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FAU Experts for 10th Anniversary of September 11

BOCA RATON, FL (September 6, 2011) – With the 10th anniversary of September 11 approaching, several Florida Atlantic University faculty members are available to discuss issues surrounding the events that unfolded that day, including:

Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters

  • Robert Rabil is an assistant professor and director of graduate studies in the department of political science. His areas of expertise include national and international security, U.S. foreign policy, U.S.-Arab and U.S.-Muslim relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and politics and economies of the Arab world, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and Israel. Rabil can be reached at 561-297-3215 (office), 561-302-0470 (cell) or
  • Mehmet Gurses is a professor in the department of political science. His research interests include democracy and democratization, ethnic and religious conflicts, post-civil war peace building, post-civil war democratization, and the emergence and evolution of the Islamist parties in the Middle East. Gurses is fluent in Turkish and Kurdish. He can be reached at 561-297-3213 (office) or .
  • Noemi Marin is a director of FAU's Peace Studies Program and associate professor in the School of Communications and Multimedia Studies.  Her areas of expertise include rhetoric and cultural relations. FAU's Peace Studies program brings together students, faculty and guest speakers from all over the world to explore pathways to peace and the processes of peace-building. Marin can be reached at 561-297-2623 (office) or
  • Jeffrey Morton is a professor of political science.  His areas of specialization are laws of armed conflict, world politics, international law, war in the Middle East and Europe, and U.S. foreign policy. He can be reached at 561-297-3216 (office), 561-313-9106 (cell) or

Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

  • Mark Goldstein is the senior director of FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine's simulation centers, which provide high-tech facilities and state-of-the-art human mannequin technology for realistic training environments for a broad spectrum of providers and applications. His areas of expertise include training healthcare professionals and first responders on the identification, isolation and treatment of both natural and terrorist events to improve patient care. Goldstein can be reached at 561-297-1374 (office) or


College for Design and Social Inquiry

  • Alka Sapat is an associate professor in the School of Public Administration. Her areas of specialization include disaster management, displacement vulnerability and resilience, environmental policy and intergovernmental relations. She can be reached at

For more information on FAU's faculty experts, contact Lisa Metcalf, FAU's associate director of media relations, at 561-297-3022.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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