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The Art of Science Virtual Gallery

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New Faculty Spotlight: Big Data Holds the Link

Yang Li, Ph.D., will join FAU’s department of mathematical sciences at Charles E. Schmidt College of Science as an assistant professor in Spring 2021. Read more.

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College of Science Safety Ambassadors a Success

The Schmidt College of Science put out a call for student volunteers to serve as COVID-19 Safety Ambassadors for the Fall 2020 semester on both the Davie and Boca Raton campuses. Read more.

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Student Spotlight: Undergraduate Researcher Lina Crisostomo

Lina Crisostomo is a Biological Sciences major and Health Administration minor in the College of Science who is on the pre-health track student, aiming to go to medical school and become a physician. Read more.


FAU Receives NIH Grant To Enhance Social Engagement In Older Adults

The research team includes Emmanuelle Tognoli, Ph.D., a research professor in the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, and a member of the FAU Brain Institute; Christopher Beetle, Ph.D., an associate professor of physics, FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science; and Christine Williams, DNSc, professor emeritus, FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. Read more.

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FAU and Memorial Healthcare System Establish Research Partnership

South Florida giants in higher education and healthcare have joined forces to form an alliance that will advance clinical research and clinical trials in the region. Read more.


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

Carlee Jackson isn’t afraid of sharks. Quite the opposite. She thinks they’re cute. She also thinks that they’re incredibly important to the ocean ecosystem. Read more.


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

Check out this timelapse video of #FAU​ students putting together a bottlenose dolphin skeleton which is on display in the physical science building's atrium. Watch here.


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

Inspired by his own butterfly garden at home, a Florida Atlantic University neuroscientist got a unique look at how monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) caterpillars behave when food is scarce. Read more.

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Resilience of the Florida Bay Estuary Study Published

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 concerning a novel Florida Bay ecosystem model titled, “ Ecosystem structure and resilience of the Florida Bay Estuary: an original ecosystem model with implications for everglades restoration .” Read more.


Golberg Scholarship Helps Pre-Health Students Achieve Dreams

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. Read more.


Boo! How do Mexican Cavefish Escape Predators?

To determine how this lack of predation impacts escape responses that are highly stereotyped across fish species, researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College explored the tiny A. mexicanus to determine if there are evolved differences in the species. Read more.


Herbert Weissbach Receives BioFlorida's ‘Lifetime Achievement Award

Among this year’s conference award recipients was Herbert Weissbach, Ph.D., professor emeritus in Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (CMBB), Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry within the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter. Read more.


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

A cross-disciplinary team contributed expertise from a diversity of scientific fields, including sea turtle husbandry, wildlife telemetry, oceanographic modeling, and conservation biology. Read more.


Fall 2020 Owl Research and Innovation Magazine

The Division of Research's Owl Research and Innovation Fall 2020 Magazine Read more.

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Planning Ocean Cities

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.


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

A study from Ph.D. candidate Morgan Slevin is the first to show the relationship between a bird’s gut and brain. Read more.


Diana Mitsova Appointed as the John DeGrove Eminent Scholar

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.


Alumna Featured as Frontline Medical Professional

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. Read more.


Announcing the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science welcomes Sarah Milton, Ph.D., as the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. Read more.


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

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.

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Alumna Betsy Evans Leading the Way as Vulture Research Biologist

Betsy Evans is a Summer 2020 graduate of the Integrative Biology Ph.D. program in Environmental Science. Read more.


Mapping Cavefish Brains Leads to Origin Of Behavioral Evolution

For more than 1 million years, independent cavefish populations that are geographically and hydrologically isolated from one another have evolved to include about 29 different populations Read more.


FAU Awarded $2.4 Million NSF Grant to Train Data Scientists

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science in collaboration with FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, and 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

In 2016, Jessica Pate, FAU alumni, founded the Florida Manta Project to learn more about the understudied manta rays off the coast of South Florida. Read more.


Andrew Terentis Recognized as Fulbright Scholar

Andrew Terentis, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was selected as a 2020-2021 Fulbright Scholar in Cyprus. Read more.


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

Scientists from Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science compared city storks with natural wetland storks to gauge their success in urban environments based on their diet and food opportunities. Read more.


Ask a Scientist Now Available on Spotify!

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.


Congratulations Future Doctors

Each year the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science celebrates the achievements of its future doctors, dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians, and physician assistants. Congratulations to the future doctors who began their journey here at FAU! Help us cheer on and commemorate these young students' achievements. Read more.


