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FAU faculty and staff offer brief notes on recent activities, accolades and honors. Send submissions to update@fau.edu.

Dr. Lenore Alpert, Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions (CUES), and MJ Matthews, CUES, participated in "From Stem to Stern: Boating and Waterways Management." This conference, the first in an anticipated series of biennial statewide meetings, was held Nov. 1-3 in Cocoa Beach. Dr. Alpert moderated the panel on Waterways Master Planning, during which MJ Matthews gave a talk on the Palm Beach County Manatee Protection Plan. The conference provided a forum for approximately 175 planners, managers, and local and state policymakers to share accomplishments, discuss ideas, and prioritize boating and waterway management issues in Florida.

Dr. Alan L. Berger, Raddock Family Eminent Scholar in Holocaust Studies, Director, Center for the Study of Values and Violence after Auschwitz, spoke at the Miami International Book Fair on “Images of God and the Work of Elie Wiesel," Nov. 19. He also published a chapter titled "Storyteller and his Quarrel with God" in Elie Wiesel and the Art of Storytelling, November 2006.

Dr. Gail Burnaford, teacher education, was featured in an article titled "Series Aims to Improve Art Group, School Collaborations" that appeared in the Sunday, Nov. 12, issue of the Palm Beach Daily News. The story described her work with the Palm Beach County Cultural Council in bringing arts programs to school children.

Dr. Isaac Elishakoff, J.M. Rubin Distinguished professor, mechanical engineering, was appointed a Fellow of the Japan Society of Promotion of Science. This is the highest honor Japan bestows upon international scientists. The society was established in 1932 by Emperor Showa. Dr, Elishakoff will spend part of his sabbatical leave at the University of Kyoto to cooperate with Japanese researchers on the hybrid optimization and anti-optimization of engineering systems.

Nat Tinkoff and Dr. Maxine Schackman, Judaica Sound Archives, FAU Libraries, spoke on "Jewels of Jewish Music…Judaica Music Memories” as part of a distinguished lecture series last month. The event was at Temple Anshei Shalom of West Delray in Delray Beach. The lecture series is presented by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and the Jewish Education Commission. For more information on the series, call the Jewish Education Commission’s Department of Adult Education Services at (561) 852-6045 or e-mail jec@bocafed.org. To learn about the Judaica Sound Archives, visit faujsa.fau.edu.

Dr. E.B. Fernandez, computer science and engineering, gave a keynote talk and a tutorial at the Eighth International Symposium on System and Information Security last month. A paper based on his talk appeared in the proceedings of the conference. The symposium was sponsored by the Aeronautical Institute of Technology, Computer Science Department, Sao Jose dos Campos,  Sao Paulo, Brazil. He also gave a talk at the University of Sao Paulo's computer science department in November.

Dr. Barbara Ganson, history, was elected vice president, president-elect of the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association.

Dr. Larry Liebovitch, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, is one of three founding editors of the new online journal Nonlinear Biomedical Physics to be published by BioMed Central. The journal will present multidisciplinary articles about new nonlinear methods in physics, engineering and chemistry applied to the life sciences and medical practice. With 10 of their journals having a 2005 Impact Factor exceeding 3.00, BioMed Central is known for publishing open-access high-quality, highly cited research. The FAU Libraries currently support a membership to BioMed Central that allows FAU faculty and researchers to publish in these journals without paying any article processing charges. Please e-mail Dr. Liebovitch to submit an article for possible publication in the new journal.

Marion Merzer, dean of students office for Broward, and Dr. Phyllis Bebko, Broward operations, participated in a panel at a national conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities held in Miami in October. The panel discussion, titled “Tension Headaches: Urban Branch Campus Relationships,” focused on finding solutions to issues arising from distributed campus systems. Some of the solutions—to issues especially facing nontraditional student demographics of urban branch campuses—included fostering intramural athletics, expanding childcare services, sharing entertainment programming and partnering on grants with other institutions.

Dr. Paul Sergius Koku, marketing, presented a paper titled "An Alternative Competitive Banking Strategy for Developing Countries" at Fordham University Pricing Center, New York City, last month at a conference jointly sponsored by Fordham University Pricing Center and International Journal of Bank Marketing.

Dr. Ruth M. Tappen, Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center Director and Christine E. Lynn Eminent Scholar in Nursing, made three presentations at the Gerontological Society of America's 59th annual scientific meeting in Dallas, Texas, last month:  "African-American and Afro-Caribbean Older Adults’ Reported Health Status and Acculturation" with Dr. Christine Williams from the University of Miami's School of Nursing and Health Studies, Dr. Monica Rosselli, of FAU's department of psychology, and Dr. Florence Keane of Florida International University's School of Nursing; "Depression and Mood in African-American, Afro-Caribbean and European-American Elders:  A Cross Cultural Comparison" with Drs. Williams, Rosselli and Keane; and "Acculturation and Health Status Among Hispanic American Elders" with Dr. Charles Buscemi, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Williams and Dr. Rosselli. Dr. Tappen also served as a reviewer on a Special Emphasis Panel, Health of Populations, for the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Ramesh Teegavarapu, civil engineering, will be the convener and chair for a technical session at the American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting, to be held in December. More than 10,000 individuals attend the annual conference.

Dr. Robert Watson, political science, gave more than 100 media interviews during the 2006 election cycle, including TV appearances on local ABC and CBS affiliates and Chris Matthews' nationally broadcast Hardball program, talk radio shows including a three-hour election special on Live 850 AM, magazines such as U.S. News & World Report, and newspapers from The New York Times to papers in China, Argentina and England. He also delivered more than 100 speeches during the election cycle to an array of civic groups, schools, get-out-the-vote campaigns and political rallies.

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