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

Dr. Alan L. Berger, Raddock Family Eminent Scholar in Holocaust Studies, Director, Center for the Study of Values and Violence after Auschwitz, presented a paper entitled, “Who Are the Jews? Basic Principles and Fundamentals of Judaism and Its Practices,” at the Sixth Annual Martin & Doris Rosen Summer Symposium on “Remembering the Holocaust.” Appalachian State University in June 2007.

Dr. Walter R. Courtenay, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Zoology, will receive the William E. Ricker Resource Conservation Award at the 2007 meeting of the American Fisheries Society in San Francisco, Calif., in September. The award is “presented only to an individual or organization for singular accomplishments or long-term contributions that advance aquatic resource conservation at a national or international level”. He was selected “for alerting natural resource professionals throughout the globe as to why introductions of non-native species, planned or otherwise, need to be seriously evaluated with an eye toward protecting the ecological integrity of aquatic ecosystems everywhere.” Dr. Courtenay served on the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences from 1967 until his retirement in late 1999. He continues his research as a volunteer Research Fishery Biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Gainesville where he now lives. His most recent publication, in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society (July 2007), attributes his affiliation with FAU. He is one of several authors of a book on invasive Asian carps that will be published before the end of 2007.

Dr. B. Sue Graves, exercise science/health promotion, recently had the article "Effects of creatine supplementation on the onset of neuromuscular fatigue threshold and muscle strength in elderly men and women (64-86 years)" coauthored by J.R. Stout, J.T. Cramer, E.R. Goldstein, P.B. Costa, A.E. Smith and A.A. Walter in the Journal of Nutrition Health and Aging. She also presented at the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine Meeting) National Conference in June in New Orleans. Also at this conference, over 50 blood donations were made by participants for the New Orleans area blood shortage. Dr. Don Torok, associate dean, education, and Graves helped recruit individuals for the blood drive.

Dr. Patrick Jacobs, exercise science/health promotion, has recently had the following two articles published: "Exercise Responses and Adaptations in Rowers and Spinal Cord Injury Individuals in Medicine and Science" coauthored by F. Hagerman, D. Backus and G.A. Dudley (2006) in Sports and Exercise and "Functional Neuromuscular Stimulation Approaches to Standing and Walking" coauthored by V.K. Mushahwar, R.A. Normann, R.J. Triolo and N. Kleitman in the Journal of Neural Engineering.

Sandra Jakubow, Career Development Center, was elected to serve on the Florida Career Professionals Association (FCPA) Board and will chair the Membership Committee to increase membership among employer and higher education institutions.

Donna Lee, Career Development Center, Davie campus, presented at the FCPA Best Practices Showcase at the statewide Florida Career Professionals Association (FCPA) annual conference in June, held in Daytona Beach.

Brian Montalvo, Career Development Center, attended the National Career Development Association (NCDA) global conference, in Seattle, Wash., in July. Brian keynoted on a panel of distinguished new professionals after he published a popular article (in Career Convergence) on the “life of new professionals.” The panel presentation focused primarily on emerging adult workplace expectations and realities.

Dr. Tina Penhollow, exercise science/health promotion, has recently had the following articles published: "Relationship between religiosity and hooking up behavior" coauthored by M. Young and W. Bailey in the American Journal of Health Education; "Health-risk behaviors between students attending public and private high schools" coauthored by M. Young in the American Journal of Health Studies; and "The impact of abstinence education: What does the research say?" coauthored by M. Young in the American Journal of Health Education.

Dr. John Pisapia, educational leadership, was invited to join Dr. Peter Senge as a member of the School Development and Evaluation Project developed and administered by The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His role is to provide advice to the 100 schools involved in the project’s work.

Dr. Paul Sergius Koku, marketing, has had his paper titled "An Examination of Consumer Attitude Toward Outsourcing of Technical Support Services" accepted for presentation at the 2007 Conference of the Society for Marketing Advances (SMA) to be held at San Antonio, Texas, in November 2007. He has also received the Broward Student Government Association's (SGA) Faculty Club Advisor of the Year Award for the 2006-07 academic year.

