MET Academic News

Highlights of recent faculty and staff honors, grants, presentations, and publications.

In 2013, Associate Professor of the Practice of Administrative Sciences Andrew Banasiewicz published Marketing Database Analytics: Transforming Data for Competitive Advantage (Routledge).

Rachel Black, assistant professor of gastronomy, co-edited a collection of essays on the history and cultural ramifications of wine production called Wine and Culture: Vineyard to Glass, published this past August. Her article, “Taking Space to Grow Food and Community: Urban Agriculture and Guerrilla Gardening in Vancouver,” appeared in volume 4 of Cuizine. Professor Black was also featured in James O’Brien’s online article “Market Research” (Research at Boston University).

Assistant Professor of Administrative Sciences Canan Gunes Corlu coauthored two articles, “A Subset Selection Procedure under Input Parameter Uncertainty” (Proceedings of the 2013 Winter Simulation Conference, Institute of Electrical and Electronics, Piscataway, N.J.) and “Managing Multi-item Inventory under Demand Parameter Uncertainty” (Proceedings of the 2013 Manufacturing & Service Operations Management Conference, Fontainebleau, France).

Jung Wan Lee (MET’03), assistant professor of administrative sciences, coauthored articles that appeared in the Journal of Distribution Science and the journal Tourism Management, as well as the Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Innovation, Technology, Communication for Sustainable Business and Development. Professor Lee and co-presenter Tantatape Brahmasrene earned the Best Paper Award at the BAI 2013 International Conference on Business and Information, Bali, Indonesia, for “Tourism, Economic Growth and Carbon Emissions Patterns in Southeast Asia: A Dynamic Panel Data Approach.”

Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, assistant professor and associate chair of applied social sciences, coauthored “History Repeats Itself: The Life Course of Women Released from Prison,” published in the Offender Programs Report (volume 17, issue 3).

In December 2013, Administrative Sciences’ Assistant Professor Irena Vodenska (UNI’09) and Associate Professor of the Practice William Chambers presented “Understanding the Relationship between VIX and the S&P 500 Index Volatility” at the 26th Australasian Finance and Banking Conference (AFBC), Sydney, Australia. Vodenska was also invited to present her research on the effects of the global financial crises on world trade relationships and financial markets at conferences and events in Karlsruhe, Germany; Tuscany, Italy; Kyoto, Japan; St. Petersburg, Russia; and at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

In January 2014, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Lou Chitkushev (ENG’96), Professor Vodenska, and Dean Tanya Zlateva earned a best presentation award for their paper “Digital Learning Impact Factors: Student Satisfaction and Performance in Online Courses,” given at the International Conference on Information and Education Technology in Melbourne, Australia.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science Guanglan Zhang coauthored “EGFR T790M Mutation as a Possible Target for Immunotherapy; Identification of HLA-A*0201-Restricted T Cell Epitopes Derived from the EGFR T790M Mutation,” which appeared in PLOS One (volume 8, issue 11). Zhang and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science Vladimir Brusic were part of a team that authored “BlockLogo: Visualization of Peptide and Sequence Motif Conservation,” in the Journal of Immunological Methods. Professors Brusic, Zhang, and Chitkushev contributed to three papers appearing in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Biomedical Informatics(ACM-BCB), Washington, D.C., last September.

In January 2014, Pfizer awarded a $150,000 research grant to MET and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Professors Brusic and Zhang served as principle investigator and co-investigator, respectively. The grant is for “Development of Next-Generation Immunogenicity Prediction Tools.”