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

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University, in collaboration with Georgia State University, have received a RAPID grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Read more.


Pursue a Degree in Geosciences at Florida Atlantic

The Department of Geosciences offers undergraduate degree programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a focus in either Geography or Geology. Read more.


Pre-Health Professions Office Expands Davie Campus Support and Virtual Offerings

Science Student Services and Advising has transitioned to remote platforms beginning March 18, 2020 until further notice. Read more.


How Can We Help South Florida Recover From the Pandemic?

FNBC6 South Florida's Roxy Vargas interviews John L. Renne, Ph.D., an associate professor and Director for the FAU Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions. Watch Now.


Math Researcher Makes Breakthrough in Understanding Malaria

Francis Motta, Ph.D., second author and an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, is among a team of scientists who have uncovered evidence that an intrinsic oscillator drives the blood-stage cycle of malaria parasite, P. falciparum. Read more.

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Researcher's Algorithm Part of Final Selection Round

Congratulations to Edoardo Persichetti, Ph.D. , assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and a member of the FAU's Center for Cryptography and Information Security, whose proposal for a cryptographic encryption scheme made it to the final round of the Post-Quantum Standardization process. Read more.

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Sea Level Rise: Impacts on Property and Regional Planning Solutions

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science have published a new report, “Protecting South Florida: A Discussion of Sea Level Rise, Property and Regional Planning,” to assist local government to respond to sea-level rise. Read more.

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Marine Biologist Marianne Porter Awarded NSF CAREER Award

Four researchers from Florida Atlantic University have received the coveted National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career (CAREER) award. Read more.


Inaugural Bjorn Lamborn Endowed Chair in Astrophysics

The Department of Physics in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science was the recipient of a $1.1 million gift to establish The Bjorn Lamborn Endowed Chair in Astrophysics. Read more.


Climate Change Still is Key Topic For Floridians in the Era of Coronavirus

The coronavirus crisis has not altered Floridians’ belief in climate change, according to the third Florida Climate Resilience Survey by the Florida Atlantic University Center for Environmental Studies and the Business and Economics Polling Initiative (CES-BEPI). Read more.


FAU Sea Turtle Researcher Finds More Human Interruptions During Nesting Season

Right before turtle nesting season, beaches were closed due to COVID-19, so the assumption was there would be fewer interruptions of nesting turtles. Watch more.


Department of Urban and Regional Planning Joins the College of Science

The department comes to us from the former College for Design and Social Inquiry and is led by Dr. Steven Bourassa, who serves as the Chair and Henry D. Epstein Professor. Read more.


Alzheimer's Study Awarded NIH Grant

Deguo Du, Ph.D. , an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and collaborators, were awarded a National Institute of Health (NIH) grant of $444,434 for the research project titled “Role of the N-terminal Region in Abeta Oligomer and Fibril Formation.” Read more.


Professor Stephen Kajiura Featured in National Geographic Shark Fest

Stephen Kaijura, Ph.D., will be featured in Sharkcano, Shark vs. Surfer, and When Sharks Attack during National Geographic’s Shark Fest 2020 in July and August. Read more.


Professor of Biological Sciences Featured on WPTV5 for Study on Effectiveness of Face Coverings

Nwadiuta Esiobu, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences, was recently featured on WPTV5 for her study on the effectiveness of various face coverings. Read more.


Traffic Data Show Drastic Changes In Human Behavior At Pandemic Onset

Traffic volumes by March 22, 2020, dropped by 47.5 percent compared to that same point in 2019. Read more.

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Department of Psychology Welcomes Interim Chair Robin Vallacher, Ph.D.

Robin Vallacher, Ph.D., is a professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Psychology. Read the message from the chair.


FAU And South Florida PBS Partner For New Season of "Star Gazers"

Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will serve as a series consultant for “Star Gazers”. Read more.


Student Spotlight with Andrés Garzón-Oechsle

Andrés Garzón-Oechsle is pursuing a Ph.D. in Geosciences. He works with faculty member Erik Johanson, Ph.D., in the Environmental Change Lab. Previously, he received a B.A. in Anthropology at Indiana University and an M.A. in Anthropology at FAU. Read Q and A.

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Drone Aerial Video Shows It's "Hammerhead" Time!

