The OURI College Faculty Liasons serve as ambassadors for college efforts for the Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (URI) initiative. One faculty member per college will be selected by the college in coordination with OURI to serve in this capacity for 2 years (Fall-Summer). The anticipated time commitment for this appointment is 3-5 hours per week (including monthly meetings), with most of the responsbilities taking place during the fall and spring semesters.

Faculty Liasons 2022-2023

Evan Bennett A and L

Faculty Member: Evan Bennett
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College: Arts and Letters
Research Interests: Environmental history, Maritime and coastal history, Labor History, Florida History

M. Escaleras BUS

Faculty Member: Monica Escaleras
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College: Business
Research Interests: Development Economics, Economics of Public Policy, Macroeconomics, Political Economy

S. Darling EDU

Faculty Member: Sharon M. Darling
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College: Education
Research Interests: Early childhood/Early childhood special education, Curriculum, Behavior, and addressing the needs of children and families with and without special needs within inclusive environments

ENG_liaison Faculty Member: Fred Bloetscher
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College: Engineering and Computer Science
Research Interests: Water and Wastewater Technology; Groundwater Wells; Flow and Contaminant Transport; Wastewater Disposal Practices and Risk Assessment; Sustainable Water Resources Planning and Management; Environmental Engineering; Utility Management and Finance
FAUHS Liaison headshot Faculty Member: Tricia Meredith
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College: FAU High School
Research Interests: The anatomy, physiology, and behavior related to the
sense of smell of sharks and their relatives; how undergraduate research and inquiry-based learning impacts early college/dual enrollment students
HON_Liaison headshot 22-23 Faculty Member: Daniel de Lill
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College: Honors College
Research Interests: Inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry, nanochemistry, luminescence, crystallography, sensing, catalysis, ufology, "woo-woo" science, chemical education, and how chemistry is used within the science fiction genre.
MED Liaison headshot Faculty Member: Ceylan Isgor
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College: Medicine
Research Interests: Animal Models of Seizure Susceptibility; Neuromorphological behavioral and molecular consequences of chronic, variable stress during peripubertal-juvenile period in rats; Animal models for individual differences in the novelty-seeking or risk-taking behavior; Gonadal and adrenal steroid regulation of the novel estrogen receptor beta in stress relevant brain nuclei
NUR Liaison headshot Faculty Member: Cheryl Krause-Parello
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College: Nursing
Research Interests: Conducting animal-assisted interventions with service, emotional support, and companion dogs in military, veterans and their families, improving mental health and wellness by reducing post-traumatic stress symptoms, and examining the effects of the human-animal bond on stress biomarkers.
To learn more please go to Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors (C-P.A.W.W.) website
SCI_Liaison Faculty Member: Tobin Hindle
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College: Science
Research Interests: Human-Environmental Interactions, Ecological Regeneration, Strategies to integrate, Science, Society and Nature, Geographical Information Science, eLearning
Science Liaison Faculty Member: Diana Mitsova
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College: Science
Research Interests: Geographic information systems, Spatial and Statistical Analysis, Sustainable Urban Planning, Impact of Urban Development on Ecosystems and other Environmentally sensitive areas
SWCJ Liaison headshot Faculty Member: JuYoung park
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College: Social Work and Criminal Justice
Research Interests: Chronic pain in older adults and conducting nonpharmacological pain interventions including chair yoga, remotely supervised transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) combined chair yoga, qigong, and chair-based exercise for older adults with chronic conditions including osteoarthritis , depression, loneliness, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, pain medication misuse/abuse and polypharmacy issue in older adults.