Announcements of General Interest
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News of Special Note
Faculty and Staff: Save 15-20% on Broadway Across America Tickets
When: January 7-January 19, 2014
Where: Broward Center
Offer ends January 1, 2014
Upcoming Show: The Wizard of OZ
Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage by the award-winning creative team that recently delighted London and Toronto audiences with the revival of The Sound of Music. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this new production contains all the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
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Frontiers in Science Public Lecture Series
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science is proud to announce its Spring Lecture Series. All lectures are held on Fridays at 3:30 p.m. in the College of Medicine Building, Room 126 (Building BC71) on the Boca Raton Campus. This series is supported by the FAU Lifelong Learning Society Endowed Professorship in Science. No RSVP necessary. For more information, visit: http://www.science.fau.edu/frontiers/poster_spring_2014.pdf.
January 10: "Darwin's Devices: Biorobots Reconstruct the Evolution of Ancient Animals" – John Long, Ph.D., Vassar College
January 24: "Obesity and the Melanocortin Pathway: Treatment by Drugs or Exercise?"-Carrie Haskell-Luevano, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
February 7: "Health Effects of Light Pollution" – Mario E. Motta, MD, Tufts University School of Medicine
February 21: "Anti-infective Drugs from Nature" – Cassandra L. Quave, Ph.D., Emory University
February 28: "Probing Visual Perception Outside of Conscious Awareness" – Randolph Blake, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
March 7: "What is a Species? Insights into the Species Problem for Recent Research on African Monkeys" – Kate Detwiler, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University
March 28: "Message without a Bottle: Coding to Send and Receive Information Safely" – Ivelisse Rubio, Ph.D., University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
SAVE THE DATE:MLK, Jr. Day of Service, Saturday, Jan. 18:
FAU students, staff, and faculty of all campuses are invited to join in a Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 18 from 9a.m.-2:30p.m. The Day of Service event will benefit local non-profit organizations and champion Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s cause to provide service for others.
This event will be brought to you by Students Advocating Volunteer Involvement (SAVI), Multicultural Programming (MP), the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Weppner Center for Civic Engagement & Service. For more information please contact the Weppner Center office at 561-297-3607.
HBOI Welcomes 2013-14 Ocean Leadership Distinguished Guest Lecturer
FAU Harbor Branch, along with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science's Department of Geosciences, hosted Ocean Leadership Distinguished Guest Lecturer Dr. Jennifer Biddle this week.
HBOI and the College of Science were one of 30 institutions selected to host the ocean leadership distinguished lecturer, an honor for which approximately 90 institutions applied.
In addition to giving a lecture, Biddle gave a seminar for faculty, staff and students at FAU's Boca Raton campus. She also met with scientists, research staff, undergraduate, graduate and high school students at HBOI and Boca Raton.
"This is an exciting opportunity to interact with a scientist who is at the forefront of investigating life in the deepest regions of the earth's crust," said Dr. Peter McCarthy, of HBOI's Marine Biomedical and Biotechnology program. "Microorganisms thrive within the deep subsurface and may well provide insights into the origins of life on this and other planets."
Biddle is an assistant professor at the University of Delaware School of Marine Science and Policy in Lewes, Del. She earned a bachelor's degree in biotechnology from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the Pennsylvania State University.
The Distinguished Lecturer Series brings the scientific explorations and discoveries of the International Ocean Discovery Program and its predecessor programs to students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and to the geoscience community in general. Since 1991, more than 750 presentations have been made through the Distinguished Lecturer Series program to audiences at U.S. colleges, universities and organizations.
HBOI Grad Student Wins Award
FAU Harbor Branch graduate student John Paul Kennedy was recently awarded "Best Graduate Student Talk" at the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) meeting in San Diego, California. Kennedy presented "Genetic Connectivity Among Populations of Rhizophora mangle L. in the Caribbean Sea and Florida." He was able to attend the meeting thanks to funding from CERF and the President's Challenge Scholarship Fund.
"Be Cyber Wiser"
The Cyber bad guys are out there to get you!! As the holidays fast approach and we are online constantly ordering gifts for the season we need to be very, very careful of Cyber Criminals pushing out Malware, Phishing and Spam. Be careful of online offers that sound too good to be true. If it sounds too good to be true it may be a scam or phishing attack to steal your personal information. Also be careful of emails that appear to be from FedEx, UPS or USPS with attachments. The attachments could be malware to infect your systems. Here are a few tips to help you to be safe and smart online:
1. Update your systems defenses.
Make sure you have your systems security (firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware) installed and updated with the most current updates. Also, keep your operating system and web browser up-to-date with the latest versions and security updates.