Several juvenile shark species use shallow water nursery sites where the young can grow with a reduced risk of predation. However, prior to a study by Florida Atlantic University, no documentation was available to show that large adult sharks also swim in shallower waters to avoid predation. Read more.


Congratulations Class of Spring 2020

The College of Science is featuring Spring 2020 graduates from across the college this week. Keep an eye out for new graduates that will be added to this webpage and the College of Science social media. Read more.


Student Spotlight with Kaitlin Waite

Kaitlin Waite is pursuing a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavior and a B.S. in Biological Sciences. She works with Howard Hock, Ph.D., in the FAU Undergraduate Vision Laboratory. Read Q and A.


FAU Study Finds Being Fun is No Laughing Matter

Researchers at Florida Atlantic University in collaboration with Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, find that being fun is a serious matter because it imparts special benefits to children. They recently published a first-of-its-kind longitudinal study in the Journal of Personality that explored the importance of being fun. Read more.


Research and Teaching Continues for Tiny Earth Lab Team

Upon FAU’s transition to remote working on March 16, 2020, due to COVID-19, our Tiny Earth team kicked into high gear to preserve the efforts of our teaching labs and team this far in the semester. Read more.


FAU's Women Researchers Leading the Way

FAU’s ADVANCE Institutional-Transformation Catalyst program received a $250,000 National Science Foundation grant aimed at recruiting and retaining women faculty, particularly in the STEM areas. Read more.


College of Science Wave Competition Winners

Florida Atlantic University has announced the winners of the annual Wave Competition, an undergraduate research competition organized by FAU’s Division of Research. Students have been working on innovative projects for the past two semesters, taking their ideas from concept to reality. Winners Here.


Congratulations to the Spring 2020 Graduate and Undergraduate Research Day Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the 11th Annual Graduate and Professional Research Day and the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium winners from the college of science. Winners Here.


Ask a Scientist

Science Professor Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., interviews Nwadiuto Esiobu, Ph.D., a microbiologist and biotechnologist in this episode of Ask a Scientist. Listen Here.


Congratulations to the 2020 3MT Competition Winners from the College of Science

Students earn top spots in the university-wide research competition. Read More.


Virtual Communication in the Age of Social Distancing

When discussions occur face-to-face, people know where their conversational partner is looking and vice versa. With “virtual” communication due to COVID-19 and the expansive use of mobile and video devices, now more than ever, it’s important to understand how these technologies impact communication. Read More.


New Way to Identify the Sex of Sea Turtle Hatchlings

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science have developed a first-of-its-kind technique that is minimally invasive and greatly enhances the ability to measure neonate turtle sex ratios at population levels across nesting sites worldwide. Read More.


Three Baby Sea Turtles Released!

FAU worked with members of the United States Coast Guard to provide the three female baby sea turtles with a special “seat” on board a 33-foot special law enforcement (SPC-LE) boat for their journey home. On March 27, they were released about 17 to 18 miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf Stream Current. Read More.


Student Spotlight with Amaury Miniño

Amaury Miniño is pursuing a B.S. in Mathematics with honors, and a minor in Economics. He works with Dr. Pamela E. Harris at Williams College, in continuation of his summer Research Experience for Undergraduates. Read More.


Mathematical Sciences Ph.D. Candidate Alex Milbrand is Leading the Way

Ph.D. candidate in Mathematical Sciences, Alex Milbrand, is teaching future scientists at FAU. With her sights set on pursuing a career in higher education, Alex shares her experience as a graduate teaching assistant, the range of leadership roles she has assumed along the way, and the opportunities afforded to mathematics students at the University. Watch Here.


Mother/Infant Skin-to-Skin Touch Boosts Baby's Brain Development

As the world prioritizes social distancing to stop or slow down the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), a new study by researchers at Florida Atlantic University demonstrates that mother-infant touch and contact are essential for optimal neurodevelopmental regulation in early infancy. Read More.


Distance Learning Innovation Award

The recently released zero-cost eText, Methods of Calculus, authored by mathematics faculty Papiya Bhattacharjee, Ph.D., was chosen for the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Innovation Award. Read More.


Three Year NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship Awarded to Jorge Gonzalez

Jorge's research focuses on invariant manifolds in nonlinear dynamical systems. These are geometric objects which organize the long time behavior of models used in physics, engineering, biology, economics, and even from within mathematics itself. Read More.


