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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.


FAU and Memorial Healthcare System Establish Research Partnership

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Florida Atlantic University and Memorial Healthcare System in Broward County have formed a “Research Partnership to Advance Clinical Trials” (Research PACT), which combines their expertise and resources in areas such as clinical research and clinical trials. The coordinated effort also will leverage the two organizations’ state-of-the-art facilities, as well as proficiency in various areas from cancer to cardiology and biomedical engineering to big data analytics and artificial intelligence. Fifteen faculty members in the College of Science were identified as research collaborators to support the Research PACT. Read more.


Young Shark Scientist Working to Bring More Women of Color Into Marine Biology

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Carlee Jackson, an alumna of the Schmidt College of Science, was featured in the Sun-Sentinel for her co-founding of an organization called Minorities in Shark Science (MISS) for Black female shark scientists. Read more.


Time-lapse of Bottlenose Dolphin Skeleton Completed by Science Grad Students


Check out this time-lapse video of Ph.D. in Integrative Biology student, Danielle Ingle and team assembling a bottlenose dolphin skeleton which is on display in the atrium of the SE-43 building. The deceased dolphin was responded to by the Harbor Branch Marine Mammal Stranding Team. Please note, this video was taken pre-COVID.


Very Hungry and Angry, Caterpillars Head-Butt to Get What They Want

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Inspired by his own butterfly garden at home, College of Science neuroscientist, Alex Keene, Ph.D., got a unique look at how monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) caterpillars behave when food is scarce. The results look something like a combination of boxing and “bumper” cars. Read more.


Resilience of the Florida Bay Estuary Study Published

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Mason Smith, a geosciences Ph.D. student, and collaborators, including his advisor, professor, Scott Markwith, Ph.D., published a paper in Marine and Freshwater Research. Read more.


Planning Ocean Cities

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Register today for the Nov. 18 virtual event: "Planning Ocean Cities" The Center For Urban and Environmental Solutions is hosting a film screening, presentations, and discussion about climate impacts on the natural and built environment in South Florida. Read more.


Golberg Scholarship Helps Pre-Health Students Achieve Dreams

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The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science’s Pre-Health Professions Office is providing additional support for Pre-Health track students pursuing goals of attending medical and health professional careers thanks to the newly founded Golberg Scholarship. The inaugural scholarship was awarded to Bibiana Appolon, who is pursuing a B.S. in Biology. Read more. 


Study First to Show Relationship Between a Bird’s Gut and its Brain

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A study from Ph.D. candidate Morgan Slevin is the first to show the relationship between a bird’s gut and brain. For the study, researchers from the College of Science, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, and Cornell University sampled the gut microbiome of zebra finches. Read more. 


Boo! How do Mexican Cavefish Escape Predators?

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A few fish, like Mexican cavefish, Astyanax mexicanus, have evolved in unique environments without any predators. To determine how this lack of predation impacts escape responses researchers from the College of Science looked to determine if there are evolved differences in the species. Read more.


Herbert Weissbach Receives BioFlorida's ‘Lifetime Achievement Award

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Herbert Weissbach, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus in Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry within the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter. Read more.


Meet One of the Data Science, Analytics, and AI Conference Keynote Speakers Tom Creamer


Tom Creamer, is the IBM, Global Markets and Red Hat Synergy CTO for North America, as well as a Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor. He will discuss "Analytics/Artificial Intelligence in 5G and Edge Computing" at the virtual FAU Data Science, Analytics, and AI Conference. Learn more and register.


Novel Tracking Technology Sheds Light on Leatherback Sea Turtles’ “Lost Years”

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FAU researcher and Director of the Marine Science Lab at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Jeanette Wyneken, Ph.D., and her team are working with Upwell Turtles to better understand the journey of leatherback turtles. Read more. 


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.


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.


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