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FAU faculty and staff offer brief notes on recent activities, accolades and honors.

Dr. Alan L. Berger, Raddock Family Eminent Scholar in Holocaust Studies, director, Center for the Study of Vaules and Violence after Auschwitz, presented a paper titled "Vatican II, the Passion of the Christ, and the Future of Catholic Jewish Dialogue Conference Nostra Aetate Today: Reflections 40 Years After the Call for a New Era in Inter-religious Relationships" at the Pontificia Universita Gregoriana in Rome, Italy, in September.

Dr. John Crank, criminal justice, presented a paper with
Sergeant Daniel Flaherty, Fort Pierce Police Department, titled “The Noble Cause: An Empirical Analysis” at the recent annual meeting of the Southern Criminal Justice Association in Jacksonville
Beach. The paper is a study of police ethical predispositions, their relationship to crime and their effects on officers' attitudes toward managers. Dr. Crank is also the faculty advisor for the Treasure Coast Criminal Justice Association whose members attended the conference. They included FAU students Stacey Harlow, Frank
Vella, Robert Pomeren, Enrique Carmona and Christifor Cinord.

Dr. Barbara Ganson, history, has been awarded the 2005 Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association (LACS-SHA) Book Prize for her book, The Guaraní under Spanish Rule in the Río de la Plata. The prize will be presented at the association's annual meeting in November in Atlanta.

Sharon Lassar, accounting, has been named “Educator of the Year” by the American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants. She received the 2005 American Taxation Association/ Deloitte Teaching Innovation Award for “Second Chance for Depreciation: A Case Study Analyzing Tax Planning Opportunities After Asset Disposition,” a self-guided web-based tax research case study that was developed for an advanced master of taxation class.

Last spring, Dr. Marilyn Parker and Dr. Rozzano Locsin, nursing, and Dr. Abhijit Pandya, engineering, visited the University of Tokushima in Tokushima, Japan, as part of an effort to develop collaborative endeavors in research, teaching and international relations in the disciplines of nursing, engineering and medicine. The visit resulted in a paper presentation by Dr. Locsin, co-authored by Dr. Tetsuya Tanioka of the University of Tokushima, at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Conference on Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Engineering in Wuhan, China. The paper, titled “Anthropomorphic machines and the practice of nursing: Knowing persons as whole in the moment,” will be published in the meetings proceedings. Next year, three professors from the University of Tokushima's School of Nursing are expected to become visiting with the faculty at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.

Dr. P. S. Neelakanta, electrical engineering, published "Fuzzy Attributes of a DNA Complex: Development of a Fuzzy Inference Engine for Codon-'Junk' Codon Delineation" in Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (Vol. 35, 2005, pp. 87-105) with co-authors Dr. Tomas Arredondo of the Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Valparaiso, Chile (a former graduate student in the EE department) and Dr. Dolores De Groff, electrical engineering.

Dr. Robert Watson, political science, edited The National Security Legacy of Harry S. Truman, a book that has been released by Truman State University Press.





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