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

Dr. Cecelia
, social work, was named the Florida Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and will be recognized at their March state-wide conference. Congratulations also to the following faculty and students who have been recognized by the NASW: Bettyanne
, social work, was named the Treasure Coast region's faculty social worker of the year; and three FAU students were named student social workers of the
year: Sara Holland (Palm Beach County), Michelle Jenkins (Broward County)
and Mary Wright (Treasure Coast).

Dr. Lakhdar Boukerrou, Center for Environmental Studies, was invited to speak at the Maghreb Center Inaugural Symposium in Washington, D.C. in February. Dr. Boukerrou’s presentation was titled “Poverty, Environmental Governance and the Economic Future of the Maghreb.” The symposium was attended by representatives from embassies, the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Treasury Department and academics and scholars from U.S., French and Canadian universities and included four panels: Trends in Political Reform and New Developments in Political Islam in the Maghreb, Security Environment in the Maghreb, Economic Development Issues, and International Relations: The European Union and the U.S. relations with the Maghreb/ Maghrebi Regional Integration. Dr. Boukerrou was also invited to become an associate member of the Maghreb Center.

Jane Caputi, women's studies and communications, has completed a 30-minute documentary, "The Pornography of Everyday Life," which will be distributed by Berkeley Media. She received a grant from the Frederick H. Leonhardt Foundation to support this project.

Dr. Isaac Elishakoff, J.M. Rubin Distinguished Professor, mechanical engineering, gave a keynote lecture at the 22nd International Conference on Materials Science in Tokyo on "Safety Factors from the Time of King Hammurabi to the Present" in December. He also traveled to Japan to assume the Fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. The society was established in 1932 by Emperor Showa. Dr. Elishakoff spent two months at the University of Kyoto working with Japanese researchers on the hybrid optimization and anti-optimization of engineering systems. He also lectured at the University of Kyoto's department of architecture and civil engineering on the "Closed-Form Solutions in Vibration and Buckling of Inhomogeneous Structures" and the University of Tokyo's applied mathematics department on “Can One Hear the Shape of The Drum?” He also presented at the Tohoku University, Sendai, on “Recent Developments in Stochastic Mechanics” and at the Osaka Prefecture University on “Optimization under Uncertainty.”

Dr. J.A. Scott Kelso, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, offered a lecture in the BCC Foundation's Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series titled "The Complementary Nature." He discussed coordination dynamics and how it reveals that polar opposites are actually complementary and may be reconciled. The lecture offers a new mind set for human beings (both women and men) and a vehicle (concepts, methods, tools) for discovery and invention.

Dr. Paul Sergius Koku, marketing, has had his manuscript titled "Some Significant Factors that Influence Tipping in Service Encounters Outside The Restaurant Industry In the United States" accepted for publication in the Services Marketing Quarterly. Also, his paper, titled "New Product Announcements and the Stock Market Reaction: The Case of the Computer Industry," has been accepted for presentation at the Academy of Marketing Sciences' World Marketing Congress at Verona, Italy in July.

Shawn Pennell, creative services, designed "Delegation in School Nursing: Lived Experiences of Caring." The poster won the first place research award at the Florida Association of School Nurses annual conference in Tampa in January.












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