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FAU faculty and staff offer brief notes on recent activities, accolades and honors. Send submissions to update@fau.edu.

Dr. Alan L. Berger, Raddock Family Eminent Scholar in Holocaust Studies, Director, Center for the Study of Values and Violence after Auschwitz, lectured on "Hidden Children in the Holocaust" Honors Program, Arkansas Tech University.

Dr. Isaac Elishakoff, Rubin Distinguished Professor, engineering and computer science, has had a paper titled "Some conventional and unconventional educational column stability problems" published in the International Journal of Stability and Dynamics. The paper was co-authored with Dr. Cristina Gentilini of the University of Bologna and Dr. Roberta Santoro of University of Palermo, Italy. Dr. Gentilini and Dr. Santoro spent a year at the FAU as visiting scholars, at the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Higher Education.

Dr. Maria Fadiman, geoscience, has been named a National Geographic Emerging Explorers for 2006. The program recognizes and supports "uniquely gifted and inspiring scientists who are making a significant contribution to world knowledge through exploration" while still early in their careers. Each awardee receives $10,000 to assist with research and to aid further exploration. Microsoft and the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation support the program.

Dr. E.B. Fernandez, computer science and engineering, and co-authors M. Schumacher, D. Hybertson, F. Buschmann and P. Sommerlad's recently published book Security Patterns: Integrating Security and Systems Engineering (Wiley 2006) is available at the FAU bookstore.

Dr. Leah Fiorentino, teacher education, and Dr. Shannon Whalen of Springfield College are the authors of the new book Teaming Up On Technology: Lessons for Health Education and Physical Education Teachers which has just been published by the American Association for Health Education.

Dr J. A. Scott Kelso, Eminent Scholar in Science and Founder of the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, was the honorary guest speaker at the induction ceremony of the National Junior Honor Society held at the A.D. Henderson University School last month.

Max Kirsch, anthropology and the UNESCO Chair in Human and Cultural Rights, will have his latest book, Inclusion and Exclusion in the Global Arena, published by Routledge this month. In addition, his paper, "Queer Theory, Late Capitalism and Internalized Homophobia" is the lead article in a special issue of the Journal of Homosexuality, also due out this month, and will be in the anthology The Contested Terrain of LGBT Studies and Queer Theory to be published by the Hayworth Press this spring.

Dr. Pradeep Korgaonkar, marketing, along with Dr. Eric Karson of Villanova University will have their article titled" The Influence of Perceived Product Risk on Consumers' E-tailer Shopping Preference," published in the Journal of Business and Psychology, Volume 21 (4) next summer.

Dr. Edward Large, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and psychology, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant by the J. William Fulbright Foundation Foreign Scholarship Board. In addition, Dr. Large has been selected for an FAU sabbatical award. During his leave, Dr. Large will accept the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Music Technology at McGill University in Canada. Last month, Dr. Large delivered an invited lecture on "The Dynamics of Music" at the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems' annual Complexity Conference.

Dr. Paul Sergius Koku, marketing, had his article titled "Some Significant factors that Influence Tipping in Service Encounters: An Exploratory Study," accepted for presentation at the Academy of Marketing Science/Korean Academy of Marketing Science's 2006 Multicultural Marketing Conference to be held in Seoul, South Korea, from July 12-15.

Dr. Janet Towell, teacher education, has been awarded Professor Emeritus from California State University, Stanislaus. She taught at the university for 14 years before joining FAU in 2004.

Dr. Mark Tunick, political science and interim associate dean of the Wilkes Honors College, was awarded the Political Studies Association's Harrison Prize for best paper published in the journal Political Studies in 2005, for his paper "John Stuart Mill and Unassimilated Subjects."

Dr. Robert Watson, political science, has been contracted as a consulting editor and contributor to Choices: An American Government Reader. He will be writing introductions, bios, discussion questions, etc., and selecting readings and cases for the custom publishing booklet published by Pearson. He also wrote an essay on Huey Newton and the Black Panthers for the forthcoming book Notorious Lives (Salem Press) and recently completed a series of benefit programs for many area public libraries, the Palm Beach County Library System and the Florida Center for the Book.

Michael Zager, commercial music, received a Fulbright Senior Specialist’s grant to spend the month of July 2006 at the Payap University Music Department in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He will help design a major in commercial music based upon the FAU program including a student record label which will emulate Hoot/Wisdom Recordings, FAU's student-operated, faculty-advised label. Zager will also teach master classes on writing music for television and radio commercials, music production and composing film music.
Payap University established the first music department at a Thai university in the 1970s. The department offers both Thai and Western music to students at the bachelor’s level and will soon offer a master’s degree program in music. There are plans for a joint commercial music program with FAU. (Payap is also currently planning a joint M.A./Ph.D. program in nursing with FAU.)

Also noted:
The Mechanical Engineering Department is establishing a Rapid Prototyping and Reverse Engineering lab which will include: a 3-D printer, a 3-D scanner and a three-axis computerized numerical control (CNC) milling machine.

At the Florida Water Resources Conference held on April 9, 2006 in the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla., civil engineering students from ENV4501 presented their Design of the Orange County Northwest Water Reclamation Facility in Apopka, Fla. The team consisted of: Tammy Martin, Francois Gasnier, Thais Bocca, Eli Brossell, and Gil Samson. The team competed against UF, USF, UCF, UNF, UM and received honorable mention honors. Also Juan Bolivar and Aaron Watt competed in the student poster competition to defend the state championship earned last year. Their poster entitled, “H2O Project at FAU,” describing a service project directed by the Florida Water Environment Association student chapter to raise money for drilling water supply wells in Africa, again received first place. Last year’s poster winner, Frederic Morin (MSCE 2005), submitted a paper entitled, “Contribution of On-Site Treatment and Disposal Systems to Coastal Pollutant Loading in SE Florida.” The paper was presented by his advisor, Dr. Daniel Meeroff, civil engineering.


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