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FAU faculty and staff offer brief notes on recent activities, accolades and honors.

Dr. Lenore Alpert and Lindsay Walker, Catanese Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES), presented “Building Regional Indicator Networks” at the Third International Community Indicators Conference held earlier this month in Burlington, Vermont. The research is part of the regional indicators project at CUES funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Dr. Alan L. Berger, Raddock Family Eminent Scholar in Holocaust Studies, director, Center for the Study of Values and Violence after Auschwitz, presented papers titled "Children of the Holocaust"
and "The Second Generation Voices: Jews and Germans Reflect on Their Holocaust Legacy" this fall for the Burton C. Einspruch Holocaust Lecture Series at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Berger had his essay, "Myth, Mysticism and Memory: The Holocaust in Thane Rosenbaum's The Golems of Gotham," published in Studies in American Jewish Literature, Vol. 24, May 2005.

Dr. Anne Boykin, RN, dean of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, was inducted as a Distinguished Practitioner in Nursing into the National Academies of Practice in Crystal City, Virginia, last month.

Dr. Leah Holland Fiorentino, education, had two articles published: “Giving credit where credit is due: Encouraging students to attend the national convention” in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Vol. 76, No. 6, and "Using the Virtual Gym for practice and drills” in Teaching Elementary Physical Education, Vol. 16, No. 5. Dr. Fiorentino also received the 2005 Amazing Person Award from the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She will present “Using the Virtual Gym to Improve Practice and Increase Student Motivation: A Technological Solution to Inactivity” at the Association Internaltionale Ecole Superiuere Education Physique Conference in Jyvaskyla, Finland, this summer.

Dr. Hilary Edwards, Wilkes Honors College, presented a paper titled “Protecting Memory from Language: Ruskin’s St. George’s Museum” at the third annual North American Victorian Studies Association conference at the University of Virginia in September.

Dr. Mary Ann Gosser-Esquilín, Wilkes Honors College, gave an invited talk at the Honors Program and Modern Languages Department at Marist College titled "Transportation and Immigration in Latin American and U.S. Latino Literatures;" presented a paper titled "Trapping Trips and Transculturating Tropes: Connecting Puerto Rico and NYC" at the 87th AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese) Annual Conference: The Year of Languages and the Year of the Quijote, in New York City in July; and published: "La ménagerie caribeña: algunas bestias y varios animales" in the Monographic Review 20 (2005).

Dr. Richard Granata, ocean engineering, has received the 2005 William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award from the Florida Education Fund. He was nominated by Felicia Powell, Ph.D. candidate in ocean engineering. He received a plaque and a monetary award for his outstanding contribution to the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program.

Dr. J. A. Scott Kelso, founding director of the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, will offer the Arthur S. Iberall Distinguished Lecture on Life and the Sciences of Complexity at the University of Connecticut this month. The lecture series is dedicated to the exploration of connections between physical processes and their manifestations in nature, life, humankind, mind and society.

Dr. Pradeep Korgaonkar, marketing, coauthored with Professors
Ronnie Silverblatt of FIU and Tulay Girard of Penn State an article titled "Online Retailing and Consumer Preferences" that has been accpeted for publication by the Journal of Internet Research.

Dr. Ray McAllister, professor emeritus, ocean engineering, was recently a guest on WLRN Radio's local public affairs program "Topical Currents," answering questions about the ocean. He also gave a presentation on the "Search for the Santa Maria (Columbus' flagship)" and "Finding the Atocha" at the Hillsboro Lighthouse Annual Meeting and a talk at SeaTech (which was video-linked to the Boca Raton campus) on "Gas Pipelines and Tunnels Under the Live Reef."

Dr. Amy McLaughlin, Wilkes Honors College, co-authored a book chapter titled "The Fast Track to Confirmation: Achinstein and Peirce on Evidence" in Scientific Evidence: Philosophical Theories and Applications, (edited by Peter Achinstein) published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Dr. Jon Moore, Wilkes Honors College, spent a month last summer studying fish specimens at the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University. He also co-authored a paper "A habitat classification scheme for seamount landscapes: assessing the functional role of deepwater corals as fish habitat" in a new book Cold-water Corals and Ecosystems. In October he presented a paper, "Evidence for Year-round Reproduction in Gopher Tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) from Southeastern Florida," at the Gopher Tortoise Council meeting in Palatka.

Dr. Thomas P. Pusateri, assessment director, co-authored with Maureen McCarthy, Kennesaw State University an article titled “Teaching Students to Use Electronic Databases” for the Handbook of the Teaching of Psychology (2006, edited by William Buskist and Stephen F. Davis, Blackwell Publishing).

Hank Smith, Wilkes Honors College, published five wildlife biology papers with various co-authors. "Invasive iguanas as airstrike hazards at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, San Juan, Puerto Rico" was published in the May issue of The Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education and Research. "Dramatic reduction in predation of sea turtle nests through improved predator monitoring and management" was published in the July issue of The Oryx. "Leiocephalus carinatus armouri (Northern Curlytail Lizard) entanglement in human-made materials", and "Iguana iguana (Green Iguana) predation" were published respectively in the June and September issues of Herpetological Review. "The geographically contiguous and expanding coastal range of the Northern Curlytail Lizard in Florida," co-authored with Dr. Jon Moore and Dr. William O’Brien, also of the Wilkes Honors College, was published in the September issue of Southeastern Naturalist.

Dr. Timothy Steigenga, Wilkes Honors College, presented a paper titled "Religion, Transnationalism, and Collective Action among Guatemalan and Mexican Immigrants in Two Florida Communities" at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in September.

Dr. Mark Tunick, interim associate dean, Wilkes Honors College, was an invited participant in the 2nd Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He discussed recent developments in due process protection of property rights.

Dr. Robert Watson, political science, published an essay on Senator George McGovern in the encyclopedia America in the Seventies (Salem Press). He also had an article "Women World Leaders" published in the International Journal of Women's Studies. His co-authors were Alicia Jencik and Judith Selzer, two former FAU graduate students.

Dr. Christian Weisser, Wilkes Honors College, has been named editor of Composition Forum, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal in rhetoric and composition. Dr. Weisser is currently transforming the journal from a print-based to an electronic format, and he plans to publish the first issue using the new format during the Spring 2006 semester. The journal is available at www.fau.edu/compositionforum.

Dr. Daniel White, Wilkes Honors College, presented a paper titled "Nietzsche in a New Key: The Informatic Will to Power," at the Third International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities at Cambridge University, UK, in August.

Dr. Jie Wu, computer science and engineering, gave a lecture titled "On Self-Organization in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks" at Ohio State University, co-authored "Hierarchical Multicast Tree Algorithms for Application Layer Mesh Networks," which was named best paper in the Proceedings of the 2005 International Conference on Computer Networks and Mobile Computing, had two papers in the recent issue of IEEE Transactions on Reliability and completed a lecture tour in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.





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