 127, 1-2.

Kim, J., Cowie, S., Bai, J. Y. H., & Podlesnik, Christopher A. (2016). Resurgence through a temporal lens: The effect of reinforcer rates on resurgence. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Bai, J. Y. H., Elliffe, D., Cowie, S., & Podlesnik, Christopher A. (2016). Assessing preference for response-contingent stimuli in a concurrent-chains procedure. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Bland, V. B., Cowie, S., Elliffe, D., & Podlesnik, Christopher A. (2016). Does an inhibitory stimulus function as a punishing consequence? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Chris Podlesnik agreed to extend his term as Associate Editor for the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior for an additional year.

Chris Podlesnik, Corina Jimenez-Gomez, and Michael Kelley:

Podlesnik, Christopher A., Jimenez-Gomez, Corina, & Kelley, Michael E. (in press). Matching and behavioral momentum: Quantifying choice and persistence. In W. W. Fisher, C. C. Piazza, & H. S. Roane (Eds.), Handbook of Applied Behavior Analysis (Vol. 2). New York: Guilford Press.

Darby Proctor:


Proctor, D., Calcutt, S. E., Burke, K., & de Waal, F. B. M. (2016). Intranasal oxytocin failed to affect chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) social behavior. Animal Behavior & Cognition, 3(3), 150-158. doi:10.12966/abc.04.08.2016

Conference presentations:

Proctor, D., Calcutt, S. E., Burke, K., & de Waal, F. B. M. (2016, August). When cultures collide: Cultural transmission with alternating traditions in a newly formed group of captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Paper presented at the joint International Primatological Society & American Society of Primatologists meeting, Chicago, IL.

Proctor, D., Gedde, H.**, Baldrica, B.**, Burch, E.*, Kramer, J.*, Swanson, J.* and Vergason, C.* (2016, August). The effect of a nighttime zoo event on spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) behavior. Poster presented at the joint International Primatological Society & American Society of Primatologists meeting, Chicago, IL.

Public Outreach:

Proctor, D. (2016). Science update. Brevard Zoo Magazine, Fall/Winter 2016.

Proctor, D. (2016, July). Behavioral economics in nonhuman primates. Presentation to Florida Institute of Technology’s Lifelong Scholar Society, Melbourne, FL.

Carter Smith and Keith Touchberry (submitted by Jim Reynolds):

Two of our Criminal Justice Adjunct faculty members have received professional honors recently.

Dr. Carter F. Smith, Criminal Justice, received the Frederick Milton Thrasher Award from the “Journal of Gang Research” Aug. 8 at the International Gang Specialist Training Conference in Chicago.

The Thrasher Award was established in 1992 “to honor and recognize superior scholarship, leadership, accomplishments and service contributions by individuals and by programs in dealing with public safety issues like that posed by gangs,” as stated on the award certificate.

While Smith has won the honor twice before, this is the first Thrasher Award to single out his “superior scholarship.”  Dr. Smith, a professor at Middle Tennessee State University, has been on our faculty since 2008.

Keith Touchberry, MA, who has also been with our program since 2008, is Chief of the Fellsmere Police Department, which was awarded the Rocky Pomerance Excellence in Policing Award from the Florida Police Chief’s Association (small agency category) at FPCA’s summer conference in June.  This is the second Rocky Pomerance award Fellsmere has received. The first was in 2015.  This year’s award recognized the “Police Partners Program,” which seeks to strengthen police relations and promote community participation, raise the quality and effectiveness of law enforcement, and enhance the quality of life within the community by increasing citizen safety and security.

Dave Wilder:

Lipschultz, J.*, Wilder, D.A., & Enderli, A.* (in press). Effects of response independent delivery of preferred items and the high-probability instructional sequence on compliance. Behavioral Interventions.

Lipschultz, J.* & Wilder, D. A. (in press). Recent research on the high-probability instructional sequence: A brief review. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Wilder, D. A. (2016, August). Establishing rule following in home and community settings among individuals with autism and related disabilities. Invited presentation delivered at the 2016 National Autism Conference, State College, PA.

David Wilder, Chris Podlesnik and Mike Kelley:

Morgan, A.****, Wilder, D. A., Podlesnik, C. A., & Kelley, M. E. (in press). Evaluation of an arm splint belt to reduce self-injury. Behavioral Interventions.

Frank Webbe:


*Love, Christina, Webbe, Frank, Kim, Gunha, Lee, Ki Hyeong, Westerveld, Michael, & **Salinas, Christine M. (In press). The Role of Executive Functioning in Quality of Life in Pediatric Intractable Epilepsy. Epilepsy and Behavior.

Published Abstract:

*Vallejo-Luces, Tatiana, *Vagt, Denise, *Kissinger-Knox, Alicia, *Gonzalez, Gabriela, Srinivasan, Visalakshi, Mulligan, Kevin, & Webbe, Frank. (2016). Effect of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CAP) Compliance on a Cognitive Screening Test in a Memory Clinic Population with Sleep Apnea. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 31(6), 594. (doi:10.1093/arclin/acw043.28)

External Support:

Non-Invasive Head-Mounted Measures of Vestibular Function, U. S. Army Small Business Innovation Grant (SBIR) Program, Phase II, $30,185, 2016-2018. (Site PI for sub-contract to Engineering Acoustics, Inc., B. Mortimer principal investigator).

College of Science

Spencer Fire, assistant professor of biological sciences will study the effects of harmful algal blooms (HAB) on marine mammals from multiple U.S. coastal regions early next year thanks to a $66,000 grant from National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Fire will collect biological samples such as liver, blood and gastric content from stranded marine mammals and perform HAB toxin analysis in context of co-occurring algal blooms in the region.

The goal is to assess the role HAB toxins have in marine mammal strandings, illness and death. The research may help those responding to stranded animals to better understand the causes of marine animal deaths and mass-stranding events. Fire will use the data to look at long-term trends, seasonal trends, and species-specific trends in toxin exposure and make a case for ocean health as a factor in marine animal health.

Ken Lindeman, a professor and sustainability program chair in Florida Tech’s Department of Education and Interdisciplinary Studies, is co-editor of Designing Sustainable Urban Futures, Concepts and Practices from Different Countries, a new book that provides an innovative blueprint for sustainability in urban settings.

Lindeman participated in a panel discussion about sustainability at the Go for the Greens international women’s business conference in Orlando on Sept. 23.

Human Resources

Karen Gathercole, director of human resources, was a speaker at the 4th Annual Global Women’s Leadership Summit at the 8th Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 25.

On Sept. 27, Gathercole delivered a presentation titled, “Benefits Enrollment 2.0” at the congress.

Office of the President

Joni Oglesby, chief diversity officer and Title IX coordinator, has been selected for membership on the state of Florida’s 2016-17 Statewide Sexual Assault Response Team Advisory Committee.

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