Dr. Myriam Swennen Ruthenberg, Italian and comparative literature, has had the title of "Cavaliere (Knight) dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta Italiana" bestowed upon her by the Italian Consul General of Italy in recognition of her "efforts in support of Italian culture and protection of the interests of our country [Italy]."

Lana Thompson, research, has recently had articles on the bourgeoisie, cotton, gin palaces, andrew carnegie, penny dreadfuls, pauper children, slavery and slums published in the Greenwood Press Encyclopedia of the Age of the Industrial Revolution 1700-1920.

University Communications and Marketing was notified that the 2006 University Report has won a Silver Award in a national competition sponsored by the League of American Communications Professionals (LACP). The panel of judges gave the University's annual report an overall score of 92 out of 98 possible points, placing it in the top echelon of more than 2,500 corporate and institutional publications competing for recognition in the 2006 Vision Awards program. The LACP gave the report high marks for its creativity, clarity and effective presentation of key information. The report is available here.

Dr. Robert Watson, political science, taped two interviews for C-SPAN's Book TV program. The segments, based on his books Anticipating Madam President and The Presidential Companion, aired on Book TV this summer and were his third and fourth appearances on Book TV. He also wrote review essays on digital projects of the first ladies' lives and papers to be published in the September issue of the Journal of American History and fall issue of the online journal History Matters. Dr. Watson will also have his article on the marriage of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln published in the upcoming issue of the journal the Lincoln Herald and his review essay of the Dolley Madison Digital Project published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of American History.

In addition, Dr. Watson was the co-recipient of the American Association of State & Local History's Merit Award (2007) for the annual Harry Truman conferences he convened for several years with the Truman Presidential Library and Truman Little White House.

Dr. Mike Whitehurst, exercise science/health promotion, had that article "Knee Extensor and Flexor Torque Characteristics before and after Unilateral Total Knee Arthroplasty," coauthored by M.D. Rossi and L.E. Brown, published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Michael Zager, music, has been re-elected to the Board of the Recording Academy (Grammys), Florida Chapter for a two-year term. He previously served from 2004-2006.

Dr. Robert Zoeller, exercise science/health promotion, published the following articles this past academic year: "Resistin polymorphisms are associated with muscle, bone, and fat phenotypes in white men and women" coauthored by E.E. Pistilli, H. Gordish-Dressman, R.L. Seip, J.M. Devaney, P.D. Thompson, T.B. Price, T.J. Angelopoulos, P.M. Clarkson, N.M. Moyna, L.S. Pescatello, P.S. Visich, E.P. Hoffman and P.M. Gordon in Obesity; "Effects of beta-alanine supplementation on the onset of neuromuscular fatigue and ventilatory threshold in women" coauthored by J.R. Stout, J.T. Cramer, D. Torok, P. Costa and J. O’Kroy in Amino Acids; "Effects of 28 days of beta-alanine and creatine monohydrate supplementation on the physical working capacity at neuromuscular fatigue threshold" coauthored by J.R. Stout, J.T. Cramer, M. Mielke, J. O’Kroy and D. Torok in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research; and "Effects of 28 days of beta-alanine and creatine monohydrate supplementation on aerobic power, ventilatory and lactate thresholds, and time to exhaustion" coauthored by J.R. Stout, J.A. O’Kroy, D.J. Torok and M. Mielke in Amino Acids.

Also Noted

Jianfeng Du, Ph.D. student, biomedical science, became the first recipient at FAU of a predoctoral fellowship award (total award of $ 43,400) from the American Heart Association (AHA-Great Southeast Affiliate). His research proposal entitled “Characterization of ssTnI gene promoter in mouse heart” received an excellent priority score of 1.65 (the peer-reviewed score ranged from 1.0 to 5.0 and 1.0 is the best). His research focuses on cardiac gene regulation and congenital heart diseases. His research will explore the mechanisms underlying cardiovascular diseases, in particular cardiomyopathies and congenital heart diseases. His research has been published in several prestigious journals such as American Journal of Physiology and the Archive of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Jianfeng performs the research under the direction of Dr. Xupei Huang who is an associate professor in the Department of Integrated Biomedical Science specializing in molecular cardiology.


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