In the Spotlight: Oct. 9-13, 2023 

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  • Josh Emery, professor in the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science (DAPS), Will Grundy, adjunct faculty, and sabbatical visitor John Stansberry recently authored an article on their astrophysics spectral resolution investigation on dwarf planets Sedna, Gonggong and Quaoar.  
  • Cristina Thomas, assistant professor in DAPS, coauthored an article on a report of observations on Didymos-Dimorphos binary asteroid system measurements of spectral emissivity, to support observations for future spaceflight missions. 
  • School of Forestry professors Kristen Waring and Rich Hofstetter, along with seven other scientists, were recipients of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Crop Protection and Pest Management award, for their investigation on developing new and sustainable integrated pest management strategies for invasive insect issues. 
  • Catherine Lockmiller, health sciences librarian, authored an article, “Decoding the Misinformation-Legislation Pipeline: an analysis of Florida Medicaid and the current state of transgender healthcare.” Her article highlights the health science librarians’ role in identifying and opposing the spread of harmful misinformation on Misinformation – Legislation Pipeline. 
  • Lori Rubino-Hare, research associate in the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL), Nena Bloom, assistant director in the office of Vice President for Research (OVPR), and co-principal investigators Mark Manone, assistant professor of practice in the Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation, and James Sample, professor in the School of Earth and Sustainability, co-authored an article, “The impact of Geospatial Inquiry lessons on student interest in science and technology careers.” Their article is the result of an NSF-funded project which explores the student characteristics and geospatial technology lesson factors that result in student interest in science, technology, and careers in those fields. 
  • CEIAS professors Christopher Doughty, Marco Gerosa, Alex Groce, Scott Goetz, Bruce Hungate, Kiona Ogle, Andrew Richardson, Benjamin Ruddell, Igor Steinmacher, Peter Vadasz and Venkata Yaramasu were listed in the “Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators” article as the top 2 percent of scientists above in their sub-fields and c-scores for their groundbreaking work and contributions to pressing problems at global levels. Richardson, Goetz, Hungate, Groce, Vadasz and Yaramasu were also listed as the top 2 percent of scientists based on their career-long publications. 
  • Three bioengineering Ph.D. students received awards for their presentations at the 2023 Brain Aneurysm Foundation event in Charleston, South Carolina, in September. 
    • Sophia Robertson presented and was awarded $40,000: Development of a Novel Biocompatible Polymer Coating for Aneurysm Treatment Devices.  
    • Husain Sodawalls presented and was awarded $30,000: Development of an FDA-Approved Benchtop Model for Delayed Aneurysm Suture (DAR) Studies.  
    • Omid Asgari presented and was awarded $45,000: Development of a Novel Balloon-Mesh Device to Improve the Embolization of Aneurysms. 


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