KPCOM Launches Unity Program for Change

As police brutality toward communities of color continues to make national headlines with protests, riots, and trials, Paula Anderson-Worts, D.O., M.P.H., assistant dean of faculty and alumni affairs, along with Elaine M. Wallace, D.O., M.S., M.S., M.S., M.S., dean, have created a program that will promote cultural sensitivity and address the impact of racial injustice and racism in the United States.

The program, titled the KPCOM Unity Program for Change, has involved KPCOM faculty and staff members, as well as students, with the goal of serving as a catalyst for ongoing change toward equality and justice for all. The program began in July, with its first Zoom meeting being a dialogue on racial injustice. The program has since followed with various Zoom meetings with speakers on racial consciousness, discussion groups on healing, taking action, and racial consciousness and Zoom group discussions on related topics—all with the hope of galvanizing others to work to educate, unify, and advocate for change that will help eliminate systemic racism and inequality.

HCAS Student Presents at Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference

Lucas Dombroski, student in the Department of Humanities and Politics in the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences and Guy Harvey Oceanographic Research Center (HCAS), presented his research at the Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference hosted by George Washington University. His paper was titled, “Capital Punishment and College Educated Individuals: How Do the College Educated View the Ultimate Punishment?”

According to Dombroski, “Essentially, my research involved analyzing National Election Studies (NES) data concerning how college-educated respondents felt about Capital Punishment.  I ran logistic regression models and cross-tabulations on these feelings toward capital punishment using the demographic information provided by the respondents, and I was able to see the relationships between feelings towards the death penalty and variables such as sex, political party affiliation, region, and ethnicity. My findings suggested that political party affiliation is the best indicator of how one feels about capital punishment whereas sex was the worst indicator; however, none of the relationships that were chosen to be tested in my research had a very strong significance.”

Ransford Edwards, Ph.D., faculty in DHP and NSU chapter advisor accompanied Dombroski. Dombroski was a recipient of the department Student Scholar Fund and used that financial support to take care of airfare, lodging, and food.

 

 

HCAS Faculty Interviewed for Discover Magazine on Jellyfish

J. Matthew Hoch, Ph.D., faculty in the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences in the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences and Guy Harvey Oceanographic Research Center (HCAS), was featured in an article in Discover Magazine titled, “Congrats, Jellyfish, the Seas Are Yours! (Now, What Are You Going to Do with Them?).” Author Eliot Schrefer interviewed Hoch regarding the possibility of a future “Jelly Age,” and the diversity of these amazing creatures.

Hoch’s research interests include freshwater ecologywetlandsaquatic ecology, and freshwater biology. His current work concerns ecological effects of the restoration of the Everglades.

To access the article, please go to: https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/congrats-jellyfish-the-seas-are-yours-now-what-are-you-going-to-do-with-them

Tracking Hammerhead Sharks Reveals Conservation Targets to Protect a Nearly Endangered Species

NSU Researchers Lead Team Studying Smooth Hammerhead Sharks

They are some of the most iconic and unique-looking creatures in our oceans. While some may think they look a bit “odd,” one thing researchers agree on is that little is known about hammerhead sharks. Many of the 10 hammerhead shark species are severely overfished worldwide for their fins and in need of urgent protection to prevent their extinction.

To learn more about a declining hammerhead species that is data poor but in need of conservation efforts,  a team of researchers from Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Research Center (SOSF SRC) and Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI), Fisher Finder Adventures, the University of Rhode Island and University of Oxford (UK), embarked on a study to determine the migration patterns of smooth hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna zygaena) in the western Atlantic Ocean. This shark, which can grow up to 14-feet (400 cm), remains one of the least understood of the large hammerhead species because of the difficulty in reliably finding smooth hammerheads to allow scientific study.

The teams research has recently been published by Frontiers in Marine Science – you can find the complete research paper ONLINE.

To learn about smooth hammerhead behavior, the research team satellite tagged juvenile hammerhead sharks off the U.S. Mid-Atlantic coast and then tracked the sharks for up to 15 months. The sharks were fitted with fin-mounted satellite tags that reported the sharks’ movements in near real time via a satellite link to the researchers.

Check Out Cool Video of a Smooth Hammerhead

To read more, click here.

NSU Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Live at the Sherman: Free Family Concert with 3-time GRAMMY Nominee Brady Rymer!

We invite you to join us for a special livestreamed concert Sunday, September 13, 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. on the NSU Alvin Sherman Library’s Facebook page — www.facbeook.com/AlvinShermanLibrary — where individuality is celebrated and kindness wins the day. Brady Rymer’s rootsy, accordion-laced pop and rock music regularly wins critical acclaim and national awards including three Children’s GRAMMY nominations as well as numerous Parents’ Choice Gold and NAPPA (National Parenting Publications) Gold Awards, and has garnered him a growing fan base of enthusiastic families. Find out more about Brady on his website: www.bradyrymer.com LIVE @ the Sherman! explores the excitement of interactive fine-arts through music, theater and dance; recommended for ages 6 and up. This free series for children and families is generously funded by the Rockley Family Foundation. Can’t join us live? No worries! For your convenience, concerts are available for 1-month after the event.