2. Never give out Personal Information in Emails.
If you receive an email asking for personal information it is probably a scam. Phishing emails sometimes look like they come from a legitimate source like the Bank, IRS, etc. Don't trust them. Legitimate companies will never ask you to verify information like your ID or passwords through email. Also, never, ever give out personal or credit card information on web sites you are not sure of. Think before you "Click".
3. Make sure the site is legitimate.
Before you enter your personal and financial information to make an online transaction, look for signs that the site is secure. This includes a closed padlock on your Web browser's address bar or a URL address that begins with shttp or https. This indicates that the purchase site is encrypted or secured.
Finally, Never use unsecured wireless networks like the ones in hotels, airports, cyber cafes, etc. to make an online purchase or do any financial transactions. Think before you "Click".
4. Use Good Passwords.
Don’t use the same passwords for email, social networking and online accounts. Use special Passwords for Online banking and other financial transactions. Never, ever give out your ID and Password to anyone. Create passwords that are at least 8 Characters long or more (the longer the better) that are made up of Upper and lower characters, numbers and special characters. Don't use any dictionary words for passwords. Finally change your password at a minimum every 180 days.
5. Be Careful of Unsolicited Emails.
Don’t trust emails from unsolicited users or sources. The emails may have links or attachments designed to steal your personal information or infect your system with Malware. When in doubt don't click. Think before you click.
Please read this and other Cybersecurity blogs on our blog page at http://wordpress.fau.edu/security. For information on Cybersecurity Awareness at FAU please point your browser to http://www.fau.edu/security.
Help Typhoon Victims
The Global Outreach page has been updated to provide information on relief efforts for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The Global Outreach page may be found at:
Request for University Catalog Revisions – Due December 6th
FAU's University Catalog is undergoing its fall revision process in preparation for the 2014-2015 online edition. The Registrar's Office invites you to submit your changes. Please review the Preliminary '14-15 online catalog at http://www.fau.edu/academic/registrar/PREcatalog/ to determine if corrections are required for your area.
Changes may be submitted via email or hard copy to Maria Jennings at SU 147D or email@example.com. If submitting hard copy, print only the pages requiring corrections and write your changes on them in red ink. Please include a contact name and phone number or email address. If submitting by email, highlight all the changes so they may be easily spotted.
Colleges: In addition to reviewing your college sections found through the catalog's Academic Programs link and Course Descriptions link, please review the Faculty and Administration, Degree Programs, Degree Requirements, General Information and Registration and Records sections found in the General Information link. These sections contain additional college information that may require updating.
Please note: Catalog revisions that require faculty governance approvals, including course changes and program requirement changes, cannot be added to the catalog until the curricular committee and Provost's Office approvals are received.
Revisions are due by Friday, December 6. The new edition of the catalog will be posted online in early March. If you have any questions, call Maria at 70236. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Fake Student Loan Site Steals Identities
"Fake accounts for student lending giant Sallie Mae are popping up all over Instagram in an attempt to steal student identities, according to Scambook, a website dedicated to detecting bogus sites and warning consumers about using them," CBS MoneyWatch reports. "The fake Sallie sites have a timely and attractive pitch: Due to the government shutdown, indebted graduates can apply for a loan "forgiveness" program that would wipe away their debt. However, students who attempt to be among the first 150,000 to take the bogus sites up on the offer are asked to provide private information, such as birth dates and Social Security Numbers, allowing the sites to steal their identities, according to Scambook. The real Sallie Mae has no Instagram presence and has been posting repeated messages this week on its real Facebook account warning consumers that it is not on Instagram, and it does not ask for personal information via social media. Anyone who bought into the fake site's claims and plugged in personal information should quickly put a fraud alert on their credit file by either calling the three major credit bureaus: Experian (888-397-3742); Equifax (800-525-6285) and/or TransUnion (800-680-7289) or by visiting their websites or annualcreditreport.com. The fraud alert will stop creditors from granting new credit on your file for 90 days."
Invitation to the eLearning Community of Practice
The Center for eLearning (CEL) hosts a monthly Community of Practice (CoP) meeting for online faculty development. This CoP was initially a service to faculty who have completed CEL’s eLearning Designer/Facilitator Certification program. However, the group would like to open this up to all faculty members. Faculty are invited to come and share online teaching resources, discuss eLearning solutions, hear presentations about online teaching topics, and meet other eLearning colleagues. The CoP meetings are held one Friday each month at noon. If you would like to be added to the CoP email invitation list, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email and teaching discipline.
