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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...