Save the dates for our next Live at the Sherman family concerts! For more info on all our free programs for children, teens and adults, please visit lib.nova.edu/plsvirtual
Sunday, October 18, 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Matthew Sabatella’s Great American Folk Song Singalong
Saturday, November 7, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Family Concert with GRAMMY Winner Tim Kubart

 

Photo credit: Jayme Thornton

 

Live at the Sherman: Matthew Sabatella’s Great American Folk Song Sing-Along
Take a trip into America’s past as we sing folk songs together and hear stories about the people who created them on Sunday, October 18, 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Enjoy this special pre-recorded performance featured on the NSU Alvin Sherman Library’s Facebook page – www.facbeook.com/AlvinShermanLibrary — and YouTube channel. Matthew Sabatella will play a variety of instruments and sing songs that were born in the United States from the mix of people who came from around the world to live here. Learn more about the artist: www.ramblingstringband.com 
LIVE @ the Sherman! explores the excitement of interactive fine-arts through music, theater and dance; recommended for ages 6 and up. This free series for children and families is generously funded by the Rockley Family Foundation. Can’t join us live? No worries! For your convenience, concerts are available for 1-month after the event.

Save the date for our next Live at the Sherman family concert! For more info on all our free programs for children, teens and adults, please visit lib.nova.edu/plsvirtual
Saturday, November 7, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Family Concert with GRAMMY Winner Tim Kubart

 

Photo credit: Arlin Geyer

 

 

Live at the Sherman: Family Concert with GRAMMY Winner Tim Kubart
Tim Kubart, GRAMMY award winning musician and host of the only live morning show for preschoolers, “The Sunny Side Up Show,” on NBCUniversal’s Sprout channel, has written songs for Sesame Street, played tambourine for Postmodern Jukebox, performed at thousands of sold-out shows across the country and stars in a 30-minute concert filmed exclusively for the NSU Alvin Sherman Library. Hailed as a kindie breakout star and known for infusing children’s music with a pop sensibility and heartfelt sound that moves your feet and touches your heart, Tim won the 2016 GRAMMY Award for Best Children’s Album. Learn more about the artist: www.timkubart.com

This special pre-recorded concert will be featured on the NSU Alvin Sherman Library’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/AlvinShermanLibrary — and YouTube channel.
LIVE @ the Sherman! explores the excitement of interactive fine-arts through music, theater and dance; recommended for ages 6 and up. This free series for children and families is generously funded by the Rockley Family Foundation. Can’t join us live? No worries! For your convenience, concerts are available for 1-month after the event.

For more info on all our free programs for children, teens and adults, please visit lib.nova.edu/plsvirtual

 

 

Full STEAM Ahead presents My First Fine Arts: Latin GRAMMY Nominee Sonia De Los Santos

Join us on Saturday, September 26, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. as Latin-GRAMMY nominee Sonia De Los Santos shares songs in Spanish and English in a special pre-recorded concert for preschool children (ages 3 – 5 years) exclusively for the NSU Alvin Sherman Library via our YouTube channel and Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AlvinShermanLibrary  Sonia is inspired by various Latin American rhythms including son jarocho, cumbia, gaita, currulao and huayno hailing from Mexico, Colombia and Peru as well as the North American folk traditions from the United States. Messages of joyful community music making and cultural bridge building will inspire and excite children and grown-ups of all backgrounds. Click here for a sneak peek of Sonia’s sound with her Sonia en Casa series. My First Fine-Arts is generously funded by PNC Bank’s Grow Up Great initiative. This series is designed for children ages 3 – 5. Can’t join us live? No worries! For your convenience, concerts are available for 1-month after the event.

Save the date for our next My First Fine Arts event! For more info on all our free programs for children, teens and adults, please visit lib.nova.edu/plsvirtual
Saturday, October 24, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Music and Art – música y arte – with Mi Amigo Hamlet

Photo Credit: Krysta Brayer

 

Full STEAM Ahead presents My First Fine Arts: Music and Art – música y arte – with Mi Amigo Hamlet
On Saturday, October 24, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. visit the NSU Alvin Sherman Library’s Facebook page — www.facebook.com/AlvinShermanLibrary —  to enjoy a bilingual enrichment program for early childhood that incorporates Spanish and English songs to explore music and art with Mi Amigo Hamlet, a Guatemalan-born artist, producer, songwriter and musician. Hamlet will curate a multimedia experience around his song, Azul, introducing the primary colors. Hamlet’s sound, a unique integration of Latin and world music influences, and his years of experience in the fields of early childhood and fine-arts, make him uniquely qualified to introduce preschool-age children to art, music and more. Learn more about the artist: www.miamigohamlet.com

 

My First Fine-Arts is generously funded by PNC Bank’s Grow Up Great initiative. This series is designed for children ages 3 – 5. Can’t join us live? No worries! For your convenience, concerts are available for 1-month after the event. For more info on all our free programs for children, teens and adults, please visit lib.nova.edu/plsvirtual

 

 

Photo Credit: Conrad Quitoviera

Canciones y Cuentos, Songs and Stories

Every Thursday this fall, families explore a joyous blend of traditional and original songs and new interpretations of folktales in English and Spanish with award-winning, internationally-touring family musician and teaching artist Alina Celeste in a special livestream performance on the NSU Alvin Sherman Library’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AlvinShermanLibrary  This program will align with Sunshine State Standards for Music and World Languages for kindergarten through 3rd grade, and Alina will suggest extension ideas that will align with visual arts standards (among others) as well. Learn more about the artist: www.alinaceleste.com This program is made possible with the generous support of the Erwin and Barbara Mautner Charitable Foundation.