Cavefish: Out of the Dark, Into the Limelight

Scientists Suspect These Blind Creatures May Hold Clues to Many Biological Mysteries, Including Human Disease Read More.


Fall 2019 Deans List

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science is proud to announce the Fall 2019 Dean's List. Congratulations to our high achieving undergraduates. Read More.


Monogamous Female Sea Turtles

Like most other species, male sea turtles will mate with any female sea turtle they can. However, when it comes to female sea turtles and mate selection, it’s a little more complex. Sea turtles are known to have multiple mates, yet there is no consensus on why they do. Read More.

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Lisa Greenberg, Senior Instructor of Mathematics

Lisa Greenberg, a Senior Instructor of Mathematics in the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, oversees Math Boot Camp for the University, helping create a foundation for students to develop higher-level math skills. Watch Video Here.


Affordability Counts at FAU

The College of Science’s Methods of Calculus course text and supplemental materials are now free to ensure greater access and affordability to students. Through the State University System of Florida’s Affordability Counts initiative, the FAU Department of Mathematical Sciences began taking steps to advance affordability in its courses. Read More.

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Virtual Pre-Health Professions Fair

The Pre-Health Professions office held a Virtual Pre-Health and Graduate Fair Monday, May 11 Students spoke with admission representatives online from health-related graduate schools and programs. For more information about this event Click here.


Student Spotlight with Morgan Slevin

Pursuing his doctorate in Integrative Biology and Neuroscience, Morgan Slevin also works with Assistant Professor, Rindy Anderson, Ph.D., in the Behavioral Ecology and Bio-acoustics Lab. Morgan's current project at FAU aims to help understand the relationship between a bird's gut microbiome, its brain, and its overall health. Read more.


Ask a Scientist with Necibe Tuncer, Ph.D.

Mathematical biologist, Necibe Tuncer, Ph.D., is interviewed by the College of Science Dean, Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., about how mathematical models are used to understand how infectious disease spreads in a population Listen to Podcast here.


Science Olympiad 2020

Middle and High School student scientists from across south Florida came to Florida Atlantic University to compete in the 2020 Science Olympiad. Check out our Photo Album.


Soar-in-4 Student Scholars Welcome Reception

High achieving undergraduate students had the opportunity to meet with the College of Science Dean, college leadership, faculty and members of the academic affairs team at the Soar-in-4 Scholars luncheon. The students will work closely with the Academic Affairs team through the program. Students also had the opportunity to connect with fellow Soar-in-4 peers. Check out our photo album!


Frontiers in Science Lecture with Ryan Carney, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Digital Science and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, University of South Florida Ryan Carney, Ph.D., talked Digital Dinosaurs and Diseases at another packed lecture hall last Friday, February 21st. Check out our Photo Album.


Author and Nat Geo Explorer M Jackson, Ph.D., Speaks at FAU

Thanks to author, glaciologist, National Geographic Society Explorer, and TED Fellow, M Jackson, Ph.D., who joined us on Friday, January 24 to explore “The Secret Lives of Glaciers.” Check out our Photo Album


Calculated Surprise Leads to Groundbreaking Neuroscience Discovery

A study led by neuroscientist William Alexander, Ph.D., at Florida Atlantic University in collaboration with Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, sought to better understand how motivational control processes help maximize performance when faced with task challenges. Read More


Professor Talks to WPTV for the Segment: How Dirty is Your Wristwatch?

Nwadiuto Esiobu, Ph.D., a Professor of Biological Sciences, worked with WPTV to test for bacteria on 20 different wristwatches. They looked for two germs, in particular: E. coli and staphylococci, or staph. Watch to find the results.


Student Services Welcomes New Assistant Director

The College of Science welcomes Mitchell Arthur, who joins Student Services and Advising as the Assistant Director of Science Advising and Continuing Education. Read more.


FAU Society of Physics Students Recognized as 2019 Distinguished Chapter

Society of Physics Students at Florida Atlantic University is an organization that provides a community for undergraduate students interested in physics. Our goal is to assist in bridging the gap between students and faculty, share ideas and knowledge of physics concepts, provide opportunities for leadership roles and encourage involvement in research. Find out More.


FAU Geologist Says Earthquake Risk in South Florida is Low

David Warburton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Geosciences is interviewed by WPTV. Watch here.


FAU Receives University of Distintion Approval

FAU’s “University of Distinction” plan for applied artificial intelligence and big data analytics was officially approved today by the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System. Read more.


