Around Webster: Geneva Doctorates; McElwee Piece Opens Public Media Commons; Student Chemistry Research; Ruzicka at NEA Network

| September 8, 2014

Recent professional news and accomplishments by Webster University community members include:

Webster Geneva doctorates

Webster Geneva’s Polic, Puca and De Castro

Three Geneva Faculty Awarded Doctorates

Three faculty members at Webster University Geneva were awarded doctorates earlier this year, following research covering a variety of business topics at universities from France to Serbia.

Viktor Polic, adjunct faculty of Computer Science at Webster Geneva, defended his doctoral dissertation at Singidunum University in Belgrade, Serbia. His work on “Cryptographic protocol for information systems audit with users’ identity protection” is the result of four years of intensive research in advanced cryptographic protocols, international regulation in data protection, and electronic voting systems.

Marcello Puca, lecturer in Microeconomics at Webster Geneva, earned his PhD from the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II in Naples, Italy. He successfully defended his doctoral thesis “Three Essays on the Economics of Coordination.” His research uses information economics and applied game theory to investigate political economics as well as law and economics issues with specific focus on voting institutions, political regime changes and group decision-making behavior.

Fabio De Castro, lecturer in Finance at Webster Geneva, successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on the “Relation between Options Strategy returns and volatility indicators: Evidence from the Volatility Index (VIX).” He was awarded his DBA from Grenoble Ecole de Management in France. His thesis showed the evidence of a relationship between the market implied volatility index (VIX) and the future returns on the market portfolio (the S&P 500 index) associated to the options strategies.

Read more about these faculty members and their doctoral work in this story at Webster University Geneva’s site.

A rendering of the new Public Media Commons in St. Louis Grand Center Art District.

A rendering of the new Public Media Commons in St. Louis Grand Center Art District.

McElwee’s ‘Electric Pilgrims’ to Premiere at Public Media Commons Opening

A piece by Van McElwee, internationally acclaimed video artist and professor in the School of Communications, will have its world premiere as part of the public unveiling of the Public Media Commons in St. Louis’ Grand Center Arts District on Sept. 13.

McElwee designed the exhibit, Electric Pilgrims: Everyone Is Everywhere, as a site-specific multiscreen experience for the opening of this site. The unique 9,000-square-foot open-air media environment will bring people together for experiences that stimulate creative thinking and serve the community as an incubator of arts and ideas.

Bordered by the Nine Network, St. Louis Public Radio and the Sheldon Concert Hall in the heart of the Grand Center Arts District, the Public Media Commons will “provide a playground for the mind and the senses.”

Zurfluh-Cunningham Honored as Four Present at Chemistry Symposium

Webster biology student Zack Zurfluh-Cunningham and undergraduate classmates Joseph Callahan and Devin Ericson joined chemistry professor Ryan Groeneman and researcher Eric Reinheimer at the 24th annual Midwest Organic Solid State Chemistry Symposium (MOSSCS), held at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where they made a total of four presentations on their original research. Zurfluh-Cunningham won the prize for the best undergraduate poster presentation with his poster titled “Directing the Stereochemistry of a [2+2] Photoreaction within the Organic Solid State by Template Switching.”

Read more about their research at Global Thinking, the blog of the College of Arts & Sciences.

Ruzicka Selected as Facilitator for NEA Network

Amelia Ruzicka, adjunct professor in the School of Education, has been selected as a facilitator for the NEA Great Public Schools (GPS) Network. Ruzicka is a teacher at Bayless Middle School in St. Louis, where she is a 8th- and 9th-grade math teacher and math instructional coordinator. The GPS Network is an online community where teachers, parents, education support professionals, and other com-munity stakeholders can share ideas and resources aimed at improving student success.

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