Using FAU Know-How to Develop Mozambique “Build Back Better” Program


Dr. Jean Martin Caldieron, Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at FAU, has been teaching and researching in Mozambique with a Fulbright Scholar Award since February 2019. This month, Dr. Caldieron was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of State to train and impart knowledge about adequate structural design and sustainable building techniques in informal settlement areas that are at subject to frequent cyclones and flooding. With the joint collaboration of FAU, the United States Embassy in Maputo, and the Eduardo Mondlane University, the project consists of the publication of two construction manuals especially designed to improve rehabilitated self-built informal settlements in Mozambique’s high-risk areas. Dr. Caldieron and his team will create and offer two training courses in Beira, in central Mozambique to help interested parties – including professionals, students and informal builders – to understand how to rebuild informal dwellings damaged by Cyclone Idai and flooding in the province.  According to Dr. Caldieron, residents of Beira are already rebuilding their dwellings and it is imperative they do so using a “build back better” approach this time.  This grant will promote future exchanges between the institutions involved in Mozambique and Florida Atlantic University, and will allow the continuity of past research activities developed at FAU School of Architecture, a leader in the areas of community design, and design response to sea-level rise and flooding.

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Division of Research Mentoring Program

In order to foster the exchange of ideas and best practices in funded research, senior colleagues with significant extramural funding experience have the opportunity to be paired with tenure-track and research faculty members who wish to be mentored and commit to submitting a fundable research proposal at the end of the one-year mentoring period.

The proposal submitted by Dr. Wendy Guastaferro (mentor) and Dr. Laura Backstrom, Asst. Professor in Sociology (mentee) as part of the mentoring program was awarded! Dr. Backstrom is going to work on a grant proposal for a study that will use a mixed methods design to assess decision-making processes in Early Childhood Courts with a focus on the role of community members (Guardian ad Litems, foster parents, and advocates) and social network analysis to examine the impact of the court’s actions on children whose parents come before the court.

The proposed study will follow a subsample of children through age 8 and utilize court and Department of Children and Families data to examine child well-being outcomes.

Dr. Morgan Cooley (mentee) has partnered with Dr. Nancy Jones (mentor) in Psychology on a proposal that was also awarded! Dr. Cooley’s work will be working to identify and understand risk and protective factors at the individual, family, and system levels in order to improve the well-being of foster youth, parents, and child welfare professionals.

Mentors receive $1,000 for research support, and mentees receive a course release, up to $2,000, plus travel funds up to $500 to visit a Program Officer.

Introducing Our New Interim Dean, Dr. Naelys Luna

Prior to her appointment as Interim Dean of the College for Design and Social Inquiry (CDSI) on July 1, 2019, Dr. Naelys Luna served for three years as professor and director of the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work, which is one of the five schools within CDSI.

“I am so honored to be in this role,” Dr. Luna said. “I am already enjoying working with our team of incredible faculty and staff and outstanding students, as well as seeing the innerworkings of the college from an entirely new perspective.”

Dr. Luna earned her MSW and Ph.D. in Social Work from Fordham University in New York and her BA from Seton Hall University in New Jersey. As a licensed Social Worker (NY and NJ), she helped develop ADHD and PTSD programs in a child and adolescent outpatient psychiatric hospital. She has also provided clinical social work services to children, adolescents and their families in outpatient units, partial care programs and private practice.

Dr. Luna’s research interests and multiple publications in national and international journals are in the areas of substance use disorders, mood disorders, spirituality, parental roles, mental health outcomes in minorities (especially Hispanics) and psychosocial functioning.

“From our faculty’s research into some of society’s most pressing challenges, to our high student achievement, the upward growth trend of our academic programs, and our ever-increasing offerings for our community and beyond – there are so many wonderful things happening at CDSI, and I am privileged to be a part of its rich history and bright future,” Dr. Luna said.

2019 PA Theory Fellows

Congratulations to Karen Sweeting and Andrea Ramos, Ph.D. students in the School of Public Administration, for being named 2019 Fellows by the Public Administration Theory Network.

Nicole Humphrey, Kansas University
Karolyn Campbell, University of Utah
Joanne Tang, Virginia Tech
Pallavi Awasthi, Florida International University
Nicole Wesley, Louisiana State University
Stephanie Puello, University of Colorado Denver
Karen Sweeting, Florida Atlantic University
Crystal Soderman, University of Wisc. Oshkosh
Alex Osei-Kojo, University of Colorado Denver
Andrea Ramos, Florida Atlantic University
Andrew Russo, Portland State University

Congratulations Summer 2019 Graduates

On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, a record number of summer graduates walked across the commencement stage to receive their diploma. From the College for Design and Social Inquiry, we celebrated 219 bachelor’s graduates, 15 master’s graduates and 1 doctoral candidate.

