Ken Dawson-Scully, Ph.D., is the associate vice president for STEM partnerships in the Division of Academic Affairs. In this position, he acts as a liaison between FAU and the Max Planck Florida Institute by leading strategic academic programming between the two institutions for graduate and undergraduate studies. These unique programs include the International Max Planck Research School for Brain and Behavior, FAU Max Planck Honors Program, Magar Fellows Data Science Program and Max Planck Academy partnership with the FAU High School in Jupiter. He also works directly with the FAU Scholars Program to develop exclusive academic programming to promote the recruitment and retention of National Merit Scholars.
Dawson-Scully received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Queen’s University in Canada, and his doctoral degree in physiology from the University of Toronto. He joined FAU in 2008, and in 2016 served as the associate director for the FAU Brain Institute where he assisted in developing the university research pillar, from the ground-up. He has also previously served as the associate dean for graduate atudies in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. He is currently an active professor of biological sciences and director of the FAU Max Planck Honors Program.
Carol Gould, Ph.D., is a professor in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. Gould earned her doctorate degree in philosophy from the University of Buffalo, State University of New York, SUNY Buffalo, where she had also received her bachelor’s in philosophy, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
Gould specializes in ancient philosophy, aesthetics, philosophy of psychiatry. She publishes widely in these areas, as well as in Japanese philosophy.
She also co-edited “Art, Ethics and Representations of the Holocaust,” published in 2014.
In addition to her membership in various philosophical organizations, she has served on editorial boards and as peer reviewer for several academic presses and professional journals.
Marques is a Sigma Xi Distinguished Speaker, a Fellow of the Leshner Leadership Institute of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer, and a senior member of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
Nojoumian’s research interests lie in cybersecurity, privacy, artificial intelligence (AI) and society, human autonomy interactions, and cross-disciplinary research on the intersections of computer science and other disciplines. His featured research projects focus on trust between human and self-driving cars, private planning and coordinating among autonomous drones, reputation-based cryptocurrency mining and impact of malicious attacks on robotic systems. He has been a technical program committee member of interdisciplinary conferences such as the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and Association for
Computing Machinery conference on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and Society and the conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security, among others.
Vallacher has been a visiting scholar at University of Texas at Austin; Claremont Graduate University, California; University of Bern, Switzerland; Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research in Munich, Germany; and University of Montpellier, France. He has received funding for his research from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, the Polish Science Foundation, the Max-Planck Institute for Psychological Research, and the James S. McDonnell Foundation.
He has authored or edited nine professional books, authored a social psychology text, and written more than 150 book chapters and journal articles. He has presented the results of his research at more than 150 national and international conferences and delivered invited addresses at more than 20 universities in the United States and Europe.
Vallacher and his colleagues at several universities were among the first to adapt principles and methods from complexity science and dynamical systems to investigate a wide range of topics in personality and social psychology, including self-concept, self-regulation, mindfulness, social judgment, social influence, close relationships, stereotyping and prejudice, sport psychology, social change and international conflict. Today he is widely recognized as a leader in this redirection of the field.