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Honors College announces new Science Scholarships

The Wilkes Honors College announces its new National Science Foundation-funded Science Scholarships, valued at up to $40,000
($10,000 per year for up to four years). To be eligible, students must:

  • Major in Biology or Chemistry
  • Have a minimum 550 SAT in Math (or 24 ACT)
  • Have a minimum 3.2 high school GPA (unweighted)
  • Have FAFSA-determined financial need
  • Be admitted in and attend the Wilkes Honors College

The program will emphasize small classes, faculty mentoring, and research opportunities in the Sciences.
The Wilkes Honors College is located on the Jupiter Campus of Florida Atlantic University, the site of the Scripps Research Institute's Florida campus.

For further information, contact hcadmissions@fau.edu, or phone 1-800-920-8705

New Faculty for 2006-07

Three new faculty and two visiting faculty join the Honors College in the Fall of 2006:

Veljko Dragojlovic, Associate Professor of Chemistry, received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of British Columbia and joins the Wilkes Honors College having taught at Nova Southeastern University. He has authored or co-authored 9 scientific articles and 8 articles on chemistry education.

Fangchun Li, Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, is a Ph.D. candidate in History from U.C.L.A., who received his M.A. and B.A. in Sociology from Beijing University. Dr. Li's current research is on land reform in Northern China during 1946-8. He has participated in the collection of oral histories of social life in 20th century rural China. He has taught courses on the Chinese Revolution, and on law and culture in late imperial China.

Laura Vernon, Assistant Professor of Psychology, received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Vernon taught at Auburn University before joining the Honors College. She did postdoctoral research in trauma and anxiety disorders, and interned at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Her research includes fear response to spiders, and affects of attributions and trauma characteristics on emotion.

Mary Yudin, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Penn State University. Dr. Yudin taught at the University of Mary Washington before joining the Honors College for 2006-2007. She was a previous recipient of a Fulbright award.

Martin Kenneally, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, received his M.Econ. Sci. at the University of Dublin, Trinity College, and is Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Center for Policy Studies, National University of Ireland, Cork, where he has taught economics for over 30 years.

Honors College Student Receives Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship
Wilkes Honors College student Sarah Wiggill was named a 2006 Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship winner. This highly selective award is granted to approximately 65 seniors or recent graduates from around the country planning to attend graduate school, medical school or law school. The maximum available award per student is $50,000 per year and the maximum length is six years. Sarah will use the scholarship for medical school.

For further information about the scholarship, see http://www.jackkentcookefoundation.org

Students interested in applying for one of the prestige scholarships can click here for further information.

Honors College Students Selected for Summer REU's
Wilkes Honors College undergraduates Stephanie Franz, Ashley Legg, and Don Pham have been selected to participate in 2006 Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU's). Stephanie will work at the Florida Mental Health Institute of USF; Ashley was accepted at the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience of UF in St. Augustine. Don will conduct research in the area of Bioanalytical Science at the University of California, Riverside.

Summer Research Institutes are designed to provide an intensive research experience for students interested in conducting research to help them prepare for graduate school, medical school, law school or Senior Thesis.

"Is it Still Life?"

Art Exhibit by Honors College Students

All are invited to "Is it Still Life?," the upcoming WHC student art exhibition held at Hibel Museum of art.

Organized by: Nancy Walls, Director Hibel Museum; Curated by: Dorotha Lemeh, Assistant Professor of Studio Art FAU-WHC

When: Thursday, April 27, 2006. Reception Time: 6 - 8 pm.

Where: Hibel Museum of Art (FAU - MC) * RSVP 561-622-5560 (Directions)

Participating Artists

  • Kyle Robert Ashby
  • Juliette Dawn Beaumier
  • Emily Dunlap
  • Kristin N. Everett
  • Katharine E. Garrido
  • John D. Leisinger
  • Amanda Nicole Mastrella
  • Gianna Christiane Michael
  • Suzanne Grissel Perez
  • Minna Pollari
  • Jarred L. Reiling
  • Theresa Rytz
  • Kristin Schwab
  • Hilary Beth Singer
  • Melissa Stephan
  • Alexa Volpe
  • Thomas G. Zeichman
Family Day 2006

Saturday, April 1 will be the 2nd Annual Family Day! This is a time for the families of our Honors College Students to come to campus and spend a day with us to experience what the Jupiter campus has to offer.  This year, we are inviting each member of the Honors College Faculty and Staff to participate.  So, bring your families and join the fun!

The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. with Family Portraits being taken in the Housing Courtyard.  We will then play fun games including Bingo and Pictionary in the Dining Hall. At 11:30 a.m. we will go to the Pool and have a BBQ lunch.  The lunch will be orchestrated by Chartwells allowing students to utilize their meal plan for their meal, and the family members can purchase meals at $6.00 per person (children under 5 eat free!) There will be music, basketball, and sand volleyball available for all interested!