Can’t join us live? No worries! For your convenience, these videos will be available after the event on the NSU Alvin Sherman Library Facebook page. For more info on all our free programs for children, teens and adults, please visit lib.nova.edu/plsvirtual

Photo Credit: Conrad Quitoviera

 

 

Want to Earn $10 in Rally, Sept. 29

 

During the month of September, The Office of Human Resources and HCA hospital will provide a seminar via Zoom on Coping with back and neck pain. You can earn $10 per session with the passing of a quiz of an 80% or higher.  Spouses and/or domestic partners can register for the session to receive credit as well.  

 

September 29, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

Coping with Back and Neck Pain, presented by: Dr. Yoav Ritter

https://nova.zoom.us/j/99322486250?pwd=NEMydFNLd1R2NEtCTUZRRHFPVXQwZz09

NSU University School Preschool Students Engage in Hands-On Learning Experiences

 

NSU University School’s smallest Sharks are back in the classroom and have been busy with many different hands-on learning activities. As part of a sensory activity, PK2 students were given a bin with sand and a paintbrush to explore. Teachers then placed a letter card in each of their bins to further provoke their inquiring minds. Some students used the brush to trace the letter on the card while others began making lines and circles in the sand. The final part of the activity involved students using a small cup and spoon to practice scooping, filling, and pouring the sand – all important skills to enhance their fine motor strength. PK4 students have been learning about the impact of soap on germs and why healthy habits like proper hand-washing are so important to help prevent the spread of harmful germs. They read the story “Germs, Yuk!” by Sky Davis and then used pepper, water and dish soap to make predictions and test their theories on how the germs (the pepper) would react to the soap. Keep up the great work Sharks!

NSU University School’s Preschool is currently enrolling new students. For more information about this program and the COVID precautions and recommendations being followed, please call 954-262-4506.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2020: Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor

Photo credit: biography.com

 

Nominated by President Barack Obama on May 26, 2009, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history.

Sonia Sotomayor became a U.S. District Court Judge in 1992 and was elevated to the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998. In 2009, she was confirmed as the first Latina Supreme Court justice in U.S. history.

In June 2015, Sotomayor was among the majority in two landmark Supreme Court rulings: On June 25, she was one of the six justices to uphold a critical component of the 2010 Affordable Care Act—often referred to as Obamacare—in King v. Burwell. The decision allows the federal government to continue providing subsidies to Americans who purchase health care through “exchanges,” regardless of whether they are state or federally operated. Sotomayor is credited as a key force in the ruling, having presented cautionary arguments against the potential dismantling of the law.

On June 26, the Supreme Court handed down its second historic decision in as many days, with a 5–4 majority ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that made same sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Sotomayor joined Justices Ruth Bader GinsburgAnthony KennedyStephen Breyer and Elena Kagan in the majority, with Roberts, Alito, Scalia and Thomas dissenting.

Click here to read more.

Source: Biography.com

Kappa Delta Pi Omega Theta Chapter Recipient of Education Excellence Award

NSU’s Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) Omega Theta Chapter is one of the recipients of the 2019-2020 Professional Development Chapter Program Award presented by Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education. The Awards for Education Excellence honor those individuals and chapters for their significant contributions to the Society and the education world.

 

Over the past year, KDP Omega Theta organized five professional development presentations involving participants from the USA, St. Vincent, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, as well as other countries. The presentations included:

  • Covid-19 ‘New Normal’: Reshaping the teaching/learning platform
  • Economic, Entrepreneurial and Educational Perspectives in the Pandemic Era Conference
  • Professional development for teachers on the management and use of different platforms for virtual classrooms at the time of a pandemic
  • Special Education Forum
  • Beyond the book cover – 1 hour of reading

KDP, founded in 1911, fosters excellence in education and promotes fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The Omega Theta chapter, established April 14, 1999, continues to demonstrate excellence in education, amassing awards in Literacy, Membership/Online Program, and outstanding regional Counselor. The chapter’s leader is Dr. Sandra Trotman.

For more information on KDP and Chapter Awards featured on KDP’s website, please click here.

Fall 2020 Dollar$ and $ense Newsletter Now Available

 

Enrollment and Student Services (ESS) has published the Fall 2020 issue of the Dollar$ and $ense student newsletter. This newsletter provides information on upcoming deadlines, the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), changes to Chapter 33 Benefit Levels for students who are military veterans, and more.

The newsletter is available on the NSU financial aid website.

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