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FAU Celebrates 'Stellar' 2019 President's Gala

Through a year-long initiative and the gala, FAU raised more than $7 million in support of student scholarships. A monumental $5,992,864 was raised for scholarships from May 2018 to April 2019 with an additional $1,806,559 raised in scholarships from this year’s President’s Gala. Read more Here.

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Ask a Scientist with Kate Detwiler

College of Science Dean, Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., interviews Kate Detwiler, Ph.D., a primatologist at FAU. Detwiler studies monkeys in their natural habitat, specifical hybridization between different species of monkeys. She performs research in Gombe National Park in western Tanzania, Africa and other sites in the Congo Basin. Listen Here.

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Doctoral Student Sarah Hoffman Published and Featured in Biology Open

February 2019 – Sarah Hoffman, a Ph.D. candidate in Integrative Biology, was published in Biology Open for her research titled “Three-dimensional movements of the pectoral fin during yaw turns in the Pacific spiny dogfish, Squalus suckleyi.” Learn More.

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50th Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Computing

The Department of Mathematical Sciences hosted the 50th Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory and Computing (SEICCGTC) on March 4-8, 2019 on the FAU Boca Raton campus. This longstanding conference has been hosted by FAU’s Frederick Hoffman, Ph.D., a Professor of Mathematics, for 40 of the last 48 years.” Learn More.

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Necibe Tuncer, Ph.D., Mathematical Biologist

Necibe Tuncer, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at FAU. Necibe studies how diseases spread, and uses modeling to better understand outbreaks, such as Zika. Learn More.

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Ask a Scientist with Bill Louda

Science Dean and professor, Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., discusses the impact of red tide and harmful algal blooms across the state of Florida with Dr. Bill Louda Listen Here.

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Pre-Health Professions and Graduate Week

Pre-Health Professions Graduate Week included a number of activities throughout the week of March 18-22 for FAU students interested in pursuing a career in health care. Photo Album Here!

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Microbiologist Gets Creative Using Instagram

With a big push to get a global audience – young and old – excited about science, a Ph.D. student at FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is thinking outside-the-box. Hunter Hines has turned to the social media platform of Instagram to engage audiences in scientific exchange across the world and has come up with the right formula for success. Read More.

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FAU Scientist Diane Baronas-Lowell, Ph.D. Searches for New Antibiotics

Diane Baronas-Lowell, Ph.D., is an associate scientist in the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. She discusses her work with the Tiny Earth project, where she works alongside her students seeking new antibiotics to kill superbugs. Watch Video Here.

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FAU Scientist Gregg Fields, Ph.D.: The Search for Novel Cancer Inhibitors

Gregg Fields, Ph.D., is a professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and director for the Center for Molecular Biology & Biotechnology in the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. Gregg discusses his research that looks for novel inhibitors to slow the progression of cancer. Watch Video Here.

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Meet Medical Physics Alumna Marjan Shojaei

Marjan Shojaei graduated with her Professional Science Master in Medical Physics (PSMMP) from FAU in the fall of 2018 and is currently working at the South Florida Proton Therapy Institute (SFPTI) as a Medical Physicist Assistant. Read more.

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Dr. Rainer Steinwandt Awarded 2018 NATO Science

FAU’s Dr. Rainer Steinwandt was awarded the 2018 NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Partnership Prize at the NATO SPS program’s 60th anniversary on November 29, 2018. Read more here.

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Ask A Scientist: Plants and People with Dr. Maria Fadiman

Science Dean and Professor, Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., meets with Maria Fadiman, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Geosciences at FAU and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. Ata speaks with Maria about her research as an ethnobotanist and the places around the world her studies take her. Maria discusses the relationship between people and plants, focusing on conservation and sustainability Listen here.

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Ask a Scientist: Sea Turtle Conservation with Dr. Jeanette Wyneken

Science Dean and Professor, Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., meets with Jeanette Wyneken, Ph.D., a Professor of Biological Sciences at FAU. Jeanette speaks about how the environment can impact sex determination of sea turtles, the effects of climate change on incubation temperatures in nests, and the research being performed in the FAU Marine Lab at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Listen here.

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South FL Journal, Ask A Scientist: Sea Level Rise with Dr. Ata Sarajedini and Dr. Colin Polsky

Science Dean and Professor, Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., meets with Colin Polsky, Ph.D., a Professor of Geosciences at FAU and the Director of the Florida Center for Environmental Studies, to discuss how science is a tool used to better understand the natural world. Ata discusses the foundational principles of science, and Colin talks about sea level rise, its impact on the world, and how the scientific method is applied to an issue so large that its impacts are felt across the globe. Listen here.

