Kudos: Dolins, Draus, Kiska, Marmarelli, Mi, Pietrykowski


Francine Dolins, Paul Draus, Tim Kiska, Beth Marmarelli, Chris Mi, Bruce Pietrykowski

Francine Dolin’s paper, “Using virtual reality to investigate comparative spatial cognitive abilities in chimpanzees and humans,” was published in the February 2014 edition of the American Journal of Primatology. The research used virtual reality mazes to study the spatial reason of chimpanzees and found that chimps can outperform young children. Dolins is association professor of psychology.

Paul Draus, associate professor of sociology, was honored with a Michigan Campus Compact (MiCC) Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award at Civic Engagement Institute 2014: Celebrating 25 Years of Connecting Campus & Community. Draus was designated by peers as the faculty/staff person on campus who has made the most outstanding contributions in service-learning and community service.  This award recognizes his influence on and the engagement of students to be involved in community service or service-learning through modeling, influencing or instruction.

Tim Kiska’s documentary, The History of Detroit’s Television, will air on Detroit Public TV (DPTV) Tuesday, March 18, at 8 p.m. Kiska, associate professor of communications, helped create, produce and write the project.

Beth Marmarelli, director of communications and marketing, was elected to the board of the Public Relations Society of America’s Detroit chapter, a 400-member professional organization.

Chris Mi, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was recognized as a top editor for Transactions on Vehicular Technology, a publication of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.  He was ranked third of 100 editors in terms of turn-around editorial decision time and the number of papers handled.

Bruce Pietrykowski, professor of economics, was the 2013 recipient of the Ludwig Mai Service Award from the Association for Social Economics (ASE). The Ludwig Mai Award recognizes a member of the ASE for exceptional service to the association.

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