Human Mission to Mars Class Symposium

The Human Mission to Mars Class Research Symposium showcased the work of the student-led teams on Mars exploration. The undergraduate class of over 40 students shared their findings for the University’s inaugural mission to Mars. The teams presented research on Mars habitat construction, the best energy sources for long-term success on Mars, preventing a Martian mutiny, soil and plant microbiome for optimal crop yields, and much more! View Album.


FAU Mission To Mars Feature on CBS 12 Part 1

This first-of-its-kind course at FAU is open to all undergraduate students willing to be crew members for the University’s inaugural expedition to Mars Read more.


Female Sea Turtle Births are at an All-Time High

In her lab, just off the main campus at Florida Atlantic University, biologist Jeanette Wyneken likes to quip, "hot chicks and cool dudes." Read more.


Indigenous People's Choice of Medicinal Plants

The study, published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, is the first to analyze data collected at the village-level rather than the national level to guarantee that the estimates of medicinal plant families are consistent with the availability of these families locally. Read more.


FAU Turtle Research Featured at the Museum of Discovery and Science

FAU sea turtle conservation research is featured at the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) Turtle Trackers exhibit. Charles E. Schmidt College of Science Dean, Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., welcomed guests at the launch of the exhibit alongside MODS CEO, Joe Cox, on Friday, Sept. 13 ribbon cutting. Read more.


Data Science and Analytics Conference 2019

The 2019 Data Science and Analytics conference will bring together the research interests of Florida Atlantic University and local industry leaders to stimulate collaboration in the areas of data science, artificial intelligence, and analytics. Read more.


NSF Funds Geo Pathways 2019!

To address the shortage of geoscience students in the workforce, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Palm Beach State College (PBSC) were awarded $314,841 through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Geopaths Improving Undergraduate STEM Education Project. Read more.

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2019 Explore FAU Day!

The October 19, 2019 Explore FAU Day was a success! Prospective students had a chance to explore all that FAU has to offer. We had over 500 high school students and family members visit the College of Science to talk with our students, faculty, and staff about the programs we offer and the exciting research we perform. View photo album.


Artificial Intelligence-Equipped Rovers: An Interview with Science Magazine

Elan Barenholtz, Ph.D., and William Hahn, Ph.D., co-directors of the Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Lab, are running versions of classic psychology experiments on robots equipped with artificial intelligence. Read the Science Magazine interview.


New AR/VR Lab Brings Imagination to Life for FAU Students

“The Portal,” a new lab in the S.E. Wimberly Library, will serve as a collaborative space specifically focused on augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Helping to bring innovative technology into the library, The Portal is equipped with Magic Leap One, HTC Vive Eye Pro, and Oculus Quest technology. Read More.


13th Annual Pumpkin Drop and Physics Carnival

Thank you to FAU First Lady Carolyn Kelly for kicking off the annual event by dropping the first pumpkin off the SE-43 building roof. Department of Physics Chair and Professor, Luc Wille, hosted, discussing common physics principles demonstrated through the various different drops to a number of school groups in attendance. Following the pumpkin-smashing, everyone enjoyed physics-related carnival games, face painting, dunk tank, and nitrogen ice cream. Check out the photo album here!


More than two-thirds of Floridians concerned about Climate Change

According to the first-ever Florida Climate Resilience Survey conducted by the Florida Atlantic University Center for Environmental Studies(CES) in FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, and the Business and Economics Polling Initiative (BEPI) in FAU’s College of Business. Read More


The Case for Space with Robert Zubrin, Ph.D.

In case you missed Robert Zubrin, Ph.D., speak at FAU on November 15, you can watch the talk in the video provided here as well as a highlight video of the event. Thanks to Robert Zubrin, Ph.D., noted space expert and author, for the stellar talks at FAU, exploring how the revolution in spaceflight opens up a future of limitless possibility.


