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Dr. Lenore Alpert, Catanese Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, presented a paper with Dr. William Stronge, economics, and Roxane Dow of the Florida Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems on "The Protection of Property Values by Restored Beaches: The 2004 Huricane Season" at the 50th Annual Conference of the Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association in Fort Lauderdale last month. The paper was co-authored by Dr. Stronge. The research is part of a three-year project on the economics of beaches sponsored by the Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Dr. Len Berry, Center for Environmental Studies, co-chaired a day-long Forum for Sustainable Land and Water Management at the 3rd Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in Cape Town, South Africa, in August. The assembly was attended by heads of states and government representatives from 136 countries. Dr. Berry was instrumental is summarizing the key findings and resolutions of the forum. This new focal area for GEF will be able to provide $280 million in support grants to developing countries over the next four years.

Dr. Len Berry and Dr. Lakhdar Boukerrou, Center for Environmental Studies, attended a workshop on Wetland Compensation Policy, Methodology, and Practice in Hong Kong in July. The workshop was a joint effort by CES, Ecology and Environment (a CES corporate partner), the Centre for Environmental Policy and Resource Management of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region (HKSAR) Government, and the Institute of Environmental Impact Assessment in Hong Kong. Drs. Berry and Boukerrou were both part of a forum discussion on "Wetland Compensation: The Way Forward for HKSAR." Dr. Berry’s presentation was on institutional arrangements for wetland mitigation and Dr. Boukerrou’s presentation was on mitigation banking. The workshop was attended by more than 200 participants from the private sector, government agencies and academia.

Dr. Susannah Brown, education, has been selected by the NEH Summer Stipend Nominating Committee as the junior faculty nominee from the Davie campus for the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Award.

Dr. E. B. Fernandez, engineering, recently offered a short course on security patterns at the 1st International Graduate School of the University of Tarapaca in Arica, Chile, as well as talks at the Convention Center (Ex Municipal Palace) of Cusco, Peru; the Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria, Arequipa, Peru; the Universidad de Chile, Computer Science Dept., Santiago, Chile; and the School of Engineering of the Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile. Dr. Fernandez also presented a tutorial on security patterns at the 19th IFIP World Computer Congress (WCC 2006) in Santiago, Chile on Aug. 23. He also recently presented the following papers: "Defining security requirements through misuse actions" coauthored with M. VanHilst, M.M. Larrondo-Petrie and S. Huang, at the International Workshop on Advanced Software Engineering (IWASE 2006). Santiago, Chile (part of WCC) and "Developing secure architectures for middleware systems" coauthored with M.M. Larrondo-Petrie at the 32th Latinamerican Conference on Informatics, Santiago, Chile, August 20-25,

Dr. Y. K. Lin, Charles E. Schmidt Eminent Scholar Chair in Engineering and Director of the Center for Applied Stochastics Research, presented an invited plenary lecture titled "Status of Stochastic Dynamics and Some Recent Developments" at the 35th Solid Mechanics Conference in Krakow, Poland, last month.

Jim Murley, director of the Catanese Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES), made a presentation with Dr. Lenore Alpert, CUES, and Ben Warner of the Jacksonville Community Council Inc. to the Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida last month in Miami.

Dr. Sharron Ronco and John J. Cahill, Institutional Effectiveness and Analysis, had an article titled "Does It Matter Who’s In the Classroom? The Effect of Instructor Type on Student Retention, Achievement and Satisfaction" published as the Summer 2006 Professional File by the Association for Institutional Research.

Dr. Ruth Tappen, Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center and Chiristine E. Lynn Eminent Scholar in Nursing, was appointed by the Florida Senate to the Johnnie B. Byrd Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute Board of Directors for a term of three years.

Dr. Robert Watson, political science, had his book The Presidential Companion: Readings on the First Ladies recently released in an expanded, revised second edition (University of South Carolina Press). He also served as director and editor for the revised and expanded multi-volume encyclopedias American Presidents (3rd ed) and American First Ladies (2nd ed) (Salem Press).

Michael Zager, music, had his book Music Production: A Manual for Producers, Composers, Arrangers, and Students published by Scarecrow Press. Scarecrow also published Zager's Writing Music for Television and Radio Commercials: A Manual for Composers and Students in 2003.


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