I LOVE what you did with Lt. Ferra's new office on the academy grounds. And I really appreciate that you moved the lore quest there as well (no more exams in the garden, hippies!).
Lt. Ferra seems rather interesting to me. He even uses Defiant-style consoles and PADDs! Is there any official backstory for the character? If not, you should give him one! I love to read those little "Tell me more about you" texts that you've put on various characters throughout the game. They help a lot with immersion and make me feel at times that I'm not just talking to lifeless NPC puppets.
Ferra is likely to become one of the most visited NPCs in the game - by casual and hardcore gamers alike. Add a bit of flavor to him, if you find the time.
+1 support! Also, having several bits of "gossip" conversation would be nice too. It could change based on mission status (Not attempted, in progress, completed), time of year (giving a holiday greeting), or some other such small talk.