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New Marine Biology Concentration
Sept. 30, 2005: The Wilkes Honors College announces a new Marine Biology Concentration. The new major takes advantage of the College's location in Jupiter, FL just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and an hour south of one of the nation's leading marine biology research centers. Students majoring in Marine Biology have the opportunity to take several classes through a joint program at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, in Fort Pierce, Florida. Faculty advisors for the concentration include Professor of Biology Dr. Jon Moore, who has a Ph.D. in Biology from Yale University, was Visiting Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and who studies the distribution of fishes, the biology of deep-sea animals, and biological oceanography; Dr. Susan Richardson, Affiliated Research Assistant Professor in Biology, who also has a Ph.D. from Yale and has ongoing field projects in the Indian River Lagoon and Florida Keys, as well as in Belize, Central America; and Dr. Paul Kirchman, Associate Professor of Biology with a Ph.D. from Emory. Dr. Kirchman was a post doctoral fellow at the University of Maryland's Center of Marine Biotechnology. Details about the concentration are available online.
Honors College responds to Hurricane Katrina
The Honors College has responded to Hurricane Katrina by admitting several students displaced by the storm, and by organizing a series of symposia on the Hurricane scheduled for October and November.

As part of FAU's effort to assist students in our service area who normally attend universities in the hurricane-devastated gulf coast states, the Honors College has admitted four students from the New Orleans area (three from Tulane and one from Xavier) who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

In addition, Honors college faculty, led by Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Kevin Lanning, are organizing a series of symposia on "The Meanings of Katrina." The events will take place on three successive Thursday evenings, beginning on Oct. 27th, in the new Maltz Auditorium on the Jupiter campus. Calls for proposals may be submitted online. Proceeds will benefit victims of the Hurricane. Contact Dr. Lanning (561.799-8652) for further information.

Further information about relief efforts undertaken at FAU to assist those displaced by Hurricane Katrina is online.

Honors College Professor Takes Helm of Composition Journal
Dr. Christian Weisser, Associate Professor of Composition and Rhetoric at the Wilkes Honors College, takes charge of the journal Composition Forum starting in the Fall of 2005. Under his guidance the journal will convert from a print-based to an online format. James Capp, a student at the Honors College, will serve as Editorial Assistant for the journal.  James, a junior, is currently designing his own concentration in writing and rhetoric, and plans to pursue a graduate degree in rhetoric and composition after graduating from the Honors College.

Composition Forum is a journal for scholars and teachers interested in the application of composition theory to the teaching of writing. The journal features articles that explore the intersections of composition theory and pedagogy. For further information see the journal's website.

Dr. Weisser received his Ph.D. from the University of South Florida and has authored or edited three books on eco-composition and composition studies.

New Faculty Join Honors College
Six new full-time faculty and three visiting professors join the Wilkes Honors College in August, 2005 for the start of the Fall Semester:

Dr. Michelle Ivey, Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of California, comes to the Wilkes Honors College from Harvey Mudd College, where she was visiting assistant professor. Her research areas include ion chromatography and mass spectrometry analysis for environmental and biological systems.

Dr. Keith Jakee, Ph.D., Economics, George Mason University,lectured in the Department of Economics at Monash University before joining the Honors College. His research interests are in political economy, public choice, public policy, and law and economics, and his most recent work is on habit formation and dependency in the welfare state.

Dr. Yu Jiang, Ph.D., History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, comes to the Honors College after serving as a curatorial Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Gallery of Art and the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Dr. Jiang’s research focuses on the art and archaeology of early China.

Professor Dorotha “Dori” Lemeh, MFA in Studio Art, Pennsylvania State University, joins us from the Pennsylvania State University, where she had been instructor, assistant professor of art painting and drawing, and coordinator of advising in the school of visual arts. To date she has shown her works of art in over 70 exhibitions nationally, as well as in Africa, Bulgaria, China, Italy, and Mexico. She has also published on a variety of topics including mixed media assemblages.

Dr. Nicholas Quintyne, Ph.D., Biology, Johns Hopkins University, served as a research associate and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsbugh and postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University before joining the Honors College. His research focuses on multipolar spindle formation in cancer cells.

Dr. Martin Sweet, Ph.D., Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison; J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, taught at Dickinson College before joining the Honors College. As a scholar of public law and American government, Dr. Sweet’s research chiefly focuses on the political causes and consequences of law-making.

In addition, three visiting assistant professors will join the Honors College for the 2005-2006 year:

Dr. Meredith Blue, Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Texas-Austin, taught at Eckerd College and the University of Texas-Austin, and worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratories before joining the Honors College. Her dissertation research was on general galois extensions.

Dr. William Londo, Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan, taught at Albion College before joining the Honors College. His dissertation was on popular religion in 11th century Japan. Dr. Londo teaches a variety of courses in Asian history, Asian religions, and Japanese culture.

Dr. Mandy Miller received her Ph.D. in Psychology from FAU and her J.D. from Northwestern University. She has taught courses in general psychology, social psychology, abnormal psychology, and evolutionary psychology. She represents mentally ill clients charged with felonies and/or misdemeanors for the Public Defender's office in Broward County.