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Sea Turtle Researchers Recipients of Career Awards for Conservation

February 2019 -- The International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS) recognized Jeanette Wyneken, Ph.D., with the ISTS Champions Award for outstanding work towards the effective conservation of sea turtles. Read more.

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Scientists now have intimate shark "diaries"

For almost a decade, Stephen Kajiura, Ph.D., an internationally renowned shark researcher at Florida Atlantic University, has been tracking the migration patterns of these top predators by air and by sea. Now, the latest addition to his arsenal of tools is providing personal and intimate details about them. Read more.

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2019 MuAlphaTheta Math Competition

The FAU’s Mathematical Sciences Department and the FAU Davie campus hosted nearly 1,300 students from 45 area high schools for the MuAlphaTheta Math Competition on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Congratulations to all of the winners that day! Read more.

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Warner Miller to Serve on Specialized Agency of the United Nations

Dr. Miller was appointed as a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) focused on information and communication technologies. Read more.

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Who's Tougher? Baby Sharks or Daddy Sharks?

The Scientists from Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), predicted that the solid central part of the vertebrae in mature, older sharks would be stiffer and tougher. So they decided to put their theory to a test. Read more.

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Middle School Math Day 2018

The Department of Mathematical Sciences hosted its ninth annual Middle School Math Day on Saturday, November 17, 2018 with nearly 120 middle school students from grades 6-8 in attendance. Read more here.

National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation Funds Renovations to FAU Turtle Lab

National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation Provides Funding for Scholarships!

Many thanks to The National Save The Sea Turtle Foundation for providing four senior-year undergraduate scholarships during the 2019-2020 academic year. The scholarships will provide financial assistance to Charles E. Schmidt College of Science seniors enrolled at the Boca Raton Campus who demonstrate academic excellence, financial need, and a commitment to become scholars and ambassadors that represent the Marine Science program at Florida Atlantic University. Read more here.

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FAU Researchers Study Impact of Oil Spill on Stingrays

Researchers at Florida Atlantic University are the first to quantify the physiological effects of whole crude oil on the olfactory function of a marine vertebrate. Read more here...

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Can't sleep? Fruit Flies and Energy Drinks Offer new clues!

Research teams at Florida Atlantic University and McGill University in Quebec have discovered a new mechanism regulating sleep that involves glia and their ability to manage a common ingredient found in many energy drinks like Red Bull™ Read more here.

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12th Annual Physics Pumpkin Drop

The 2018 Department of Physics Pumpkin drop was a success! Thank you to President Kelly, who dropped the first pumpkin off the Science building roof. Physics professors drop pumpkins to demonstrate common physics principles such as constant acceleration of gravity, terminal velocity, and Newton's laws. About 150 5th and 6th grad students from A.D. Henderson and Grandview Preparatory, as well as the FAU community, were in attendance. See more photos of the drop here and the carnival that followed here

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Inaugural Data Science and Analytics Conference 2018

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science held its inaugural Data Science and Analytics Conference Saturday, October 13, attracting 138 participants from 40 local companies, five colleges and numerous departments across the University. Read more.

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Explore FAU 2018 at The College of Science

The College of Science was packed with prospective students during Explore FAU Saturday, October 13! Take a look at all the fun and view photos from the event here.  

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Past Memory Cues Help People Juggle Pieces of Information

Findings from the study suggest that the brain can use several different methods to re-prioritize mental representations depending on how long they’ve been stored. More here...

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Dr. Maria Fadiman Talks at National Geographic Festival

Dr. Maria Fadiman is an Associate Professor of Geosciences and National Geographic Emerging Explorer who was invited to speak at the National Geographic Explorer’s Festival. Read more here.

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Dr. Sarah Milton Featured in National Geographic Kids Magazine!

Dr. Sarah Milton, Associate Professor, and Integrative Biology Program Associate Director, and Karen Pankaew have been featured in the September 2018 issue of National Geographic Kids magazine. Read more here...

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Shark Scientist Dr. Marianne Porter Reviews "The Meg"

This week, I was invited to see The Meg at the AutoNation IMAX Theater with a reception in the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale, home of a 50 foot Megalodon model. I expected a great action adventure movie - what could be more exciting than Jason Statham and a giant shark? As a female shark biologist, here are a few of my favorite aspects about The Meg. Read more here...

