Florida Atlantic University - University Communications

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

Dr. Allan Barsky, social work, has been appointed to the National Association of Social Workers National Ethics Committee.

The Catanese Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) received two awards from the Gold Coast Chapter of the American Planning Association, one for “Outstanding Publication” for Charting the Course: Where is South Florida Heading? and the other for “Outstanding Strategic Planning Project” for CUES' work with the South Florida Regional Planning Council on the Marine Management Strategic Plan for Monroe County.

Dr. Alpert also spoke at the December meeting of the Florida Coastal Ocean Observing Systems Caucus at SeaTech on the "Economic Impact of Florida’s Oceans and Coasts."

Dr. Len Berry and Dr. Lakhdar Boukerrou, Center for Environmental Studies, were invited by the French Scientific Committee to Combat Desertification and by the International Fund for Agricultural Development to attend the International Workshop on the Cost of Inaction and Investment Opportunities in Arid, Semi-arid and Dry-sub-humid Areas which took place in Rome, Italy, last month. Dr. Berry presented “Resource Mobilization and the Status of Funding of Activities Related to Land Degradation” and Dr. Boukerrou talked about “The Cost of Inaction: Direct and Indirect Losses in Productivity.” The workshop included a number of experts from various parts of the world and representatives from numerous international organizations. It was designed to address knowledge-sharing and assess the need for funding measures to mitigate land degradation around the world.

Dr. Cecilia Campoverde, social work, has been named Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers - Palm Beach County Unit. Winners of the award are nominated for the Florida State Social Worker of the Year. The award is in recognition to her work on the Guatemalan Project, which she created to assist the families and people of El Triunfo, Guatemala.

Dr. John Pisapia, educational leadership, presented the keynote address titled "Strategic Thinking and Leader Success" at the National HRD Network Conference in Delhi, India. Prior to the conference, his chapter "Strategic Leadership in a Globalizing World: New Directions for Leadership" was included in The Future of Work: Mastering Change (New Delhi: Excel Books) by P. Singh, J. Bhatnagar and A. Bhandarker. The book was distributed to attendees.

Dr. Deborah A. Raines, nursing, received the Palm Healthcare Community Partner Award, from the Palm HealthCare Foundation at their Annual Meeting and 5th Anniversary Celebration in December. Dr. Raines was recognized for her development of educational programs for mentors and preceptors throughout Palm Beach County. Dr. Raines in collaboration with the foundation, is currently collecting data as part of a series of research project examining the behaviors and work patterns of nurse preceptors throughout Palm Beach County.

Dr. Eric H. Shaw, marketing, had his article titled “Historical Research in the Journal of Macromarketing, 1981-2005” co-authored by D.G. Brian Jones, published in the Silver Anniversary Issue of the Journal of Macromarketing.

Dr. Jeanne B. Stinchcomb, criminal justice, has published "FutureForce: A Guide to Building the 21st Century Community Corrections Workforce" through the National Institute of Corrections. The guide is designed to help community corrections agencies address immediate needs without neglecting the future. It discusses workforce planning, organizational culture, and recruitment and retention.

Dr. Robert Watson, political science, guest hosted a three-hour talk radio program on WFTL 850 AM. He is a frequent commentator for the radio station, in the persona of “The Civics Guy.” He also taped two segments for C-SPAN’s "Book TV" program on his books The Presidential Companion (University of South Carolina Press, 2006 - 2nd ed) and Anticipating Madam President (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2003). This marked his third and fourth appearances on "Book TV."

Dr. Jie Wu, computer science and engineering, gave a keynote speech titled "Carrier-Assisted Routing in Mobile Networks" at the 2006 International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Networks (MAN'2006) in Hong Kong last month.




BACK to the Main Story





Send questions or submissions to

Past issues

FAU Campuses: Boca Raton/Davie/Dania Beach/Fort Lauderdale/Jupiter/Treasure Coast


Boca Raton 561-297-3000 Davie 954-236-1000 Dania Beach 954-924-7000 Fort Lauderdale 954-236-1000 Jupiter 561-799-8500 Treasure Coast 772-873-3300