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Dr. Lenore Alpert and Dr. William Stronge, CUES, presented a paper at the 20th Annual National Conference on Beach Preservation Technology in Fort Lauderdale in January. Their paper, "The Economic Impact of Beach Restoration: Does Beach Nourishment Protect Property Values from Hurricanes? The Case of the 2004 and 2005 Florida Hurricanes," discussed a CUES research project for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems.

Dr. Max Kirsch, anthropology, has been invited to speak on "The Role of the Environment in the Quest for Peace" at the UNESCO Forum on "Human Rights and the Quest for Peace" to take place in Paris this April. He will also contribute a paper at the Royal Geographical Society, London, in August titled "Is Queer a Social Movement? The Queering of the Environment and Environmental Justice: An Anthropologist's View."

Susan Peirce, university advancement, will be the conference chair for the CASE Conference Winter Institute for Chief Development Officers on March 7-9 in Rancho Mirage, CA. The three-day conference will focus on recruiting, training and retaining high-caliber staff, special teams and better strategies for major gifts.

Maria Larrondo Petrie, engineering and computer science, was elected to serve on the board of the newly formed International Federation of Engineering Education Societies.

CUES Senior Fellow Frank Schnidman participated in a panel discussion last month for the FIU Real Estate Alumni Council, speaking about affordable housing issues in Miami-Dade County. He was joined on the panel by Guy Trusty of Lodging and Hospitality Realty, discussing the hotel and tourism market; chairwoman of the Florida Real Estate Commission and Caldwell Banker broker Nancy Hogan, who covered the residential market; and Paco Diaz of CB Richard Ellis, who discussed what is likely to happen with retail and office space. More than 70 alumni, students and real estate professors attended the session at the Miami Beach Resort and Spa.

Dr. Robert Watson, political science, had two journal articles published last month: "Madam President: Progress and Prospects for 2008" in the Journal of International Women's Studies and "Presidential Retreats: Source Materials for Research" in the Presidency Research Group Report (American Political Science Association).

Dr. Jie Wu, engineering and computer science, has been selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a program director for the Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS) program. MORE...












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