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Attention Urban and Regional Planning Students

Urban and Regional Planning has joined the FAU College of Science.  Click here for academic program requirements and advising details.


Diana Mitsova Appointed as the John DeGrove Eminent Scholar

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Associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Diana Mitsova, Ph.D. , was appointed the John DeGrove Eminent Scholar Chair in Growth Management and Development. Read more.


Fall 2020 Owl Research and Innovation Magazine

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Learn about the innovative research and initiatives taking place in the College of Science in the fall 2020 issue of Owl Research & Innovation. Some of the research and scholarship featured in the magazine includes: studying sea turtles, neurodevelopmental benefits of mother-infant touch and contact, predicting Alzheimer’s, the neuroscience behind how surprise can help us get difficult tasks done, faculty and student collaborations on unzipping genes in cavefish, the science behind the COVID-19 virus, and searching for lost monkey species. Read more.


Alumna Featured as Frontline Medical Professional

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Tiffany Comerie, an FAU alumna who majored in biology, is now a Physician Assistant, serving on the front-line in the Emergency Room at Florida Medical Center. Tiffany was featured in Coconut Creek Lifestyle magazine in the article, "Pandemic Stories," showcasing medical personnel making a difference in the lives of countless people during the pandemic. Read more.


Announcing the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences 

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The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science welcomes Sarah Milton, Ph.D., as the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. Dr. Milton previously served as the interim chair for the department, beginning in 2019, and continues to serve as a professor of biological sciences. Read more.


FAU Awarded $5.3 Million to Detect Cognitive Change in Older Drivers

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Monica Rosselli, Ph.D., Professor & Assistant Chair of Psychology in the College of Science, was a member of a research team that was awarded a five-year, $5.3 million R01 grant from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. Read more. 


Alumna Betsy Evans Leading the Way as Vulture Research Biologist

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Betsy Evans is a Summer 2020 graduate of the  Integrative Biology Ph.D. program in Environmental Science . Evans served as lead author on a study on wood storks, which was recently published, titled, "Urban food subsidies reduce natural food limitations and reproductive costs for a wetland bird."  Read more.


Mapping Cavefish Brains Leads to Origin Of Behavioral Evolution

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A groundbreaking study mapping cavefish brains leads to the origin of behavioral evolution. Lead author, Alex Keene, Ph.D., an associate professor of biological sciences, states, "This work has broad implications for our understanding of how brains evolve in many different animal models and we hope that it will be widely used by the scientific community." Read more.


FAU Awarded $2.4 Million NSF Grant to Train Data Scientists

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Researchers from across Florida Atlantic University, including collaborators in the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, have received a five-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to train graduate students in data science technologies and applications. Read more. 


Alumna Discovers Manta Ray Nursery

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FAU graduate, Jessia Pate, an alumna of the Biological Science M.S. program, discovered the first urban nursery ground for manta rays off the South Florida coast. And in in 2016, Jessica founded the Florida Manta Project to learn more about the understudied and threatened manta rays. Read more.


Andrew Terentis Recognized as Fulbright Scholar  

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Andrew Terentis, Ph.D., was selected as a 2020-2021 Fulbright Scholar in Cyprus. Read more.


Hot Dogs, Chicken Wings, and City Living Helped Wood Storks Thrive

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Betsy Evans, Ph.D., an alumna of the College of Science, and Dale Gawlik, Ph.D., a professor and director of FAU’s Environmental Science program, were published in Scientific Reports for a study on how wetland bird species persist and even thrive in an urban environment. Evans was the lead author, conducting the study as a graduate student, and is now a natural resources specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Read more.


Hurricanes and Vulnerable Populations: How Will They Cope and Adapt?

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Researchers from Florida Atlantic University received a RAPID grant from the National Science Foundation to study areas of Florida that are still recovering from hurricanes. The project is led by, Alka Sapat, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Public Administration, and co-principal investigator, Diana Mitsova, Ph.D., an associate professor in FAU’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning, in collaboration with Georgia State University. Read more.


How Can We Help South Florida Recover From the Pandemic?


NBC6 South Florida's Roxy Vargas interviews John L. Renne, Ph.D., a professor, and Director for the FAU Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions. Citing other cities like Rome, Italy, Renne recommends devoting underutilized outdoor spaces to new purposes like markets and cafe-style dining, especially in downtown, walkable locations.


Math Researcher Makes Breakthrough in Understanding Malaria

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Francis Motta, Ph.D., and colleagues uncovered evidence that will enable scientists to develop new strategies and treatments to prevent and control parasitic infections. Read more.


Researcher's Algorithm Part of Final Selection Round for Creating First Post-Quantum Cryptography Standard

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Edoardo Persichetti, Ph.D., is part of a research team whose proposal for a cryptographic encryption scheme made it to the final round of the Post-Quantum Standardization process. Read more.


Ask a Scientist Now Available on Spotify!

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FAU’S Ask a Scientist podcast series hosted by Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., is now available on Spotify. Follow us on your streaming service of choice by searching "FAU Ask a Scientist." Read more.


Partner with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science as we race towards excellence!

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"We have an unprecedented obligation and opportunity to provide our students and community with the highest caliber of research, scientific invention, and education in the country." Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., Dean, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. Donate Here.