Academics

Science professor helped pioneer online learning | Carolyn Allen

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014

Through her nearly 20 years of teaching, Palm Beach State Professor Carolyn Allen has successfully merged two of her passions to teach and inspire students – microbiology and technology.
She was the first professor to teach an online class at the College in the mid-1990s, and since then she has incorporated an online component into all of her microbiology classes, even the labs that are taught face-to-face. … Continue reading Science professor helped pioneer online learning | Carolyn Allen

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Truth, justice and no gimmicks | Dr. Paul L. Friedman

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014
When Crime Scene Technology students enter the program’s lab for the first time, they’re always underwhelmed.
“There are no holograms or neon lights, The Who isn’t playing in the background and Marg Helgenberger [of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” fame] doesn’t work here,” says Dr. Paul Friedman.
Likewise, Friedman dashes the hopes of criminal justice students who set their sights on becoming criminal profilers. “There’s really no such thing. … Continue reading Truth, justice and no gimmicks | Dr. Paul L. Friedman

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Energetic leader reaches out to students and community | Dr. Kristy Taylor

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014
When students walk into one of Dr. Kristy Taylor’s classrooms, they quickly learn to be uninhibited. “I tell my students that what is said in the classroom stays in the classroom,” says Taylor.
According to the Pearl, Miss., native, letting students feel comfortable enough to express their opinions even if they are different from the mainstream is the key to unlocking their creativity.This is just one of many things Taylor believes are needed to have a successful learning experience. … Continue reading Energetic leader reaches out to students and community | Dr. Kristy Taylor

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Blah, blah, blah? Not Dr. V. | Jesus J. Venereo, M.D.

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014
The 8 a.m. Medical Assisting class in Diseases, Disorders and Treatment is getting underway. Students are assembled, but instead of being half asleep, they are energized by a song blaring through computer speakers. Today’s selection, “YMCA,” has everyone dancing. Their instructor, Dr. Jesus Venereo, a medical doctor and pathologist, begins every morning class by playing a student’s song choice. “It brings the class together and starts conversations. … Continue reading Blah, blah, blah? Not Dr. V. | Jesus J. Venereo, M.D.

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Open House offers dental health professionals continuing education

April 12 event also celebrates 50th anniversary of College’s dental health education programs.
Palm Beach State’s Dental Health Services will host its annual Professional Development Open House for dental health professionals on Saturday, April 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dental Health Services Building on the College’s Lake Worth campus.
The event will give dental hygienists, dental assistants, dentists and other dental health professionals the opportunity to earn continuing education units (CEUs) as well as celebrate the 50th anniversary of Palm Beach State’s Dental Health programs and community dental care. … Continue reading Open House offers dental health professionals continuing education

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Two Palm Beach State professors selected for NISOD Excellence Awards

Two Palm Beach State College professors have been selected for the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Awards.
Dr. Paul Friedman, department chair and crime scene technology professor, and Professor Tracy Ciucci, who teaches health education in Lake Worth, were chosen from among the College’s more than 300 full-time professors.

They are among about 850 recipients across the country who will be celebrated for their commitment and contributions to their students and colleagues at the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration. … Continue reading Two Palm Beach State professors selected for NISOD Excellence Awards

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Personal touch: Connecting students with real-life health resources | Tracy Ciucci

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014

Talking about certain health topics such as alcohol, drugs, eating disorders, mental health, contraception and sexually transmitted diseases may be difficult for some, but Professor Tracy Ciucci knows how to engage her students in the classroom and online.
She focuses on facts and community resources, and she takes a real-life approach to issues that impact college students and individuals everywhere.
“I make health as relevant and involved and as personal for each student as possible,’’ said Ciucci, … Continue reading Personal touch: Connecting students with real-life health resources | Tracy Ciucci

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Great design lies in the details | Dharmesh Patel

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014

With a camera strapped across his shoulder, Palm Beach State Professor Dharmesh Patel waited in front of the Mandel Public Library in downtown West Palm Beach for his architecture students to arrive.
He was eager for them to see the four-story structure on Clematis Street given that they each had just four weeks to design their own library for a class project. Their designs would be showcased at the fall “Arch-Attack,” a juried event that Patel created in 2009. … Continue reading Great design lies in the details | Dharmesh Patel

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Florida TEAm grant to accelerate pipeline for computer science, engineering students

The Florida Board of Governors has awarded Florida Atlantic University, Broward College and Palm Beach State College a $3.5-million state grant to create an accelerated pipeline for students in computer science and computer engineering.
The FAU/BC/PBSC partnership was developed in response to the  Board of Governors’ Targeted Educational Attainment (TEAm) grant program, part of an ambitious effort to align university and college degrees with the state’s future workforce needs. The grants went to collaborative higher education projects designed to produce more students for careers in high-need areas, … Continue reading Florida TEAm grant to accelerate pipeline for computer science, engineering students

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Mathematics, Magic & Mystery March 31 to April 3

With the invention of computers, visual artists began to create digital imagery using mathematics, art and the language of code. One such artist and programmer, Nathan Selikoff, will explore this phenomenon further and show how individuals can manipulate objects and virtual worlds without any direct physical contact in his presentation titled “Art & Algorithms” as the featured demonstration during Palm Beach State College’s Math Awareness Week March 31 to April 3.
Selikoff will give his showing from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. … Continue reading Mathematics, Magic & Mystery March 31 to April 3

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