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FAU Professor Completes First Research Project Examining Victimization Risk of Youth on MySpace
Dr. Sameer Hinduja, an assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice in the College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs recently completed a first-of-its-kind research study of teenagers’ MySpace profiles. “Our results indicated that youth are in fact posting personal and identifying information, but perhaps not to the extent that many believe. The vast majority of adolescents are demonstrating common sense in this area - which we're pleased to see,” said Hinduja. MORE...

College of Nursing Professor Conducts Innovative Research on Coping with Adolescent Aggression
Dr. Patricia Liehr, associate dean for nursing research and scholarship at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, is conducting innovative research that will address the negative effects of aggression in children and adolescents. Working with Dr. Caren Neile and Dr. Tamie Kanata, of the communication department, researchers will develop "Peace Performances” as a springboard for discussion with children and adolescents about war and peace. The performances will be based on Dr. Liehr's interviews with survivors of the 1941 attacks on Pearl Harbor. MORE...

Sublease Approved for Community Hospital
Florida’s Cabinet approved the subleasing of a parcel of land to Boca Raton Community Hospital, Inc. (BRCH) to operate a community university-affiliated teaching hospital that will serve as the primary teaching hospital for FAU’s medical education programs. The parcel of land comprises approximately 38 contiguous acres located on the southeastern corner of the Boca Raton campus at the intersection of Glades Road and Florida Atlantic Blvd. MORE...

FAU Professor Receives Fulbright Scholar Award
Edward W. Large, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of complex systems and brain sciences and department of psychology in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to research “The Dynamics of Music” at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. MORE...

Nursing Professor Inducted into American Academy of Nursing
Rozzano C. Locsin, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor of nursing at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, has earned one of the highest honors in the nursing profession – election to fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing. Locsin was formally inducted as a 2006 new Fellow in November with 54 other nursing leaders from around the country during the Academy’s annual awards ceremony and induction banquet in Miami, FL. MORE...

Recent Appointments
Marlaine Smith, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, FAAN, has been named the Helen Karpelenia Persson Eminent Scholar and associate dean for academic programs in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. MORE...
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science has appointed Ira J. Gelb, M.D. to the post of assistant dean for pre-baccalaureate programs. MORE...

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FAU Grad to Fly Aboard Space Shuttle

Scheduled for launch in mid-March, NASA's next shuttle mission, STS-117, will include FAU graduate and mission specialist Steve Swanson (at right). The mission's chief duty will be the delivery of materials needed to continue building the International Space Station. Swanson will take a flag to space that will later be returned to FAU. He earned a master's degree in computer systems in 1986 and was selected as an astronaut in 1998. Find out more at the shuttle mission webpage. And watch for more details in a future Update.


S.E. Wimberly Library's Special Collections Department Receives Kestenberg Archives

FAU Libraries has received original audiotapes, transcripts and papers of more than 1,500 interviews that Dr. Judith Kestenberg, a renowned New York psychoanalyst, conducted with child Holocaust survivors. The Kestenberg Archives contain 35 linear feet of transcripts of interviews of children, focusing on their trauma and resilience. Her work with children became a forerunner for interviewing protocols now used internationally.
Child Development Research and FAU Libraries recently hosted a luncheon at the Live Oak Pavilion on the Boca Raton campus to honor Kestenberg’s legacy and to accept the one-of-a-kind collection.

Kestenberg, who died in January 1999 at age 88, is considered by many in the health profession to be the “granddame of psychoanalysis.” She began her career in the 1930s, was a supervising analyst at New York University, and founder and director of Child Development Research of New York. She began the International Study of the Organized Persecution of Children, one of three projects sponsored by Child Development Research, with her husband Milton. The Kestenberg archive is an unprocessed collection with confidentiality restrictions. Contact Special Collections & Archives regarding access at LYSCA@fau.edu or ext. 7-3787. To support the collection, contact Shirley Gerzon, director of development at sgerzon@fau.edu or ext. 7-3316.


Swimming & Diving Starts 2007 in
Record-Breaking Fashion

FAU diver Andrew Scully (at right) won both the 1- and 3-meter events and broke school records, while Lisa Thompson and Samantha Schlachterman both qualified for NCAA zones (the next level in qualifying events to reach the NCAA championships) and Thompson broke a school record in the 1-meter event with a score of 283.35. MORE...

Also...Wieberg Named National Swimmer of the Week in December
CollegeSwimming.com named FAU swimmer Ellie Weberg the female National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week after she won both the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the FAU Invite, winning the 100 breaststroke by more than four seconds (1:03.30) and the 200 breaststroke by more than eight seconds (2:16.09).

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Name the New Residence Hall

The Department of Housing & Residential Life is now accepting suggestions to name the new residence hall, which will open in August. The new residence hall is for first-year students only and uses the Heritage Park Towers design for its living quarters.

