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Dr. Lakhdar Boukerrou, Center for Environmental Studies, attended the annual meeting of the French Scientific Committee on Desertification (CSFD) in Montpellier, France, last month where he presented the International Cost of Inaction Network, a network of which he is coordinator with two other scientists from CSFD and the World Bank. The network was officially launched in Madrid in September at the Conference of Parties of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. The network is composed of a group of scientists from around the world interested in the issue of the cost of inaction by governments on land degradation. Dr. Boukerrou also attended the International Solidarity Conference on Climate Change Strategies to Protect Africa and the Mediterranean Region held in Tunis, Tunisia, last month. The conference, organized by the Government of Tunisia, was attended by a number of African ministers and representatives from NGOs, academia, European development agencies, international organizations and the private sector. The conference resulted in a declaration from the participants and a plan of action to address the continent’s limited capacity for adaptation to climate change.

Dr. Barbara Ganson, history, is president of the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association for 2008-09. She is also chair of the Borderlands/Frontiers Studies Committee of the Conference on Latin American History.

Dr. B. Sue Graves, exercise science and health promotion, published the article, "Effects of creatine supplementation on the onset of neuromuscular fatigue threshold and muscle strength in elderly men and women (64-86 years)," in the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, with other co-authors, two of them FAU graduate students, Erica Goldstein and Pablo Costa. Dr. Graves has also been chosen as an associate editor for the Strength and Conditioning Journal, published by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  She is currently serving a three-year term as vice-president of the Nutrition, Metabolism, and Body Composition Special Interest Group Executive Council for the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Drs. Jan Hokenson and Marcella Munson, languages, linguistics and comparative literature, have published their coauthored book The Bilingual Text: History and Theory of Literary Self-Translation (St Jerome Press in Manchester, England), concerning writers — from medieval to modern — who translate their own work between languages. Dr. Hokenson has also published a chapter titled “Haiku as a Western Genre: Fellow-Traveler of Modernism” in Modernism, edited by Astradur Eysteinsson and Vivian Liska (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2007).

Dr. Michael Hartman, exercise science and health promotion, published the article, "Inter-individual variability among the mechanomyographic and electromyographic amplitude and mean power frequency responses during isometric ramp muscle actions," in Electromyography and Clinical Neurophysiology Journal, with several other co-authors.

Dr. Patrick Jacobs, exercise science and health promotion, has been appointed as a member of the 2008 USA Olympic Sailing and Paralympic Sailing teams’ Performance Enhancement Team. His responsibilities will include coordination of strength and conditioning programming to prepare for the 2008 Olympic Games. Dr. Jacobs’s will also be presenting ‘Neurotechnology Fundamentals and Emerging Devices for the Treatment of Paralysis’ at the 2008 National Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, June 14, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Y. K. Lin, Charles E. Schmidt Eminent Scholar Chair in Engineering and director of the Center for Applied Stochastics Research, presented invited lectures titled, “Status of Stochastic Dynamics and Some Recent Developments” at three leading universities in Taiwan: the National Taiwan University in Taipei on Dec. 4, the National Central University in Chungli on Dec. 6 and National Cheng Kung University in Tainan on Dec. 7.

Dr. James E. McNulty, finance, was recently recognized with the outstanding paper award for institutions at the 2007 Southern Finance Association Meeting for his paper titled "Bank Mergers, Lenders Liability and Small Firm Finance: in the Long Run we are all Dead."

Dr. Maria Larrondo Petrie, engineering and computer science, was co-chair of the International Conference of Formal Engineering Methods held at FAU last month. She also participated in a conference in Forbach, France, on Engineering Education in the New Context of Knowledge Engineering, sponsored by the Cartagena Network for Engineering and the Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Metz, where she was elected as vice president of the Cartagena Network for Engineering.

Dr. John Pisapia, educational leadership, presented “Exercising Leadership in the Face of Complexity: Theory and Practice” and “Strategic Thinking” at the International Leadership Association’s annual conference in Vancouver, Canada, on November 2.

Dr. Carolyn Stewart, Broward community relations, was appointmed by Gov. Charlie Crist to serve on the Florida Faith-based and Community-based Advisory Council which was created to advise the governor and Legislature on matters relating to how the nonprofit and faith-based sector can work more collaboratively with government in reducing human suffering.

Dr. Ramesh Teegavarapu, civil engineering, will be chairing four technical sessions and presenting two papers at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco this month.

Dr. Robert Zoeller, exercise science and health promotion, presented “Depression, anxiety, cardiovascular disease and physical activity—what’s the connection?” for the Florida Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Orlando, Florida, the first week of November.

Scott Ornitz, civil engineering student, has been awarded the prestigious PACER scholarship from a Homeland Security Center of Excellence. Mr. Ornitz is working for the Center for Intermodal Transportation Safety and Security under the supervision of Dr. Evangelos Kaisar, civil engineering. The topic that he is working is Transportation Simulation Modeling for the Urban Chemical Disaster Federation. Also, he is working in Optimization Model for use of Aircraft Deicing and Anti-icing Fluids.

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