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Dr. Gregg Fields Receives Grant

Dr. Gregg Fields is researching the use of chemical approaches to better understand cancer progression and to develop novel anti-cancer therapeutic agents. Read more here...

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Black Tip Sharks Vanishing

Professor of Biological Science, Dr. Stephen Kajiura says the decline in blacktip sharks this year is substantial and warmer waters may be to blame. Read more here...

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Extramural Research Funding

Congratulations to the inaugural recipients of the College of Science Initiative to Stimulate Extramural Research Funding: Internal Grants Program. A total of 23 proposals were submitted this Spring 2018 for the College’s seed funding initiative, and six were selected to receive funding. Read more here...

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Florida Algae Blooms

FAU scientist, Dr. Bill Louda, discusses the hazards of the recent algal blooms. Watch the video  here. .

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2018 MPCR SHORT COURSE

FAU’s  Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics (MPCR) Lab  launched its inaugural Deep Learning Short Course, attracting 49 students and researchers from across the University, the community, and institutions around the world.. Read more here...

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2018 FUTURE DOCTOR'S RECEPTION

Each spring the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science celebrates the achievements of its future doctors, dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians, and physician assistants with the annual Future Doctor's Reception. Read more here...

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College of Science Appoints Diversity and Inclusion Officer

The Dean of the College of Science, Dr. Ata Sarajedini, recently appointed Ms. Latarsha Morgan as the Assistant Director for Diversity & Inclusion. In this new role, she will work to ensure that all College of Science projects related to diversity align with the overall vision of the college to celebrate diversity, facilitate equity and inclusiveness, and inspire positive change. More here...

WHERE BABY WHITE SHARKS 'HANG OUT' IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC

WHERE BABY WHITE SHARKS 'HANG OUT' IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC

Using cutting-edge satellite and acoustic technology, and just in time for Shark Week 2018, a researcher from Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is among a team of scientists who are the first to confirm the movement patterns and seasonal migrations of baby white sharks in the north Atlantic Ocean. Until now, there has...

FAU AND COLLABORATORS RECEIVE $1.68 MILLION NIH GRANT

FAU AND COLLABORATORS RECEIVE $1.68 MILLION NIH GRANT

A neuroscientist from Florida Atlantic University's Jupiter Life Science Initiative (JLSI) and collaborators from the University of Minnesota and Stowers Institute for Medical Research recently received a four-year, $1.68 million R01 research grant from the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Institute of General Medical ...

MALE SEA TURTLES ARE VANISHING CLOSER TO HOME

MALE SEA TURTLES ARE VANISHING CLOSER TO HOME

BY GISELE-GALOUSTIAN | 1/22/2018

Alarming results from a recent gender ratio study revealed that 99 percent of young green turtles from Australia's Northern Great Barrier Reef are female and that male sea turtles are disappearing. Closer to home, researchers from Florida Atlantic University have documented a similar trend in sea turtle hatchlings in southeast Florida. Since 2002, they have studied sea turtles in Palm Beach ...

NSF AWARDS GRANT FOR UNDERSEA COMMUNICATIONS, SURVEILLANCE

NSF AWARDS GRANT FOR UNDERSEA COMMUNICATIONS, SURVEILLANCE

BY GISELE-GALOUSTIAN | 1/11/2018

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University's College of Engineering and Computer Science have received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to design, deploy and evaluate a first-of-its-kind software-defined testbed for real-time undersea wireless communications (data, voice, and video streaming) and surveillance. The four-...

TINY TREADMILLS HELP TEST SEA TURTLE HATCHLING STAMINA

TINY TREADMILLS HELP TEST SEA TURTLE HATCHLING STAMINA

BY GISELE-GALOUSTIAN | 12/19/2017

If everything goes as planned, a newly hatched sea turtle should be able to crawl from its nest to the ocean in a couple of minutes. This trek happens in the first 24 hours when they emerge from their nests and is referred to as the "frenzy" period. Just like biathletes, these hatchlings sprint from the beach to the surf and then swim a long distance to reach their home. Unfortunately, things don't always go as nature planned.

