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Dr. Lakhdar Boukerrou and Dr. Len Berry, Center for Environmental Studies (CES), presented a poster, "Climate Information Needs for Decision-Makers: Special Reference to Water," at the U.S. Climate Change Science Program Workshop in Arlington, Virginia. The poster is part of CES’ efforts to bring about a discussion on the effects of climate change in Florida. The center's efforts include the organization of a workshop earlier month discussing practical issues related to climate change in Florida and assessing needs and responses. A conference on the same subject is planned for late 2006 or early 2007.

Dr. Andy Brewer, teacher education, has had his article "Florida Character Education and Teacher Mediation" published in the Spring issue (Vol 10, No. 2) of the refereed Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Nathan W. Dean, dean, science, has been named a Faraday Visiting Scholar in the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at Cambridge University in England. Dr. Dean, who steps down as dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science in June, will hold the appointment while at Cambridge University’s Churchill College during the next academic year. The Faraday Institute promotes scholarly research and publication in science and religion, including seminars, lectures and short-term courses, with financial support from the John Templeton Foundation. The institute aims to provide accurate information in order to facilitate informed debate with regard to the wide diversity of interactions between science and religion.

Dr. Isaac Elishakoff, J.M. Rubin Foundation Distinguished Professor, mechanical engineering, has had the paperback edition of his book Non-Classical Problems in the Theory of Elastic Stability published by the Cambridge University Press. It is co-authored by Dr. Yiwei Li and Dr. James H. Starnes, Jr., of the NASA Langley Research Center. Also, his paper "Interrelation Between Safety Factors and Reliability" was published in the journal Chaos, Solitons and Fractals, Vol. 23, and the Sun-Sentinel recently published his article "Lessons in Various Places" about Hurricane Katrina.

Dr. E. B. Fernandez, engineering, has co-authored with M. Schumacher, D. Hybertson, F. Buschmann and P. Sommerlad the book Security Patterns: Integrating Security and Systems Engineering (J. Wiley & Sons). He also presented a paper titled "Building secure middleware using patterns," co-authored with S. Huang and M.M. Larrondo-Petrie, at the IEEE International Symposium and School on Advanced Distributed Systems in Guadalajara, Mexico. He also taught a five-day course on security patterns and served on the conference's program committee.

Dr. Robin N. Fiore, ethics, has been named to the Advisory Board of the Women’s Bioethics Project, which includes some of the most prestigious and respected leaders in the fields of bioethics, medicine and reproductive rights. The Women’s Bioethics Project is an independent, nonpartisan, public-policy think tank based in Seattle. The board provides guidance and strategic direction to the Women’s Bioethics Project in its mission to serve as a bridge between scholarship and policy-making, ensuring that women’s voices, health concerns and unique life experiences are brought to bear on ethical issues in health care and biotechnology.

Dr. Paul Sergius Koku, marketing, has had his manuscript titled "Towards an Integrated Marketing Strategy for Developing Markets" accepted for publication in the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice.

Dr. Pradeep Korgonkar, marketing, will have his manuscript titled "Management, Market, And Financial Factors Separating Winners and Losers in E-Business," co-authored with Dr. Bay O'Leary of Barry University, published in the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication.

Dr. Larry S. Liebovitch, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, served on the program committee of the international conference "Fractal 2006: Complexity and Fractals in Nature" held in Vienna, Austria. He presented a paper titled "Structure of Genetic Regulatory Networks: Evidence for Scale Free Networks," co-authored with V. K. Jirsa (FAU, CNRS) and L. A. Shehadeh (FAU, U. Miami).

Dr. Carine M. Porfiri, Student Health Services, has been selected by the American College Health Association (ACHA) to receive the 2006 ACHA Affiliate New Professionals Award in New York City later this year. This award was created to recognize ACHA members who have provided service to the field of college health for three years or less and who have made significant contributions to their institutions and/or ACHA regional affiliates. The ACHA, the principal advocate and leadership organization for college and university health in the United States, has more than 920 institutional members.

Dr. Robert Watson, political science, published a new chapter on Laura Bush's first ladyship for and completed work on the second edition of his recently completed book The Presidential Companion (University of South Carolina Press), which will be released this spring. Dr. Watson and his graduate student, Dale Berger, had their article "Revisiting Ike's Health and Legacy" published by the Eisenhower Institute in Washington, D.C. The manuscript has been added to the Eisenhower research collection of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and the National Archives.

Dr. Eileen N. Whelan Ariza, teacher education, has had her most recent textbook Not for ESOL Teachers (What Every Mainstream Teacher Needs To Know About The Linguistically, Culturally, And Ethnically Diverse Student) published by Allyn & Bacon. Also, Dr. Ariza has been chosen by Worcester State College in Massachusetts as the 2006 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Education.  She will be featured in the March issue of the alumni magazine, The Worcester Statement.

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