The Language Development Lab
The Language Development Lab, under the direction of Professor Erika Hoff, is conducting a federally funded study of early language development. We are looking for children of the following ages: 3 years and 6 months (exactly 42 months by at least March 2014 or earlier) and 4 years (exactly 48 months by at least September 2014 or earlier) who are learning ONLY English at home. For participating now you will receive $50 in gift cards, and your child will get a gift and a t-shirt. With your permission, we will contact you again every 6 months until your child is 5 years old. We will pay you for your time at each visit. We plan to study children's language development until the age of 5 years. The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of how language develops during this period. We will come to your home or you can come to our playroom on the Davie campus of Florida Atlantic University or to our office on the Boca campus—whichever is easier for you. If you are interested in this study, please email us at email@example.com. You may also call us at 954-236-1611 or check out our website for more information at psy2.fau.edu/~hoff/LangDevLab/index.htm.
Center of eLearning
The Center of eLearning and Jennifer Peluso, the Assistant Provost for Student Success, are sponsoring a webinar "Using Retention Metrics to Support At-Risk Online Students" in the eLearning lab in Building 4 #208, Dec. 13th, 1:00-2:30 PM. The webinar is timely as we are beginning to analyze data related to student success and build a new improved data system to gather data about our students. This will be an awesome opportunity for faculty and staff across FAU to come together and learn about best practices that could assist us with moving forward with both our eLearning and Student Success initiatives. For more information about the webinar, use the following link:
January 2, 2014 FAFSA 2014-2015 available http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
January 2, 2014 FAU Scholarship Applications available http://www.fau.edu/finaid/typesofaid/scholarships.php
February 3, 2014 FAU Summer Financial Aid Application available http://www.fau.edu/finaid/summer.php
JCS to Host "People of the Book: An Intimate View of Books as Art" at Jaffe Center
The Jewish Cultural Society (JCS) at Florida Atlantic University will host "People of the Book: An Intimate View of Books as Art," a special tour of the Arthur and Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts and a presentation of some of the center's most treasured artists' books, all handmade and one-of-a-kind, on Sunday, January 19, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Wimberly Library, Boca Raton campus. The center's collection of artists' books is eclectic and centered on the traditions of the book arts. The event will focus on Jewish book artists and Jewish themes and will challenge preconceived ideas of books, language and art.
The JCS organized in 2008 to advance Jewish cultural traditions and education at FAU and its libraries through philanthropic endeavors. General admission tickets are $15. Ticket prices reduced for JCS members. Reserve tickets at 561-297-3921, firstname.lastname@example.org or https://fauf.fau.edu/jcs-events.
Interlibrary Loan Materials Due before Dec. 20
Students, faculty and staff must return or renew Interlibrary Loan materials to FAU Libraries before Dec. 20.
New requests for books from Interlibrary Loan must be made before Dec. 9 and requests for articles must be made before Dec. 17 to arrive before the library closes on Dec. 20 for the holidays.
For more information, contact FAU Libraries' Interlibrary Loan department at 561-297-0563, email@example.com or visit http://www.library.fau.edu/depts/access/renew_notice.htm.
Return or Renew FAU Library Books before Dec. 30
FAU Libraries are reminding all faculty to renew or return FAU library books before Dec. 30. The books cannot be renewed online and must be brought into the library for renewal after Dec. 30. Overdue materials will incur a fine. Log into your library account and renew books at http://fau.catalog.fcla.edu/fa.jsp?A=2&Login=1. Contact the circulation department at 561-297-6911 or visit http://www.library.fau.edu/depts/access/renew_notice.htm for more information.
Wimberly Library Extends Hours for Final Exams
Monday, Dec. 2 ─ Friday, Dec. 6: 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8: noon to 2 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 9 and Tuesday, Dec. 10: 8: a.m. to 2 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 11: 8 a.m. to midnight
Startup Weekend Boca Raton – Early-bird Registration Now Open!
Startup Weekend is an exciting 54-hour weekend event for students of all disciplines, alumni and members of the FAU community. If you're an idea person, entrepreneur, startup enthusiast, passionate about social change, and/or up for a life-changing weekend, Startup Weekend Boca Raton is for YOU! Register by October 31st for special early-bird pricing at bocaraton.startupweekend.org!
Also, learn more about Global Entrepreneurship Week events at business.fau.edu/gew!
