Shu-Ching Chen named 2016 IEEE Fellow

Shu-Ching Chen, Eminent Scholar Chair Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences, has been named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow in recognition of his outstanding record of accomplishments in multimedia data management and disaster information management. Specifically, Dr. Chen’s research has focused on development of innovative and fundamentally new methodologies for a wide range of multimedia data management problems for efficient data management/searching/retrieval. His work has been published in prestigious journals and adopted as official tools/applications by Federal, state, and county governments. Dr. Chen’s work has also yielded one patent.

The IEEE is the worlds leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

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Elisa Trucco recognized as an Emerging Scholar in Research on Adolescence

The Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) recently named Elisa Trucco, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, as an Emerging Scholar. The award is given annually to four researchers recognized as gaining national prominence as experts on adolescence. Dr. Trucco, who joined FIUs Center for Children and Families in August 2015 immediately after completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Michigan, is establishing an interdisciplinary program of research focused on increased understanding of the etiology of substance use in adolescence from a social ecological approach. During the course of her training, the Research Society on Alcoholism honored her innovative research with two prestigious awards, the Junior Investigator Award (2013) and the Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award (2015). Currently the recipient of a highly competitive Research Career Development Award (K01) from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and co-investigator on a National Institute on Drug Abuse grant recently awarded to FIU, Dr. Trucco has already authored or co-authored more than 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

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Kalai Mathee Selected as Section Editor for Journal of Medical Microbiology

On its 70th anniversary, the Journal of Medical Microbiology, one of the most prestigious journals in microbiology, announced that it is restricting its editorial board format and identified Kalai Mathee, PhD, Professor of Human and Molecular Genetics, and Director, Global Health Consortium, as one of six Section Editors.Recognized experts in their respective fields, section editors will ensure that the journal continues to publish high-quality science across the full spectrum of clinical microbiology. As Section Editor for Prevention and Therapy, Dr. Mathee will oversee a panel of editors responsible for steering the journals scientific content in that subject category.Dr. Mathees impact on the field will extend to the Microbiology Societys Editorial Office, as the section editors will influence the content, promotion, and expansion of the journal.

White House honors Atorod Azizinamini

AzizinaminiThe White House and the U.S. Department of Transportation will honor Atorod Azizinamini, professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at FIUs College of Engineering and Computing, for his innovations in making the nations aging bridges safer. Azizinamini has been named a 2015 White House Transportation Champion of Change. The White House Champions of Change Program highlights the stories and examples of citizens across the nation, who are leading projects and initiatives that move their communities forward. On October 13, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the White House Office of Public Engagement will host White House Champions of Change, focused on Beyond Traffic: Innovators in Transportation for the Future. Azizinamini and the other honorees will be recognized for being leaders in advancing transportation and change that benefits the countrys transportation system. Azizinamini invented the Folded Plate Steel Bridge System, which provides an economical, long-term solution for replacing outdated short span bridges.