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

Diane Arrieta, MacArthur campus library gallery, will receive the Summit Award from the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN). The award is presented to library paraprofessionals in recognition of providing excellent library service and for furthering the role of paraprofessionals in Southeast Florida libraries. Arrieta will receive the award during the SEFLIN 2007 Awards Luncheon and Program later this month

Dr. Walter R. Courtenay, Jr., professor emeritus of zoology, was recognized by the American Fisheries Society with the 2007 William E. Ricker Resource Conservation Award on Sept. 3 at the annual meeting in San Francisco. William Franzin of Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans presented Dr. Courtenay with the award at the opening plenary session, citing his many contributions to conservation to benefit native aquatic communities. The Ricker Award is presented to an individual or organization for outstanding accomplishment or activity in resource conservation that is significant at a national or international level. Dr. Courtenay was recognized for his tireless work for more than 30 years, conducting research, educating students, and raising public awareness of the environmental threats posed by invasive species. For more details on Dr. Courtney’s award and work, visit http://fisc.er.usgs.gov.

Dr. E.B. Fernandez. computer science and engineering, presented a paper co-authored with P. Cholmondeley, and O. Zimmermann (IBM Research Lab., Zurich) titled "Extending a Secure System Development Methodology to SOA" at the 1st International Workshop on Secure Systems Methodologies Using Patterns (SPattern'07) in Regensburg, Germany, in September. Dr. Fernandez was one of the organizers of this workshop. He also participated in the panel "Managing Digital Identities" and was session chairman for "Authentication and Access Control" of TrustBus 2007.”

Dr. Robin N. Fiore, Adelaide R. Snyder Professor of Ethics, presented two papers at the 2007 American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) Annual Meeting in Washington DC: “Challenges in Public Health Ethics: Critical Epidemiology in Pandemic Preparedness and Response” and “Why Neuroscience Needs Naturalized Ethics”. In addition, Dr. Fiore was an invited speaker for a special session on MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

Dr. Carol Gould, philosophy, presented the Manuel Davenport Keynote Address titled “Music and the Conflicting Demands of Aesthetics and Ethics” at the American Society for Aesthetics, Rocky Mountain Division, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in July. She has had two review articles published in Philosophy East and West and one in Philosophical Practice. Dr. Gould gave a presentation titled “Remarks on Comic Moralism,” at the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics, in Philadelphia, in April, and has had a paper, "Dogen and Plato on Enlightenment," accepted for publication in Japan Studies Review.

Dr. B. Sue Graves, chair, exercise science and health promotion, has been chosen vice president for the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Nutrition, Metabolism, and Body Composition Special Interest Group Executive Council. She also has been recognized in the American College of Sports Medicine Leadership Manual published in August for her work on the Interest Group Forums Committee.

Dr. Patrick Jacobs, exercise science and health promotion, has been named the state chair for South Florida's National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also has been recognized in the American College of Sports Medicine Leadership Manual published in August for his work on the Sports Safety Ad Hoc Committee

Dr. J.A. Scott Kelso, Eminent Scholar in Science, gave the keynote address “On Understanding Mind” at the International Symposium “Brain Mind in Probabilistic Hyperspace”, in Istanbul, Turkey, in October. Later in October, he gave the Geraldine Pellecchia Memorial Lecture on Coordination and Cognition at The University of Connecticut titled “Agent C: Coordination, Cognition and Consciousness."

Dr. Paul Sergius Koku, marketing, has had his paper titled "Service-to-Service Marketing: Relationships Between Law Firms and Hospitals" accepted for publication in the Journal of Services Marketing.

Dr. Edward Large, complex systems & brain sciences, will present the opening program for the fall series of the Frontiers in Science public lectures that begins Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m. in the Charles E. Schmidt Biomedical Center. This series is presented by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and is supported by the FAU Lifelong Learning Society Endowed Professorship in Science. The reception that follows each lecture is made possible by Warren Lloyd Holtzman Seed Grant, a component fund of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley.

Dr. Spyros Maglivera, chair, mathematical sciences and director of the Center for Cryptology and Information Security, and Dr. Rainer Steinwandt, mathematical sciences and associate director of the center, are two of the three managing editors of a new international publication titled The Journal of Mathematical Cryptology that is a forum for original research articles in the area of mathematical cryptology.

Dr. William Miller, FAU Libraries, is now dean of University Libraries. The title change reflects a national as well as state-wide trend within the State University System libraries, most of whose “directors” are now deans. Recent hires at the University of Florida, University of North Florida and Florida International University were hired as deans into positions that were formerly directors.

Dr. Cyril Parkanyi, chemistry and biochemistry, was in France in August where he has an ongoing collaboration with Dr. Gaston Vernin in Marseille (Universite Paul Cezanne, Saint-Jerome) and Dr. Jean-Jacques Aaron in Paris (Universite Paris 7 – Denis Diderot). After his return, Dr. M.A. Kukaniev has joined his group as a Fulbright Fellow/Scholar. Professor Kukaniev is a corresponding member of the Tajik Academy of Sciences and head of the Laboratory for Chemistry of Heterocyclic Compounds of the Tajik Academy of Sciences, Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Dr. Tina Penhollow, exercise science and health promotion, has had her text book titled Sexuality & Aging: Discoveries from an Active Retirement Community accepted for publication.

Dr. Maria Larrondo Petrie, associated dean of engineering and computer science, served as chair of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) Global Engineering Education Summit, in Istanbul, Turkey, in September, and was an invited speaker to the ASEE Global Colloquium also in Istanbul. In August Dr. Petrie participated in the Indo-US Engineering Education Initiative at the National Academy of Engineering in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Edward Petuch, geosciences, was a keynote speaker at the 2007 Science Symposium held at the Boynton Beach High School and presented by The Palm Beach County Science Educators Association. On Oct. 24, Dr. Petuch will present a keynote talk at the Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST) conference in Orlando. The title of the talk is "Prehistoric Oceans of Southern Florida: The Origin and Evolution of the Everglades."

Dr. Nicholas D. Richie, professor emeritus of health administration, is the author of The Plane to Lisbon: A Travel Memoir, published by Inkwater Press.

Dr. Jeanette Wyneken and Dr. Michael Salmon, biological sciences, with students Jodie Gless, Justin Perrault and Cody Mott are studying the behavior and health of leatherback sea turtles, which are imperiled in most parts of the world due to multiple factors including habitat degradation, poor nest success, accidental capture in fisheries, and adults or their eggs targeted as food. Their studies are being conducted at the FAU lab at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and on the Palm Beach County nesting beaches to expand understanding of this rare giant sea turtle and to increase the public's awareness that this fragile species is part of Florida's unique wildlife. The FAU lab is the only place in the country that can raise leatherback sea turtles for more than just a few days. The scientific studies of these animals are translated into conservation management options. The work at the Gumbo Limbo lab is funded by a Disney Wildlife Conservation Grant. The collaborative field studies are funded by a Florida Sea Turtle License Plate grant.

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