Dr. Kathleen B. Lustyk Appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Prescott Campus

Dr. Frank Ayers, Chancellor of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott Campus, has announced Dr. Kathleen B. Lustyk as the new Prescott Campus Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
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Over 900 Air Force ROTC cadets and students from across the country gathered in Orlando for the 67th Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings National Conclave (NATCON). This year’s conclave was hosted Embry-Riddle’s Silver Wings Challenger Chapter in Daytona Beach and the Arnold Air Society Steven M. Scherp Squadron in Prescott.
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Dr. Elisabeth Murray, Assistant Professor of Security Studies and International Affairs, has been elected president of the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS). She is the first female president to lead the organization, where she has been a long-time member, having served most recently as executive secretary. “I'm thrilled to be representing The Department of Security Studies and International Affairs, the College of Arts & Sciences and Embry-Riddle as I continue serving my fellow genocide scholars in this new capacity,” said Murray. Murray is a historical sociologist with degrees in Political Science, Nationalism Studies and International Relations. Her current research focuses on famine in Eastern Africa. She is particularly interested in the use of new humanitarian technologies as atrocity prevention mechanisms. Founded in 2005, the International Network of Genocide Scholars is a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to fostering scholarly multi-disciplinary exchange and academic debate in the field of genocide studies. Learn more about INoGS at www.inogs.com.
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After a record-breaking 718 consecutive days in orbit, the United States Air Force’s X-37B space plane landed recently landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The flight, which is part of the USAF’s Orbital Test Vehicle program, added to the total amount of days spent in orbit for the program putting it at 2,085. "The landing of OTV-4 marks another success for the X-37B program and the nation," said Lt. Col. Ron Fehlen, X-37B program manager. "This mission once again set an on-orbit endurance record and marks the vehicle's first landing in the state of Florida. We are incredibly pleased with the performance of the space vehicle and are excited about the data gathered to support the scientific and space communities. We are extremely proud of the dedication and hard work by the entire team." While the next launch of the X-37B will take place at some point this year, the bigger mystery remains what the mission of the program might be. The details remain classified.
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Microsoft’s Minecraft Education Edition will be getting a Codebuilder add-on. Students will be able to learn how to code by traveling around the pivelated universe and typing “/code” which will bring up a list of snippets and commands. Using the popular Tynker plugin kids can place blocks of code with ease and produce instant, recognizable results. Minecraft's code-builder "Agent" allows kids to visualize code being executed in real time, performing loops to craft buildings, for example. “One of the things we talk a lot about...is the creator in us all,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in an interview with Marketplace. “It's that moment when the students say, ‘wow, look what I did.’ And I see it with my own daughters when they come and show me something that they did. That's the brand. I always feel that Microsoft is at best when we are right behind that moment of creation whether it's a developer or a student. It's their success with our technology that we should celebrate. That's who we are.” The beta version is available now here.
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SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon rocket from Cape Canaveral on May 1 in a top-secret mission to help boost a spy satellite into orbit for the U.S. military. It was the 34th launch for Elon Musk’s commercial spaceflight company.
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When the United Launch Alliance sends their Atlas V rocket into space on April 18, it will mark the end of an era for NASA TV as longtime launch announcer George Diller calls his final liftoff. Diller has served as a launch commentator on NASA Television for the launch countdown of both expendable launch vehicles and the space shuttle, including STS-135, the final space shuttle mission with the launch of Atlantis. He has called the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope aboard Discovery as well as the countdown for the Atlas V rocket carrying the Mars Science Laboratory with the Curiosity rover. In addition to serving as the NASA TV launch commentator, he has also worked as a public affairs specialist at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for 37 years. During a recent press conference, Frank Culbertson, a former NASA astronaut who is now president of Orbital ATK's Space Systems Group, thanked Diller for his service. “A real, true fan of the space program, but also a real contributor,” Culbertson said. “So George, thank you for everything.”
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University’s Arizona Campus’ Golden Eagles Sweep Annual Collegiate Aviation Competition With Multiple 1st Place Finishes As Daytona Beach Campus Team Secures 6th 
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Embry-Riddle Worldwide students now have the opportunity to gain hands-on unmanned aircraft operational expertise through the Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Operation undergraduate minor and graduate concentration/specialization.
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Imagine a world in which autonomous cars could eliminate distracted or drunk-driving accidents, fill themselves at gas stations and allow passengers to start their workday during the commute to the office.
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Profiles

After piloting her first plane in college, Dr. Peggy Chabrian was hooked on the thrill of flight. Over the next 30 years, she logged 2,200 hours as a commercial/instrument multi-engine pilot and recently added helicopter and seaplane ratings to her flight qualifications. As president and founder of Women in Aviation International (WAI), Chabrian combines decades of aviation and academic experience to provide support and resources for women in aviation career fields and interests.
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Congratulations to Prescott Aviation Safety Program Manager Brian Roggow, recently selected as a Regional Honoree for the 2017 General Aviation Awards. With eight FAA regions, Roggow is one of the Top-8 nationally in his category, FAA Safety Team (FAAST) Representative of the year.
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I am pleased to announce Ginger Pinholster has joined Embry-Riddle as the university’s Interim Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Ginger’s 34-year career has been largely devoted to science and research writing/editing, with the objective of promoting science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world. I know her expertise in institutional messaging, media relations, crisis communications, and marketing strategy will serve Embry-Riddle well.
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