Pre-Health Advising now Available on Davie Campus

Beginning in November, the College of Science will position articulation specialist/advisor Ana Botero on the Florida Atlantic Davie campus on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. In Spring 2020, Ana will be available full-time on the Davie campus. Read More


Theodora Leventouri, Ph.D., Elected a 2019 Fellow of the American Physical Society

Professor of Medical Physics, Theodora Leventouri, Ph.D., was elected a 2019 Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). APS recognizes members who have made exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise. Read More


Bilingual Children Need Robust Vocabulary

A new study by researchers at Florida Atlantic University and collaborators at The George Washington University digs deep into these differences and finds that differences in the vocabulary used while talking to children affect how useful that speech is to the child trying to figure out the patterns of language. Read More

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Colgan Foundation Supports FAU Shark Research

The migration and behavioral patterns of blacktip sharks can tell us a lot about the health of our oceans. That’s why we’re grateful for the generous and ongoing support from the Colgan Foundation to renowned shark researcher Dr. Stephen Kajiura, professor of Biological Sciences in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. Watch Here


Second Annual FAU Research Showcase 2019

The second annual FAU Research Showcase, hosted by the FAU Division of Research, celebrated a wide range of research and scholarly activities by both faculty and students. Read More


Novel Study Identifies Three Types of Distinct Teen Popularity

Results from this study with collaboration from Dr. Brett Laursen Professor of Psychology, have identified three distinct groups of popular adolescents: prosocial popular; aggressive popular; and strategic popular or Machiavellian. Read More


Meet Astro, FAU's Smart RoboDog!

Using deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI), scientists from Florida Atlantic University ’s Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Laboratory ( MPCR ) in the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science are bringing to life one of about a handful of these quadruped robots in the world. Read More


Ask a Scientist with Dr. Christine Spadola

Florida Atlantic University College of Science Dean, Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., discusses what Science is and how it works. He interviews Assistant Professor from the School of Social Work in the College of Design and Social Inquiry, Christine Spadola, Ph.D., who discusses how sleep can impact our health and behavior, and how alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine may impact your night of sleep. Listen Here


FAU Dynamical Systems and Topology Research Group

Meet some members of the Dynamical Systems and Topology Research Group from the Mathematical Sciences Department. Learn about what our faculty and students are working on in these areas of research. Watch Here


Maria Fadiman, Ph.D., Ethnobotanist

Maria Fadiman, Ph.D., is an ethnobotanist who studies the relationship between plants and people, focusing on conservation and sustainability. Maria serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences and is also a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, whose studies take her all over the world. Watch Here


Dream Team Awarded 1.1 Million!

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University and collaborators have received a three-year, National Science Foundation EDGE grant totaling $1,148,464 to integrate the expertise of multiple laboratories at FAU, Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, the University of Minnesota, and Barr-Ilan University in Israel to develop powerful transgenic tools and gene-editing technologies in the blind Mexican cavefish to significantly advance it as a research model system.  Read more


Millennials Are Digitally Better Than Us!

Legend has it that millennials, specifically the “Net Generation,” use many technologies simultaneously, masterfully switching from one to the next. They claim that it’s easy and that they can do it much better than older generations. Research, so far, hasn’t proven this claim and the consequences of these incessant interruptions on attention and performance. Read more


Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Lab Short Course Success!

The Deep Learning Short Course offered by the Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Lab was a week packed full of hands-on experiences. From the basics of data-processing, model-building, and post-analytics, the course explored line-by-line code to developing training models from scratch. Read more


Young CryptograpHers Cybercamp 2019

The first Young CryptograpHers Cybersecurity Summer Camp took place at FAU’s Boca Raton campus on July 29 to August 2, 2019. The camp featured 46 enthusiastic girls from local high schools, spanning Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. Read more


Gregg Fields Named Executive Director of I-Health

Florida Atlantic University has named Gregg B. Fields, Ph.D., as executive director of FAU’s Institute for Human Health and Disease Intervention (I-HEALTH), one of the university’s four research pillars. Fields will lead efforts to develop interdisciplinary research by combining expertise across many FAU centers and colleges as well as forging strategic health care and research partnerships in the region. I-HEALTH’s service regions will include Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin counties. Read more


Meet Sarah Price

Spring 2019 graduate of the Professional Science Master of Medical Physics (PSMMP) program, Sarah Price, will soon begin a clinical-focused residency as a medical physicist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The residency involves eight rotations, which include Sarah getting hands-on and practical training, such as: providing patients radiation education, developing treatment plans, and providing quality assurance for patient treatments, among other duties. Read more


Research in Action

Science Dean Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D. speaks about the formation and evolution of the galaxy to an audience for the Research in Action Blog. Read more

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FAU Marine Laboratory Helps Turtle Conservation

Jeanette Wyneken, Ph.D., researches marine turtles at the FAU Marine Laboratory in Boca Raton. With climate change causing longer and hotter summers in South Florida, the sea turtle gender ratio is being thrown way out of balance. The research performed by Jeanette’s lab indicates a large decrease in the male population among three different species that Dr. Wyneken has been monitoring over the past 20 years. Read more


Secretive and colorful dryas monkey isn’t as rare as once thought

Kate Detwiler, an anthropologist at Florida Atlantic University, decided to place cameras on the ground, in the understory, and up in the canopy, sometimes at a dizzying 30 meters (100 feet) high.. Read more.