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CONGRATULATIONS 3MT CHAMPION, BORIS TEZAK

Boris Tezak's research identifies the sex of baby sea turtles to better predict gender ratios of south Florida's turtle population. Find out more about 3MT here.
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STUDY FINDS CAUSE OF ALGAL BLOOMS AND THE RESULTS STINK

STUDY FINDS CAUSE OF ALGAL BLOOMS AND THE RESULTS STINK

BY GISELE-GALOUSTIAN | 1/9/2018

All eyes were on southeast Florida's St. Lucie Estuary in 2016 as it received national attention due to beach closures on the Fourth of July weekend from the massive amounts of toxic green slime that covered parts of the 7-mile-long inlet linked to a coastal river system. Microcystis aeruginosa - a freshwater blue-green alga that can produce toxins - wreaked havoc on this important ecosystem prompting researchers...

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Shark Week

Michelle McComb from Florida Atlantic University and her research team:

"[H]ammerhead eyes, though far apart, have the greatest overlap in their fields of view. The winghead shark has a 48-degree arc in front of it that's covered by both eyes, which must give it exceptional depth perception. By comparison, the scalloped hammerhead has a binocular overlap of 34 degrees, the bonnethead has a much smaller one of 13 degrees, and the lemon and blacknose sharks have the ...

Too Much Light at Night Causes Spring to Come Early

Too Much Light at Night Causes Spring to Come Early

If trees are budding earlier, this could have a larger effect on the surrounding ecosystem. Eric Vandernoot, the lab coordinator of the Florida Atlantic University Astronomical Observatory, says light pollution alters plant cycles. It throws their bud dormancy out of whack, along with their growth patterns and time when they drop their leaves and fruit. Read more.

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Blacktip Sharks Annual Migration

Blacktip Sharks Annual Migration

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water... Tens of thousands of blacktip sharks have been spotted in South Florida's water as they search for warmer waters and food.  The sharks normally appear in the area in mid-January and remain for around two months, reported The Sun Sentinel.  Stephen Kajiura, professor of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University, studied the ocean from a plane Friday and recorded thousands of sharks off Palm Beach...

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Generous Gift

Florida Atlantic University recently received a $1 million gift from Dr. Walter and Lalita Janke to establish the Walter and Lalita Janke Innovations in Sustainability Science Research Fund.

Should trash imported from Broward receive more scrutiny

Should trash imported from Broward receive more scrutiny

A multi-million dollar state of the art Waste to Energy plant is bringing Palm Beach County lots of  garbage and lots of money. "Can we trust them?  Maybe but why take the chance?  I'd much rather have local inspection.  It's absolutely ridiculous to say okay, they did a fine job," said Dr. Bill Louda, FAU Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry. "Is anybody looking at these trucks to see what they're hauling when they come here from Broward...

National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation Funds Renovations to FAU Turtle Lab

National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation Funds Renovations to FAU Turtle Lab

BOCA RATON, Fla. (July 30, 2015)The National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation recently funded renovations in the FAU Research Laboratory at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.  Sea turtle research being done at the laboratory includes studies of fundamental importance to sea turtle conservation including sex-ratio of hatchlings, hatchling migration, growth, as well as several aspects of sea turtle behavior including the effects of artificial lights on sea turtles...

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Using the Power of Computers to Harness the Human Genome May Provide Clues into the Ebola Virus

BOCA RATON, Fla. (July 30, 2015)A limited knowledge base exists about the Ebola virus and companies are hastening to develop vaccines and other forms to treat and cure the virus. There are no FDA approved drugs, and developing vaccines or antibodies and testing them in clinical trials is an arduous process that takes considerable time. Currently, patients infected with Ebola are only able to receive supportive care such as fluid replacement, nutritional support, pain control and blood pressure maintenance. In some cases, patients may be fortunate enough to be treated with experimental drugs. Read More

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FAU Researchers Find Novel Approach to Treating the Number One Cause of Blindness in Elderly

While oxygen is essential to our planet's life force and the way we function and stay healthy, high concentrations referred to as oxidative stress may very well be the cause of more than 70 widely-spread diseases such as cancer, heart disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and eye diseases including macular degeneration. Read more.

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FAU Researchers Introduce 'The Human Dynamic Clamp' - a Groundbreaking Approach to Understanding Social Interaction

Scientists at Florida Atlantic University's Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences have created the Human Dynamic Clamp to address the difficult problem of studying social interactions in the laboratory. Their findings were released today in an article titled "The Human Dynamic Clamp as a Paradigm for Social Interaction" in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more.