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Dr. Lenore Alpert and MJ Matthews, Catanese Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions (CUES), participated in two workshops in Monroe County to address the issue of working waterfront retention in the Florida Keys. The workshops were held on Aug. 1 and 2 in the county’s Emergency Operations Center in the City of Marathon. Participants consisted of a broad range of marine industry, local government and non-governmental stakeholders, in addition to members of the Marine and Port Advisory Committee. Dr. Alpert gave presentations on the work that CUES and its partner, the South Florida Regional Planning Council, completed earlier this year on the county’s Marine Management Strategic Plan ( available at www.sfrpc.com/mcmmsp.htm). The next phase of the project will include, among other tasks, the preparation of amendments to the county’s comprehensive plan and land development regulations in response to recent legislation aimed at preserving working waterfronts throughout Florida.

Dr. Eileen Whelan Ariza, education, has just been named the "Out of the Box" column editor for TESOL's flagship publication, Essential Teacher. Her term begins in January 2007. The column highlights articles that are forward-looking, creative, imaginative, engaging and sound, but that would not be at home in most traditional publications. It publishes thoughtful, innovative work from inside and outside the English-language teaching world.

Dr. Nurgun Erdol, electrical engineering, along with W. Charoenruengkit, graduate student in the Ph.D. program in electrical engineering, and Tuncay Gunes, graduate student in the master's program in electrical engineering, presented the results of their research on "Parametric Approach for Speech Denoising Using Multitapers" at the European Signal Processing Conference (Eusipco) 2006, Sept. 4-7 in Florence, Italy. At the same conference Dr. Nurgun Erdol and Tuncay Gunes presented their research on "Improvements in HMM Based Spectral Frequency Line Estimation."

Dr. Nurgun Erdol, electrical engineering, and Renata Tourinho, graduate student in the Ph.D. program in electrical engineering, will be presenting the results of their research on "ARMA Models over Orthonormal Wavelet Subbands" at the IEEE 12th Digital Signal Processing Workshop, Sept. 24-27, in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Robin N. Fiore, philosophy, was the featured speaker on women’s bioethics at a special session convened at the 2006 National Conference of State Legislators by the Center for Women Policy Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.  

Dr. Borko Furht, computer science and engineering, was invited to attend the 2006 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, WA. The Microsoft Research Faculty Summit is the premier opportunity for academic researchers and teachers to join with Microsoft researchers and product group engineers and architects for in-depth presentations and discussions of computing problems and research trends. The theme this year is "Computing at the Center of Transformation."

Drs. Rebecca Harlin, Penelope Fritzer, Valerie Bristor and David Kumar, education, have been awarded a $1.9 million U.S. Department of Education Transition to Teaching grant to train career changers as teachers. The grant begins Oct. 1.

Max Kirsch, anthropology, has been invited to present a talk on "The Public/Private Dichotomy and the Generation of Research at Universities: a Case Example" at the United Nations-sponsored forum on Research and Higher Education Policy to be held in Paris on Nov. 1. 

Dr. Julie Lambert, teacher education, and Ms. Suzanne Smith Sundburg, a science editor at NASA, published "Ocean Science in the Classroom: Using an Intergrated Ocean Science Approach to Chart a New Course in High School Science Curricula" in the Sept. 6, 2006 issue of The Science Teacher.

Dr. Ray McAllister, Professor Emeritus, ocean engineering, gave a two-hour talk on ocean engineering to Lockheed-Martin in Riviera Beach, last spring. The group was also addressed by Dr. Manhar Dhanak, ocean engineering. Dr. McAllistar is also writing a weekly column on marine matters in the Pompano Pelican. Issues addressed so far include hurricanes, bioluminescence and rip tides or "undertow." It appears every Thursday.

Dr. Kristen Murtaugh, vice president for the John D. MacArthur Campus, was elected to serve as the United Way of Palm Beach County's 2006-07 campaign chair. Dr. Murtaugh has been a United Way board member since 2003. She served for two years as chair of the United Way's Volunteer Center.

Gary Parsons, library, published an evaluation of the Department of Energy’s website in the June 2006 issue of College and Research Libraries News.

Lana Thompson, research, presented a poster at the 15th Congress of the European Anthropological Association in Budapest, Hungary. The presentation, titled "Semmelweis, Sepsis and Censure," detailed the story of the obstetrician who found that handwashing before delivering babies would save the lives of both mother and newborn. He was ridiculed at time, as the science of germs was not well understood.

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