Adolescent Bullying and Victimization may have origins in the home.

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and Uppsala University in Sweden, have identified another type of parenting that contributes to peer difficulties: those who direct derision and contempt at their children. Read More.

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Department of Exercise Science and Health Promotion Joins the College of Science

I would like to welcome the Department of Exercise Science and Health Promotion (ESHP) to the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. The department comes to us from the College of Education and is led by Dr. Michael Whitehurst, who serves as the Chair and Professor. Read More.

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Ask a Scientist with Dr. Rindy Anderson

Florida Atlantic University College of Science Dean, Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., talks about how science is a self-correcting process through the testing of theories, and the fundamentals of research. He speaks with Rindy Anderson, Ph.D., a behavioral ecologist. Anderson studies the social behavior of songbirds, in particular, the vocal signals of Bachman's sparrows. This interview was made in partnership with the Research in Action lecture series, as part of the FAU Division of Research. Listen Here.


Fruit Fly Aging

With the help of the common fruit fly (D. melanogaster), which ages quickly because it only lives about 60 days, neuroscientists from Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science provide insights into healthy aging by investigating the effects of a foraging gene on age and stress tolerance.  Read more Here.


CMPD5 2019

The Fifth Conference on Computational and Mathematical Population Dynamics (CMPD5) took place at the Bahia Mar hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA, from May 19 to May 25, 2019. This international conference was attended by more than 200 participants from 17 countries. More than 90 participants were graduate students, post-docs or young faculty up to 5 years past Ph.D. Read more Here.

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Meet Sarah Price Professional Science Master of Medical Physics Alumna

Spring 2019 graduate of the Professional Science Master of Medical Physics (PSMMP) program, Sarah Price, will soon begin a clinical-focused residency as a medical physicist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Read more Here.


Human Mission to Mars

This first-of-its-kind course at FAU is open to all undergraduate students willing to be crew members for the University’s inaugural expedition to Mars. Only 50 seats are available. Plan your mission with faculty from across four colleges. Learn about propulsion when lifting off from Earth and landing on Mars, the psychological and physiological impacts of the 100 million mile journey, colonizing and surviving on the red planet and much more. Read more Here.

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FAU Grad is Real Life Mermaid!

Chelsea Bennice, 33, could be described as a real life “science mermaid.” While spending more than 400 hours underwater studying octopus behavior as part of her Ph.D. research, she learned how two octopus species utilize different resources to allow coexistence, something that had previously never been studied. Bennice will be receiving her doctorate in integrative biology on Friday, May 3 at 5 p.m. Read more Here.

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Student Spotlight with Catherine Lo

Catherine Lo is the first student at Florida Atlantic University to receive a Master of Science in Marine Science and Oceanography. The interdisciplinary program is jointly administered by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.  Read more Here.

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Donna Marion, Psychology Instructor, and Researcher

Donna Marion, Ph.D., is a dynamic instructor and active researcher in the Department of Psychology, using experiential learning in both online and traditional classrooms. Donna also discusses why students should choose FAU. Read more Here.

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Ask a Scientist with Dr. Stephen Kajiura

Florida Atlantic University College of Science Dean, Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., discusses the three steps in the scientific method. He interviews Stephen Kajiura, Ph.D., who researches the seasonal aggregations of blacktip sharks that visit south Florida during the winter months. Stephen is a Professor of Biology at Florida Atlantic University. Read more Here.

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Women in Science At Fau

EAs the nation continues to observe “Women’s History Month,” Florida Atlantic University has announced that it was recently accepted as an official chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), a global network inspiring bold leadership, research, and solutions that advance women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Read more Here.

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2019 Future Doctor's Reception

Each spring the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science celebrates its future doctors, dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians, and more. Read more Here.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.  


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Florida Algae Blooms

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



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...



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...


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...



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...



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 ...




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 ...




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-...




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.



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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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...

Shark Week

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...


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


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.


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.