Entries giving proposed name and rationale (under 100 words) will be accepted at the Office of Housing & Residential Life or via e-mail at housing@fau.edu through Feb. 15. Be sure to include contact information with your submission. The winner will receive a $500 scholarship for the summer or fall semester.

FAU Donates Toys and Clothes to
150 Children as Part of the
Holiday Giving Tree Program

A wide variety of FAU offices, faculty, staff and students graciously sponsored 150 children by purchasing toys and clothing to make sure they had a happy holiday season. The Volunteer Center continued this 10-year Holiday Giving Tree tradition, which benefits local children in need. This year, the program assisted both the Salvation Army and the Spirit of Giving program. At a Dec. 6 event, children from both locations visited the University and created arts and crafts, enjoyed snacks, mingled with student volunteers and even had a story read to them. See a photo from the event.

Change in State Agency Dialing

FAU “98” dialing will be eliminated on Jan. 15. All long distance calls will be made by dialing 99 + 1 + area code + number. (The State of Florida will soon discontinue abbreviated dialing for state agency phone numbers.) If you have been using “98” dialing, please check your speed dial for numbers that need to be reprogrammed. Click here for telephone numbers for Florida agencies. If you have any questions, contact Debbie Garland at dgarlan3@fau.edu.

Student Handbook Feedback Wanted

The Dean of Student Affairs Office is seeking feedback from students, faculty and staff on the current Student Handbook CD, online Student Handbook and Student Success Planner. The online version of the Student Handbook can be viewed at www.fau.edu/dean/handbook. In addition, a Student Handbook CD along with the Student Success Planner was distributed to students during orientation. (The Student Success Planner can be obtained from the Orientation Office, SU 130, ext. 7-2733.)

Visit www.fau.edu/dean/survey.htm to take a short survey (less than five minutes). Feedback and comments will help the office design next year's handbook and planner. Please call the office at ext. 7-3542 if you have any questions.


MacArthur Campus Exhibits Molas Produced by Kuna Indians
through March 4

“The Anne Wenzel Tapestry Collection, an exhibition of molas, some of which are sewn onto women’s clothing and some of which are wall hangings (see a sample in the Gallery section of Update), will be on exhibit at the MacArthur Campus Library through March 4. Molas are the textile panels produced by the Kuna Indians from the San Blas Islands, just off the shore of Panama’s Caribbean Coast. Designs range from geometric shapes that relate to the mythology of the Kuna to others that are supportive of recent political candidates. Some artifacts, including several wood carvings, are part of the exhibit. For more information, call 561-799-8530.

Noted Author and TV Personality to Lecture at KULTUR Series Event
The Friends of Yiddish at Florida Atlantic University Libraries continues its 2006-07 series with “Jewish Wisdom of the 21st Century” at 3 p.m. Jan. 24, in the Grand Palm Room of the University Center on the Boca Raton campus. The lecture and book signing features Rabbi Irwin Kula, author of Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life, national educator and highly sought-after commentator on public culture and religion. He is a regular on the NBC-TV “Today” show and has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show." This is the second in a series of 2006-07 events celebrating Yiddish culture and its evolution. The theme of this year’s program is KULTUR in the 21st Century. The programs are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

FAU’s College of Business and Barry Financial Group to Present Free Financial Planning Seminar
A free financial planning seminar for the public titled “Putting It All Together” will be held on Friday, January 26. The educational event, sponsored by FAU’s College of Business and the Barry Financial Group, a Boca Raton-based financial planning firm, will feature a wide variety of speakers with expertise in annuities, long-term care, insurance, elder law and other subjects of importance in the planning process. Every participant will receive a free copy of Patricia Annino’s book, Women and Money. Admission is free, but space is limited, so RSVP by Monday, Jan. 22. To register or request additional information, call 1-800-584-4723 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. MORE...

Klezmer's 'Salsa, Strings and Swing' to Perform
at the Eissey Campus Theatre

The Klezmer Company Orchestra will return for a repeat performance of “Salsa, Strings and Swing” this month. With 40 performers and guest vocalist Shira Lissek,the orchestra will perform on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m., at the Eissey Campus Theatre, 3160 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Libraries’ Music Archives. Tickets for the concert are $36 and $45. $60 premiere seats include complimentary CD. For tickets, call 877.877.7677, or visit www.tixops.com. For more information about the orchestra, visit www.klezmercompany.com.

Ladies of the Night: Adventures in Adult Storytelling
The School of Communication & Multimedia Studies and the School of the Arts will proudly present "Ladies of the Night: Adventures in Adult Storytelling," an innovative one-woman performance series, on Jan. 29, Feb. 26 and March 19 at the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton. President Frank and Mrs. Courtney Brogan are co-sponsoring the Jan. 29 opening reception. Tickets are $15/20. For more information, call 561-241-7432 or contact Caren Neile, Director, South Florida Storytelling Project, cneile@fau.edu, ext. 70042.

Also Noted...
The "FAU Students Photograph the World" exhibition has been accepted by Florida State University's Ogelsby Art Center Gallery. The exhibit runs through Jan. 19.

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