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Computer Science Professor Receives Volunteer Honor

Nelly CardinaleNelly Cardinale, EdD, Professor of Computer Science on the Melbourne Campus, was awarded Volunteer of the Year by the Brevard County Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on May 13, 2016, during its 14th annual Don Juan Ponce De Leon Banquet Gala Awards Ceremony. She was among 18 individuals, companies and organizations honored at the banquet. Cardinale received recognitian for providing the organization free tech support and webpage maintenance and for creating a separate website for one of the organization’s special projects. “There is no greater joy than the feeling of giving back to the community,” said Cardinale.

Professor’s Compositions Showcased in Major Cities and Cuba

Dr. Chan Ji KimThe musical compositions of Dr. Chan Ji Kim, Associate Professor of Music and Department Chair of Performing and Visual Arts, are being showcased in California, Florida, Oklahoma and Cuba this fall. Among Dr. Kim’s compositions are her world premiere of Night Colors, a saxophone piece, held in Miami, and La Passegiata, a clarinet chamber piece held in Havana Cuba. Dr. Kim’s composition CD was released last year by Parma Recordings. READ MORE

EFSC Stem Faculty and Staff Partake in Diversity Training

Because female inclusion in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related fields is so important, the Air Force Technical Application Center holds an annual symposium with this topic as its centerpiece. This year’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Symposium, held Aug. 20-21, 2015 at Patrick Air Force Base, was attended by both women and men from local industries, academia, and government-based organizations with the goal of increasing the number of women entering technical fields. Representing Eastern Florida State College were Dr. Ashley Spring, Assistant Professor of Biology on the Melbourne campus; Dr. Susan Styron, Associate Professor of Chemistry on the Melbourne campus; and Kim Koplar, Coordinator of Veteran Resources and Student Support Advising. READ MORE

EFSC Provost New President-Elect of National Pop Culture Group

Dr. Phil SimpsonTitusville Provost Dr. Phil Simpson was recently elected the new Vice President/President-Elect of the Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association (PCA/ACA), a national academic organization, an interdisciplinary scholarly organization comprised of academic professionals and scholars who study popular culture. The PCA/ACA offers members publication opportunities in the Journal of Popular Culture and Journal of American Culture. It also sponsors an endowment dedicated to supporting research and scholarly travel. READ MORE

Computer Science Professor Attends Google Conference

Dr. Nelly Cardinale, an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Eastern Florida State College, was invited to attend “The Latinas Think Big™ Innovation Summit” hosted by Google at their Mountain View, CA campus October 3, 2014. The event was designed to highlight and celebrate Latina leaders and entrepreneurs who work in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields and create a strong education-oriented network between them. READ MORE

Chemistry Professor Elected as Treasurer to National Honor Society

Dr. IannottiDonna Iannotti, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemistry on the Palm Bay Campus, is now serving a three-year term as National Treasurer for Iota Sigma Pi, a national honor society for women in chemistry. Iannotti was elected during the society’s 31st Triennial convention, held in Emeryville, California, June 19–22, 2014. Iota Sigma Pi elects into its society women who have demonstrated superior scholastic achievement and high professional competence. Iannotti joined Iota Sigma Pi as a graduate student, and has found the support of her colleagues to be invaluable throughout her career. “I am proud of the work this organization does to encourage girls and women to not only study chemistry, but to stay in the field and make a difference in science,” said Iannotti. READ MORE

Speech Instructor Writes Book on Relationship Communication

Paul Spampanato, Speech instructor, Cocoa Campus, has channeled his professional communication skills into his book, "Halo Again: A Journey in Communication Intelligence for Life-Long Relationships," published in September, 2014. The book explores why relationships often fail and offers communication strategies for maintaining life-long relationships based on the theory that the value we place on a relationship drives the way we communicate with that partner. READ MORE

Computer Textbook Co-Authored By Husband & Wife Adjuncts

The textbook "Microcontrollers: High-Performance Systems and Programming" by Julio Sanchez and Maria P. Canton is a continuation of and a complement to two previous titles on the subject of microcontroller programming also published by CRC Press. The book is intended as a hands-on reference and resource for engineers, scientists and electronics enthusiasts and includes sample circuits with their corresponding programs. The circuits are depicted and labeled clearly, in a way that is easy to follow and reuse. Sanchez and Canton both teach computer science programs on the Titusville Campus.

EFSC Instructor Releases Two Novels

Michelle Richard, a full-time instructor in the EFSC Office Technology program, has published two novels in the Christian fiction genre. Her book, "Waiting on the Lord, Second Edition," was released in January 2014 with "A Crimson Ribbon" following soon after. READ MORE

English Instructor Publishes Popular Book

When she's not teaching English at EFSC, Melanie Karsak is developing intricate plots and characters as a connoisseur of steampunk, a Jules Verne-esque style of science fiction. Her latest book, "Chasing the Star Garden," climbed into the top 10 in its genre within a day of its release on Amazon. READ MORE

Solar Energy Project Garners Online Attention for EFSC Alternative Energy Expert

Bruce Hesher, Assistant Professor in Engineering Technology at EFSC, shared his money and energy-saving idea to use a photovoltaic system to run his swimming pool pump using solar power. The report was shared via the "Build it Solar" website, a popular online destination for solar energy do-it-yourselfers. Hesher is an instructor for the Alternative Energy Systems option of the Engineering Technology Associate in Science Degree. READ MORE

Education Professor Volunteers with Angel Flight

Ray Roberts, an education professor on the Melbourne Campus, uses his skills as a pilot to help fly people in need to often distant medical facilities. He's living out the spirit of helping others, inspired by his parents who were Peace Corps volunteers. READ MORE

Music Professor's Composition Featured on New CD

A chamber music composition by Chan Ji Kim, an associate professor of music on Eastern Florida's Cocoa campus, is included on a Society of Composers, Inc. compilation CD. An online review by Daniel Coombs said, "I found '9 Years for clarinet, cello and piano' by Chan Ji Kim to be one of the highlights of this collection." READ MORE

Medical Background Pays Off as Author & Professor

Jahangir Moini, M.D., M.P.H. is an international author of 18 medical textbooks and has been a professor for over 30 years. He is currently an adjunct professor with the Eastern Florida State College Science Department at the Palm Bay Campus. READ MORE