The FAU Club: Dine and Socialize Right at FAU Boca Raton
Business Services would like to remind you about a gem on the Boca Raton campus -- the FAU Club. The Club provides opportunities for the FAU family to meet, socialize and dine in a relaxed environment. The Club is proud of its distinquished cuisine, the gracious staff and the excellence of its special events. An exceptionally prepared buffet luncheon is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (last seating at 1:30 p.m.). Special events such as happy hours and game day-themed lunches make this a destination place on campus. The Club is also available for rental for departmental, corporate or private social events. There are multiple spaces available in the Club making it a great choice. Parking is conveniently located just behind the Club in a dedicated lot. Simply swipe your faculty or staff Owl Card to gain entry to the lot any weekday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or during special events. The lot is also available during private functions to make parking convenient for your guests.
Visit www.fau.edu/fauclub for more information.
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Gentle Yoga Classes for Everyone: Get healthy with FAU Yoga!
The first class is FREE and you join at any time. Yoga classes resume Tuesday, January 7. Yoga exercises every muscle, nerve and gland in the body and releases stress and tension. Benefits include strength, flexibility, balance, increased energy and stress reduction. This class is appropriate for every body type and fitness level. Classes are sponsored by the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:10 to 1 p.m., and Wednesdays 6 to 7 p.m., in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Building, Room 115. The cost for faculty and staff is $70 for 8 classes, or $10 for 1 class. For full-time students, the cost is $40 for 8 classes, or $5 for 1 class. For community members, the cost is $80 for 8 classes, or $12 for 1 class.
Contact Kristine Lee at 561-297-0159 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Contact Person Kristine Lee E-mail email@example.com
"Responding to Students At-Risk" Training Program
FAU has implemented through Kognito Interactive, Inc., an online, interactive 45-minute training for faculty and staff to learn about the common indicators of student distress, disruptive behaviors and how to best approach at-risk students for referral to the appropriate office.
At-Risk Students Training Module for Faculty/Staff Training Module
Website: http://www.kognitocampus.com /faculty
Enrollment Key: fau87
Student Veterans Training Module for Faculty/Staff
Enrollment Key: fau87
Parking Garage III Construction
The construction of Parking Lot III is expected to be completed in late fall 2013. Lot 11 and the gravel lot north of Lot 11 will be closed during construction. When completed, Parking Garage III will add approximately 1,000 parking spaces to the Boca Raton campus. For more information please visit this website or email Bob Richman.
Call for Nominations, Applications, Proposals
For this Week
FAU Libraries Customer Satisfaction Survey
The Florida Atlantic University Libraries would like to invite you to take our customer satisfaction survey, which measures satisfaction with library services, staff, facilities, policies and more. The survey can be accessed at http://fau.countingopinions.com and will be available until December 31, 2013.
The results of this survey will be used to help identify areas where we can make improvements. If you have questions, contact Darlene Parrish, Ph.D., university librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Malka Schyndel, M.S.L.S., associate librarian, at email@example.com.
Thank you in advance for your participation.
WebsiteContact PersonDarlene Parrish, Ph.D., university librarian, or Malka Schyndel, M.S.L.S., associate librarian
Save the Date
FAU Potters' Guild Fall Show and Sale
Ritter Gallery , FAU Boca Raton
Thursday, Dec. 19, 5-8 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 20 and Saturday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free and open to the public
EKG TECHNICIAN COURSE AT FAU
This comprehensive 30 hour EKG technician course prepares students to function as EKG and monitor technicians. Individuals interested in healthcare careers are encouraged to take the course.
Course cost and dates: Cost: $235.00
Dates: Session 1: Boca Raton Campus, SE 319 (January 25 to February 22) Time: Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Session 2: Davie Campus, ES 102 (January 27 to April 7) Time: Mondays 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Register online: http://www.science.fau.edu/oce
Grants and Scholarships
2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Core Competition Open
The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in more than 125 countries for the 2014-15 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In order to meet the changing needs of academia and develop new options to accommodate better the interests and commitments of today’s scholars, the program has introduced several innovations to the 2014-15 program, including: Fulbright Flex Awards, Fulbright Postdoctoral/Early Career Awards, Salary Stipend Supplements, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language Awards.
Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about these opportunities, and hundreds of others, by visiting this website. The application deadline for most awards is Thursday, Aug. 1. U.S. citizenship is required. Send an email for more information or other eligibility requirements.
