Around Webster: Saral's grant; Walla on game analytics; Ferezan on diversity/inclusion; Liberati counseling post

Jul. 13, 2015

Recent professional news and accomplishments for members of the Webster University community include:

Saral Awarded PALSE Grant for Entrepreneurship Research

Krista J. Saral, assistant professor of economics in the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University Geneva, has been awarded an external research grant through PALSE (Programme Avenir Lyon Saint-Etienne) MAELYSE (Management Economie Lyon St Etienne), for a project investigating entrepreneurship that involves collaboration between Webster University Geneva, Florida State University, CNRS - GATE (French National Centre for Scientific Research, Group for the Analysis of Economic Theory) and EMLyon.

The project seeks to answer if there are specific characteristics that can predict an entrepreneur’s success over time. Read more about it at Webster Geneva.

Walla on Eye-Blink in Game Analytics

Peter Walla, head of the Psychology Department at Webster Vienna, co-authored a paper introducing a new way to quantify emotion relevant to the game industry. The paper, "Using the Startle Eye-Blink to Measure Affect in Players," appears in Serious Games Analytics (pp. 401-434), from Springer International Publishing.

The magnitude of the startle eye-blink is used to infer the unconscious positive (pleasant) or negative (unpleasant) emotional state of the player. It is frequently used in psychology, but there has been limited use of this objective measure for studying games.

Read more at Webster Vienna.

Ferezan on Diversity and Inclusion in AIOBP Newsletter

Jeffrey Ferezan, adjunct faculty in the Walker School's Management Department, had his article, "When You Champion Diversity You Must Also Champion Inclusion," published in the July 2015 edition of the American Institute of Business Psychology newsletter. (AIOBP.ORG)

Liberati Elected to Illinois Counseling Post

Ryan Liberati, assistant professor, Department of Professional Counseling, has been elected president of the Illinois Association for Specialists in Group Work, a division of both the Illinois Counseling Association and the Association for Specialists in Group Work.

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