Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly announced today that Amy Falkner, senior associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of advertising, will become interim dean of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, effective immediately. Falkner, who has been…
Newhouse’s Hirshfield Receives Research Grant from Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Leanne Hirshfield, research associate professor in the Newhouse School, is the recipient of a three-year grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) for her work on “Understanding the Effects of Cyber Attacks on Human Operators.”
The funding comes from the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program (YIP), which is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The program seeks to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.
The AFOSR awarded approximately $15.5 million in grants to 42 scientists and engineers through YIP.
Hirshfield specializes in the area of human-computer interaction (HCI). Her research explores the use of non-invasive brain measurement to passively classify people’s mental states in order to enhance usability testing and adaptive system design, and to advance research in communications and new media. She runs a state-of-the-art HCI lab, which contains more than $500,000 of non-invasive cognitive, physiological and behavioral measurement devices.