Prestige Scholarship Opportunities for Undergraduates
FAU's Prestige Scholarship Committee seeks your assistance in identifying truly outstanding undergraduates who may be eligible to apply for nationally competitive scholarship opportunities including the Goldwater (for sophomores or juniors committed to research in the sciences, math, or engineering) and the Truman (for juniors planning for graduate/professional school leading to a career in government or public service). If you know of a student with an exceptional academic record and outstanding accomplishments that put them among the top 1% of students you have worked with, we would like to contact them and encourage them to apply for one of these opportunities. For further information about Prestige scholarships, visit this website. Email names of students you think we should contact to firstname.lastname@example.org.WebsiteContact PersonMark Tunick
Mathematica Software Availability
As the result of a Technology Fee grant, FAU has upgraded its site license for Mathematica software, created by Wolfram Research. This software is available to all faculty, staff and students. Mathematica can be installed on any University-owned computer (office, lab, etc.) as well as on a personally-owned computer (“home-use license”) at no cost. The previous license was limited to a small number of concurrent users. That concurrent limitation has been removed, and this is intended to make this resource more attractive for instructional and research use.
If you are interested in installing Mathematica, click here for instructions.
Additionally, Mathematica can be run on the GENIE application server. Mathematica can be found in the MATH folder.
For more information, contact Loren Gibson at email@example.com.Websitehttp://faculty.eng.fau.edu/ljgibson/fau-mathematica-installation/how-to-get-mathematica-software-through-faus-site-license/Contact PersonLoren Gibson
FAU Announces 'Researchers and Scholars of the Year'
The Division of Research recently announced the 2013 "Researchers and Scholars of the Year." The University Research Committee (URC) selects faculty to be recognized by the university for outstanding research and scholarly and creative contributions each year.WebsitePaige GarridoNA
Exercise Science and Health Promotion Survey
Follow this link for a research study to assess the attitudes towards tobacco policy, tobacco use behaviors, and knowledge of secondhand smoke. The FAU community is asked to be a part of this study.
Alzheimer's Disease Research Study
Clinical Research Studies at FAU's College of Medicine is conducting a clinical research trial to evaluate the effectiveness of an investigational medication for mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. There is no cost to participate and eligible participants will receive payment for time and travel. If you or someone you know is suffering from Alzheimer's, call 561-297-0164 to learn more.
24- to 30-Month-Old Children Sought for Language Study
The Language Development Lab, under the direction of Professor Erika Hoff, is conducting a federally funded study of early monolingual and bilingual development. We are looking for 24- to 30-month-old children who are learning Spanish at home and at least one parent was born in a Spanish-speaking country. For participating, you will receive $150 in gift cards and your child will get a gift and a t-shirt. With your permission, we will contact you again every 6 months until your child is 5 years old. We will pay for your time at each visit. If you complete this study through the age of 5 years, you will receive a total of $1,000 in gift cards.
We are also looking for 24- to 30-month-old children who are learning only English at home. For participating, you will receive $50 in gift cards and your child will get a gift and a t-shirt. With your permission, we will contact you again every 6 months until your child is 5 years old. We will pay you for your time at each visit. If you complete the study through the age of 5 years you will receive a total of $400 in gift cards. We plan to study children's language development from 2 years and 6 months to 5 years.
The purpose of these studies is to gain a better understanding of how language develops during this period. We will come to your home or you can come to our playroom on the Davie campus of Florida Atlantic University or to our office on the Boca Raton campus -- whichever is easier for you. If you are interested in this study, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call 954-236-1142 or check out psy.fau.edu/~hoff/LangDevLab/index.htm for more information.
Communication Disorders Clinic Offers Diagnostic and Therapy Services -- including Accent Reduction Therapy
The Communication Disorders Clinic is located on the 4th floor of the College of Education building on the Boca Raton campus and provides speech, language and hearing diagnostic and therapy services -- including accent reduction therapy -- to children and adults. Services are available Monday through Friday during every semester on a space-available basis. Appointments for diagnostic or treatment services may be made by calling Maria at 561-297-2258. Payment can now be made by VISA or MasterCard.
The clinic offers Stroke Support and a Stuttering Support groups, each meeting once a month. Interested parties should contact the clinic for details. FAU faculty and staff members and their families receive a 50 percent discount for all services. Full-time FAU students receive a 50 percent discount for evaluations and then are charged $10 per treatment session.
The Communication Disorders Clinic is operated by FAU's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. For more information on clinic services, visit www.coe.fau.edu/csd/clinic.htm.