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FAU Professor Receives ‘South Florida Business Leader Award’ from Seafarers’ House

             BOCA RATON, FL (January 11, 2011)
— Florida Atlantic University’s Leonard Berry, Ph.D., distinguished professor and director of the Center for Environmental Studies within the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, recently received the “South Florida Business Leader of the Year” award from the Seafarers’ House at its 15 th annual luncheon. The award honors individual community leaders who have made significant contributions to support and sustain our communities and oceans.

            “Community-based universities are essential to the current and future economy of Florida,” said Berry. “Current synergies between Florida Atlantic University and businesses include the development of ocean energy technology, ocean monitoring and assessment in response to the Gulf oil spill, and working jointly with business and the community to understand and adapt to the impacts of climate change in our uniquely vulnerable region. Our united efforts produce benefits and change for our region and our future which are simply not obtainable by independent work.”

            Berry spearheads t he Center which brings together the full resources of the Florida State University System to collect, analyze and promote the use of scientifically sound information concerning tropical and sub-tropical, freshwater and estuary ecosystems.  The Center is focused on critical environmental management issues of the state, and of tropical and subtropical ecosystems worldwide. Berry’s expertise areas include geomorphology, wetland ecosystems, and adaptation and mitigation of anthropogenic impacts on the environment. He has authored/edited 27 books, more than 250 professional papers and reports, and has been a consultant for many environmental development agencies.

Seafarers' House at Port Everglades is a multi-faith cooperation among Christians, Muslims and Jews, as well as labor, business and civic leaders with a mission "to offer refuge, resources, renewal and respect to the maritime community through multi-faith service." It is open throughout the year as a safe, friendly place where mariners can connect with their families, relax or get emergency assistance if needed. With the help of its supporters and volunteers, Seafarers' House offers many services including low cost international phone calls, free transportation, Internet access, counseling services, liaison with authorities, as well as recreational facilities. Seafarers' House annually hosts more than 100,000 visits by cruise and cargo ship crewmembers.

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