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Dr. Lenore Alpert, Catanese Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, presented “New Urban Form of Southeast Florida: Southeast Florida’s Growth Patterns” to the Urban Land Institute. The institute's Forum on Compact Development: Building a Better Toolkit, was held in Fort Lauderdale in June. The presentation highlighted the recent regional report on “Charting the Course: Where is South Florida Heading?” (see www.soflo.org for the full report). The research is part of an ongoing project on regional issues and regional indicators funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. With Director Jim Murley, Dr. Alpert also made a presentation on WLRN's public radio program “Topical Currents” in May, summarizing the regional report.

Dr. G. Q. Cai, mechanical engineering and Center for Applied Stochastics Research, presented a paper titled “Stochastic Modeling and Analysis of Nonlinear Ecosystems” at the Fifth International Conference on Computational Stochastic Mechanics, held in Rhodes, Greece, in June.

Dr. Charles Carraher, chemistry and biochemistry, headed an accreditation team for the University of Sharjah and the American University of Sharjah. He also had an audience with His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, the United Arab Emirates minister of higher education and scientific research, concerning using the country's university system as a magnet to attract high technology industry. Dr. Carraher also recently authored Macromolecules Containing Metal and Metal-Like Elements, Volume 4, Group IVA, a book describing fundamental and industrial uses for tin, lead, silicon and germanium-containing polymers.

Dr. Isaac Elishakoff, J.M. Rubin distinguished professor, mechanical engineering, gave an invited seminar presentation at the University of Central Florida's Department of Aerospace, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, at the University of Central Florida on “Semi-Inverse Eigenvalue Problems in Vibration and Buckling.” He also has had an article titled “Lekhnitskii’s Classic Formula Serving as an Exact Mode Shape of Simply Supported Polar Orthotropic Inhomogeneous Circular Plates” published in the Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol. 291. The paper was co-authored with graduate student Demetris Pentaras.

In May, Dr. E.B. Fernandez, computer science and engineering, taught a short course in the master's program of informatics (IT) at the Universidad Nacional de Pilar, Paraguay -- an international program including some Spanish universities and the University Nacional del Nordeste de Argentina. He also gave talks at the Universidad Nac. del Nordeste de Argentina in Corrientes, and at the Univ. Nac. de Ciudad del Este in Paraguay. Dr. Fernandez participated in a panel at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Va., in June.

Dr. J.A. Scott Kelso, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, was the subject of an article in the June 19 issue of the Palm Beach Post.

Dr. Oge Marques, computer science and engineering, and his Ph.D. student Liam Mayron presented a paper titled "How Can the Semantic Web Improve the Acquisition and Sharing of Knowledge?" at the 2006 Symposium on Technology and Citizenship, at McGill University in Montréal, Canada, last month. The paper has also been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society.

Dr. William Miller and Rita M. Pellen, libraries, edited a book titled Evolving Internet Reference Resource that was recently published, providing beginning and experienced researchers with a comprehensive overview of the key information sources available online in the humanities, sciences and social sciences. It is a guide to the best free and subscription-based Internet sites and services in 26 diverse subject areas. This reference resource is an essential tool for all librarians, library science faculty, and faculty and students in a wide variety of disciplines.

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