To all of our graduates, it has been our pleasure to have you in our classrooms and to watch you grow and learn in your programs.  Whether you are continuing your education or ready to apply your knowledge in the world, we look forward to watching your next chapter unfold. Remember that we are here for you and rooting for your success each step along the way.

Be well and best wishes!

  • 10 Bachelor of Architecture
  • 85 Bachelor of Arts
  • 24 Bachelor of General Studies
  • 15 Bachelor of Public Management
  • 14 Bachelor of Public Safety Administration
  • 65 Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Bachelor of Urban Design
  • 5 Master of Nonprofit Management
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Doctor of Social Work

Want to explore the degree programs in the College for Design and Social Inquiry at FAU? Call our Academic Advising Team today: (561) 297-2316

Summer 2019 Commencement Gallery

Special Statement in the Aftermath of Hurricane Dorian

Looking due east toward the Bahamas, just 60 miles away from FAU’s nearest beach.

Earlier this week, our neighbors in the Bahamas, specifically in the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island, were catastrophically impacted by Hurricane Dorian. We recognize that there will be many more weeks and even years of recovery that take place. While we are still learning of the full impact of the storm, what we know for sure is that our Bahamian brothers and sisters are a strong, resilient group who will rise from Hurricane Dorian’s aftermath. That said, they are in tremendous need of your support. The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler School of Social Work encourages all students, alumni and all friends of the Sandler School of Social Work to get involved in the relief efforts aiding those most significantly impacted by the storm. From donating much-needed supplies, to participating as a volunteer, to making a monetary donation to organizations equipped to help, there are many ways you can make a difference right away.

Click here for ways you can get involved today.  Thank you for your generosity.

Planning Abroad in Paris: Q&A

Led by Peter Henn, SURP Instructor, and Brandon Johnson, SURP graduate student and CDSI graduate adviser, a group of 24 SURP undergraduate and graduate students visited Paris, France in May.They traveled to the historic city to study modern urban design and transportation and learn how to apply international concepts to local urban planning situations.

It was all part of the “Planning Abroad” URP 5958/URP 4955 course, offered each summer. We sat down with Brandon to talk about the trip.

CDSI: How do you feel the study-abroad program has enhanced your academic experience?

BJ: It has shown me some unique urban implementations of international cities and provided some ideas of how we can improve urban planning in South Florida.

CDSI: What were the top highlights of the trip?

BJ: Visiting and having lunch in the Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre church.

CDSI: What advice would you give to students considering enrolling in this course?

BJ: Take advantage of this amazing experience. Many of our students have not only gained a wealth of knowledge of how international cities are designed and operate but have also made new friends within the programs. The experience is priceless.

Interested in taking this course next summer?

Check it out in the University catalog or email Instructor Peter Henn with any specific questions about the “Planning Abroad” course.

AIA Florida Merit Award Winner

Dr. John Sandell, Associate Professor in the School of Architecture, was recently awarded a 2019 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Florida Theoretical and Research Design Award for his Urban Topographies sea-level rise research.

His study concludes that in order for our cities to survive in the future, they will need to begin tailoring urban growth to specific geographic, climate, and other conditions, emphasizing nature’s role in urban resiliency.

Dr. Sandell proposes that, with the right changes – such as increasing pedestrian activity and reducing vehicles on the road, and removing select structures and infrastructure – South Florida can adapt to changing climate factors and retain economic vibrancy.

View Dr. Sandell’s complete research brief here.

The awards ceremony will take place in July at the annual Florida AIA conference.

John Sandell

Congratulations, Class of 2019!

On Thursday, May 2, 2019, 289 bachelor students, 139 masters students and 9 doctoral students – including the inaugural cohort of the first Doctor of Social Work program (DSW) in the state of Florida – accepted their diplomas from the College for Design and Social Inquiry at Florida Atlantic University. To all of our graduates, it has been our pleasure to have you in our classrooms and to watch you grow and learn in your programs.

Whether you are continuing your education or ready to apply your knowledge in the world, we look forward to watching your next chapter unfold. Remember that we are here for you and rooting for your success each step along the way.

As you move forward into your future, remember the words of Dr. Manny Gonzalez, DSW Program Coordinator and Associate Professor in the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work, “Know what you know, know what you don’t know, but know what you know well.”

Be well and best wishes!

  • 28 Bachelor of Architecture
  • 121 Bachelor of Arts
  • 21 Bachelor of General Studies
  • 10 Bachelor of Public Management
  • 18 Bachelor of Public Safety Administration
  • 62 Bachelor of Social Work
  • 18 Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
  • 11 Bachelor of Urban Design
  • 2 Master of Nonprofit Management
  • 5 Master of Public Administration
  • 1 Master of Science
  • 127 Master of Social Work
  • 4 Master of Urban and Regional Planning
  • 2 Doctor of Philosophy
  • 7 Doctor of Social Work

Want to explore the degree programs in the College for Design and Social Inquiry at FAU? Call our Academic Advising Team today: (561) 297-2316

Spring 2019 Commencement Gallery

 

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