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Floyd Elected President of Council for the Study of Community Colleges

Dr. Deborah L. Floyd, educational leadership, has been elected president of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC). CSCC is a 50-year-old organization of researchers and scholars that aims to further knowledge, understanding and research regarding community colleges.

Dr. Isaac Elishakoff, Rubin Distinguished Professor, mechanical engineering, served as an editor of a book titled Mechanical Vibration : Where Do We Stand? published by Springer Publishers in Vienna, Austria. The book is based on the special course that he organized at the International Centre of Mechanical Sciences in Udine, Italy. The co-authors are Professor Viola of the University of Bologna, Italy; Professor Blekhman of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Professor Adhikari of the University of Bristol, England; Professor Inman of Virginia Tech; and Professor Socha of the University of Warsaw, Poland.

Dr. Robin N. Fiore, Adelaide R. Snyder Professor of Ethics (Philosophy), was invited to give a lecture and workshop for IRB members at Texas Tech Health Sciences University in Amarillo, Texas, on “Managing Institutional Conflicts of Interest in Research.” Dr. Fiore also presented “Ethics and Pandemic Preparedness: Attending to Moral Burdens in Public Health Decision-making” at the Association of Practical and Professional Ethics 16th Annual Meeting in Cincinnati. She has also been appointed to the Miami-Dade Countywide Emergency and All-Hazards Ethics Advisory Group, a project of the Miami-Dade Health Department’s Hospital Preparedness Consortium, and she was an invited participant in a day-long workshop co-sponsored by the Health Council of South Florida.

Dr. David Devraj Kumar, science education and associate dean in the College of Education, made a refereed presentation titled "Interactive Video Anchors in Problem-Based Science Learning: Implications for Education Involving Nanomaterials" at the International Conference to Review Research on Science, Technology and Mathematics Education, organized by the Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India. He also delivered the invitational Samarendra Nath Sen Memorial (Endowment) Lecture titled "Sustainable Science Education Strategies for the General Public" at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkatta, India. He also made a presentation on the role of graduate research to the first-year postgraduate chemistry students at Mar Ivanios College, Trivandrum, India. Dr. Kumar has also co-authored, with Kim Scarola, Pembroke Pines Charter School, the article "Nanotechnology and Closed Captioned Videos: Improving Opportunities for Teaching Science to ESL Students" in the journal Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, volume 7, number 2 and was appointed to the international editorial board of the Journal of Materials Education.

Dr. Alan Marcovitz, professor emeritus, computer science and engineering, has had a new textbook Introduction to Logic and Computer Design published by McGraw-Hill.

Dr. Maria M. Larrondo Petrie, engineering and computer science, has been appointed co-chair of the Global Engineering Education Colloquium, sponsored by the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES), to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, this September. She serves on the IFEES board.

Dr. John Pisapia, educational leadership, has been named the 2007 Alumnus of the Year by Glenville State College, Glenville, West Virginia. The annual award honors an alumnus or alumna for outstanding contributions in their chosen field of endeavor or for outstanding personal accomplishments.

Also Noted
Students from FAU's two chapters of Delta Epsilon Chi (DECA) represented the University at the 42nd annual State Career Development Conference held at Orlando in March and came home with flying colors. The team of Phillip Ricker and Mark Kozlin from the Boca Raton chapter won second place in the business ethics competition. Jeffrey Vincent and Anthony Boone (both from the Davie chapter) were among the finalists in the same event. Others who earned honors were Fermin Cerdan (Davie), third place in retail management and finalist in human resource management; Sergio Catano (Davie), finalist in financial services management; and Boone, finalist in retail management. The students will represent FAU at the national conference later this month.

Dr. Paul Sergius Koku and Prof. Paul Cohen, marketing, advisors to the Davie and Boca Raton chapters, respectively, of DECA, accompanied the students.












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