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CHARDIE BAIRD WINS PUBLICATION AWARD
Chardie BairdChardie Baird, assistant professor of sociology, and John Reynolds, Florida State University professor of sociology, looked at the mental health consequences of shooting for the stars versus planning for the probable in their publication "Is There a Downside to Shooting for the Stars? Unrealized Educational Expectations and Symptoms of Depression."

Their research ended with positive results: Baird and Reynolds found that there is nothing wrong with encouraging students, even less academically promising students, from pursuing their higher education goals.

Their research, published earlier this year in the American Sociological Review, won the best publication award for the mental health section of the American Sociological Association.

 

KRISHNA TUMMALA PRESENTED WITH BOOK
Krishna TummalaDuring his recent visit to India, Krishna K. Tummala, director of the master of public administration program, department of political science, was presented with a copy of a book dedicated to him.

The book on Indian public administration, "Public Administration: Steel or Plastic Frame" was written by professor V. Bhaskara Rao, currently dean of postgraduate studies, Kakatiya University, Warangal.

On his way back from India, Tummala participated in a conference on corruption organized by RC-20 of the International Political Science Association in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He was one of more than 30 experts on corruption from all over the world. He chaired a panel, and his presentation was titled: "Corruption in India; Its Causes and Consequences."

 

PETER MAGYAR ELECTED A FULL MEMBER OF THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS
Peter MagyarPeter Magyar, professor and head of the department of architecture, has been elected as a full member of the Royal Institute of British Architects .
 
He was invited by the Hungarian Ministry of National Resources and by the curators of the Hungarian Pavilion of the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale to give the opening speech at the opening ceremony of the exhibition, "BorderLINE Architecture." The ceremony was Aug. 26 in the Giardini Pubblici, Venice, Italy.
 
Magyar's latest book, "THINKINK," was recently published by Kendall Hunt Publishers.
 
He has also been appointed as an adviser to the graduate program of the Dessau Institute of Architecture at the Bauhaus, Germany.

 

JOHN HATCLIFF, ROBBY HONORED FOR INFLUENTIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOFTWARE ENGINEERING FIELD
John HatcliffTwo professors, John Hatcliff, professor of computer and information science, pictured left, and Robby, associate professor of computing and information science, pictured right, were parts of a seven-member research team that received one of software engineering's most prestigious awards.

In 1998 the team set out to illustrate how different technologies could test for problems that arise when computer programs multitask. The team published "Bandera: Extracting Finite-State Models from Java Source code" in 2000.

RobbyThe publication recently received the Most Influential Paper Award from the International Conference on Software Engineering, the world's largest academic software engineering conference. The award honors the publication that has the biggest influence on the theory and practice of software engineering in the 10 years since it was published.

Academic citations show the continuing influence of the team's work. The publication is the most-cited paper published in the 30-year conference history, and the second most-cited of more than 10,000 papers published by the Association of Computing Machinery's SIGSOFT, the leading professional software engineering association. The Google Scholar citation index says the paper currently has more than 800 citations.

Other members of Hatcliff and Robby's research team included: James Corbett, a faculty member at the University of Hawaii at the time of writing and now a Google employee; Matthew Dwyer, a K-State faculty member at the time and now a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Shawn Laubach, a K-State graduate student at the time; Corina Pasareanu, a K-State doctoral student at the time who now works at NASA; and Hongjun Zheng, a K-State postdoctoral student at the time of writing.