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College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

Perdigao, Lisa. “’Sometimes the world needs a team’: From Singularity to Universality in the CW’s Legends of Tomorrow,” Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the South, Nashville, October 2016.

Taylor, Robert. “Schoolgirl and Sailor: Valuable Perspectives on Disunion and War,” Civil War Book Review, LSU Libraries’ Special Collections.

Tenga, Angela. “The South Will Rise Again: Contagion, War, and Reconstruction in AMC’s The Walking Dead, Seasons One through Five.” The Last Midnight: Essays on Apocalyptic Narratives in Millennial Media. Ed. Leisa A. Clark, Amanda Firestone, and Mary F. Pharr. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2016. 37-47. Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy 53.

Zhang, Wanfa. “The U.S.–China ‘Thucydides Trap’: Implications of the Attitudes of China’s Future Elites”

Zhang, Wanfa. Panel – “Belt and Road Initiative: Motives, Scope, and Challenges.”

College of Science

Daniel Batcheldor, professor and head of the Department of Physics and Space Sciences, was an invited keynote speaker at the 3rd Annual Congress of Astrobiology in Manizales, Colombia, in mid-October. He spoke about in situ resource utilization on Mars in a presentation titled, “Astrobiology and the Future of Humanity.”

Senior Associate Dean Michael Grace’s work on snake infrared imaging, as well as his use of a psychophysical technique called operant conditioning, and application of functional magnetic resonance imaging of the brain, were featured on the Discovery Canada science program Daily Planet. Ph.D. student Helen Plylar was also featured.

Assistant Professor Eric Guisbert successfully won repeat funding from the ORAU science consortium to allow Florida Tech to host the 2017 Florida Worm Meeting. The daylong meeting, scheduled for May 20, 2017, will be the third in a series.

Ken Lindeman, a professor and sustainability program chair in the Department of Education and Interdisciplinary Studies, participated as a speaker in the Social Good Summit Nov. 9. Sponsored by the local tech business incubator Groundswell, the event “showcased the evolving landscape of mission-driven enterprises that are both profitable and beneficial to the people and planet.”

Evans Library

Florida Tech was well represented at the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting of the Society of Florida Archivists (SFA) and the Society of Georgia Archivists Oct. 12-14 in Savannah, Georgia. Erin Mahaney, university archivist for the Harry P. Weber University Archives and president of the Society of Florida Archivists, served on the conference programming committee and conducted SFA’s annual business meeting. Special Collections Curator Diane Newman presented the paper Lone Arrangers as Team Players. Assistant Archivist Lisa Petrillo presented a poster, Archives 360: Redefining Online Exhibits at Evans Library. And two graduate summer interns, Gabriella Williams, student at Florida State University, and Sarah Kautz, student at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, presented a poster titled Ground Control to Archivists Above: Unveiling Legacies & Launching Careers Through Internships.

Office of Operations and Global Initiatives

Gaby Hawat, senior vice president of operations and global initiatives, has been named to the 2016-17 Board of Directors of the Orlando Economic Development Commission. The Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) is a not-for-profit, public- private partnership on a mission to aggressively attract, retain and grow jobs for the Orlando region while advocating, championing, and educating in support of efforts to improve its national and global competitive position.


Erica Lemp has been named executive director of weVENTURE, the Florida Tech-based organization focused on accelerating sustainable business growth for entrepreneurs. She succeeds Beth Gitlin, who left the organization in late September to fulfill educational pursuits.

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