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FAU News Briefs

Student Volunteers Needed at Memory and Wellness Center

FAU’s Louis and Anne Green Memory & Wellness Center is looking for student volunteers to serve as “meeters and greeters” and program assistants.

The Center, located on the Boca campus, is a state-recognized facility that provides services to people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, and also has programs for their caregivers.

An orientation session for new volunteers will be held on Thursday, July 14, at 3 p.m. To register for the session or get more information contact Joanne Weppner at (561) 297-4066.

National HIV Testing Day

FAU’s Today & Beyond Wellness Center is observing National HIV Testing Day, Thursday, June 30. The Center’s Comprehensive AIDS Program offers free confidential OraSure (Oral) HIV counseling and testing. No appointment is necessary.

Tests will be held on the Boca campus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Wellness Center, room SS 8-222 (Second Floor of Breezeway). Testing will also be offered on the Davie Campus from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Student Activities Center.

The Center is giving away free T-shirts to anyone who gets tested and free gift certificates for those who return for their results on July 14.

For more information please contact the Wellness Center at (561) 297-1048. For information on other available sites in other counties gohttp://www.knowhivaids.org/tested_find.html.

FAU’s Department of Ocean Engineering Celebrates 40 years

Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Ocean Engineering, a unit of the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, celebrated its 40th anniversary Friday, June 17 with a series of special events on the Boca campus. Activities included a technical symposium featuring research presentations by current faculty and alumni, as well as a keynote address by Capt. David M. Schubert, commanding officer of the Navy Research Lab in Washington, D.C.

The Department of Ocean Engineering was founded in 1965 as the first ocean engineering undergraduate program in the nation. It produced its first graduating class in 1967; these 12 men became the first graduating class at the first institution to teach ocean engineering anywhere in the world. Captain Charles R. Stephan, former Director of Undersea Warfare, Research and Development in the Chief of Naval Operations Office, founded the program, creating the curriculum and recruiting staff for the university’s new discipline. He became chairman of the Department of Ocean Engineering in 1964.

The department’s world-class Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering, known as SeaTech (located at FAU’s Dania Beach campus), focuses on ocean and related engineering education, research, development, testing, implementation and product commercialization. It also enjoys a close relationship with the U.S. Navy.

The Ocean Engineering Department is currently working on these major research projects:

Work with FAU’s Center of Excellence in Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology, where researchers use the department’s autonomous underwater vehicles to search the ocean floor for potential cancer-fighting organisms

* An on-going federal earmark grant for the Center for Coastline Security Technology, which is exploring new technologies to enhance the surveillance and inspection of major ports, inlets, beaches and remote coastal areas

* The Durability of Composite Materials and Structures project, funded through the Defense budget, which monitors the degradation of composite materials by sea-water (such as high-strength steel used as primary construction materials for navy ships.)

* A National Naval Responsibility Initiative program involving training of potential personnel for Navy laboratories. For more information on FAU’s Department of Ocean Engineering go to www.oe.fau.edu.

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