Later that afternoon, we will have Field Games pitting Family against Family, as well as Families against our students.  Following a rousing game of kickball, the day will end with snacks, sodas, and sno-cones in the Housing Courtyard.  At this time, the family portraits will be distributed to the families and participating students.

Two Honors College Students Participate in National Literature Conference

Two Wilkes Honors College undergraduates concentrating in English Literature have been accepted to give papers at the nation's only undergraduate literature conference, which takes place March 30-April 1, 2006 at Weber State University in Utah. See www.weber.edu/nulc.

Derek McGrath will present his paper “Shrinking from my Father:” Disguises and Dickens' Darwinism in Our Mutual Friend, and another paper, “A Distorted Midwest: A Comparison to the Valley of Ashes in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.”

Kathryn Smith will present her paper “Tess as a Flawed Heroine: The Necessity of Moral Responsibility in Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles.”

Both students work with Honors College literature professors Dr. Hilary Edwards and Dr. Laura Barrett.

Symposium on Disasters, March 29, 2006

Dr. Chris Strain (left)
and moderator Dr. Daniel White

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the San Francisco Earthquake and the recent tragedies of Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, Florida Atlantic University and the Lifelong Learning Society presented a symposium on “Disaster in America: From San Francisco to New Orleans and Beyond” on Wednesday, March 29 from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in the Tamar & Milton Maltz Auditorium on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter. Faculty and staff from the Wilkes Honors College and four other FAU colleges and institutes participated.

“The causes, significance and consequences of natural and social disasters are complex. Our intention is to bring together scholars from across the university, and examine the biomedical, environmental, and social science of disasters, and their implications both in American history and today.” said Dr. Kevin Lanning, a member of FAU’s Wilkes Honors College faculty, who coordinated the event.

Speakers included Christopher B. Strain, assistant professor of history & American studies (left in photo); Dean Monette, Center for Environmental Studies; James L Cresanta, associate professor of biomedical science; Joyce Levine, assistant professor of urban and regional planning, and Caren Neile, director of the South Florida Storytelling Project and Artist in Residence in FAU's Department of Communication. Daniel R. White (right in photo above), professor of philosophy at the Wilkes Honors College, served as moderator/discussant.

Donations were accepted on behalf of Common Ground Relief, a non-profit, community-based volunteer organization in New Orleans.

Honors College Biology Professor's Work Appears in the Journal Nature Cell Biology
Honors College Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Nicholas Quintyne is a co-author of a work that appears in the March 2006 issue of the leading international journal Nature Cell Biology. The work is titled "A microtubule-binding domain in dynactin increases dynein processivity by skating along microtubules" and is available online.

The article was co-authored with the laboratory of Dr. Stephen King at the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Dr. Quintyne is recently the recipient of a New Project Development Award to work on "Multipolar Spindle Formation in Cancer Cells."

HC Student Participates in Poetry Workshop
Honors College student Niina Pollari participated in a three-day poetry workshop taught by Sarah Lawrence College MFA faculty member Laure-Anne Bosselaar. The Palm Beach Post, reporting on this event (Jan. 20, 2006), published one of Niina's poems, below, as well as Niina's response to the question of ‘what poetry means to her.’ Niina's answer: “Poetry is a fearless fight against the futility of language, and it is necessary and important because it has a place within the human experience for as long as the inexpressible exists in the world.” In February 2007 Niina won an honorable mention in the Early English Books Online essay contest and is now in the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence.
Two other Honors College students, Kyle Ashby and Maria Hall, also were a part of the second annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival that took place in Delray Beach.

I'm Dreaming, Roethke (A Villanelle)
by Niina Pollari

Perhaps it's better when we do not dream.
The morning just before the dawn is long
A blank quiet keeps the gloaming on and on.
We are a strange kind, you, soldier, and I
We fall and fall but we will never die.
Perhaps it's better when we do not dream.
The point of dew responds when I ask why
The sleepless nights allow me liberty.
A blank quiet keeps the gloaming on and on.
Sunlight keeps the urgency alive;
The night's a different sort of undenial.
Perhaps it's better when we do not dream.
Trill and trill and I will not respond.
I am rather out of mind tonight.
A blank quiet keeps the gloaming on and on.
We keep a vigil; we know what to do.
The nights are longer when I think of you.
Perhaps it's better when we do not dream.
After the deadness, as the hours go by
Aurora stretches her skin across the sky.
Perhaps it's better when we do not dream.
A blank quiet keeps the gloaming on and on.

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