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Dr. Suman Basuroy, marketing, with Dr. Wagner Kamakura, Duke University, and Dr. Peter Boatwright, Carnegie Mellon University, recently conducted a study that indicates what movie critics don’t say about a film appears to matter as much as what they do say. The study will appear in the June 2006 issue of the journal Quantitative Marketing & Economics. In a follow-up study, the researchers are now exploring the relationship between a movie’s critical acclaim and its box office sales.

Dr. E.B. Fernandez, computer science and engineering, presented a one-day tutorial on "Security patterns and UML" at the IEEE International Symposium on Secure Software Engineering in Arlington, Va.

Dr. Margi Glavovic Nothard, urban design, played a key role in designing and overseeing the construction of the “Bridge-Stair” at the entranceway to the “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” exhibit at the Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale. Irvin Lippman, the director of the Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale, approached Dr. Glavovic Nothard for the design, after she previously renovated the interior lobby entrance of the museum prior to the Princess Diana exhibit last year.

Dr. J. A. Scott Kelso, Eminent Scholar in Science and founder of the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, gave the invited keynote address, "Coordination Dynamics of Brain(s) and Behavior," at the inaugural meeting in Nice, France, of EuCognition, a European Union initiative to design and implement Artificial Cognitive Systems. Dr. Kelso also gave a public lecture titled "Understanding the Mind" at University College, Dublin. His new book, The Complementary Nature, is scheduled to be released by the MIT Press this month.

Dr. Max Kirsch, anthropology, UNESCO chair in Human and Cultural Rights, along with Ph.D. students Teresa Jabour, Avia Huisman, Samiah Baroni and Mark Roher, presented a workshop titled "Environmental Policy and the Politics of Place:  A Workshop and Case Study from the Florida Everglades" at the International Forum for the Research/Policy Nexus in Buenos Aires, Argentina in March. It was one of only two workshops on the environment at the conference, which was attended by more than 2,000 government officials and academics from all over the world. The conference was initiated by the governments of Argentina and Uruguay, the United Nations' Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the United Nations' Management of Social Transformations Programme.  As a result of the workshop, the FAU group has been asked to present their research findings at meetings in Mexico, Canada and South Africa. Their participation in the International Forum was made possible by a travel award from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.

Dr. Edward Large, Center for Compex Systems and Brain Sciences, delivered the keynote address at the symposium "Dialogues across Disciplines: Exploring Rhythm and Music from a Neuroscience Perspective," held at the Harmonie Club in New York, and hosted by the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function. Other speakers included Rodolfo Llinas M.D., Ph.D., chairman, Department of Physiology and Neuroscience, New York University Medical Center and Mickey Hart, musicologist and Grammy Award-winning drummer for the Grateful Dead. Dr. Large serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function. Also, Summer Rankin, graduate student at the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, received a two grants trom the graduate grants committee, one for travel and one for equipment, to support preliminary studies for her doctoral dissertation. She is studying the neuroscience of music with Dr. Large and plans to conduct her doctoral research at the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in New York. She will study the effect of music therapy on patients with stroke and neurologic trauma.

Dr. Y. K. Lin, Charles E. Schmidt Eminent Scholar Chair in Engineering and Director of the Center for Applied Stochastics Research, presented a series of lectures on stochastic dynamics at the University of California at Berkeley. He was the visiting Russell Severance Springer Professor of Mechanical Engineering for four weeks. UC-Berkeley counts among its faculty of 1,600 eight Nobel laureates, 16 recipients of the National Medal of Science, 128 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 87 members of the National Academy of Engineering and 228 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Publications and Creative Services Department has been awarded an American Inhouse Design Award from Graphic Design USA for the design and production of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College's admission materials and the Service Industry Advertising Awards Gold Award for the design and production of the Judaica Music Rescue Project poster.

Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri, associate dean for Research, Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies, arts and letters, will receive the Association of Italian American Educators Award for Promotion of Italian Language and Culture this month. The award honors "outstanding Italian American educators from various areas, recognizes the accomplishments and dedicated efforts of individuals … who exemplify the positive image of Italian Americans in the field of education.” Dr. Tamburri was recently elected vice president/president-elect of the American Association of Teachers of Italian. He serves as vice president for 2006-07 and president for 2008-09. Later this spring, Dr. Tamburri’s ninth book, Narrare altrove: ovvero diverse segnalature letterarie (Franco Cesati Editore), will be published in Italy.

Dr. Robert Watson, political science, served as editor of the second editions of two comprehensive encyclopedias: The American Presidents and American First Ladies. (He also edited the first editions). He also contributed essays to both encyclopedias, which are published by Salem Press.

Dr. Herbert Weissbach, director and distinguished research professor in the Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, has been appointed to theJames & Esther King Biomedical Research Program's Biomedical Research Advisory Council for a three-year term. The council studies ongoing issues and makes policy and program recommendations to the Florida Department of Health.

Also Noted:
Origins of the Social Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and Child Development, edited by Bruce J. Ellis and FAU Professor David F. Bjorklund, was recently review in American Scientist . The book includes an article written by Dr. Jesse Bering, a recent graduate of FAU's Ph.D. program and former student of Dr. Bjorklund, now at the University of Arkansas.

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