Two UNT faculty members — Bibhudutta Rout, assistant professor of physics, and Xiaohui Yuan, assistant professor of computer science and engineering — received 2008 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards aimed at enriching the research and professional growth of young faculty.
The objective of Rout's research is to create a comprehensive infrastructure for the characterization, analysis and modification of nanoscale systems with applications ranging from nano-electronics to biomedical research. His project, which uses high-energy ion beams (mega-electron-volt), will include collaboration with faculty in physics, computer science and engineering technology at UNT, as well as other universities such as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and State University of New York at Albany.
Yuan's grant will be used to support graduate students in UNT's Computer Vision and Intelligent Systems Laboratory to help scientists better understand how floods operate. Using a remote mapping and sensing system known as LiDAR, or Light Detection and Ranging, he plans to expand the uses of multi-dimension sensory techniques and produce more accurate 3-D urban modeling and flooding analysis.
Each Powe award includes $5,000 from Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and UNT will match the awards with an additional $5,000 each. Rout and Yuan are two of only 30 faculty members nationwide to receive the grants this year. UNT has had eight faculty members receive the grant since 1999.
Dennis Fisher, professor of music, received the Russian Gagarin Medal of Honor while serving as principal guest conductor for the Volga Professional Wind Orchestra in Saratov, Russia, in spring 2008. The medal is named in honor of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human to travel into space.
Fisher, who has returned annually to Saratov since 2001 to guest conduct the orchestra, suggested holding the 2008 concert as part of the city's celebration of Gagarin's 1961 orbit. The concert was sponsored by the Russian Federal Space Agency, which presented Fisher with the prestigious award given to cosmonauts and a few other highly select individuals who support the Russian Federal Space Program.
Fisher has lectured, conducted and performed in Thailand, Japan, Europe and Scandinavia in addition to the United States and Russia. He conducts the UNT Symphonic Band and is associate director of wind studies for the College of Music.
The 2008 American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research was presented to Richard Rogers, professor of psychology. The award is given annually to a psychologist whose research has led to innovative applications in the area of psychological practice.
Rogers has received more than $800,000 in grants from the National Science Foundation's Law and Social Sciences Programs to determine the comprehensibility of nearly 900 variations of Miranda warnings. He discovered that warnings span 21 to 408 words and range in overall reading level from second grade to post college. Rogers also is well known for his research on malingering and insanity evaluations. The author of Clinical Assessment of Malingering and Deception and five other books, he developed the Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms, which determines if mental disorders are genuine or feigned. It is widely used across a broad spectrum of cases, from disability claims to insanity evaluations.
Paul Leung, professor of rehabilitation, social work and addictions, received the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from the association's Division 22 — Rehabilitation Psychology. He is considered a national expert on multicultural issues in rehabilitation psychology.
Judith C. Forney, professor of merchandising and dean of the School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management, was named the 2008 Pearson Prentice Hall Distinguished Lecturer, a competitive award given by the International Textile and Apparel Association in recognition of a member's outstanding contributions to the field.
Forney presented her lecture, "The Global Consumer Experience Paradigm: A Peda-gogical Frontier for Fashion," in November at the associa-tion's annual conference in Schaumburg, Ill. Her presentation reflected on 25 years of research and scholarship that has applied a global perspective to research and learning and led to the conceptualization of the total consumer experience and finally to the global consumer experience paradigm that was revealed in her lecture. She has examined consumer experiences with fashion products, brands and services, as well as retail, lifestyle and tourist shopping.
Forney's collaborative work includes cross-cultural and cross-national comparative consumer studies in Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Canada, New Zealand and Mexico and international industry studies on NAFTA, domestic and overseas apparel production, overseas quality control and supply-chain relationships. She also has collaborated on studies examining adolescent self-esteem, morality and behavior as they relate to gang dress, shoplifting and clothing theft. Forney co-wrote the textbook Experiential Retailing: Concepts and Strategies That Sell.
Steven Cole, professor of finance, received the 2008 Prentice Hall Outstanding Educator Award from the Southwestern Finance Association. He is a scholar of banking and financial markets with research interests focusing on fixed income securities. He approaches the topic broadly, studying the effect of default risk insurance on yields of municipal bonds traded in the secondary market, the efficiency of futures markets for U.S. Treasuries and Eurodollars, and the impact of bond rating changes.
Cole's research has been published in the Journal of Futures Markets and the Journal of Monetary Economics. Cole also has served as a consultant for BancOne Corp. and the American Association of Certified Public Accountants and as a teacher in the Credit Union National Association management school for the Southwest CUNA Management Association.
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