Honors College Student Wendy Martinez Selected for 2005 Ford Motor Company CHLI Leadership Program

Washington, DC (August 10, 2005) - Wendy Martinez, of Greenacres, Florida, was one of eight university students selected who participated in the 2005 Ford Motor Company Congressional Hispanic Leadership Program this summer in Washington, DC.

First established in 2004 as a partnership between Ford Motor Company and the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI), this unique internship program placed university students of Hispanic and Portuguese descent in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, as well as with the Federal Government and Ford Motor Company.

“Ford Motor Company CHLI Leadership program is an important internship program that allows college students to get a first-hand look at the internal workings of both the public and private sectors while being exposed to key Hispanic leaders and organizations,” said Octavio A. Hinojosa Mier, CHLI Executive Director.

In an effort to maximize their Washington DC experience, the interns also participated in professional leadership development workshops and gained exposure to key federal government agencies, non-profit organizations, and international organizations. The Ford CHLI Interns also had the opportunity to interact with Hispanic and Portuguese appointed and elected officials from across the country.

“With the increasing number of Hispanics residing in our country, we need bright, young minds to make a difference. CHLI, along with the Ford Motor Company, has opened the doors by selecting me as an intern on Capitol Hill,” said Wendy Martinez. Wendy worked in the Washington, D.C., office of Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) and is a senior at Florida Atlantic University—Wilkes Honors College. The Ford CHLI Internship program ran from June 13- July 22, 2005.

The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) was founded to promote the positive advancement of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent. Established in 2003, CHLI works to promote alternative approaches to challenges faced by over 40 million Hispanic Americans living in the United States today.

CHLI Contact: Melissa Buia, (202) 429-2033

Prof. Martin Sweet Receives Corwin Award
A new faculty member joining the Wilkes Honors College in the Fall of 2005, Political Scientist Martin Sweet, is a co-winner of the Edward S. Corwin prize for 2005, which is awarded annually for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of public law, broadly defined to include the judicial process, judicial behavior, judicial biography, courts, law, legal systems, the American constitutional system, civil liberties, or any other substantial area, or any work which deals in a significant fashion with a topic related to or having substantial impact on the American Constitution. Edward S. Corwin was a former president of the American Political Science Association who consulted with many academics as well as politicians involved with constitutional issues, most notably Franklin D. Roosevelt when President Roosevelt considered a Supreme Court reorganization ("court packing") plan. Past winners of the Corwin Award have gone on to become among the leading scholars in public law.

Prof. Sweet received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, and taught at Dickinson College before joining the Honors College. In the Fall semester he will be teaching Honors Government of the U.S., Honors Research Methods, and a team-taught seminar on Bioethics, law and politics with Philosophy Professor Amy McLaughlin.

Honors College Professor Receives Fulbright
Dr. Timothy J. Steigenga, associate professor of political science at the Wilkes Honors College of FAU received a Fulbright Visiting Scholar award to teach and conduct research in Guatemala during the spring semester of 2006. Dr. Steigenga is one of several Honors College faculty who have received a Fulbright award. Dr. James Wetterer, Professor of Biology, received a Fulbright in 2003-04 to conduct research in Trinidad; Dr. Keith Jakee, Assistant Professor of Economics, received a Fulbright fellowship to conduct research in Sweden; Dr. Mary Ann Gosser-Esquilin, Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, was awarded a Fulbright in 1998-9, allowing her to go to the University of West Indies in Jamaica; Dr. Chris Ely, Associate Professor of History, was awarded a Fulbright in 1994-5 to conduct research in the former Soviet Union; Dr. Rachel Corr, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, won Fulbrights in 1991-2 and 1997-8; and Dr. Eugene Belogay, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, won a Fulbright as a foreign scholar to study in the United States in 1991-2. In addition, the Wilkes Honors College hosted a Fulbright visiting scholar in Islamic Studies in 2003-04, the philosopher Dr. Mustafa Abu-Sway.

Dr. Steigenga works with the the non-profit Corn Maya organization, an advocacy organization for Jupiter's Guatemalan population, for which he received the TIAA-CREFF Service Award and the Dwight Allison Fellowship Award.

Student Morgan Cable ('05) and Profesor Eugene Smith Co-Publish

Morgan and astronaut Mitchell Student Morgan Cable ('05) and Prof. Eugene Smith have co-published an article in an international peer-reviewed Chemistry journal. The article is titled "Identifying the n=2 Reaction Mechanism of FAD Through Voltammetric Simulations," and will appear in Analytica Chimica Acta. Morgan will be attending Cal Tech for graduate school in chemistry. Dr. Smith is Associate Professor of Chemistry at the Wilkes Honors College. Morgan is shown to the right with former astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, who spoke at the Honors College in January, 2005.

Honors College Students with Tim Russert of Meet the Press
March, 2001 - Honors College students attended the monthly Forum Club meeting on March 22, 2001 as the invited guests of Dr. Helen Gilmore of the Gilmore Learning Center.
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