FAU faculty and staff notes on recent activities, accolades
Dr. Lenore Alpert, Catanese Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, presented a paper on "Tourism in Paradise: The Economic Impact of Florida Beaches" at Coastal Zone 05, New Orleans. The paper was co-authored by Dr. William Stronge, economics. The research is part of a three-year project on the economics of beaches from the Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Deborah Casey-Powell, Wilkes Honors College, presented a full-day pre-convention institute Research to Practice from Coast to Coast: Models of Faculty/Staff Training at the Association for Higher Education and Disability annual meeting in Milwaukee. Four U.S. Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) Demonstration Projects from Ohio State University, University of Washington, University of Connecticut, and Utah State University shared their professional development models, multimedia materials and history of development. Dr. Casey-Powell has been involved in the research, development, and implementation of the University of Washington and Ohio State grant projects for six years.
Dr. Isaac Elishakoff, Rubin Distinguished Professor, engineering and computer science, served as a visiting professor at Rome's University "La Sapienza" in the department of structural engineering. He gave lectures on the topics "Is the Model of Follower Forces Useful?", "Inverse Problems in Vibrations," "The Smith-Herrmann Paradox," and "Closed Form Solutions in Buckling of Structures." He also gave lectures at the University of Bologna on "Recent Developments in Stability of Structures" and "Recent Developments in Probabilistic Mechanics." At the International Center on Mechanical Sciences in Udene, he organized a course titled "Mechanical Vibrations: Where Do we Stand?" for postdoctoral students and lecturers from Europe. Two lectures co-authored by Dr. Elishakoff were given at the International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability held in Rome:"Three Dimensional Random Vibrations of Plates Made from Functionally Graded Materials" and "Fuzzy Safety Factor." The lectures were co-authored by Dr. Cristina Gentilini and Ms. Barbara Ferracutti, respectively, both from the University of Bologna, who were visiting scholars at FAU in 2004, under the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Higher Education.
Dr. Sam Faulkner, physics, chaired a session and gave an invited talk on "Atomic Displacements in Alloys" at the Fourth International Alloy Conference in Kos, Greece.
Dr. Paul Hart, Chair of the Department of Information Technology and Operations Management, business, was recently named as program chair-elect of the Organizational Communication and Information Systems (OCIS) Division of the Academy of Management. As program chair-elect, Dr. Hart is responsible for organizing the Division Doctoral Consortium, one of the Professional Development Workshops, at the 2006 Annual Meeting. The following year, as program chair, he will be responsible for the entire OCIS program at the Academy's Annual Meeting. Founded in 1936, the Academy of Management is the oldest and largest scholarly management association in the world.
Dr. J. A. Scott Kelso, Eminent Scholar in Science and founder of the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, gave the F.J. McGuigan Prize Lecture on Understanding the Mind at the American Psychological Association Convention in Washington, D.C. Dr. Kelso's new book, The Complementary Nature (MIT Press), has been announced and will be available in January 2006.
Dr. Theodora Leventouri, physics, gave an invited talk on "Magnetic Alloys in Nanoscale Biomaterials" at the Fourth International Alloy Conference in Kos, Greece.
Pat Seita, financial affairs, presented "Budgeting in an Integrated Financial Management System" at the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Elissa Rudolph, registrar's office, has been elected second vice chairman of American Mensa for a two-year term. She has been a member of Mensa for 30 years. American Mensa is a national chapter of Mensa, a world-wide organization open to anyone who scores in the top two percent on an accepted, standardized intelligence test. American Mensa has 50,000 members in the United States.
Dr. Rose Sherman, nursing, was recently awarded a three-year $815,000 HRSA grant under the Nursing Education, Practice and Retention Program for the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) project. FAU joins more than 90 universities nationwide that will begin offering the CNL master's degree track this fall. The project is a unique collaboration between academic institutions and clinical service partners. The collaborative partners on FAU's CNL project include Baptist Hospital of Miami, Boca Raton Community Hospital, JFK Medical Center, Martin Memorial Health System, Palm Beach County Healthcare District's School Nurse Program, St. Lucie Medical Center and Tenet South Florida.
Dr. Miri Talmon-Bohm was named a Florida-Israel Institute Scholar and received a travel grant to deliver a paper on Israeli cinema ("The End of a World, the Beginning of a World: Ethnicity, Gender and Social History in Two Israeli Films") at the 21st Annual Conference of the Association for Israel Studies in Tucson, Arizona.
Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri, languages and linguistics, recently produced two essays -- "Abitare in limine: Per dove parte questo treno (mica tanto) allegro di Sandro Veronesi," in Esperienze letterarie 30.2 (aprile-giugno 2005): 67-84 and "Lo scrittore italiano/americano: nuove definizioni e categorie," forthcoming this fall in Riscontri 27.4 (settembre-dicembre 2005) -- and one book-length manuscript titled Narrare altrove: diverse segnalature letterarie to be published next year by Franco Cesati Editore of Florence, Italy.
Geoffrey Thomas, communication, was selected as a recipient of a 2005 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists from nearly 300 applicants from throughout South Florida. He is one of nine artists who received $15,000. The South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship program is the largest regional, government-sponsored grant in the U.S.
Dr. Robert Watson, political science, has completed his service and is stepping down from several positions including editor of the journalWhite House Studies, book review editor of The Social Science Journal, executive council member of the Western Social Science Association, and chair of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation as well as director of the annual Truman Legacy Symposium and the Distinguished Lecture Series on the American Presidency.
Dr. C. F. Wu, Center for Applied Stochastics Research, spent two months as visiting scientist at the Division of Solid and Fluid Mechanics of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Rockville, Md., as part of a research project titled"A New Methodology in Accelerated Testing of Prosthetic Heart Valves," supported by the National Science Foundation. While at the FDA, Dr. Wu conducted experimental study on the closing sounds of mechanical heart valves. He gave a presentation to the FDA research staff titled "Mechanical Heart Valve Cavitation during Accelerated Testing." In addition, he attended the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) 51st Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., where he presented a paper, "Two Dimensional Fluid-Structure-Interaction Simulation of Mechanical Heart Valve Closure."