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Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 2/4/15

In this issue we celebrate accomplishments by faculty and staff from the departments of art, business, English, the library, music, sociology, and technology services. We also share departmental news from campus dining, institutional advancement, and marketing. 

Robin C. Baneth, Campus Computing, Technology Services, successfully transferred his 2004 patent 7,624,355 to Holdings III, LLC of Washington. The sale was finalized by Cary’s Coats & Bennett law firm. The deal closed after negotiations (via a UK agent) with two potential buyers, one in Spokane, Wash., and the other in China.  While Baneth’s first patent (1997) was hardware-oriented to help the mobility-challenged use a computer, this second patent appeals to a much wider audience and describes an operating system overlay software interface that pre-dates Windows 10, iPad, and SmartPhones.

Baneth explains that the software is “platform-independent and features quadrant-cycling (between screen regions or “tiles”), ‘carouseling’ of multiple keyboards, dwell-to-select, word prediction, tabbing between web links, touch-screen friendly and, operates on a variety of devices from computers, tablets and smartphones to nurse call systems and, yes, his original hands-free aspiration input device.  Someday it could conceivably pair up with thought navigation devices, like emotive, or gaze interfaces like SmartNav or Google Glass when that returns or gesture-friendly interfaces like upcoming Windows 10 and popular gaming systems and maybe even new-age exercise machines. Just hope it is used for good and not evil.” He maintains rights to market the interface as it relates to his desire to assist paraplegics, quadriplegics, and people with arthritis and RSD, etc. use a computer in the field of universal accessibility.

Marta Findlay-Partridge was awarded the 2014 Raleigh Medal of Arts, in recognition of her contributions to orchestral music education in the Triangle. She teaches violin in Meredith's Community School of Music.

Instructor of Sociology Kris Macomber’s interview for the PBS television news show To the Contraryis now online. Her segment, on men in feminism, begins near the 10 minute mark. 

Assistant Professor of Business Karen Mishra was interviewed by NBC-17 about Nationwide's controversial Super Bowl ad. The story ran on the station's 11 p.m. newscast on  February 2 and in morning show broadcast on February 3.

Instructor of English Robert Rubin will be speaking on a panel with other writers at an event for Orange County Literacy on February 17. He will be interviewed for WUNC radio’s, “The State of Things,” which airs at noon. Learn more about the event 

"The Drawer,” a short film by Professor of Art Jane Terry, has been selected for the 2015 Society for Photographic Education Multicultural Caucus Film and Video Festival. Her work will be screened at the SPE National Conference in New Orleans in March. Terry is also participating in the 9th Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition on view January 22 through February 20 at the Wellington B. Gray Gallery on the campus of East Carolina University. Juror Burk Uzzle selected work representing 56 artists for this national competition and exhibition.

Associate Professor of Music Jim Waddelow was one of three judges who adjudicated the College Orchestra Director Association Student International Conducting Competition. The three winning student conductors will perform with the Miami University Orchestra in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the CODA International Conference in March. 

Ted Waller, Head of Library Technical Services, has written "Are Economic Data Ringing The Bell At The Top?" for the popular Seeking Alpha web site. The article appeared on January 21.

Departmental News

Major Gift Update from Institutional Advancement
Institutional Advancement is excited to share the news of a recent gift to the College from Kitty Rumley for $3 million.  This generous gift brings our Beyond Strong campaign fiscal year total to $9.7 million and the campaign to date total to just over $41.1 million. Please visit the new campaign website pages to read about campaign priorities, leadership, and more.   

New Video Highlights Graduate Programs in Nutrition
Meredith’s newest video highlights the strength of our graduate programs in nutrition. In this video, Chris Newport, ’11, who completed Meredith’s dietetic internship and the Master of Science in Nutrition, talks about her experience at Meredith. Watch Newport’s Strong Story  

Special Events and Savings from Campus Dining

Join in on the fun at the special events in Belk Dining Hall this month:

2/5: Birthday Bash at Lunch

2/13: Valentine’s Day Lunch

2/17: Mardi Gras Lunch

Spring into Savings at the BeeHive with these February specials:

Sandwich Shack: Chicken Cheddar Ciabatta Sandwich and a Regular Fountain Beverage for $5.

Grille Works: Crispy Cod Sandwich with your choice of French fries, whole fruit, or a side salad and a Regular Fountain Beverage for $6

Add 2 Pringles for $1 or homemade Old Bay Potato Chips for $1 to your order

Melyssa Allen

News Director
316 Johnson Hall
(919) 760-8087
Fax: (919) 760-8330

allenme@meredith.edu