Faculty and Staff Briefs: July 2018


Susan Fiorito, Ph.D. (Entrepreneurship) was presented with the Alpha Chi Omega Award of Achievement at the 60th Alpha Chi Omega National Convention held June 30 in Austin, Texas. The award recognizes outstanding Alpha Chi Omegas who have made significant contributions resulting in national and regional recognition in their chosen professional fields. Fiorito also was presented with the American Collegiate Retailing Association Academic Lifetime Achievement Award on June 8 in Toronto, Canada. The award recognizes faculty who have contributed to scholarly output in the retail domain over a career in the academy, who have provided significant service to the profession and who have advanced retailing as a discipline and practice at the national and international levels.

Hanwei Gao, Ph.D. (Physics) won an Office of Naval Research Young Investigators Award for his project “Two-Dimensional Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Perovskites as Photoactive Semiconductors.” Awards were made to 31 scientists whose research hold strong promise across a wide range of naval-relevant science and technology areas.

Melissa Radey, Ph.D. (Social Work) was accepted as a scholar for the Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences. The program is funded by the National Institute of Health through the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research.


Alysia Roehrig, Ph.D. (Educational Psychology), Devin Soper, MLIS, Brad Cox, Ph.D. (Education) and Gloria Colvin, MLIS, co-authored the article “Changing the default to support open access to education research,” published in the journal Educational Researcher.

Sarah Lester, Ph.D. (Geography) co-authored “Offshore aquaculture in the United States: Untapped potential in need of smart policy,” published in the July edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).

Tarez Samra Graban, Ph.D. (English) authored the chapter “Ripple Effects: Toward a Topos of Deployment for Feminist Historiography in Rhetoric and Composition,” published in the volume Networked Humanities: From Within and Without the University. Samra Graban also co-authored the chapter “New Rhetorics of Scholarship: Leveraging Betweenness and Circulation for Feminist Historical Work in Composition Studies,” published in the volume Rhetoric, Writing, and Circulation. In addition, Samra Graban authored the chapter “Contending with ‘Difference’: Points of Leverage for Intellectual Administration of the Multilingual FYC Course,” published in the volume Internationalization of U.S. Writing Programs.

Koji Ueno, Ph.D. (Sociology) co-authored “Same-Sex Contact and Lifetime Sexually Transmitted Disease Diagnoses Among Older Adults,” published in the Journal of Aging and Health.


Mohamed Berray (University Libraries) presented “Campus Implementation of the National Coalition Building Institute at FSU” at the Association of Research Libraries Symposium for Strategic Leadership in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in Minneapolis. Berray also presented “Creating and Implementing Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives in Libraries: Strategies and Successes at the Florida State University Libraries” and “Reducing Prejudice and Intergroup Conflict” at the American Library Association Annual Conference in June in New Orleans.

Susan Fiorito, Ph.D., Peter Weishar, Ph.D., and Mk Haley (Entrepreneurship) will present “Utilization of themed experience in cultural and creative venues” during an entrepreneurship workshop at the International Conference on Arts and Cultural Management in Dijon, France, this September.

Emily Mann, MLIS, Kelly Grove, MLIS (University Libraries) and Amelia Anderson, Ph.D. (Information) presented “Supporting College Students on the Autism Spectrum: Evidence Based Strategies for Academic Librarians” at the 2018 American Library Associates Conference in June in New Orleans.

Travis Jordan, M.S. (University Libraries) presented “The First 90 Days: Reinvigorating a Library Brand that will Enhance the Image for Students and Excite the Donors” at the 2018 Academic Library Advancement and Development Network Conference in Dallas.

Krystal Thomas (Special Collections & Archives) presented a training webinar, “Developing Selection Criteria and Workflows for Digital Collections,” for the Southwest Florida Library Network.

Sally Karioth, Ph.D. (Nursing) presented the keynote address at the annual meeting for the Association of Fundraising Professionals held in June in Boca Raton, Florida.

Rob Duarte, MFA (Art) presented at the Arts in Society international conference held at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. Duarte presented on his REBOOT Laboratory project that resides at the FSU Facility for Arts Research (FAR).

Tarez Samra Graban, Ph.D. (English) presented “Archival Encounters Between ‘The West’ and ‘The Rest’” at the 18th Biennial Congress of the Rhetoric Society of America in Minneapolis. Samra Graban also presented “Questioning the Nature of ‘Reading’ and ‘Text’ for Cross-Cultural Analytics in Rhetoric and Composition” at the 69th Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication in Kansas City and “Proceeding with Caution: Avoiding ‘Data Neo-colonialism’ in Rhetorical Reconstructions of the Transnational Archive” at the 2018 Congress of the African Association for Rhetoric in Durban, South Africa.

Gary Taylor, Ph.D. (English) delivered the keynote presentation “Invisible Writers: Finding ‘Anonymous’ in Digital Archives” at the conference on Computational Methods in Literary and Historical Textual Studies at De Montfort University in Leicester, England. Taylor also gave a keynote presentation on “Shakespeare’s (and Marlowe’s) Most Important History Play” at the Marlowe Associate of America International Conference in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany.

Kelli Gemmer (Career Center) presented the webinar “Career Center Marketing: Increase Reach While Cutting Costs” at the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SoACE) Summer Technology Boot Camp.


Rachel Yohay, Ph.D. (Physics) was selected to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Program for her project “Probing New Physics with Tau Leptons using the CMS Detector.” The program, now in its ninth year, supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science.


Tarez Samra Graban, Ph.D. (English) has been elected to serve as president of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition for a two-year term through April 2020.

David Cooper, Ph.D. (Economics) has been elected North American vice president of the Economic Science Association, the main association for experimental economics.


Dennis Moore, Ph.D. (English) has successfully completed his term, 2015-2018, as founding mentor for the interdisciplinary Society of Early Americanists’ Junior Scholars Caucus. He is also the most recent recipient of the Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, or “ASECS.” A past president of the Society of Early Americanists, which is ASECS’s Americanist affiliate, Moore is also founder of the Early American Matters Caucus within the interdisciplinary American Studies Association.