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FAU to Host Symposia to Celebrate the Inauguration of FAU’s Sixth President, Dr. Mary Jane Saunders
Symposia will feature panel discussions, poster sessions and keynote presentations ranging from climate change to ocean exploration to the changing landscape of higher education

BOCA RATON, FL (October 21, 2010) —Students, faculty and staff at Florida Atlantic University along with members of the community will have the opportunity to attend various symposia taking place across the University’s campuses the week of October 25, 2010 to celebrate the inauguration of FAU’s Sixth President, Dr. Mary Jane Saunders. The symposia are part of the inaugural activities under the theme of Making Waves: Celebrating and Cultivating Discovery, Diversity and Distinction. A complete list of events and activities taking place during the Inauguration is available at www.fau.edu/inauguration.
            “The aim of our symposia is to showcase the wide range of research and scholarship that is taking place across Florida Atlantic University,” said Edward Pratt, Ph.D., dean of undergraduate studies at FAU and chair of the inauguration symposia. “We hope to raise the awareness of the important work that is being done by our faculty and students on very timely topics which have a direct bearing on South Florida and our nation.”
            The four symposia taking place are: 1) Research Symposium on Climate Change, Tuesday, October 26; 2) Undergraduate Research Symposium, Wednesday, October 27; 3) Ocean Science and Why it Matters Symposium, Thursday, October 28; and 4) The Changing Landscape of Higher Education Symposium, Thursday, October 28.

  •            According to a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), more than 153 million people are estimated to live in coastal counties, accounting for 53% of the U.S. population. Globally, sea level rise has the potential to impact two billion people living along coastlines. From threats to marine organisms to water supply, ocean acidification, storm surge and hurricanes, Florida is on the front line of climate change impacts in the country. These impacts, and our nation’s current energy crisis, will continue to require new and innovative research as well as creative solutions. The Research Symposium on Climate Change w ill highlight adaptation to climate change in South Florida detailing local, state and federal initiatives and current climate change research activities by FAU faculty, students and their colleagues.   This symposium will include a breakfast, poster display, keynote presentation, and panel discussion taking place on Tuesday, October 26 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Live Oak Pavilion (LO-31B), 777 Glades Roads in Boca Raton. Detailed information is available at www.fau.edu/research/symposium or to RSVP call Kris Barr at 561-297-0777 or kbarr@fau.edu.  

  •       Research is an essential activity for undergraduate students as it helps them to acquire much needed skills, learn how knowledge is created, and discover how it can be overturned with new evidence or new perspectives. More than 70 undergraduate students from across various disciplines at FAU will showcase their research and creative activity at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. The symposium, taking place on Wednesday, October 27, will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a breakfast followed by the symposium from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the AD Auditorium and Classrooms on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive in Jupiter. The symposium will feature poster and artistic displays and several panel discussions. For more information, contact Terry Gearing at 561-799-8026 or gearing@fau.edu

  •       To showcase the multi-faceted scientists and engineers at FAU who are dedicated to the marine sciences and who are working to find ways to reduce impacts, restore habitats, identify critical resources, and restock populations which have been compromised, FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is hosting the Ocean Science and Why it Matters Symposium. Taking place on Thursday, October 28 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Johnson Education Center at 5600 U.S. 1 North in Ft. Pierce, the symposium topics will range from ocean technology and exploration to marine drug discovery and aquaculture. Spanning the watershed to the deep ocean, the symposium will feature three panel discussions with four expert panelists on each panel who will address issues and topics surrounding the Indian River Lagoon, Oceans and Human Health, and Exploring the Oceans.  For more information, contact Jan Petri at 772-242-2241 or petri@hboi.fau.edu.

  •       Higher education experts will discuss key issues confronting college and university leaders today, including issues of access, funding and accountability at The Changing Landscape of Higher Education Symposium taking place on Thursday, October 28 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the Live Oak Pavilion (LO-31B), 777 Glades Road in Boca Raton.   Panelists and participants will address questions such as:  How is the landscape of Florida’s higher education system changing, especially with the transition of community colleges to baccalaureate degree granting state colleges, the growth of for profit colleges and technological advances with e-learning?  With declining state appropriations for higher education, what are the implications and challenges for colleges and universities? How will increasing demands for accountability transform higher education?   What are the key issues, challenges and opportunities facing Florida Atlantic University in the future?   Audience questions and discussion will follow the panel discussion with continued interaction during a reception. For more information, contact Edward Pratt at 561-297-2126 or epratt2@fau.edu or Deborah L. Floyd at dfloyd@fau.edu.  

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