Appointments, honors and activities

August 14, 2014  

Appointments and promotions:

- Carla Johnson has been named associate dean for research, engagement and global partnerships of Purdue's College of Education. Johnson joined the college's faculty in 2013 as a professor of science education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She has served as associate dean for engagement and global affairs since 2014. In her new position, Johnson will oversee faculty and staff grants submissions and research awards, develop and sustain strategic partnerships with school corporations, businesses and community organizations as well as create models for professional development activities. She will also promote globalization activities that include supporting and expanding study abroad programs and the globalization of college programs and curricula. Johnson's research is focused on the relationship between effective practice and student learning in science for diverse learners.


- Carla Johnson, associate dean for research, engagement and global partnerships of Purdue's College of Education, co-edited a new book that provides K-12 educators a resource for integrating STEM curricula into the classroom. "STEM Road Map: A Framework for Integrated STEM Education" offers an integrated STEM curricula, encompassing the entire K-12 spectrum. It offers a complete grade-level learning based on a spiraled approach to building conceptual understanding. The book is a collaboration of over 30 STEM education professionals from across the United States. Their work maps out the Common Core standards in mathematics and English/language arts, the Next Generation Science Standards performance expectations, and the Framework for 21st Century Learning. Co-editors include Erin E. Peters-Burton, George Mason University, and Tamara J. Moore, Purdue. Routledge will publish the book in 2016.

- Jacob Wheadon, a doctoral student in Engineering Education, and Nathalie Duval-Couetil, director of the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation program, won best research paper in the Entrepreneurship and Engineering Innovation Division at the 2015 American Society for Engineering Education Conference recently in Seattle. The paper was titled "Using an Intention-Uncertainty Matrix to Categorize Entrepreneurship Education Offerings." 

Student honors:

- Joseph Lukens, a researcher in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will receive the 2015 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award. Candidates are nominated by their academic advisers and are selected by an international panel of engineers. The recognition is awarded in October and includes a $4,000 prize. Lukens' area of research focuses on temporal cloaking, showing how to open up and then reclose temporal gaps in a continuous, single-frequency laser field.

- Two Purdue University Calumet students, Brittany Komacsar and Julissa Lopez, recently won the Stanford Prize at the Stanford University Undergraduate Psychology Conference in Palo Alto, California. Two Stanford Prizes were awarded at the conference from entries of more than 1,000 student researchers worldwide. In their research project, titled "Cognitive Tasks and Decision Making: The Effect of Cognitive Stress on Choice," Komacsar and Lopez studied the effect of mental stress on choice during a cognitively engaging task. Specifically, they measured individuals' ability to memorize and deliver phrases after first choosing to eat a snack of fresh vegetables or cheesecake. Komacsar and Lopez received a cash award and a certificate.

- Daniel Romano, an undergraduate student in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, won first place in the 2015 Nanotechnology Student Advisory Council Undergraduate Research Symposium at Discovery Park earlier this month for a poster titled "Competitive Tuning of Calmodulin Target Protein Activation Drives E-LTP Induction in CA1 Hippocampal Neurons." NSAC is an organization of Purdue students who are interested in nanotechnology research.

- Graduate student Rachel Sitarz received an academic excellence award for her contributions in cybersecurity research. The Women in Security Award is an annual recognition sponsored by Duo Security and was announced at the Black Hat USA information security conference earlier this month in Las Vegas. Sitarz, a doctoral student from St. John, Indiana, studies cyber forensics in the College of Technology. Sitarz worked for three years for the Indiana State Police as a criminal intelligence analyst on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, where she developed analytical products and tactical analysis for police investigations. In addition to her studies, she works full time for Purdue, analyzing threats to its networks. 

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